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Michael Vincent Waller
Moments

Unseen Worlds (Leo Svirsky, Laurie Spiegel) present the third LP from NYC-based composer Michael Vincent Waller. Composed for piano and vibraphone, Moments is a lengthy set of contemporary classical pieces that takes in by turns the tranquility of Erik Satie, the momentum of Steve Reich and the avant-melodiousness of Peter Zummo.
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  • Neo-classical / Classical / Orchestral

Serj Tankian
Elect The Dead Symphony

System Of A Down frontman, Serj Tankian, released his second solo album, Elect The Dead, in 2007. A couple of years later, a vision he had for the album came to pass as he performed it live with an orchestra, thus melding the worlds of classical and rock with an inextricable bond. Elect The Dead Symphony was recorded with the Auckland Philharmonic Orchestra. It is now available on vinyl for the first time.
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Sufjan Stevens & Timo Andres
The Decalogue

It will be of no surprise to anyone who has heard his various albums that Sufjan Stevens would go on to score a ballet. His music has the dexterity and lightness of touch to successfully soundtrack such a thing and here is his debut effort made available to the public for the first time. It has been performed by pianist Timo Andres, a Brooklyn performer who has already collaborated with the likes of Kronos Quartet and Philip Glass.
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  • Neo-classical / Classical / Orchestral

Ludovico Einaudi
Le Onde

Le Onde is the fourth album by Italian pianist and composer Ludivico Einaudi. It is inspired by the Virginia Wolfe novel, The Waves, which is precisely what the title translates to. Einaudi’s music has been sampled by Professor Green, remixed by Mogwai and used as walk on music by Nicki Minaj. Godfather of punk, Iggy Pop, counts himself among his fans. 
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  • Neo-classical / Classical / Orchestral

Ludovico Einaudi
I Giorni

I Giorni is the sixth album, originally released in 2002, by Italian composer and pianist Ludovico Einaudi. The title translates as 'The Days'. The title track has been used on TV adverts and to soundtrack TV programmes, as well as receiving Radio 1 airplay. This helped the track to break into the Top 40. 
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  • Neo-classical / Classical / Orchestral

Hior Chronik
Blind Heaven

Blind Heaven by Greek-born, Berlin-based composer and musician Hior Chronik is an album of soundscapes that incorporate elements of drone, neo-classical and ambient music. It is the follow-up to his 2017 album, Out Of The Dust. Features guest performances from Amber Ortolano, Masayoshi Fujita, Hania Rani and Francesco Donadello.
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  • 7K!

Philip Glass
Glassworks

Is Philip Glass really conceited or does the word "glass" just work surprisingly well with everything? Either way, this record is called Glassworks and characterises its composing protagonist as a gentle, quietened artist, interested in crafting meditative and minimal works. Recommended for the Glass fan who wants to take it easy, for once. You deserve a day off.

Manu Delgado
Circadian

Arriving quickly after his short-film and soundtrack project Parasol Peak, Canadian composer Manu Delgado returns with another regular studio project. Circadian focuses on the human sleep cycle and was inspired by Delgado’s experiences on exhaustive global tours, rendered by his trusty handpan. 
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  • Neo-classical / Classical / Orchestral

Jóhann Jóhannsson
Virðulegu forsetar


  • Vinyl Double LP (4837389)
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  • Neo-classical / Classical / Orchestral

John Williams & Anne-Sophie Mutter
Across The Stars

Royalty of film soundtracks John Williams joins forces with esteemed German violinist Anne-Sophie Mutter in this brand spanking new arrangement of 'Across The Stars'. The double LP features a plethora of goosebump-raising sounds, from such iconic blockbusters as 'Star Wars: Return of The Jedi' and 'Harry Potter and The Philospher's Stone'.
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  • Neo-classical / Classical / Orchestral
  • Soundtracks

Ironomi
琹の葉 kotonoha

The eighth studio album by Japanese duo ironomi is also their first release on vinyl. Unmistakably pastoral and serene in tone, Kotonoha is evocative of walks through ancient forests and landscapes, with Junya Yanagidaira and Yu Isobe’s instincts very much in tune with nature for a long time by this point. 

James McVinnie / Tom Jenkinson
All Night Chroma

Composed by Tom Jenkinson of Squarepusher fame and performed by renowned organist James McVinnie, All Night Chroma came about after a commission from No-Nation with PRSF for Music. The songs debuted as ‘The Secret Life of Organs’ in 2016 with a short live run, and the material has now been re-arranged for a studio release on Warp Records. 

