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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. 

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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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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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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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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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

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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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.

Erland Cooper
Solan Goose

Prolific multi-instrumentalist Erland Cooper—also of The Magnetic North and Erland and The Carnival fame—defies genre categorisation, his eclectic sound ranging from electro experiments, lilting folktronica and evocative poetry set to classical tropes. This vinyl release, out on Phases, explores his Scottish origins, each track named after a bird familiar to his native Orkney. 
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Hania Rani
Esja

After operating under different guises, with other collaborators and performing in prestigious venues around the world, pianist and composer Hania Rani presents her first album under her own name. Esja sees her fully focus on her lifelong fascination with the piano as an instrument - “just me, as I am”, as Rani explains about the project. 
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Joep Beving
Henosis

Deutsche Grammophon release the third in Joep Beving's personal trilogy. Henosis is a fantastically start example of minimalism. Its heart is found in the piano Beving uses, originally his grandmother's. This makes for a record that is resonant both in the literal sense, and in the emotional one. For the first time though, Beving is not completely alone.
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Justin Wright
Music For Staying Warm

Writing on the first properly snowy day on the English south coast for some years, I heartily endorse the importance of staying warm. So Justin Wright’s new album, titled Music For Staying Warm, is a very welcome listen. These nine pieces for string quartet is brimming over with lush resonance and harmonic drones, filling any space you play them into with comfortable fireside feelings. On First Terrace.

Nico Casal
Alone

Most known for his work in film composition, Nico Cascal strikes out on his own terms with this debut LP Alone, luscious piano minimalism meeting subtle flourishes of electronic manipulation. Cascal is patient in his attempts to achieve his compositional aims, creating subtle music out of looping repetition and a love of the understatement.
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Luke Abbott
Music From The Edge Of An Island

Luke Abbott puts away his modular synth and electronics collection for a little while in order to create something for Piano Day 2019. Using VST software to simulate a piano, Abbott’s work here still retains a slight MIDI-ish computer tinge to it, which actually lends an interesting extra flavour. Music From The Edge Of An Island is released by FLOAT.
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Bruno Sanfilippo
ClarOscuro

Work for a piano trio for the first time from Barcelona-based classical and electronic composer and musician Bruno Sanfilippo. Working with Manuel del Fresno on cello and Pere Bardagi on violin, this haunting selection of nine tracks is beautifully stirring, evocative and cinematic in its scope. ClarOscuro is on CD from ad21.
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Bruno Sanfilippo
Inside Life

If only my inside was a quiet and tranquil as this Inside Life. Exploring the distant horizons that lie in the silence between notes, Bruno Sanfilippo creates lush soundscapes both in the piano and strings, as well as in the quiet. Calm, embracing and infinite patient love resonates in his compositions.
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Bruno Sanfilippo
The Poet

Bruno Sanfilippo composes and records music for piano that sits in the richly melodic minimal vein of a Max Richter, even an Ludovico Einaudi. The Poet is sorrowful in tone and yet also comforting to the soul, the grand, melancholy piano figures swathed in electronic ambience. CD release on 1631 Recordings.

Bruno Sanfilippo
Lost & Found

That classic combination of piano and subdued electronics is given a workout on Bruno Sanfilippo's pensive 'Lost and Found'. Field recordings lend an extra layer of nostalgia, carrying the listener further away into an emotional dreamland. Definitely cinematic in scope, this is one for late and calm nights.
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Bruno Sanfilippo
Pianette

A collection of piano pieces inspired by mechanical toys, dolls, puppets and the circus sounds like it could soundtrack a freaky horror film, but this is Pianette by Bruno Sanfilippo. This is about the positive and pleasant memories that these things invoke. And, of course, it will be beautiful. Digipak CD on ad21.
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Deaf Center
Low Distance

