Articles tagged classical

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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Sarah Kirkland Snider - ‘Unremembered’ (album stream) (premiere)

A vivid childhood journey through the imaginations of composer Sarah Kirkland Snider and artist Nathaniel Bellows.

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Mark Springer: The Watching Bird / The Rip Rig and Panic Piano Solos

In Mark Springer's work, there is a presence of emotional distortion that pushes forward a striking narrative of signatures and chords.

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The Moving Pixels Podcast Looks at the Scenic Vistas and Human Drama of 'Firewatch'

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"This week we consider the beautiful world that Campo Santo has built for us to explore and the way that the game explores human relationships through its protagonist's own explorations within that world.

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