Wayne McGregor
Collaboration

Choreographer Wayne McGregor has commissioned new material from plenty of big musicians down the years - Jlin, Jon Hopkins and Ben Frost are just three of the artists who’ve made work for McGregor. On Collaboration we see McGregor sifting through a quarter-century of music to showcase some of his personal favourites. There are a few new recordings among the tracklist too.
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  • Neo-classical / Classical / Orchestral

Marcus Fjellström
Gebrauchsmusik


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Marcus Fjellström
Schattenspieler


  • Vinyl LP (mialp 013)
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Marcus Fjellström
Exercises In Estrangement

A re-issue of the debut album from the Swedish musician and composer Marcus Fjellström, who tragically died in 2017 aged just 37. Exercises In Estrangement, originally released in the mid-Noughties, is a reminder of just how immensely promising he was, generating unnerving yet utterly visionary avant-garde works at such a young age. 
  • Vinyl LP (mialp 043)
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Haruka Nakamura Piano Ensemble
Hikari

The final release from the Haruka Nakamura Piano Ensemble before they go on an indefinite hiatus, presented as a trilogy featuring newer versions of their older tracks and previously unrecorded pieces. Recorded at various concerts during their extended tours, Hikari captures the group’s delicate modern classical which has a timeless joy to it, think Efterklang and Penguin Cafe Orchestra string sections on long summer afternoons.

Kronos Quartet
Terry Riley: Sun Rings

'Sun Rings' is a piece by Terry Riley which was performed by Kronos Quartet and.... space? On their travels Voyagers 1 and 2 record a number of unearthly (literally) sounds, which inspired Riley to compose this piece for strings and a choir. The message driving it is one of unity, captured by the track title 'One Earth, One People, One Love'.
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  • Neo-classical / Classical / Orchestral

Efterklang with Copenhagen Phil
The Piramida Concert


  • Vinyl Double LP (CAD3316)
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  • 4AD

Frank Zappa
Orchestral Favorites (40th Anniversary)

Appearing during a period of upheaval between Frank Zappa and his label Warner, Orchestral Favourites was an album of instrumentals recorded with the 37-piece Abnuceals Emuukha Electric Symphony Orchestra and released without his permission in 1979. Now, the often-overlooked record gets a deluxe overhaul and expansion for its 40th anniversary worthy of Zappa’s original vision.

Bruno Bavota
Get Lost

The prophecy is true - Italian composer Bruno Bavota has made another LP of contemporary classical compositions. Get Lost ticks all the usual boxes - Waifish piano? Yep. Gently-undulating strings? Sure. Chest-swelling chord progressions? Very much so. Olafur Arnalds would be proud. Something from Get Lost is sure to be soundtracking a climactic scene in a romcom very soon.
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  • Neo-classical / Classical / Orchestral

Gabríel Ólafs
Absent Minded

Discovered on a televised Icelandic talent show at the age of just 19, composer and pianist Gabríel Ólafs was snapped up by One Little Indian. Later this month, he releases his first studio album Absent Minded, which the musician himself describes as “a score to a non-existent film”. 
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  • Neo-classical / Classical / Orchestral

Francesco Tristano
Tokyo Stories

Tokyo Stories by Francesco Trisano is a piano/synth/electronic love letter to the Japanese city. Each of the 15 tracks encapsulates his different experiences in the city. Japanese musicians U-zhaan, Keiichiro Shibuya and Hiroshi Watanabe contributed to the album with Argentine electronic artist Guti and French musical legend Michel Portal also making guest appearances.
  • Vinyl Double LP (FINNJUN001)
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  • Neo-classical / Classical / Orchestral

Ian Hawgood
Love Retained

Incredibly bare piano pieces, presented with thanks, love and admiration for those around him. Battling with depression for decades Ian Hawgood found a release, but also a trigger in composing, these unfinished and unmastered piano sketches serve up as a mirror to that fragility, and mark his departure from his own label (Home Normal) and possibly music itself.
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Max Richter
Voyager - Essential Max Richter

Voyager - Essential Max Richter is a career-spanning retrospective by the German-born composer. Not only is this the essential stuff from Richter’s impressive career so far, but it’s pretty essential for any record collection too. It includes excerpts from his reworking of Vivaldi’s Four Seasons along with scores from TV and film soundtracks such as The Leftovers, The Blue Notebooks and Mary Queen of Scots. A good place to start discovering Max Richter.
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  • Neo-classical / Classical / Orchestral

Ravi Shankar and Philip Glass
Passages

Two essential legends of different genres, united! Philip Glass is the face of contemporary minimalist composition, and Ravi Shankar is one of the most widely Western-known composers of Indian classical music. Wow! Passages, their 1990 collaboration, is a remarkably successful melding, all spiralling melody and stately texture. Reissue on Music On Vinyl.