Eight years after Owl Splinters the Norwegian two-piece made up of Miasmah records head Erik K. Skodvin (Svarte Greiner) and Otto A. Totland (Nest) return for their third full length album. Comparatively stripped back they once again show their skills at weaving mysterious and captivating electronics and ambient soundscapes which can both enthral and unnerve.
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Sebastian Selke x Daniel Selke
Q3A

On Q3A the brothers Sebastian and Daniel Selke ruminate on the political circumstance of their 1980s east German upbringing. They each take a side of the 7", Daniel using his childhood cello and synths, while Sebastian's is his first foray into solo work. The music itself is a drone that yearns for home, that is wistful, and is unromantic.
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Olafur Arnalds
Dyad 1909


  • Vinyl 10" (ERATP019EP)
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Olafur Arnalds
Eulogy For Evolution 2017

Now very famous indeed composer Olafur Arnalds has gone back to his roots and reworked this his debut release with the help of friend Nils Frahm who took charge of the remastering. Seeing as though the original album transported the listener from birth to death we wonder if there's anything else that can be squeezed out here. Whatever it's a chance to revisit Arnalds at the beginning of his career arc.  
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Watine
Géometries sous-cutanées (Subcutaneous Layers)

Apparently hailing from Paris, Watine hold forth their tantalisingly-titled new album Geometries sous-cutanees, or Subcutaneous Layers. The Watine house style is a sort of highly-atmospheric melancholy instrumental folk, but with plenty of electronic treatments and layers, as well as unidentified sounds creeping around the edges of the mix. Rather engaging stuff. Double LP on Catgang.
  • Vinyl Double LP
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Aaron Martin
A Room Now Empty

A master of the safe space between ambient music and contemporary classical vibes, Aaron Martin is back with A Room Now Empty - not named after any of his gigs, I hope. As well as the usual layers of majestic, swooning cello, you can expect to hear banjo, lap steel, singing bowls, ukulele, the human voice and more. There’s even a roll-up piano.

Sylvain Chauveau
Pianisme

Pianisme collects together piano pieces by French-born, Belgium-based musician, Sylvain Chauveau. Many of the pieces were written for films by director Sebastien Betbeder and there one minimal piece written for choreographer Christian Rizzo. Chauveau also plays in 0, avant rock band, Arca and On. LP on Sub Rosa.

Sebastian Plano
Verve

Sebastian Plano’s is so very close to being called Sebastian Piano. If Sebastian Piano was actually this guy’s name then it would have been both a more amusing and more fitting moniker for the Argentine. Verve is an LP of plink-plonk keyboard niceness in the vein of all those other men with earnest gazes - Einaudi, Arnalds and so on.

Luke Howard / Nadje Noordhuis
Ten Sails

For Ten Sails pianist and composer Luke Howard recruited trumpeter Nadje Noordhuis and Nils Frahm’s Berlin piano. Together these artists make a delicate and minimal neo-classical music that borrows from ambient music as well as traditional chamber music forms. This vinyl LP on Hobbledehoy Recordings is a limited pressing and also includes a download code.

Sophie Hutchings
Yonder

Australian composer Sophie Hutchings stays with the Preserved label for her fifth full length album Yonder. Easily placed in the shelf with Dustin O'Hallaron, Max Richter and Nils Frahm, Hutchings crafts delicate and solitary pieces that tilt the modern classical genre into ambience and cinematic solemnity.
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Floex & Tom Hodge
A Portrait of John Doe feat. Prague Radio Symphony Orchestra

Yeah man, it’s one of them DJ / classical music collaborations. Techno man Floex has teamed up with composer and instrumentalist Tom Hodge, with the backing of Prague Radio Symphony Orchestra to create A Portrait of John Doe, a melange of beats, strings, synths, woodwinds, and much more besides. Out on Mercury KX.

