Tag Archives: Classical

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!

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!


Mostly recognizable works for violin or transcribed for violin, and orchestra, showing the violin as a singing instrument–Baroque to contemporary.

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!

Ludovico Eindaudi–Seven Days Walking

Beautiful,  minimalist works for piano, some cello, inspired by seven days walking in the mountains. Seven versions of each. Play!

Pedro Farias Gomes–Chamber Works

Contemporary works for wind and strings. Interesting rhythmic changes! Play most!

The Art of Carol Lieberman Vol. 2–Modern Violin

A collection of widely varying composers, all violin with accompaniment. Nice!

Vicente Asencio– Complete Guitar Music

Lovely, modern works for solo guitar, nice tonal shifts.

Stanley Grill–and I paint the stars with wings…

Lovely, contemporary orchestral works featuring different instruments, some with voice.

Fred Lerdahl–Vol. 6

Really interesting contemporary works for orchestra, some Baroque/Classical elements

Howard Skempton–Preludes and Fugues

Gracious, modern, very short pieces (58!) for solo piano.

Tales from Malaysia–Between Two Worlds

Lovely transcriptions or works for guitar by Malaysian composers or inspired by the music. Gentle, lyrical. Play!

Mark John McEncroe–Musical Images for Chamber Orchestra

Contemporary, mostly short orchestral works, lyrical but not cutesy. Play!

Duality: Works for Tenor Saxophone and Piano

Contemporary and modern works–nice!


Violinist Patrick Yim performs all contemporary pieces, some lyrical, others more strident. Nice mix.