Leo Svirsky
River Without Banks

Leo Svirsky is a contemporary classical composer of rare deftness. His pieces spool out like running water, and as such it’s apt that his new LP should be entitled River Without Banks. Arranged for two pianos and various accompanying instruments, Svirsky’s music is tranquil, stirring and extremely lovely. Gas, Peter Zummo and Michael Nyman all come to mind when listening to River Without Banks.

Nils Frahm
Spaces

Nils Frahm executes beautifully moving piano based compositions with marked ease, though the live experience is somewhat informed by the environment. This reissued collection of tracks presents the perceived value Frahm bestows upon these, celebrating his collaboration with chance, space and philosophies of the present.
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  • Neo-classical / Classical / Orchestral

Nils Frahm
All Encores

The incomparable Nils Frahm presents the third and final instalment in his Encores series of EPs in September, with all three of the compositions to be made available as an 80-minute album titled All Encores. Conceived of as “musical islands” off of the mainland of last year’s album All Melody, the third part is more percussive and electronic than the previous EPs that focussed on piano and ambience. 

Ocean Floor
Mirror

Mirror by Ocean Floor was originally released on cassette in 2018 and quickly sold out. It will now enjoy a limited vinyl pressing. A series of stripped back tracks for piano and synthesizer. They were initially sketched out following a bad night’s sleep in 2014. They were gradually formed into melodic tunes and the inclusion of a little guitar on one track.

Toby Andersen
Chasing Shadows

Toby Andersen has had quite a varied musical career. He formed ‘80s disco band, Funkopolitan, before going on to co-write Curiosity Killed The Cat’s number 1 debut album, Keep Your Distance. He’s also played on the debut album by Soul II Soul, Club Classics Vol. 1 and composed the score for BBC wildlife program, Predators. For his latest album, Chasing Shadows, he has composed pieces for solo piano that will soothe your anxieties in this crazy, fast-paced world.
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  • Neo-classical / Classical / Orchestral

Ludovico Einaudi
Seven Days Walking - Day One

Seven Days Walking is a series of releases from the classical composer, Ludovico Einaudi. Beginning with Day One, the series focuses on recurring themes taking on different themes across the seven releases, which are to be released over seven months. Recording with piano, violin, viola and cello, the tracks are gentle ruminations which sweep the listener away with ease. 
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  • Neo-classical / Classical / Orchestral

Erik Satie
Vexations

Remember when the National performed 'Sorrow' for 9 hours straight? They must have got the idea from the 19th century's Erik Satie whose composition 'Vexations' is three intriguing lines of a piano melody repeated 840 times. Unfortunately that would require a metric tonne of vinyl so here Alan Marks does it a mere 40.
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  • Neo-classical / Classical / Orchestral

David Helbock
Playing John Williams

Pianist David Helbock does the hits with a twist on new LP 'Playing John Williams'. This record finds him - who’d have thought? - playing John Williams, but rather than serving straight-up keyboard arrangements of some of Williams’ classic work we find Helbock putting a jazzy spin on them here. See how, say, Williams’ classic 'Schindler’s List' theme is spun out into something more languid when placed in Helbock’s hands.
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  • Neo-classical / Classical / Orchestral
  • Soundtracks

Penguin Cafe
Handfuls of Night

A continuation project of his father’s Penguin Cafe Orchestra, Arthur Jeffes returns with his fourth Penguin Cafe album Handfuls of Night. Inspired by Scott’s voyage to the Antarctic, the nine-track experience is bookended by beautiful instrumentals and takes in minimalist, cinematic pieces and uplifting, almost cathartic peaks. 
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  • Neo-classical / Classical / Orchestral

Zeitkratzer
Performs Songs from the Albums 'Kraftwerk' and 'Kraftwerk 2'

Led by Reinhold Friedl, Zeitkratzer are an ensemble of musicians who work with and reinterpret compositions by an ever reaching range of avant-garde and fringe artists. Their list of works include Lou Reed, Whitehouse, Throbbing Gristle, Stockhausen, John Cage. Now they turn their mad orchestra’s gaze upon the early works of Kraftwerk, specifically their first two albums.

Henrik Lindstrand
Nattresan

Henrick Lindstrand’s latest solo work, Nattresan, is deep, thoughtful and sweet-sounding in equal measure. The Swedish composer and musician recorded the album during the wee small hours in his Copenhagen studio. The serenity of his suburban surroundings are reflected in the sounds Lindstrand has committed to tape. 
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  • Neo-classical / Classical / Orchestral

London Music Works and the City of Prague Philharmonic Orchestra
Music from the Batman Trilogy

A treat for fans of the Christopher Nolan Batman films here, or specifically the music of said films. Nolan used two of the best movie score composers around in Hans Zimmer and James Newton-Howard to score his take on Batman. 'Music From The Batman Trilogy' performed by London Music Works and The City of Prague Philharmonic Orchestra gathers together the two composers' best work from each of the three films.

