Music of the Spheres

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This week on the New Canon, we bliss out with an old favorite recently rereleased in Michael Nyman's Sangam. Meaning "confluence" or "coming together" in Sanskrit, the title represents Nyman's journeys throughout India between 2000 and 2002, giving voice to all he encountered along the way, and for that it's our album of the week.

Before that, however, we revisit last week's Album of the Week to bring you the missing piece of Peteris Vask's Vox Amoris. Lonely Angel captures the sensory imagery of an angel hovering over earth, offering a qualified sense of hope for the future amid soaring lines.

That star aligns with Aaron Jay Kernis's String Quartet No. 1, "Musica Celestis," which has more of the heavenly, ethereal elements at play among the Jasper String Quartet who have undertaken a multi-album project recording Kernis's works for string foursome and pairing each one with music of composers like Beethoven and Schubert. 

The two works build up to the trancelike states of Sangam, creating two hours of blissful meditation here on Q2 Music.