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On this week’s episode of The New Canon, we listen to playful and thoughtfully-constructed works by Fred Lerdahl, Dmitri Tymoczko and George Tsontakis.

The eminent composer and music theorist Fred Lerdahl is featured on our current Album of the Week, "Fred Lerdahl Vol. 4." Highlights from this expressive, finely-crafted disc include two world-premiere recordings: Spirals, featuring the Odense Symphony Orchestra and conductor Scott Yoo, and Three Diatonic Studies, given a sparkling rendition by pianist Mirka Viitala.

"Crackpot Hymnal" is an assemblage of lively and often irreverent chamber works by Dmitri Tymoczko. The Amernet Quartet and bassist Kevin Weng-Yew Mayner perform the eight short movements of Typecase Treasury with verve. The album also features performances from the Corigliano Quartet, pianists John Blacklow and Daniel Schlosberg, and the Illinois Modern Ensemble.

A new release from Albany Records, "Odysseia," contains music by Theodore Antoniou, Nickitas Demos, George Tsontakis and Christos Samaras. An early work by Tsontakis, Three Sighs, Three Variations, performed by violinist Christos Galileas and pianist Brandt Fredriksen, is particularly captivating.