The City of Prague Philharmonic Orchestra
The Complete Harry Potter Film Music Collection

John Williams, Patrick Doyle, Nicholas Hooper and Alexandre Desplat were the composers given the job of scoring the Harry Potter movies. John Williams received Academy Award nominations for the two films he scored. Here we have the music from all 8 movies performed by The City of Prague Philharmonic Orchestra.
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  • Neo-classical / Classical / Orchestral
  • Soundtracks

Jóhann Jóhannsson
Retrospective I

His body is barely cold in the ground and yet the Retrospectives have started. This is a 7CD collection of the early works of Icelandic ace Jóhann Jóhannsson including a previously unreleased soundtrack to the documentary White Black Boy. It's a terrible thought to consider hoping for your favourite artists to die just so similar lavish retrospectives are produced.  
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  • Neo-classical / Classical / Orchestral

Chilly Gonzales
Chambers

‘Chambers’ is the highly anticipated follow up to ‘Solo Piano II’ by Canadian electro pianist/composer Chilly Gonzales. The pioneering veteran has composed the album for piano and string quartet as a modern re-imagining of traditional, romantic era chamber music inspired by an evolving relationship with Hamburg's Kaiser Quartet that has a distinctively compulsive pop sound that coexists alongside Gonzales’s characteristically avant garde attitude.
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  • Neo-classical / Classical / Orchestral

Max Richter
La Prima Linea

Max Richter has the chops to soundtrack any film you can throw at him, and this 70’s Italian terrorism drama is no exception, even if that setting might seem quite far from usual Richter territory. That stately style brings out the melancholy strains of the story, and the melodies will live on in the mind long after the film has faded from the screen.
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  • Soundtracks
  • Neo-classical / Classical / Orchestral

Charlemagne Palestine & Rrose
The Goldennn Meeenn + Sheeenn

The multiple letter way of spelling is irritating but it's one of the few derogatory things you can say about Charlemagne Palestine. Here he collaborates with Rrose (he's at it too) for a rendition of Palestine's classic 1976 era work The Golden Mean as performed at the Festival Variations in Nantes in March 2018. Expect even more notes than letters. 

Steve Reich
Live / Electric Music

Live / Electric Music collects two pieces by Steve Reich, one of the masters of minimalism. The a-side features 'Violin Phase' which is recorded by Paul Zukofsky, which sees Reich applying his phasing skills to one of the more mournful instruments. 'It's Gonna Rain' meanwhile has Reich looping a doomsaying pastor.

Olafur Arnalds
re:member + string quartets

On re:member Olafur Arnalds took a slight step away from his neoclassical beginnings, pushing into beat programming and software-controlled player pianos as well as those oh-so-weighty Olafur melodies. This special edition adds exclusive new recordings of a string quartet performing tracks from the album. From Mercury KX.
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  • Neo-classical / Classical / Orchestral

Lubomyr Melnyk
Illirion

Lubomyr Melnyk is apparently the fastest-playing pianist in the world. However, what is really impressive about him is that he avoids falling into a Steve Vai-esque carnival of boring technical virtuosity: he uses his talent to whip up storms of rich, melodic “Continuous Music”. New record Illirion is out on the illustrious Sony Classical.
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  • Neo-classical / Classical / Orchestral
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  • Neo-classical / Classical / Orchestral

Max Richter
The Blue Notebooks - 15 Years (Record Store Day Edition)

The Blue Notebooks is Max Richter’s Iraq war protest album. He began writing the album in 2003 when tensions were rising - and boiling over - in the country. Along with Richter’s beautiful compositions, the album features passages from Franz Kafka’s Blue Octavo Notebooks and Polish writer Czeslaw Milosz’s Hymn Of The Pearl and Unattainable Earth read by actor Tilda Swinton. Limited edition blue coloured vinyl 2LP on Deutsche Grammophon. Comes in a stickered PVC sleeve - note the stickering may look torn or cut - this is intentional as each copy is unique.
  • Vinyl Double LP (4835016)
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  • Neo-classical / Classical / Orchestral

Ucc Harlo
United

UCC Harlo (aka Annie Garlid, a collaborator of Holly Herndon) makes her debut with an album six years in the making, representing a journey from classically-trained orchestral violinist to experimental producer. United features classical baroque styles filtered and re-focused, amongst synth drones, field recordings and much else besides, forming a fascinating and detailed whole. On Subtext.

