Bang on a Can Celebrates its Silver Anniversary with a Gold Standard

Saturday, March 03, 2012

It's a big (and beautiful, perhaps scary but far from dark) year for Bang on a Can, which celebrates its 25th anniversary in 2012. True to form, the cabal's All-Stars have heralded the birthday in style with this rollicking two-disc set. Read on for more and to snag a free download, this week only, of Matt Damon.

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Alison Balsom is Classily Brassy on 'Seraph'

Saturday, February 25, 2012

A historically-neglected soloist instrument in the classical rep, the trumpet gained steam in the 20th and now 21st centuries. Alison Balsom highlights some of the instrument's recent successes with Seraph, an album that includes a world-premiere recording of the title work.

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The Kronos Quartet Displays the Duality that Drives Vladimir Martynov

Tuesday, February 14, 2012

In a release presciently appropriate to the current clashes in Russia, the Kronos Quartet lays down three dramatic works by Muscovite composer Vladimir Martynov.

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The Addictive Rhythms of Eric Moe Come to a Head in 'Kick & Ride'

Saturday, February 11, 2012

Why should Eric Moe's Kick & Ride, Q2 Music's Album of the Week, come with a warning? Read on to find out, and to snag a download (this week only) from the title concerto.

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Jonathan Harvey's Bird Concerto with Pianosong

Wednesday, February 01, 2012

Almost 10 years after its premiere, Jonathan Harvey's enchanting and haunting Bird Concerto with Pianosong finally gets a recording. Read on to find out why this is long overdue, and to snag a free sample from this 30-minute work this week only.


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."