Articles tagged classical

Leyla McCalla: A Day for the Hunter, A Day for the Prey

As enjoyable as her music is at a baseline level, McCalla embraces so much more in terms of her passion for the complex history of the Haitian people.

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Deerhoof / Ensemble Dal Niente: Balter-Saunier

Not one forgettable moment surfaces; not one skippable track presents itself in this era of impatient listeners waiting for the memorable or gut-punching banger.

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The Silk Road Ensemble and Yo-Yo Ma - “Going Home” ft. Abigail Washburn

Yo-Yo Ma teams up once again with the Silk Road Ensemble and adds Abigail Washburn to the mix to create an absolutely exquisite blend of styles and cultures.

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Colin Stetson: SORROW - A Reimagining of Górecki’s Third Symphony

Saxophonist Colin Stetson focuses on leading over playing here, assembles a group and building compositions with them to both honor a classic work and render it entirely new.

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Jozef Van Wissem - “Ruins” (video) (premiere)

Dutch minimalist composer Jozef Van Wissem moves away from contemporary classical music and towards experimental folk on his new album.

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26 Feb 2016 // 3:20 AM

Sarah Neufeld: The Ridge

The Ridge is a technically accomplished album that aims to be more than simply that.

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Francis MacDonald: Music for String Quartet, Piano, and Celeste

Formerly adventurous drummer plays it safe; surprises no one.

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Beaunoise - ‘Pianoworks’ (audio)

Beau Sorenson's music is reminiscent of the neoclassical movement that gained momentum during the aughts, yet successfully veers towards a more experimental direction.

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Igor Levit: Bach, Beethoven, Rzewski

Igor Levit's triple album of variants runs the gamut from preservation to interpretation.

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Pierre Boulez Reveled in Challenging Music’s Status Quo

For all its intellectual rigor and abstraction, Pierre Boulez's music has an indomitable combination of great emotion and great elegance.

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Nigel Kennedy: The Four Seasons

This recording is endlessly surprising and sometimes delightful, cutting the Vivaldi classic to ribbons and reassembling it at will.

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Mikael Tariverdiev: Film Music

Hopefully this handsomely packaged triple album will turn the rest of the world on to the masterful works of Mikael Tariverdiev.

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David Lynch and Marek Zebrowski: Polish Night Music

An American film director and a Polish composer joins forces to make cold, austere music worthy of, say, a David Lynch film.

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7 Dec 2015 // 9:07 AM

The Best Classical Recordings of 2015

Of the hundreds of new recordings I’ve listened to over the past year, here are 10 I have returned to again and again with renewed pleasure.

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4 Dec 2015 // 3:20 AM

C Duncan: Architect

From delicate, pastoral dream pop to intimate, electronic-tinged folk, the Glaswegian composer’s luxuriant vocal harmonies and intricate compositions dazzle with ingenuity.

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The Greatest Hoax - ‘Enso’ (album stream) (premiere)

Composer Taylor Jordan creates a spellbinding mix of ambient and classical music on his latest album.

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Inbal Segev: Bach Cello Suites

Inbal Segev executes her lifelong goal of recording Bach's cello suites with much skill but little personality.

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Ólafur Arnalds and Nils Frahm: Collaborative Works

A lovely view into the shared world of two mad geniuses.

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Calico - ‘Calico’ (EP stream) (premiere)

The UK band blends jazz, rock, and electronic with impressive discipline on their new EP.

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Miracles of Modern Science: Mean Dreams

Mean Dreams is a thought experiment of an album, a set of possible answers to an unsolvable problem.

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Cage the Elephant Ignite Central Park with Kickoff for Summerstage Season

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"Cage the Elephant rocked two sold-out nights at Summerstage and return to NYC for a free show May 29th. Info on that and a preview of the full Summerstage schedule is here.

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