Category Archives: Modern Composition

Jochen Tiberius Koch ~ Astoria

Astoria is the second concept album in as many years from Jochen Tiberius Koch, whose last album was a reflection on Walden.  The new subject is the Astoria Hotel, once a crown jewel of Leipzig architecture and hospitality.  While tracing the history

Jochen Tiberius Koch ~ Astoria

Astoria is the second concept album in as many years from Jochen Tiberius Koch, whose last album was a reflection on Walden.  The new subject is the Astoria Hotel, once a crown jewel of Leipzig architecture and hospitality.  While tracing the history

2020 Winter Music Preview ~ Modern Composition

Perhaps more than any other musical genre, modern composition speaks to all seasons (thank you, Vivaldi!).  Whatever hemisphere you’re living in, you’ll find some music here to match your climate.  Others may be living in winter while dreaming of spring;

2020 Winter Music Preview ~ Modern Composition

Perhaps more than any other musical genre, modern composition speaks to all seasons (thank you, Vivaldi!).  Whatever hemisphere you’re living in, you’ll find some music here to match your climate.  Others may be living in winter while dreaming of spring;

A Closer Listen’s Best Modern Composition Albums of the Decade

How does one decide between piano and orchestra, between the lugubrious and buoyant?  The modern composition genre offers a wide range of timbres and emotions, and is the only genre we cover that is also recognized by the major music

A Closer Listen’s Best Modern Composition Albums of the Decade

How does one decide between piano and orchestra, between the lugubrious and buoyant?  The modern composition genre offers a wide range of timbres and emotions, and is the only genre we cover that is also recognized by the major music

ACL 2019 ~ Top Ten Modern Composition

Some of the year’s most ambitious projects are found in this category, crisscrossing the globe from the history of Appalachia to the future of Australia.  Visual poems tell deep stories; singers connect to folklore and spirit.  And everywhere, there are

ACL 2019 ~ Top Ten Modern Composition

Some of the year’s most ambitious projects are found in this category, crisscrossing the globe from the history of Appalachia to the future of Australia.  Visual poems tell deep stories; singers connect to folklore and spirit.  And everywhere, there are

Cicada ~ Hiking in the Mist

Hiking in the Mist is a departure of sorts for Cicada.  The group is now down to a quartet, but they’ve realized a life-long dream: leaving the ocean behind, the four have ventured into the forest, both literally and thematically.  In the

Cicada ~ Hiking in the Mist

Hiking in the Mist is a departure of sorts for Cicada.  The group is now down to a quartet, but they’ve realized a life-long dream: leaving the ocean behind, the four have ventured into the forest, both literally and thematically.  In the

Anne Müller ~ Heliopause

This is Anne Müller‘s first solo album.  That can’t be true, can it?  We’ve grown so used to hearing the cellist and reading her name that we’ve neglected to note that none of the over sixty albums on which she’s played has

Anne Müller ~ Heliopause

This is Anne Müller‘s first solo album.  That can’t be true, can it?  We’ve grown so used to hearing the cellist and reading her name that we’ve neglected to note that none of the over sixty albums on which she’s played has

Rituals ~ Rituals

Rituals is a unique project by Jacob Ridderberg, who has taken a page out of Steve Reich’s book of minimalism in order to highlight qualities of the saxophone otherwise easy to miss. One of the most interesting is an almost

Rituals ~ Rituals

Rituals is a unique project by Jacob Ridderberg, who has taken a page out of Steve Reich’s book of minimalism in order to highlight qualities of the saxophone otherwise easy to miss. One of the most interesting is an almost