Fun, varied pieces for piano, winds, strings–some jazzy. Play most!
Modern/contemporary British works for solo guitar–short and sweet! Play!
Abstract, meandering, ambient pieces for solo piano or a mix of percussion, vibraphone, bass. Play!
Sonic and tonal explorations, intermingling, droning, expressing how sounds can be difficult to individualize, just like the color spectrum and its shades. The Dedalus Ensemble performs (elec. guitar, winds, strings, voice).
Prism Quartet performs these 7 movements, sonically expressing each day of the week, telling a story with jazzy inflections. Play!
The Prism Quartet with the Conservatory Wind Symphony Univ. of Missouri-Kansas City perform this Asian-influenced work, both lyrical and dissonant.
Very interesting percussion works (cow bell, cymbals drums, etc.)–lyrical, and delicate predominantly. Play!
One serenade each of these composers, both formal, well-known and gracious performed by the Archi di Santa Cecilia. Play!
Prism Quartet and Mr. Ellis perform this one piece–jungle sounds morph into sax quartet with drums and marching band like rhythms continuing to change into other sound patterns.
Mostly, quiet, lyrical solo piano pieces by contemporary composers, including Libby Larsen, Sarah Kirkland Snider and Ingrid Stolzel. Play!
Cellist Saeunn Thorstensdottir plays these very abstract solo pieces by Icelandic composers. Plucking, squeaking and other sounds. Halgrimsson’s lyrical. Play!
John Schneider performs these great just intonation pieces by Lou Harrison, Tom Johnson and others. Yate’s works more folk, with voice.
Romantic, gracious pieces with a singing violin. Play!
A mix of orchestral pieces, duos and chorales, variable in style. Try the instrumentals!
Beautiful, very lyrical, quiet celesta pieces. Play all!
Highly abstract solo piano pieces exploring rhythm, tones, articulations and the expanse of the keyboard. Interesting!
One concerto each by Strauss and Grieg, neither of whom is known for chamber works. Grieg struggled with his piece.
Really interesting contemporary works for flute with piano, some oboe. Play!
Abstract classical guitar, solo and with accompaniment, some voice. Play!
Bruce Levingston performs pieces from different musical eras, all exploring humanity and emotions. Play!
A 30 yr old composer has made pieces for his 50 yr old self with his viola–a soundscape constantly changing, with hidden message in Morse Code! Curious, witty, abstract. Play!
Mr. D’Haene describes his musical composition technique as “paradoxophony”–“elements from all kinds of backgrounds that can work together in a mutually reinforcing way.” This CD combines western instruments with the Japanese gagaku orchestra and has lots of droning–very abstract
Robust symphonic works about life changing and repeating (possibly in futility), recorded live. Short works for symphonies. Play!
Also a member of itsnotyouitsme, here Mr. Burhans musically expresses his grief over the deaths of friends, time lost to addictions and other life issues. Melancholic and beautiful pieces for various instruments. Play!
Singer/composer/violinist Shaw here explores the form of the string quartet, with echoes of other composers (Bach, Mozart, Ravel…) with contemporary flourishes. Play! (This CD is the first release of a collaboration with Nonesuch and New Amsterdam in releasing works of contemporary composers.)