Articles tagged classical

Jóhann Jóhannsson - “Drone Mass” Met Museum World Premiere

Oscar-nominated Icelandic composer Jóhann Jóhannsson premiered his new work Drone Mas in the unique setting of the Met Museum's Temple of Dendur in March.

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Tristan Perich: Parallels

Minimalism, purism, discipline are the three components that make up Tristan Perich's music and this album in particular.

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Punch Brothers Pack a Punch in Tucson, AZ - 13 April 2015

Punch Brothers proved to the crowd at Tuscon just why they're one of the most celebrated bands in modern bluegrass.

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Ólafur Arnalds and Alice Sara Ott: The Chopin Project

Ólafur Arnalds and Alice Sara Ott join forces on a genre-defining rendition of some of Chopin's greatest compositions.

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Alina Ibragimova and Steven Osborne: Prokofiev: Violin Sonatas / Five Melodies

Prokofiev's only two violin sonatas get the reading of a lifetime.

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yMusic - “Bladed Stance” (video) (Premiere)

The wispy wind instruments of yMusic's "Bladed Stance" are complemented perfectly by the Terrence Malick-esque visuals of the song's video.

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9 Oct 2014 // 1:04 AM

yMusic: Balance Problems

Highly accomplished and in-demand, classical collective yMusic host a range of notable peers on their second album.

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Bryce Dessner / Jonny Greenwood: St. Carolyn by the Sea / There Will Be Blood

St. Carolyn by the Sea / There Will Be Blood is a breathtaking classic for the future. Pop/classical crossovers will never be the same.

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Chris Thile: Bach: Sonatas and Partitas, Vol. 1

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).

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Emerson String Quartet: Journeys

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.

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Emanuel Ax: Variations: Haydn, Beethoven, Schumann

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.

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Ólafur Arnalds: For Now I Am Winter

Ólafur Arnalds walks his own path, one dreamy song after another.

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20 Questions: William Brittelle

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.

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Mike Patton & Ictus Ensemble: Laborintus II

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?

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5 Feb 2012 // 9:00 PM

Nils Frahm: Felt

The felt itself is an additional instrument, a scrape of percussion as each key is played and released.

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Paul McCartney / London Classical Orchestra: Paul McCartney’s Ocean’s Kingdom

"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.

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Benjamin Thigpen: divide by zero

Five satisfying doses of atonal, arrhythmic racket. This is what your computer hears when it breaks.

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Adolf Wölfli: The Heavenly Ladder: Analysis of the Musical Cryptograms

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.

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18 Sep 2011 // 8:58 PM

Gojogo: 28,000 Days

Pushing world music into the post-modern age.

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Nathan Davis/International Contemporary Ensemble: The Bright and Hollow Sky

Composer Nathan Davis is at the mercy of his instruments and his players – and he's just fine with that.

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Counterbalance: The Avalanches' 'Since I Left You'

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"Get a drink, have a good time now. Welcome to paradise, and read all about the 305th most acclaimed album of all time. An Australian plunderphonics pioneer is this week’s Counterbalance.

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