Vast Nothingnesses and Celestial Soundscapes

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Fueled by the newest in new music, this week we blast off into the world of Brian Eno's seminal 1983 album Apollo. Beautifully re-explored by British ensemble Icebreaker with pedal steel guitarist BJ Cole, it's also Q2 Music's Album of the Week.

Before delving into Eno's vast nothingness of space, we have some equally celestial soundscapes to explore from some other stellar new releases. We revisit Kaspar Rofelt's album The Song I'll Never Sing, a collection of works for accordionist Bjarke Mogensen. The haunting, spatial landscape of Nightsong 1 sets the scene for an expanse of subliminal listening.

We'll also take a look at the cello concerto of Mieczyslaw Weinberg, a contemporary of last week's featured album composer Dmitri Shostakovich. Released as part of a multi-album exploration of the composer's works, the concerto offers insights into how Weinberg's inclusion of folk music allowed him to battle the charges of Formalism (strictly verboten in the USSR) while still remaining true to his own compositional style in an epic, at times elegiac, work.

That idea of stylistic shifting while maintaining integrity brings us straight into Kenji Bunch's Changes of Phase, released as part of Bridgehampton Chamber Music Festival's new in-house label. Finally, for a different type of vastness, we share the many colors of Americana in British composer Sir Peter Maxwell Davies's Mavis in Las Vegas.