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This week's episode of The New Canon features composer portraits of Elliott Carter, Ursula Mamlok and Martin Boykan.

Bridge Records' ninth volume of music by Elliott Carter spans 71 years of compositional output, from Tell Me Where is Fancy Bred, written in 1938 and beautifully sung here by Rosalind Reese with guitarist David Starobin, to Nine by Five, composed in 2009 and performed by the Slowind Wind Quintet. Other highlights include excellent performances of Carter's thorny Piano Concerto and works for solo piano.

Our album of the week comes from the Boston Modern Orchestra Project and composer Martin Boykan. Violinist Curtis Macomber joins the orchestra for Boykan's lyrical Concerto for Violin and Orchestra, giving an entrancing performance. Baritone Sanford Sylvan lends his voice to the Symphony for Orchestra.

The esteemed American composer, Ursula Mamlok, is the subject of another composer portrait series from Bridge. Their fourth volume of her music contains two discs' worth of chamber music performed by clarinettists Ayako Oshima and Charles Neidich, Ensemble musikFabrik, and many others.