Poppy Ackroyd
Resolve Reimagined

Poppy Ackroyd’s album Resolve gets utterly re-made by a cast of excellent and interesting producers, who take Poppy’s neoclassical compositions into all sorts of interesting areas. Hauschka, Nuage, Floex and Poppy’s alma mater Hidden Orchestra all contribute, and Max Cooper delivers a particularly nice pumping beaty version of ‘Paper’. On One Little Indian.
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Aukai
Reminiscence

Fresh EP from Markus Sieber’s project Aukai. Careful and minimal instrumental pieces that accompany Sieber’s Ronroco (a kind of mandolin-esque instrument) with numerous other great musicians using harp, cello, violin and more. Short pieces that linger in the mind, highly considered but free-feeling. On aukaimusic.

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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Nils Frahm
All Melody

Master of the aching, delicate phrase, and enrapturing melodious pulse, Nils Frahm is back with an album of wide instrumental scope. Born out of his newly constructed studio, this work represents a fresh approach, a glorious attempt to depict the mysterious and inherently beautiful music one hears from within.
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Tredici Bacci
La Fine Del Futuro

Tredici Bacci present their latest full statement, in the form of the magisterial La Fine Del Futuro. This is a bombastic, full-bodied tribute to vintage Italian library music, full of funk and weirdness. Includes a wild version of the Christian hymn ‘Emmanuel’! Vintage styles, made fresh and dished up in 2019. On NNA Tapes.

Bruno Bavota
RE_CORDIS

Plink plonk plink, plonk plink plonk. Yep, those pitter-patter piano lines that herald Bruno Bavota’s RE-CORDIS can only mean one thing - we’ve got another neo-classical LP on our hands. Bavota has apparently been compared to fellow Italian Ludovico Einaudi a few times in his young career. The tracks here, fiddling as Rome burns, make good on those similarities.
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Jóhann Jóhannsson
Arrival (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack)

Jóhann Jóhannsson is known for his modern composition skills, often working with stately piano and subtle electronics. But for his original soundtrack to the big new film Arrival, he follows the plot’s lead by centering his compositions around the voice. The results can sometimes recall Holly Herndon relocated to a dramatic orchestral context: e.g. really rather interesting. CD release on Deutsche Grammophon.
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  • Soundtracks

Gonçalo Penas
Ego De Espinhos

Gonçalo Penas is a bit of a maverick, it would appear. Ego De Espinhos is the 22-year old Portuguese musician’s debut album. He has resolutely refused to stick to any formula or rules he has learned in his time at music college so he can fully explore the limits of electronic music. The result, following some intensive self-discovery, is a cathartic album that will blow your mind. LP on Subtext.

James Newton Howard
Fantastic Beasts And Where To Find Them (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack)

Based around the colossal tale of a young legendary wizard, Fantastic Beasts And Where To Find Them (Original Motion Picture Sountrack) is the audio companion to the highly-anticipated prequel in J.K Rowling's wand-waving world. James Newton Howard composes this sprawling journey, which is simply a must for Potter fans.
  • Vinyl Double LP (MOVATM143C)
  • Coloured vinyl
  • Limited edition
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  • Soundtracks

Tan Dun
Hero (Music From The Original Soundtrack)

Fusing Chinese melodies with orchestral grandeur, Tan Dun is best understood as China’s John Williams. With the soundtrack to Hero, he created the soundtrack to the movie that redefined the aesthetics of an entire generation’s car commercials. Just like the movie, the soundtrack was so influential it almost seems cliche in hindsight. Out now on sexy and limited-edition vinyl.
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Various
Expo 1

A compilation of some of the greatest works from some of the greatest composors in the neo- classical genre. With tracks from Philip Glass, Ólafur Arnalds, Max Richter, Jóhann Jóhannsson, Ludovico Einaudi (CD only) and many more. A showcase selection that brings the delicate and deeply stirring side to modern music. LP or Double CD on Deutsche Grammophon.
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Lubomyr Melnyk
Fallen Trees

I can't stress enough how easy it is to write a description for Lubomyr Melnyk. You just bold his name, talk about how obscenely fast he plays the piano and sit back. Something he never does, because he's too busy playing the piano so fast. For his 70th birthday he's releasing Fallen Trees on Erased Tapes, who are having their 10th birthday; this could all get a little confusing but effectively this music perfectly distills the way Melnyk uses his extremely technical playing style to create resonant imagery -- this time evoking the environments he saw passing him by on a long European train journey.

