On its new recording, the Alan Gilbert-led New York Philharmonic presents three world premiere recordings by composer-in-residence Magnus Lindberg. Piano Concerto No. 2, featuring pianist Yefim Bronfman, is a sprawling and spiraling highlight that illustrates the muscular, neo-spectralist writing for which the composer is known.
For "My Life on the Plains," composer Lee Hyla employs Boston's fiery Firebird Ensemble for a trio of pieces that draw on nature and Hyla's ancestry to reflect the eclectism of the composer's musical influences, which range from free jazz and noise to classical music. Polish Folk Songs, inspired by song sung at his grandmother's funeral, juxtaposes fragments of southern Polish folk songs, allowing them to, in the words of the composer, "bump heads as well as to interact peacefully."
Pianist Eve Egoyan continues her survey of Canadian composer Ann Southam's spacious music on our newest album of the week. The five pieces of "5" were discovered in Southam's house following the composer's 2010 death and encapsulate her pensive, meditative sonic world.