Jennifer Higdon Celebrates the Many Meanings of 'Exaltation'

Monday, March 04, 2013

On their new recording of Jennifer Higdon’s music, New York’s Lark Quartet brings together the varying definitions of exalted into a seamless whole. Stream the complete album.

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Gloria Cheng and Calder Quartet Bring Messiaen and Saariaho to Light

Monday, February 25, 2013

The Los Angeles-based Calder Quartet and pianist Gloria Cheng pair the works of Olivier Messiaen with 21st-century pieces by Kaija Saariaho. Stream the entire album here.


'In Search of the Miraculous' Blends Spiritual Music from Ireland to Armenia

Monday, February 18, 2013

The spirit of George Gurdjieff infuses "In Search of the Miraculous," a crowd-pleasing new recording from the Irish concert promoter, Louth Contemporary Music Society. Stream the album in full this week.


The Polyrhythmic Elegance of Doug Perkins's Simple Songs

Monday, February 11, 2013

Doug Perkins, a co-founder of the quartet So Percussion, releases his solo debut album, featuring works by Nathan Davis, David Lang and Michael Gordon. Listen to the full album stream.


Dan Visconti's Gloriously Unhurried Road-Trip

Monday, February 04, 2013

Lonesome Roads, the title track of 30-year old composer Dan Visconti's new album, gives the oft-separated styles of modernism and folk a reason to hang together. Stream the entire album on demand.

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The Peculiarly Beguiling Aesthetic of Alexander Berne

Monday, January 28, 2013

Composer and multi-instrumentalist Alexander Berne's "Self Referentials" is a profoundly enigmatic listening experience. Find out why by listening to the streamed album all this week.


Dutilleux Renders the Human and the Sublime with Equal Measure

Monday, January 21, 2013

On "Correspondances," Dutilleux finds his ideal interpreter in conductor Esa-Pekka Salonen, who brings to life the most ethereal details of the composer's scores without losing sight ...

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The Complete Symphonies of Polish Icon Witold Lutosławski

Monday, January 14, 2013

Esa-Pekka Salonen’s affection for the modern composer Witold Lutosławski has long been evident. Now the Finnish conductor has recorded a complete set of the Polish icon's four symphon...

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Boston Modern Orchestra Project Charts Path in American Concert Music

Monday, January 07, 2013

The Boston Modern Orchestra Project devotes its latest – and 24th – recording in just five years to the music of New York composer Paul Moravec. Stream the entire album this week only. 

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A Vibrant Ceremony of Benjamin Britten Carols

Monday, December 31, 2012

The Christmas holiday may be in our rear-view mirrors but Britten's A Ceremony of Carols remains a wintery staple. A new recording captures the work’s ingenuity and narrative power.

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The Ingenuity of Lei Liang's Delicate Musical Dramas

Monday, December 24, 2012

Stephen Drury's Callithumpian Consort, pipa star Wu Man and the Shanghai Quartet make a powerful case for Lei Liang, a composer whose music marries features of the European avant-garde to his Chinese heritage.


Oliver Knussen Strikes Cadences of Memorial and Elegy

Friday, December 14, 2012

Oliver Knussen’s recently released album of eight short works that have never been recorded before is swathed in the cadences of memorial and elegy. Stream the entire album in full for this week only.


The London Sinfonietta's New Music Show

Monday, December 10, 2012

"New Music Show" features the talents of five British-based composers with backgrounds as disparate as the London club scene, noise rock and installation art as well as so-called classical music.

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A Terribly Beautiful, Cold Blue Anthology of New Music

Monday, December 03, 2012

Cold Blue Two presents 14 distinctive ways to make clear, "pretty" music, by composers including Harry Partch, John Luther Adams, Ingram Marshall and others.

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The Long Overdue Reissue of Laurie Spiegel's 'Expanding Universe'

Monday, November 26, 2012

Composer Laurie Spiegel had something like a career year in 2012, at least so far as attention goes. Stream for this week only the reissue of her classic 1980 album, "The Expanding Universe."


The Transcontinental Travels of Derek Bermel and Alarm Will Sound

Monday, November 19, 2012

Like an only slightly lower-strung version of Carl Stalling's Looney Toons scores, Derek Bermel's music often changes its mind halfway through a phrase, doubles back and becomes something completely different.


San Francisco Symphony Refreshes 'American Mavericks' Franchise

Monday, November 12, 2012

If you thought the San Francisco Symphony's promotion of American "maverick" composers has gotten tiresome, this collection of Cowell, Varèse, Harrison and Cage may make you reconsider.


Missy Mazzoli's Song from the Uproar

Monday, November 05, 2012

Listeners familiar with the music of Missy Mazzoli are unlikely to be shocked by her latest CD, Song from the Uproar: The Lives and Deaths of Isabelle Eberhardt, which suggests the ge...


The Volatile, Maverick Music of Michael Harrison

Monday, October 29, 2012

The word “maverick” is overused in the contemporary music world. But in the case of composer Michael Harrison and cellist Maya Beiser, the descriptor is deserved.


The Vocal Octet Roomful of Teeth Sets the Bar Unfairly High

Monday, October 22, 2012

The a cappella octet Roomful of Teeth have trained in non-Western traditions and have collaborated with several fashionable composers. Hear the results on their debut album.

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