Articles tagged classical

Los Angeles Percussion Quartet: Beyond

The Grammy-nominated modern music ensemble explores location and language on their latest release. Beyond is a striking and ambitious work in both intent and depth of material.

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7 Aug 2017 // 8:40 AM

Eleonore Oppenheim: Home

The varied merits of acoustic bass and electronics are explored on NYC-based musician's stunning debut solo recording.

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Avi Avital and Omer Avital: Avital Meets Avital

Avi and Omer Avital are united by their heritage and acoustic instruments, but separated by their musical background. Nonetheless, their differences fuse to craft intriguing sounds on their premier recording.

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Penguin Cafe: The Imperfect Sea

The Imperfect Sea is the third release of Penguin Café, and it sees the band crawling from out of the shadow of its namesake, Penguin Café Orchestra.

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Rahim AlHaj: Letters from Iraq

Oud and chamber strings bring to life eight poignant stories of love, loss, and life in post-Hussein Iraq.

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28 Apr 2017 // 9:33 AM

Ryuichi Sakamoto: async

The celebrated composer is back from a recent health scare with his first solo album in eight years, and it's a dark, eerie, ethereal beauty.

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Yo-Yo Ma, Chris Thile and Edgar Meyer: Bach Trios

Three musical masters combine forces to tackle all manner of compositions by Johann Sebastian Bach, with thrilling results.

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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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