Archive for the ‘The New Classical’ Category

BMOP Records Scott Wheeler

Sunday, November 23rd, 2014

Crazy Weather BMOPsound 1038 As evidenced by Crazy Weather, Boston Modern Orchestra Project’s latest recording of music by Scott Wheeler, the composer really knows his way around percussive sounds. Even on pieces for strings like the title track, there is the ‘thwack’ of pizzicatos and bow slaps to help propel the proceedings. Pacing is another […]

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Lei Liang on Bridge Records

Monday, November 17th, 2014

Lei Liang Bamboo Lights JACK Quartet; Rootstock Percussion; Cicada Chamber Ensemble; musicians from soundSCAPE; Awea Duo; The Callithumpian Consort, Stephen Drury, conductor Bridge 9425 CD [soundcloud url=""]   Composer Lei Liang knows how to pick performers; or perhaps, wisely, they select his works. Either way, when their paths cross, as they do here on a […]

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Helen Grime Portrait CD on NMC

Tuesday, November 11th, 2014

Helen Grime Night Songs Lynsey Marsh, clarinet; Hallé Orchestra and Hallé Soloists; Sir Mark Elder and Jamie Phillips, conductors NMC Recordings NMCD 199   Helen Grime is Associate Composer of the Hallé Orchestra. The ensemble has given her a generous portrait CD on NMC with excellent performances of both chamber and orchestral works, all composed […]

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10/3: Lechner and Couturier at the Rubin Museum

Wednesday, October 1st, 2014

German cellist Anja Lechner and French pianist Francois Couturier have collaborated for more than a decade on a variety of projects. Moderato Cantabile, their recorded debut as a duo, came out a couple of weeks ago on ECM Records. They celebrate its release in NYC on Friday, October 3rd at the Rubin Museum of Art (details/ticket info here). Moderato Cantabile is […]

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Leon Fleisher – All the Things You Are (CD Review)

Wednesday, August 13th, 2014

Leon Fleisher All the Things You Are Bridge Records CD 9429   At 85, pianist Leon Fleisher remains as compelling a musician as ever. Since the mid-1960s, due to battling an affliction called focal dystonia that affected two fingers on his right hand, Fleisher is best known for championing repertoire for the left hand alone. […]

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RIP Peter Sculthorpe (1929-2014)

Friday, August 8th, 2014

  One of Australia’s foremost composers, Peter Sculthorpe, has passed away at the age of 85. Sculthorpe’s extensive body of work (including eighteen string quartets) addressed a wide range of subjects, including the Iraq War, the plight of detained immigrants seeking asylum in Australia, and climate change. His music demonstrates a polyglot palette that includes Aboriginal and […]

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Music for Heart and Breath

Thursday, July 17th, 2014

    Richard Reed Parry Music for Heart and Breath DG CD   Richard Reed Parry is best known for his work in the Grammy award-winning band Arcade Fire. He is also active as a composer of concert music. On his debut portrait disc in this latter role, he enlists an all star roster of […]

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Kronos at 40

Thursday, June 26th, 2014

  A Thousand Thoughts Kronos Quartet Nonesuch CD   Kronos Explorer Series Kronos Quartet Nonesuch CD Boxed Set   To celebrate their fortieth year of activities, Kronos Quartet has two releases on the Nonesuch imprint. The first, A Thousand Thoughts, is a single CD compilation of previously unreleased and newly recorded tracks. All of the […]

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Elodie Lauten (1950-2014)

Monday, June 9th, 2014

Another wonderful composer has passed away: Elodie Lauten was a talented, adventurous artist supremely dedicated to her work. Kyle Gann has more here.

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Lee Hyla (1952-2014)

Sunday, June 8th, 2014

  Saddened to learn of the passing of composer Lee Hyla, a longtime fixture of the Boston scene who more recently was a Professor of Music at Northwestern.  

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