Category Classical

Philip Glass–Complete Piano Etudes

The very well-known and popular composer of repetitive notes referred to as “minimalism” (though the composer dislikes that term) performed by a pianist who has specialized in Glass’ works–etudes to relax with. Advertisements

Adolphus Hailstork–“Swing Low Sweet Chariot”

The well-known African-American spirituals, and Americana-flavored pieces, for string quartet. Nice!

Up & Away

Trios for oboe, bassoon and piano, all modern to contemporary–nice sound combination!

Adam Schoenberg–American Symphony & Other Works

Beautiful recent works for orchestra inspired by artists, and colors. Play!

George Crumb–Vol. 18

Alternately raucous, abstract pieces half with voice, other pieces for piano playful, jazzy.

Giovanni Francesco Giuliani–Nocturnes for Clarinet and Harp

Romantic pieces. The largo pieces are especially lovely!

Colin Riley–Shenanigans

Fun, witty, lyrical and abstract pieces for a mix of instruments. Play!

Scott Pender– Music for Winds

Really interesting mix of woodwind chamber pieces, duets, trios, quartets, nice variety. Play!

The British Cello

Mostly elegant and gracious works for cello & piano, modern and contemporary. Play

Brazilian Sax

A mix of forceful orchestral pieces with lighter ones–modern to contemporary.

Nikolai Kapustin–Complete Music for Cello & Piano

Despite jazz being prohibited in the Soviet Union early in his career, Kapustin  has always solidly fused classical and jazz. Beautiful!

Mario Pilati– Chamber Music for Violin & Piano, Cello & Piano

Surprisingly modern  sounding pieces, with some jazz elements, based on typical folk and classical styles. Play!

Apollo Chamber Players–Ancestral Voices

Inspired by older styles of music from the Middle East and Latin America, all modern compositions. Play!

L.K. Mertz–Verdi’s Guitar

Solo guitar works by Mertz  (19th cent.) based on Verdi’s operas. Gracious!

Eric Stokes–The Lyrical Pickpocket

Pieces with many influences–Americana, witty, lyrical and abstract, half of the works with voice. Play!

Rounder Songs

Emily Pinkerton and Patrick Burke team to compose pieces that combine folk/Americana storytelling with chamber ensemble. Play!

Scott Wollschleger–Soft Aberrations

String pieces with mixed with vocals, abstract,  accessible.

John Adams–Alarm Will Sound Meet the Composers

With  explanations of the works, two pieces by Adams, Chamber Symphony and Son of Chamber Symphony–gracious, busy, repetitive.

Sergey Taneyev–String Quartets Nos. 2 & 6

Romantic, expansive quartets!

Japanese Echoes

Comparing/contrasting Debussy’s works with Japanese composers. Debussy loved Japanese music and these composers are seeing if they can find his musical muses with these clarinet and harp pieces. Play!

The Four Seasons for Three Pianos

Vivaldi’s Four Seasons transcribed/changed by composer Mestrovic + 3 pianos. Play!

Jesse Jones–Ephemera

Varied pieces for different instrumental combos + voice in some–lyrical or somewhat eerie. Sample due to length.

David Virelles–Gnosis

Hard to describe as this CD has pieces that are equally both classical, jazz and avant in both, with elements of Cuban music. Play!

Saint-Saens–Organ Symphony & Carnival of of the Animals

Two known pieces. Carnival of the Animals has witty,  short pieces. Play!

21st Century Spanish Guitar Vol. 3

Recent works by Spanish composers, abstract, not typical guitar.