Galya Bisengalieva
EP Two

Galya Bisengalieva is a violinist with a radical range: on this EP, EP Two, she tackles a piece of her own and a multi-layered duo with turntablist Shiva Feshareki (involving one musical response being cut to dubplate and then used as the source for a second duo response on Galya’s NOMAD Music Productions.
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Jóhann Jóhannsson & BJ Nilsen
I Am Here

Interesting to see Touch stalwart BJ Nilsen turning up on the soundtracks to films that star Kim Basinger. This is the LP release of I Am Here’s original score, in which Nilsen works alongside Icelandic composer Jóhann Jóhannsson (and wonderful cellist Hildur Guðnadóttir). Expect beautiful melodies and beautiful abstract textures in equal measure.

Max Richter
My Brilliant Friend (TV Series Soundtrack)

The vinyl soundtrack to the acclaimed American-Italian TV series ‘My Brilliant Friend’, the first-ever foreign language endeavour by HBO and based on Elena Ferrante’s best-selling novel ‘L’Amica Geniale’. Max Richter provides a beautiful original score to a unique exploration of female friendship. 
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  • Neo-classical / Classical / Orchestral
  • Soundtracks

Swan's Chamber
Swan's Chamber

The eponymous Swan's Chamber is the work of one multi-instrumentalist called Taylor Ross. I'm no expert in classical music, but to my ears Ross has created an album of cheery and pleasant chamber music using the guitar, piano and recorded. Whether or not this is for you, I think we can all agree it's wonderful music like this still gets made.
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  • Neo-classical / Classical / Orchestral

Peter Jørgensen
Alt I Stykker

Once while living in a Copenhagen suburb, I bought one of Peter Jørgensen’s albums and, after a short interval, he stuck it through the letterbox personally. That’s the quality of service you can expect from this fellow, whose compositions on new album Alt i stykker (All in Pieces) are definitely his most refined and sublime yet. Performers include Caroline Olesen, Morten Grove Frandsen and Mike Weis (Zelienople) among others.
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  • Neo-classical / Classical / Orchestral
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  • Neo-classical / Classical / Orchestral

Yann Tiersen
ALL

Emotive ivories motifsmith Yann Tiersen has a new studio, venue and community centre named The Eskal on ol’ Ushant, the Breton Celtic Sea island he calls home. ALL is his first album recorded in this studio. It features basslines dancing with emotive right-hand arpeggios on the ivories, evocative field recordings of things such as children’s voices and charming reversed-tape textures with post-rock guitar ambience. ALL you could ever want.
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  • Neo-classical / Classical / Orchestral

Dmitry Evgrafov
Comprehension Of Light

Moscovite Dmitry Evgrafov follows his 2015 debut 'Collage' with Comprehension Of Light, also on FatCat's neoclassical offshoot 130701. Richter, Jóhannsson and O’Halloran fans rejoice! For his 1st vinyl LP release, Dmitry upscales from electronics to real strings, courtesy Iskra Quartet. Buddies Abul Mogard and Benoît Pioulard are also present. Often recalling avant-garde film soundtracks, the album follows a through-line of redemption with spectral qualities. Includes download.
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  • Neo-classical / Classical / Orchestral

Various
The Favourite (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack)

The Favourite has been making waves recently, what with Olivia Coleman’s Oscar, so you might like to know that the film’s soundtrack is now available to own at home, vinyl-style. As befits the 18th century royal English setting, the selections are fine recordings of many excellent sonatas, fantasias and concertos from around the period… plus Elton John. Double LP on Decca.
  • Genre(s):
  • Soundtracks
  • Neo-classical / Classical / Orchestral

Elma Orkestra and Ryan Vail
Borders

Two of Derry/Londonderry’s brightest and most talented musicians over the last five years eventually meet on Borders. Eoin O’Callaghan (a.k.a. Elma Orkestra) and Ryan Vail unite contemporary classical and cutting-edge electronica music on this thrilling set of compositions that urge togetherness in a divided world. 

Scott Twynholm
In The Ink Dark

'In the Ink Dark' is Scott Twynholm's score for a unique dance performance project exploring loves and losses, comprising five movements for string quartet, piano and electronics. The project was influenced by a range of musicians including Patti Smith, Nina Simone, Eliane Radigue and Brian Eno. 
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  • Neo-classical / Classical / Orchestral

Eluvium
Pianoworks

Pianoworks is one of those things that belies a deeply depressing message, the loss of childhood wonder and joy, with deeply beautiful and moving music. It is an album that was apparently 'recorded, re-recorded, and re-re-recorded in the span of nearly a decade', in Eluvium's quest for the perfect sound. Opener 'Recital' is meant to mimic just that, the recital of a piece of music. It does so in such a way that conveys the adherence to form and technique, but never loses a sense of magic from the simple act of playing piano. It is, as the press release states, 'uncomplicated as it is uncompromised'.