Max Richter
Mary Queen of Scots (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack)

Ever look at the current British political miasma and imagine how differently things might have turned out if Mary Stuart had been allowed to take the English throne back in the 16th Century? Well, now you don’t have to! New blockbuster flick Mary Queen Of Scots follows the highs and lows (there were more lows) of Mary’s relationship/rivalry with Queen Elizabeth. Max Richter (The Blue Notebooks, Guerrilla) has done the score, which is what we have here. It’s yer regular Richter fare, all sawing strings and Michael Nyman-ish chamber vibes.
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  • Soundtracks

Víkingur Ólafsson
Philip Glass: Piano Works

Artistic director of Reykjavík Midsummer Music festival and Swedish Vinterfest, the icelandic pianist Víkingur Ólafsson has performed with many orchestras including the London Philharmonic. After being selected by Phillip Glass to perform some of his Etudes at the barbican he has gone on to record a selection of them, and here they be on delicious double vinyl.
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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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  • Soundtracks

Irmin Schmidt
5 Klavierstücke

An album of solo piano pieces from Can keyboardist Irmin Schmidt here. The five tracks of 5 Klavierstücke are one-take improvisations which were recorded on two grand pianos - one prepared, one unprepared - and augmented with ambient noise from around the studio in the south of France. The prepared instrument forms the core of the record, and in doing so it gives the LP a strong whiff of Schmidt's one-time tutor John Cage.
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  • Neo-classical / Classical / Orchestral

Daniel Pemberton
Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse

Daniel Pemberton’s score to the latest in the never-ending run of Spider-Man movies gets a standalone release. The Ocean’s 8/Steve Jobs composer does a decent job of teaching an old dog new tricks here. Spider-Man: Into The Spider-Verse’s mix of symphony and schmaltz might be enough to get Pemberton another Golden Globe nomination.
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  • Soundtracks
  • Neo-classical / Classical / Orchestral

Erik K Skodvin & Rauelsson
A Score for Darling

A Score For Darling is the (rather self-aware in terms of title) soundtrack to Birgitte Staermose’s film Darling, an emotionally potent tale of a dancer’s life. Erik K Skodvin and Rauelsson, both presenting their first ever soundtrack work here, have done an impressive job, drawing on the additional talents of Christophe Berg and Anne Muller to expand their instrumentation. Vinyl release on Sonic Pieces.
  • Vinyl LP (PATTERN006LP)
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  • Limited edition

Max Richter
from SLEEP

A record surely made with our Phil in mind. If anyone can get him to sleep it will be Max Richter. Richter has written what is thought to be the longest piece of classical music and you are supposed to listen to it when you are asleep  - if such thing is possible. The work is being released in its entirety in digital form but of course you can't squeeze that onto CD or vinyl so these are one hour adaptations of the work. Certainly you'll need to be awake for the vinyl version otherwise the needle will just get snagged in the run out groove. 
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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

Max Richter
Taboo

Taboo is hardly the word that springs to mind when we think of esteemed contemporary composer Max Richter, but his loveliness persists here in a score of stakes-raising tension. The soundtrack was made for the eponymous TV show about the mysterious time of 1814, which was a long time ago.  
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  • Neo-classical / Classical / Orchestral
  • Soundtracks

James Newton Howard
Red Sparrow (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack)

Red Sparrow fans, get involved in this, the full original soundtrack to Russian ballet / spy thriller, composed by veteran soundtrack composer James Newton Howard. Our man really draws on the thematic context to the film, including through the use of the likes of Tchaikovsky for inspiration. Double LP release, on red vinyl (of course!) while stocks last.
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  • Soundtracks
  • Neo-classical / Classical / Orchestral

