The Daedalus Quartet Gets Architectural with Fred Lerdahl

Saturday, January 28, 2012

Best to carve out an uninterrupted 70 minutes to listen to the complete Fred Lerdahl string quartets sequentially. Read on for why with Q2 Music's Album of the Week, and to snag a free selection this week only from Lerdahl's String Quartet No. 3.


Bang-Up New Works Courtesy of the Meehan/Perkins Duo

Wednesday, January 18, 2012

Take a winter's journey without leaving home thanks to the Meehan/Perkins Duo's new album of transporting percussion works. Get a free download this week only of Travel Diary Part I: "Leaving Home."


Celts and Christians Collide in Tarik O'Regan's Irish Colloquy

Tuesday, January 10, 2012

Composer Tarik O'Regan blends his Irish and Arabic backgrounds to take us on a wandering musical journey through a piece of Medieval literature about St. Patrick. Get a free download.

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Find the Fourth Way with the Gurdjieff Folk Instruments Ensemble

Saturday, January 07, 2012

Make listening to the Music of Georges I. Gurdjieff one of your resolutions for 2012. Read on for more about this enlightened disc and to snag a free download this week only of Armenian Song.

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Moody Manipulation and Snowy Sentiment fill 'Sólaris'

Thursday, December 29, 2011

With winter officially here, there's no better time than to slip into Ben Frost and Daníel Bjarnason's imagined score for Andrey Tarkovsky's haunting film Solaris. Read on for more information and to snag a free download, this week only, of "Reyja."


Robert Black Taps into His Bass-ic Instincts

Saturday, December 24, 2011

The bass gets its due with a meaty double-album from Bang on a Can All Star Robert Black. Read how he makes so much rep work and to grab a free download (this week only!) of George Perle's Monody II.


Praise Canada: The Kitchener Waterloo Symphony Scores Big

Tuesday, December 13, 2011

Our neighbors to the north have it all right with this new recording of works by Nico Muhly, Jonny Greenwood and Richard Reed Parry. Snag a free, limited-time download of Muhly's Wish You Were Here.

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A Captivating Sextet of Chamber Works from Mohammed Fairouz

Tuesday, December 06, 2011

A composer whose star is on the rise, Mohammed Fairouz celebrated the release of his first solo disc last month. Read on for more and to grab a free download from Four Critical Models.


A Tempestuous Trio from Kaija Saariaho

Thursday, December 01, 2011

Kaija Saariaho is omnipresent in New York this season. Get a taste for three of her newest works on this beautiful and haunting new disc from Ondine, and grab a free download from Leino Songs.


David Lang Goes Back to Basics with 'this was written by hand'

Tuesday, November 22, 2011

Has David Lang abandoned the aura of enfant terrible? Perhaps, but this pairing of works written roughly 10 years apart shows that he's still the same ear-rocking composer. Grab a free download of the track wed.


Gregory Spears's 'Requiem' Merges Early with New

Tuesday, November 15, 2011

Sinner or saint, dead or alive, there's much to love about this arresting debut from composer Gregory Spears. Read on for more and grab a free download for this week only of the track Postlude.

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Eighth Blackbird Shacks Up in 'Lonely Motel'

Tuesday, November 08, 2011

Can one call recording that is selections from a larger theater work a “concept album?” Or is such a term redundant when every theatrical recording is more or less conceptual in its inherent unifying themes? Read on for more about an album at the center of this debate, and grab a free download for this week only of the track Addiction.

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Anna Thorvaldsdottir's Rhizoma Bridges the Gap Between Mystic and Mythic

Tuesday, November 01, 2011

If, as the adage goes, every snowflake is different, then every note in Icelandic composer Anna Thorvaldsdottir’s intricate debut album, Rhizoma, is equally unique. Grab a free download for this week only of the track Hrim.

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A French Quartet Dives Head-First into American Music

Tuesday, October 25, 2011

The Diotima Quartet delivers a trio of American works from the last century, painting a varied portrait of our age-old new-music scene.

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The Lincoln Trio Aims Less at Girl Power and More for Sonic Power

Monday, October 17, 2011

With works by Lera Auerbach, Jennifer Higdon, Joan Tower and more, tokenism and affirmative action go out the door on the Lincoln Trio's all-female composers disc, Notable Women. Read on for more and to grab a download of Higdon's "Fiery Red."


yMusic Tempers Indie and Classical with 'Beautiful Mechanical'

Wednesday, October 12, 2011

From Clarice Jensen's fiery cello line that kicks off the opening track you get the sense listening to Beautiful Mechanical that you're sitting in some funky loft kitchen listening to your best friends engage in an impromptu jam session. That's not to say that yMusic doesn't infuse their debut album with a great deal of work and backbone -- that's an obvious fact from the first lines as well. However, the collaborative cabal makes it all look so effortless and off-the-cuff that it's certain to rouse that rare balance of admiration and envy.


'It is Time' for So Percussion and Steve Mackey

Tuesday, October 04, 2011

So Percussion's latest recording for Cantaloupe Music does for time what the quartet did for cities in 2009's Imaginary City.


Pain is Pleasure with itsnotyouitsme

Tuesday, September 27, 2011

With their third studio album, itsnotyouitsme treads deeper into the realms of Gavin Bryars and John Luther Adams. Read on for more provocatively-titled songs and ambient shoegazing, andgrab a free download for this week only.


Rachael Elliott Falls into an Atmospheric Solo

Tuesday, September 20, 2011

Rachael Elliott, a founding member of Clogs and one of the sharpest executors of new-music currently on the scene, didn't have to look far when it came to assembling her debut album Polka the Elk, which features three tracks by fellow bandmate Padma Newsome cozied up to tracks by Tawnie Olson and David Lang. Learn more and grab a free download for this week only. 


Steve Reich's WTC 9/11: How Good is Too Good?

Tuesday, September 13, 2011

Here’s the problem with Steve Reich’s newest work to hit recording WTC 9/11: While you want it to be good as a means of doing justice to the tragic events it musically marks, t’s also hard to see the piece turn out to be too good, because listening to a work of such cathartic and unsettling power has to be, like a bottle of Scotch old enough to vote, a judiciously parsed-out experience both to ensure potency and minimize the raw feeling you’re left with at the end of this 16-minute work.

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