Category Classical

Bach & Beyond Part 3

Jennifer Koh continues her series of solo violin works, this volume with Bach, Berio and Harbison works. Harbison’s pieces lovely! Play!

Gabriela Lena Frank–Her Own Wings

Works for strings with sharp tones, abstract but with a wistful emotion. Play!

Gary Schocker–Music for Introverts

Highly lyrical, gracious and contemporary works for solo piano, performed by the composer.

Music for One Horn

Modern or traditional works, transcriptions and originals. Nice mix!

Beethoven–Complete Quartets Op. 18

The Dover Quartet performs these works, considered amongst the best of Classical era string works.

Mike Frengel–Music for Guitar & Electronics

Varied, decidedly avant and abstract works, but some country pieces!

Anna Thorvalsdottir–Rhizoma

Rumbling, dark, slow works, very abstract, for winds,percussion and string ensemble.

Tableaux–Ensemble Rayuela

A collection of pieces performed by saxophone quartet, originals and transcriptions. Moussorgsky’s Pictures at an Exhibition known, Sitzia’s and Nante’s works lovely.

BAMA–Alabama String Quartets

The Amernet String Quartet performs these contemporary/modern works by Alabama composers–intense to sweet.

Dorothy Hindman–Blow by Blow

Abstract and varied works for wind and percussion. Some beautiful pieces!


Combining Korean and western instruments, definitely different aural explorations–abstract. Performed by gamin.

Impressions of China

All contemporary piano works, abstract or lyrical. Very nice!

Brian Buch–Shifting Spheres

Very interesting abstract chamber works with rhythmic shifts and lyricism. Play!

George Kontogiorgos–Kaleidoscope

Contemporary solo classical guitar–gracious, interesting rhythms. Play!

John Harbison–Concertos for String Instruments

The Boston Modern Orchestra Project performs these pieces with underlying tension, featuring viol, cello or bass viol.

Corigliano, Caravassilis, Siegel–Guitar Concertos

Contemporary works, longish, for guitar and orchestra. Caravassilis’ pieces particularly nice!

pan + apoll–Water Music for Flute & Harp

Referring to Greek mythology of Pan and his flute and Apollo and his lyre, a lovely mix of abstract and lyrical works. Play!

Virtuosi Italiani della Chitarra

Performed on a guitar made in 1823 in Turin, works from the same area and the same time. Traditional. Play!


An excellent collection of works for violin and piano, from Classical era to contemporary, varied.

Tollan: Mexican Works for Oboe

Some very nice contemporary works for oboe! Play!

Strings & Hammers

The McCormick Percussion Group performs these fairly abstract works, some with slow start, most longer than 5 mins. Play most!

Jonathan Leshnoff–String Quartets Nos. 3 & 4

Contemporary string quartets performed by the Carpe Diem String Quartet, intense and interesting!


Contemporary works and first recordings by Spanish composers, all varied some more abstract, one with voice. Play!

George Lewis–Rainbow Family

First recorded in 1984, a live performance of electronic music instruments, improvising with computer.

Music for English Horn Alone

A variety of solo horn works, contemporary and lyrical, one with voice.