Jozef Van Wissem
We Adore You, You Have No Name

‘The Lute Guy’ and minimalist composer, Jozef Van Wissem, returns with a new album, We Adore You, You Have No Name. It is, perhaps unsurprisingly, inspired by a bunch of stuff from the 16th century. One of those things is Caravaggio’s painting, The Lute Player. He was commissioned to perform at the party celebrating the restoration of the original painting. LP and CD on Consouling Sounds.
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  • Neo-classical / Classical / Orchestral

Dustin O'Halloran
Puzzle (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack)

Four key bits of information: Dustin O’Halloran is a member of Erased Tapes favourites A Winged Victory For The Sullen. This is him doing a film score - specifically a score for Marc Turtletaub’s Puzzle. It’s written for a chamber ensemble. A lot of it sounds like the parts of the About A Boy soundtrack that sound like they weren’t composed by Badly Drawn Boy but actually were. Do with this what you will.
  • Vinyl LP (MOVATM216C)
  • In stock and ready to ship
  • Last copy
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  • Soundtracks
  • Neo-classical / Classical / Orchestral

Joep Beving
Conatus

Conatus: in which Joep Beving hands over pieces of his contemporary classical music to various artists for reworking. With Deutsche Grammophon as the label, and a list of contributing artists that includes Suzanne Ciani(!), you won’t be surprised to hear that the quality of Conatus’s material is very high indeed.

Morgan Fisher
Inside Satie

Morgan Fisher has had quite the career. Having been about for 50 odd years, Fisher was with the one hit wonders Love Affair in the ‘60s, moving onto Mott The Hoople and then into ambient and soundtracks with Yoko Ono among others. It is Fisher’s admiration of Erik Satie that inspired Inside Satie - an album of charming improvisations and surreal experimentations. Something Satie himself would have been proud of.  

Steven Doman
St-Octave

Steve Doman originally wrote and recorded the music that makes up St-Octave for Le Dernier Souffle, a documentary by Grace Singh and the Netflix documentary series Wild, Wild Country. The music was informed by his move from LA to Quebec where he found he had time get back in touch with nature and learn French. 10” vinyl, limited to 75 copies with handmade artwork, or Cassette, limited to 50 copies with handmade inserts on Oscarson.
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  • Neo-classical / Classical / Orchestral

Shida Shahabi
Homes

Swedish-Iranian composer Shida Shahabi incorporates her different backgrounds in intimate piano-based soundtracks & -scapes. No wonder she’s on FatCat’s modern classical 130701 imprint, among the likes of Max Richter, Johann Johannsson, and Hauschka. For Home, Shida has stuck to the piano, letting her creativity run freely.
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  • Neo-classical / Classical / Orchestral

Sebastian Gandera
La Raccourci

Sebastian Gandera is one of those guys who just quietly did their own thing, DIY style, in his bedroom, without concern for the wider world. Releases like this let us dip into this private sound world: La Raccourci sources material from rare private press cassettes and unreleased DAT tapes to build up a picture of this fantastic, highly personal music for piano, sampler and four track.
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  • Neo-classical / Classical / Orchestral

Indi
Precipice

Captain, we have multiple Björk comparisons incoming! Yes, this be New Zealand’s Indira Force aka Indi readying Precipice, her debut album of eerie, folk-tinged electro-pop for veteran label Flying Nun Records. Unsettling and elegant imagery runs through these tunes, whose skittering electronic rhythms and soaked strings create a glistening, intimate texture.

Yann Tiersen
Hent

Yann Tiersen with another one of those plink-plonk nice-nice records he's made his money off all these years. Hent is a Yann Tiersen album, which means that it's an album that sounds like it was made by Yann Tiersen. Tinkle the bitten ivories, Mr. Tiersen. Play your pretty song. It will all be in vain. It will all be for naught.

