Articles tagged classical

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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Sarah Neufeld Gets Physical With “The Ridge”

Sarah Neufeld has recorded in underground parking garages, toured with Arcade Fire, and recorded remarkable music with Colin Stetson. She's also made some superior solo recordings, and her latest, The Ridge, encourages listeners to feel the music along with her.

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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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