Thursday, August 8 2013
Chris Thile firmly rebuts any generational snark tossed at his past ventures with his invigorating take on three J.S. Bach pieces initially written for solo violin: two sonatas (G and A minor) and one partita (B minor).
Thursday, July 25 2013
Joining together string sextets by Tchaikovsky and Schönberg, the Emerson String Quartet excellently highlights the journey from Romanticism to Modernism, and their own journey to a new chapter in their career.
Thursday, April 25 2013
Superstar pianist Emanuel Ax tears through three lofty sets of variations. If it's not done with the perfectionist's touch, it's at least done with the right touch.
Tuesday, April 2 2013
Ólafur Arnalds walks his own path, one dreamy song after another.
Sunday, August 19 2012
With his daring electro-acoustic chamber classical album Loving the Chambered Nautilus still ringing fondly in our memory, PopMatters takes Brooklyn-based composer William Brittelle to task with our 20 Questions.
Sunday, July 1 2012
Laborintus II might be really high-minded, and really challenging, but it's totally bizarre fun too. It may well be the most unsettling thing you listen to all year, but what else would you expect from Mike Patton?
Sunday, February 5 2012
The felt itself is an additional instrument, a scrape of percussion as each key is played and released.
Monday, October 31 2011
"Ocean's Kingdom" is Paul McCartney's first stab at scoring a ballet, but it glows with the same energy and suffers from the same shortcomings of his other classical works.
Monday, October 17 2011
Five satisfying doses of atonal, arrhythmic racket. This is what your computer hears when it breaks.
Sunday, October 2 2011
In an impressive undertaking, Belgian composer Baudouin de Jaer tries to musically decode the disturbed drawings of Adolf Wölfli. Too bad the music isn't the most compelling part.