Alice Thompson
Solo Piano Two

Solo Piano Two is Alice Thompson’s appropriately named follow-up to her debut album, Solo Piano. Whilst her debut album was firmly rooted in classical music, Solo Piano Two, brings in influences from Eastern cultures and Jazz. Thompson wanted to tear up the rulebook and create music you wouldn’t expect from a piano album.
  • Genre(s):
  • Neo-classical / Classical / Orchestral

Memory Drawings
The Nearest Exit

Third album from the Anglo/American collective Memory Drawings, featuring members of Hood, Manyfingers, Brave Timbers and Movietone. Pushing their exquisite dulcimer/guitar/violin sound deeper into the heart of post-rock (with nods towards Bark Psychosis and Tortoise courtesy of the polyrhythmic playing of newly-joined drummer Chris Cole) these beautiful cinematic compositions perfectly soundtrack the onset of autumn. All versions include a bonus remix album featuring Isnaj Dui, Edward Ka-Spel, Robert Rich, Leaf Library, and more.
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Josephine Wiggs
We Fall

Josephine Wiggs, most famously of wonderful Boston band The Breeders, has released a few albums under different guises over the years. She has never let genre prevent her from doing what she wants. We Fall, her latest album, is no exception. She takes influences from Eno’s Another Green World, Alva Noto, Ryuichi Sakamoto and Harold Budd. LP and CD on Sound Of Sinners.

Lisa Hannigan and s t a r g a z e
Live In Dublin

A Lisa Hannigan live album that sees her backed by the contemporary-classical ensemble s t a r g a z e? Should be nice. And you know what, Live In Dublin is just that. A tasteful blend of electronics, acoustic instruments and backing singers provide a platform for Hannigan’s wistful, slightly folksy musings here. Think Jens Lekman and Hannigan’s old pal Damien Rice.

Resina
Traces - Remixes

Polish cellist Resina knows some real cool people: this remix EP takes two tracks from her Traces album and lets them get worked over by Lotic, Ben Frost, Abul Mogard and even Ian William Craig! With producers of this calibre, and the excellent source material, it will be no surprise to learn that Traces - Remixes is a great and varied listen. Released by 130701.

Arthur Russell
Tower of Meaning

An incredible treat right here for Arthur Russell fans! Everyone knows the man was eclectic, flitting from disco to avant-disco to synth-pop to echo-ballads… But few are familiar with Tower Of Meaning, Russell’s composition for orchestra. It is a beautiful, minimal work, originally released in a very slender edition. But now we have it remastered and reissued by Audika! Enjoy.

Ryuichi Sakamoto - performed by Brussels Philharmonic and conducted by Dirk Brossé
Music for Film

Ryuichi Sakamoto has a hell of a repertoire when it comes to film soundtracks, so it is only right and proper that he was honoured by the Brussels Philharmonic at the World Soundtrack Awards this year. This suite of Sakamoto’s finest accompaniments stretches from the classic ‘Merry Christmas Mr. Lawrence’ right up to ‘The Revenant’, all newly performed. 
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  • Neo-classical / Classical / Orchestral
  • Soundtracks

Adrian Lim-Klumpes
Yield (Preludes & Fugues for Piano)

Adrian Lim-Klumpes has plied his pianist’s trade at the helm of bands including Tangents and 3ofmillions, generally working in a jazz-informed milieu. But, as solo album Yield’s sub-heading Preludes & Fugues for Piano suggests, this is a more classically informed release, presenting crystal-clear ideas that stand and breath in the sound-space. On Off Records.

Erland Cooper
Sule Skerry

The sea. Really big isn't it? And sort of flappy. Living in Orkland Erland Cooper knows all about the sea and has decided to make his second album all about the great big wet thing. Previous album Solan Goose (all about the goose?) got all kind of plaudits from the likes of the Quietus, 6 Music etc so expect this one to do the same...but wetter. 
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  • Neo-classical / Classical / Orchestral

Anthony Burr and Charles Curtis
Chamber Music: Alvin Lucier & Morton Feldman

An interesting combination here of pieces by Alvin Lucier and Morton Feldman, selected and performed by Charles Curtis and Anthony Burr, a very talented pair. Chamber Music features three fairly early Feldman pieces and three of Lucier’s pure-tone wonder-vignettes. Perhaps their placement next to one another will illuminate certain aspects of each composer. Excellent performances on Important Records.

