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    Default New Releases - Contemporary Music

    Like other threads, this is for recently released cds, but with a focus on contemporary/living composers.

    Post cds with any links you find useful (reviews, sellers, etc.). This is not the place for debate about the merits of compositions; it's for informational purposes only.
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    I'll start things off by mentioning a recent discovery, "Saariaho X Koh," released in Nov. 2018.

    https://www.amazon.com/Saariaho-X-Ko...gateway&sr=8-5

    The whole album is available on Spotify.

    Contents:

    Cloud Trio: I. Calmo, meditato
    Cloud Trio: II. Sempre dolce, ma energico, sempre a tempo
    Cloud Trio: III. Sempre energico
    Cloud Trio: IV. Tranquillo ma sempre molto espressivo
    Light and Matter
    Aure (Version for Violin & Cello)
    Graal theatre (Version for Violin & Chamber Orchestra): I. Delicato
    Graal theatre (Version for Violin & Chamber Orchestra): II. Impetuoso
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    I bought this one on cd, actually preordered. I've only heard it once, but will do so again. It's full of music I don't usually listen to, except for Thorvaldsdottir, whom I love! The record label is one I've never heard of before, but seems to be cutting edge
    https://www.nmcrec.co.uk/huddersfiel...peak-be-silent

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    John Luther Adams: Become Desert - Seattle Symphony, Cantaloupe Music
    release data: June 14, 2019
    http://johnlutheradams.net/become-desert/

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    Michael Hersch: Carrion-Miles to Purgatory (New Focus Recordings)

    http://www.newfocusrecordings.com/ca...-to-purgatory/
    "Michael Hersch's newest release, "Carrion-Miles to Purgatory", features three intensely introspective duos performed by close collaborators of his, virtuoso violinists Patricia Kopatchinskaja and Miranda Cuckson, cellist Jay Campbell, and Hersch himself on piano."

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    Esa-Pekka Salonen, Cello Concerto (Yo-Yo Ma/Salonen)
    Release Date: March 8, 2019

    https://www.amazon.com/Salonen-Cello...8726783&sr=8-1

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    Quote Originally Posted by Blancrocher View Post
    Esa-Pekka Salonen, Cello Concerto (Yo-Yo Ma/Salonen)
    Release Date: March 8, 2019

    https://www.amazon.com/Salonen-Cello...8726783&sr=8-1
    It's on spotify! Listening now

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    Quote Originally Posted by Kjetil Heggelund View Post
    It's on spotify! Listening now
    I really like it...already ordered a copy.

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    Partly contemporary partly Baroque.

    To be found on all major streaming and download sites and in Studio Master format on shop.rocred.se

    Finally, we have Dubravko Palanović’s Towards the Stars. Inspired by a starlit sky, the piece is generally dynamic rather than reflective (it does hold a slower middle section). The stark close of the first section cannot be missed; it is like putting on the brakes and skidding to a halt, leading to a slowly moving (almost rotating) central panel, of which the Acoustic Project String Ensemble negotiates the intertwining lines hypnotically. This appears to be Palanković’s only available recorded work. With such obvious imagination, one hopes for more; the devotion of the ensemble in this performance cannot be faulted.
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    Dai Fujikura: Zawazawa

    release date: July 5, 2019

    "Dai Fujikura’s latest release on his Minabel label covers a wide range of instrumentation, from solo works for soprano, clarinet, violin and double bass to a Tuba concerto, an ensemble piece for horn and string quartet and three chorus works one of which is with a marimba."
    http://www.newfocusrecordings.com/ca...kura-zawazawa/

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    Pierluigi Billone - Face (April 5, 2019)

    https://www.amazon.com/Billone-Face-...s%2C166&sr=1-1

    Available on Spotify.

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    Horatiu Rădulescu: Works for Organ & for Cello (Mode)
    Christoph Maria Moosmann (organ), Catherine Marie Tunnell (cello), Stanley Clark (trombone)

    https://www.prestomusic.com/classica...rgan-for-cello

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    THE LARK QUARTET - A FAREWELL CELEBRATION (BRIDGE)

    https://bridgerecords.com/collection.../products/9524
    "The Lark Quartet brings its stellar 34 year career to a close with this celebratory album. On it, the Lark Quartet offers premiere recordings of works by John Harbison, Kenji Bunch, Anna Weesner and Andrew Waggoner, all composed for this occasion."

