Category Classical

Dan Trueman–Songs That Are Hard to Sing

Really interesting works for strings and percussion/bit klavier, a little microtonal. Sample!

Ilari Kaila–The Bells Bow Down

Lovely, lyrical, abstract and contemporary works for string quartet and piano by Finnish composer. Play!

Zephyr Quartet–Epilogue

Australian string quartet with compositions by its members, classical/folk/blugrass. Excellent!

Alan Hovhaness–Across the Ages

Combining Eastern and Western musical styles, gracious, modern works for cello/piano and one with percussion.

Hans Werner Henze–Works for Double Bass

Excellent modern works for solo double bass, multiple basses, and/or orchestra.

Andrzej Karalow–THROUGH

Contemporary, abstract chamber works with staccato, silent spacings and lyricism. For strings, clarinet and percussion.

Flute/Clarinet Chronicles–Crescent Duo

Contemporary works for flute and clarinet. Some voice. Nice!

Civitas Ensemble–Jin Yin

Interesting Asian/Western works by living composers. Excellent!

Robot Koch–The Next Billion Years

Ambient, electronic/techno + strings/drums/winds. Excellent!

Kancheli–33 Miniatures

Works by Kancheli, Altunyan and Tsintsadze, demonstrating “simple piano” pieces, some with cello. Play!

Barry Mills–Vol. 6 Interbeing

Intentionally lyrical, rhythmically varying pieces for a variety of instruments, some voice. Lovely!

Quartet Quintet

London Symphony Orchestra Percussion Ensemble performs a variety of works/transcriptions by Reich, Corea, Simcock and others. Play!

Beyond the Horizon–New Music for Lever Harp

Lovely originals and transcriptions, all modern/contemporary. Play!

vox/viola

All contemporary works for viola with the violist singing/ talking or other vocal sounds, some almost sound Baroque. Interesting!

Horn Monologues

A variety of solo horn works/transcriptions, many first recordings of these modern works. Excellent!

Music for Oboe, Clarinet & Bassoon

Modern works for wind trio, varying. Nice!

Sankofa–A Spiritual Reflection

Negro spirituals performed by bass baritone (Oral Moses). Beautiful!

Philip Glass–Violin Concerto No. 2 and Violin Sonata

With his signature repetition, the Violin Concerto No. 2  “American Four Seasons” is lyrical and mostly slow, (with orchestra), the Violin Sonata is much faster (with piano). Play!

Doorways–Half-Remembered Music

Comparing and contrasting works for solo piano, demonstrating that while composers seek to create new music, they also look to the past. Play!

Shih-Hui Chen–Silvergrass & Other Orchestral Works

Contemporary works for Chinese traditional instruments with orchestra–rhythmically varying. Nice!

Napoleonian Guitar Sonatas

Early 1800’s guitar works, elegant, Romantic, some with violin. Play!

Heavy Weather–Wind Concertos

Varying, contemporary works for winds, featuring, saxophone (nice!) or other brass. Play!

Pascal Schumacher–Sol

Beautiful vibraphone and percussion pieces, ambient, flowing. Play!

Jackson Greenberg–First Light

Two pieces, the first one ambient and flowing for orchestra, the second for voice, in German, telling the poem of the Panther by Rainer Rilke.

Wolfgang Muthspiel–Angular Blues

For guitar, double bass and drums, mostly abstract, smooth jazz with 2 works vaguely classical. Play!