Alvin Lucier
Orpheus Variations

Alvin Lucier here continues to compose for the excellent cellist Charles Curtis. Orpheus Variations is drawn from a sonority from a Stravinsky piece, though presented here in rather more abstract context. Curtis’ cello weaves through a seven-part wind ensemble (here, the SEM Ensemble conducted by Petr Kotik), creating amazing waveform effects in that unique Lucier style. Out on Important Records.

Thomas William Hill
Grains of Space

Multi-instrumental melodician Thomas William Hill (Origamibiro) follows 2017’s Asylum for Eve with Grains of Space. This one developed from loops on a viola da gamba to whose silent gaps were added bits from other instruments - pianos, metallophones, gongs, singing bowls and more, including the dreaded drum machines and analogue synthesisers. Elaborate and slightly erratic music ensues.

Beth Gibbons & The Polish National Radio Symphony Orchestra
Henryk Górecki: Symphony No. 3 (Symphony Of Sorrowful Songs)

Been wondering what Gibbons has been up to? Well nothing we can tell you from the last four years but in 2014 she performed Henryk Górecki: Symphony No. 3 (Symphony Of Sorrowful Songs) alongside the Polish National Radio Symphony conducted by Krzysztof Penderecki one of Poland's leading composers. Now several years later you can get the whole performance on audio and with the special LP version and the CD you get a visual DVD.    
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  • Neo-classical / Classical / Orchestral
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  • Neo-classical / Classical / Orchestral
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  • Neo-classical / Classical / Orchestral

Astrid
A Porthole (I)

The first installment of a double album release scheduled for 2019, Astrid’s newest effort A Porthole (I) is conceptually built around the idea of a cabin on a sea voyage. Each of the four tracks is named after a different kind of seaweed, and the French modern-classical quartet drive each musical exploration with typical virtuoso showmanship. 
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  • Neo-classical / Classical / Orchestral

Víkingur Ólafsson
Bach Reworks

Víkingur Ólafsson’s Bach Reworks is an intriguing and moving set of contemporary classical compositions. The pianist’s second LP for Deutsche Grammophon sees him interpreting the music of composers such as Ben Frost and Hans-Joachim Roedelius as they in turn attempt to spring something new from the inimitable repertoire of Johann Sebastian Bach. Nestled among the track list of Bach Reworks is a tender tribute to Ólafsson’s late friend Jóhann Jóhannsson.
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  • Neo-classical / Classical / Orchestral

s t a r g a z e feat. Greg Saunier & Andre De Ridder
Instruments

A rare prospect indeed this one: not only do we have big famous conductor Andre de Ridder working with Greg Saunier from Deerhoof, we have them working together on a chamber orchestral reimagining of the third album by Fugazi, In On The Kill Taker. A surprising set-up then, but with an astonishingly successful delivery. Instruments is released by Transgressive.
  • Vinyl LP (TRANS409X)
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  • Coloured vinyl
  • Limited edition

Nils Frahm
Encores 1

Ah now we can have them. Now that Rough Trade have had their exclusive, the rest of us wait with arms outstretched for the leftovers. But as it's Nils and as it's Erased Tapes we will welcome them back in. These five tracks formed part of the same sessions for All Melody and if you didn't already get that album off Rough Trade then this will be all new stuff. 
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  • Neo-classical / Classical / Orchestral

Efterklang & Karsten Fundal
Leaves - The Colour Of Falling

After extensive touring of Piramida the Danish dreamy electronic indie group Efterklang took a hiatus to reimagine themselves. And here they are, back with their first release since then, reimagined and more orchestral than ever. Leaves is made up of compositions with Karsten Fundal and performed with The Happy Hopeless Orchestra and was an opera they toured in 2015.
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  • Neo-classical / Classical / Orchestral

Ryuichi Sakamoto
BTTB (20th Anniversary Edition)

Milan deliver more splendid material from the one and only Ryuichi Sakamoto, this time in the form of a twentieth anniversary reissue. Hitherto elusive outside Japan, BTTB (a.k.a. Back to the Basics) mainly consists of solo piano pieces of an artful and generally gentle contemporary classical persuasion. There’s a bit of prepared piano and what sounds like a hydrophone recording as well.