    I am interested in Harbison's String Quartet No. 6.

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    I liked the Lydian String Quartet's recordings of John Harbison's String Quartets, especially nos. 1-4. So, I'll definitely be having a listen to the Lark SQ's new recording of no. 6 on Bridge. Thanks for the link. (By the way, the Lydian's annual prize to a contemporary composer is worth staying informed about--the last winner seems to have been in 2017: http://www.lydianquartet.com/#recordings-section.)

    My most recent purchases of contemporary music have been several CDs of works by the Swedish composer, Anders Hillborg, who I consider to be one of the more imaginative composers today (& he composes well for an orchestra: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2K-_vIKRj4w):

    2015: Anders Hillborg - Cold Heat, Beast Sampler, O Dessa Ögon, Sirens:

    Cold Heat:https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=21nsQCasIoE
    Beast Sampler: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cdheoEhWdV0
    Sirens: http://5against4.com/2017/07/30/prom...s-uk-premiere/
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=l42wOaBrjr0

    https://www.prestomusic.com/classica...illborg-sirens
    https://www.amazon.com/Sirens-Ida-Fa...c&sr=1-1-fkmr1
    https://bis.se/label/bis/anders-hillborg-sirens

    2016: Anders Hillborg - Hymn of Echoes, & Primal Blues, on a CD entitled "Roots" (coupled with music by Hildegard von Bingen, etc.), performed by clarinetist Martin Fröst (who has recorded other Hillborg works, such as his 1998 Clarinet Concerto, "Peacock Tales"):
    Hymn of Echoes: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=G9Kf...f5Nw8&index=19
    Primal Blues: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=v9gU...f5Nw8&index=17

    2019: Calder Quartet: Beethoven, Hillborg: Chamber Works. The single Hillborg work on this CD is entitled, "Kongsgaard Variations". It's a 14 minute work that has been sandwiched in between an early and late Beethoven SQ: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XGLq...3cjpPw&index=5

    http://www.hillborg.com/Recordings.aspx

    In addition, I'm eagerly awaiting the CD release of Hillborg's new Violin Concerto no. 2, & "Sound Atlas", which were premiered in 2016 & 2018, respectively--the VC by violinist Lisa Batiashvili and conductor Sakari Oramo (an excellent conductor that is admirably devoted to contemporary music). Amazingly, the opening of the VC #2 sounds like a flock of geese passing overhead. I found it very imaginative:

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WVoeHRqJvAE
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CnmpWsIR2NM
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0hJbgz4snto

    Otherwise, another recent purchase has been Magnus Lindberg's "Tempus fugit" and Violin Concerto no. 2 at the end of 2018:

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kLVH...mHiYeN5CmJ_sbE
    https://www.amazon.com/Lindberg-Temp...c&sr=1-1-fkmr0.

    Of these two pieces, I found Tempus fugit to be the more interesting work. Lindberg's VC #2 is good, but I remain partial to his first Violin Concerto, which fascinated me, especially Lisa Batiashvili's recording with Oramo, but also violinist Pekka Kuusisto's:

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vGLJ_YZbiYc
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uMp7CJ__mAk

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=E_Ym...to8AFv4pq9kR2M

    I also recently purchased Simon Holt's "Tauromaquia" and "A Book of Colours", played by pianist Rolf Hind, which came out in 2012, but I'm only getting to it now: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=w3Zm...1VXfu9ss2_wcA; along with a 2 CD set of Arvo Part's complete piano music, played by pianist Jeroen van Veen, which was released in 2014: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HCNRioytyAI

    I don't know if those CDs are recent enough for you? When you say "recent" how far back are you willing to consider?--as I don't always get around to things right away.
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    Saariaho - True Fire / Ciel D'hiver / Trans (2019)
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