Landscape, Song Wenzhi
August 15, 2015 0

Naïve and Sentimental Music, John Adams

Across an epic expanse of symphonic sound, the American composer confronts the impossibility of naïvety in contemporary culture. [...]
Luo Bonian
July 22, 2015 0

String Quartet No. 2, Georg Friedrich Haas

In the spectral music of the Austrian composer, floating harmonies are smeared through with suspended rapture, to create a ‘flickering sound picture’. [...]
Notes From Salalah (Note I), Cy Twombly
July 8, 2015 0

Abandoned Time, Dai Fujikura

The British-Japanese composer sets up a marvellous paradox: the notion of timelessness expressed in music, a medium that has everything to do with time. [...]
Mstislav Rostropovich / ECO, 1982
May 31, 2015 0

Cello Symphony, Benjamin Britten

In the British composer’s 1963 riverine lament, the distinct blend of luminosity and burnished tone evokes memory after memory. [...]
Shakers dance in Martha Clarke’s ‘Angel Reapers’, photo by Sara Davis
April 25, 2015 0

Shaker Loops, John Adams

The US composer’s piece for strings is a hyper-sensual kaleidoscope of rhythm and tempo in which time is a plastic, sculptable material. [...]
Circus Figures, Sigmar Polke
June 18, 2015 0

Playlist: (Re)turning from utopia

The turn from lofty idealism to an earth-bound exploration of the uncanny in György Ligeti’s late music. [...]
Pauline Oliveros
May 18, 2015 0

Playlist: Held tones

The music of Giacinto Scelsi uncovered the enveloping depth and nuance of a single tone. [...]
Written on Skin, George Benjamin (detail)
May 10, 2015 0

Playlist: Riot at the opera

Since the 1980s, English-language contemporary opera has been injected with radical potential. [...]
Cover of Shortwave Nights by Hiss Tracts (Constellation Records, 2014)
April 17, 2015 2

Playlist: Almost nothing

The impossibility of immediacy in the music of Cage, Ferrari and López. [...]