Articles tagged classical

22 Mar 2017 // 9:01 AM

Béla Fleck: Juno Concerto

For his second foray into classical composing, banjo virtuoso Béla Fleck enlists the help of the Colorado Symphony Orchestra to bring to life the concerto inspired by his son, the titular Juno.

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Arvo Pärt: Kanon Pokajanen

Kanon Pokajanen features Estonian composer Arvo Pärt's otherworldly exhortations on eternity.

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Nick Zoulek: Rushing Past Willow

In acknowledging the pure mindfulness and talent needed to construct such an individualistic world around the oft-underutilized saxophone, much respect is paid to the composer.

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Astrid Williamson: Requiem and Gallipoli

Returning to her formative classical music training, singer-songwriter Williamson releases a set of orchestral compositions exploring musical grounds traversed by such composers like Górecki and Pärt.

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You Can Go Home Again: An Interview with R.E.M.‘s Mike Mills

Mike Mills of R.E.M. tells PopMatters about his new "Concerto for Violin, Rock Band, and Orchestra" project.

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Ryuichi Sakamoto: Nagasaki - Memories of My Son

When you want weighty music for your weighty film, Ryuichi Sakamoto is the guy to call.

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14 Nov 2016 // 3:02 AM

Lubomyr Melnyk: Illirion

When Lubomyr Melnyk takes the bench, the notes coming raining down.

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Ennio Morricone: Morricone 60

Ennio Morricone stops to take stock in his career, though only for a brief moment.

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Daniil Trifonov: Transcendental: Daniil Trifonov Plays Franz Liszt

Russian pianist Daniil Trifonov plays the part of the Transcendental-Liszt with alarming ease.

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John Bullard: Classical Banjo: The Perfect Southern Art

John Bullard is not out to make classical music sound different. He just wants the banjo to enjoy a rightful place in the genre.

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Vox Clamantis: Arvo Pärt: The Deer’s Cry

As Arvo Pärt grows more active in his old age, ensembles like Vox Clamantis are eager to accommodate.

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St. Lenox: Ten Hymns From My American Gothic

Albums of such shear artistry, originality and thematic immediacy are few and far between. This is the album of perspective and hope we need in this time of political and social unrest.

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27 Oct 2016 // 2:25 AM

Kuedo: Slow Knife

Kuedo envelopes the listener in a bold, cinematic album that transcends time and place.

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12 Oct 2016 // 8:17 AM

Frode Haltli: Air

Composers Bent Sørensen and Hans Abrahamsen help Frode Haltli create a career and genre masterpiece with Air.

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Jóhann Jóhannsson: Orphée

Orphée is the first album by Jóhann Jóhannsson not associated with a film since 2009’s Fordlandia, and from the opening track, it shows itself as a work to be heard on its own terms.

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Ensemble Signal: Steve Reich - Double Sextet / Radio Rewrite



Ensemble Signal makes a strong case for Reich’s continued relevance as well as the strength of his work in this masterful recording of two late-period Reich compositions.

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Lewis Pesacov and wild Up: The Edge of Forever

Lewis Pesacov’s music carries a rare and delicate voice in today’s contemporary classical music.

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Mastering the Publishing Cadenza: An Interview with Opera News’ F. Paul Driscoll

Opera News celebrates 80 years of publication this year -- so how do they stay relevant in this day and age? Let Editor-in-Chief F. Paul Driscoll tell you what he's discovered.

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Cameron Carpenter: All You Need Is Bach

If you've been waiting for Baroque music to get a fresh, modernist kick in the pants, then you just need to keep on waiting.

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Yo-Yo Ma and the Silk Road Ensemble: Sing Me Home

Under Yo-Yo Ma's direction, the latest effort by the Silk Road Ensemble is a joyous, mesmerizing experience.

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