52 of the best new releases of the year
First, the stats: 32 new releases in 31 days 147 new releases for the year UPDATED: With embedded document to see if it solve downloading problems. Current pace is for me to get through 588 recordings this year, which is holding pretty steady from the 2015 mark. The Recording of the Week series continues to … Continue reading A Month of Listening: March 2016
I've done my official list of the best classical and jazz recordings of 2015, and now here's my personal one—the records that as a non-critical listener I simply enjoyed the most. That's out of 600 or so new recordings I listened to in 2015. 600. Actually more ... There's an arbitrary, top-12 separation, one for … Continue reading Personal Best: 2015
Another year in which classical music didn’t die, was not dying, was not suffering, etc, just like every other year. I attended easily over 100 classical music performances, spanning music from the Renaissance to something like last Thursday, and listened to over 200 recordings that were issued just this year—and one important caveat is that … Continue reading Best Classical Recordings 2015
Starting the new year playlist: Philip Thomas, Christian Wolff: Pianist: Pieces (Sub Rosa) West Coast Soundings (Editions Wandelweiser) Miranda Cuckson, Melting the Darkness (Urlicht Audio Visual) O'Death, Out of Hands We Go (Northern Spy) Darius Jones, The Oversoul Manual (AUM Fidelity) Giancarlo Simonacci, Ars Ludi Percussion Ensemble, John Cage: Music for Piano and Percussion (Brilliant … Continue reading Playlist
The year turns within the week, and at the New York Classical Review, Eric Simpson and I look back on the year it was in live music, and I look ahead with the January calendar. I'll be covering the Hear and Now Festival, the Prototype Festival, Ekmeles, and concerts from the New York Philharmonic and … Continue reading The Janus-Faced Week
... This side of the line playlist ... Fripp & Eno, No Pussyfooting (DGM) Fripp & Eno, Live in Paris May 28, 1975 (DGM) Philip Corner, Satie Slowly (Unseen Worlds) John Holloway, Pavans and Fantasises from the Age of Dowland (ECM) Michael Brown, George Perle: Eight Pieces (Bridge) Fifth House Ensemlbe, Excelsior (Cedille) Yvar Mikhashoff, … Continue reading Playlist
Colin Currie talks about Steve Reich’s new piece, Quartet. It came to America for the first time Wednesday night, here’s what it was like.