Hauschka
A Different Forest

Hauschka, one of the piano lads who continue to dominate the world of accessible contemporary classical music, returns with his debut for Sony Classical. Best known for his work on the prepared piano (essentially filling the instrument with a bunch of variously relevant stuff), on A Different Forest he has opted for a purer approach. This album is heartfelt and imbued with narrative, but no less playful than he's known for being. 
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  • Neo-classical / Classical / Orchestral

Jóhann Jóhannsson
Mandy (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack)

The horror film Mandy, directed by Panos Cosmatos and starring Nicholas “Not the bees” Cage, was the late Jóhann Jóhannsson’s final film score commission. Easily as equipped to convey the intense unease required of a horror film soundtrack as the pathos of its more melancholy stages, Jóhannsson also enlists Stephen O’Malley of Sunn O))) on guitar.
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  • Neo-classical / Classical / Orchestral
  • Soundtracks

Jóhann Jóhannsson
The Mercy (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack)

Aside from his solo output and numerous collaborations, Jóhann Jóhannsson has been growing a long list of film scores, including Arrival, Prisoners, and The Theory Of Everything. His latest is this score for James Marsh’s The Mercy, about the infamous sailing voyage of Donald Crowhurst. Released on Deutsche Grammophon.
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  • Neo-classical / Classical / Orchestral
  • Soundtracks
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  • Neo-classical / Classical / Orchestral

Penguin Cafe
The Red Book

Arthur Jeffe’s continuation of his father Simon’s legacy as Penguin Café is impressive. The contents of The Red Book are glittering, complex instrumentals, oft led by piano and strings but featuring quite a list of instruments. Lying somewhere between modern classical minimalism and pop, these compositions aren’t too far from post-rock. Fortunately, the tedious, po-faced overstatement common in post-rock is largely absent here.
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  • Neo-classical / Classical / Orchestral

Poppy Ackroyd
Sketches

Neo-classical composer and performer Poppy Ackroyd (involved in Hidden Orchestra) presents an album of Sketches: delicately traced pieces of piano and violin finery, with richly melancholy melodies and lots of stately space to languish in. Sketches is released by One Little Indian, with CD and 180g LP editions available.
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  • Neo-classical / Classical / Orchestral

Olafur Arnalds
Island Songs

Island Songs documents Olafur Arnalds recent travelling project, in which he visited 7 different towns in his native Iceland and composed a new piece with a local artist in each town. The assembled results (including a DVD of visual documentation if you choose the CD edition) mix Arnalds’ stately melancholy with a great range of other approaches. On Decca Classics.
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  • Neo-classical / Classical / Orchestral

Scott Walker
The Childhood of a Leader - Original Soundtrack

Wow! Brand new Scott Walker! The avant-crooner legend has been enlisted to create a full-blown orchestral score to Brady Corbet’s The Childhood of a Leader, a Satre adaptation set in 1919. There’s plenty of the dissonance of late-period Walker at play here, a perfect fit with the tense psychology of the film. On 4AD.
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  • 4AD

Shye Ben Tzur, Jonny Greenwood & Rajasthan Express
Junun

Paul Thomas Anderson’s latest film, Tunun, impressionistically documents the recording sessions that led to this album. Jonny Greenwood, with his Radiohead pedigree, will attract the most attention, but it is qawwali group Rajasthan Express and composer Shye Ben Tzur who are the real centre of this collection. Fantastic devotional performances, highly recommended. On Nonesuch.

Max Richter
The Leftovers - Music From The HBO Series - Season One

Famous for his subtle and emotional modern classical albums, Max Richter is also renowned in the score writing business. His latest efforts for the Leftovers are striking as always, focusing on minimal piano tracks accompanied by the subtlest of strings. With careful themes, Richter creates entire worlds of sound.
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  • Neo-classical / Classical / Orchestral
  • Soundtracks

A Winged Victory For The Sullen
Atomos

Adam Wiltzie and Dustin O’Halloran return with their second studio album inspired by contemporary dance and new instrumentation. After releasing a first glimpse in the form of the ‘Atomos VII’ EP earlier this year, A Winged Victory For The Sullen finally reveal their second full-length album entitled ‘Atomos’, which besides familiar piano, string and drone sounds also sees the duo introduce flurries of electronics, harp and modular synthesisers. IN THEIR OWN WORDS: “As a wise man once said, one who procrastinates their own choosing will inevitably have their choice served to them by circumstance. We had virtually no time for second guessing ourselves. That being said, we tried to balance the discordance between being creative, and fulfilling our duties for a commissioned soundtrack with a very strict deadline, and all the while staying true to our collective melancholy.” – Adam Bryanbaum Wiltzie “We never imagined 2013 would be such an explosively creative year. The first record took us two years from start to finish, but in the micro span of time over last summer we were able to change the formula for the way we write, record, liberating.” – Dustin O'Halloran
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  • Neo-classical / Classical / Orchestral

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