Alexandra Stréliski
Inscape

Alexandra Streliski is a composer and a pianist fully immersed into the structures and melancholy of the world of neoclassical music, delivering stately pieces of tender but powerfully affecting piano in both film soundtrack contexts and in her own original material. Inscape, her latest full-length, is a real journey. Out on Secret City.
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  • Neo-classical / Classical / Orchestral

Maarja Nuut & Ruum
Muunduja

Estonian violinist and vocalist Maarja Nut joins producer Ruum. Her airy voice and subtle violin create quiet lakes of sound, while Ruum’s electronic soundscapes seem to paint the depths that lie below. Muunduja is a haunting and reflective effort, out on FatCat, one of the finest world-pop/indietronica labels.

Jim Copperthwaite
Ballroom Ghosts

Jim Copperthwaite presents his debut full-length album on the Village Green label. Evocatively titled Ballroom Ghosts, this album is full of really rather beautiful and intimate compositions that combine Jim’s movie soundtrack experience with some Reichian repetitive pulses. CD and LP editions from Village Green.
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  • Neo-classical / Classical / Orchestral

Resina / Emilie Levienaise-Farrouch / Shida Shahabi
The Sea At The End Of Her String

Three-part split EP between the three participants in a forthcoming UK tour: Shida Shahabi, a pianist, Emilie Levienaise-Farrouch, another pianist, and cellist Resina. Exclusive tracks from each artist, representing the breadth and depth of their creative talents. Fans of any and all of the artists will need The Sea At The End Of Her String for the exclusive materials, and anyone new to these musicians should get themselves introduced!
  • Genre(s):
  • Neo-classical / Classical / Orchestral

Max Richter
White Boy Rick (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack)

So. He's only done it again, hasn't he? Another stellar soundtrack work under the expanding belt of Max von Richie Richter. This time, it's 'White Boy Rick (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack)'. The music accompanies a story in the film where the teenage Richard in the title becomes an undercover FBI informant and gets banged up for trafficking drugs. Richter continues a long tradition in serious instrumental, orchestral and electronic music composed for telly and The Pictures. Sounds interesting.
  • Genre(s):
  • Neo-classical / Classical / Orchestral
  • Soundtracks

Alexandra Streliski
Pianoscope

Alexandra Streliski’s album Pianoscope was initially released in 2010, so many neoclassical albums ago, and it is quite right and deserving that it should be introduced to the record buying public again now. Luscious arpeggios and melancholy melodies abound on this set, which is sure to accompany your next session of staring moodily out of a window perfectly. Reissued by Secret City.
  • Genre(s):
  • Neo-classical / Classical / Orchestral
  • Genre(s):
  • Neo-classical / Classical / Orchestral

Jóhann Jóhannsson
Orphée

Night in with some wine for this one. One of the greats of modern classical, Johann Johannsson, returns with a new studio album after 6 years of soundtracks and collaborative efforts. Cinematic and immersive, Johannsson uses electronics, ambient textures and drones around masterful piano and string pieces. For fans of Max Richter, Nils Frahm, A Winged Victory for the Sullen.
  • Genre(s):
  • Neo-classical / Classical / Orchestral

12 Ensemble
Resurrection

The 12 Ensemble continue their rapid ascent in the international classical music world, with their debut album Resurrection. The collection comprises four works -- including a new composition from Bryce Dessner (The National), a commissioned work from experimental British composer Kate Whitley and pieces by Witold Lutoslawski and John Woolrich. The conductor-less ensemble always attempts to bring a renewed energy, vitality and freshness often lacking in music. Available on either LP or CD, on Sancho Panza records.
  • Genre(s):
  • Neo-classical / Classical / Orchestral

Less Bells
Solifuge

The location of Joshua Tree, California is important to Solifuge, the full-length debut by Less Bells. The dichotomy of summer monsoons and starry nights that the desert landscape bring inform the dramatic and desolate qualities of the music. The woman behind the project, Julia Carpenter, made the music by reshaping a classical string piece through a process of cut-ups before transposing the passages for the synthesizer. LP and CD on Kranky.

Various Erased Tapes Artists
1+1=X

Erased Tapes lie to us once more and release some tapes that actually haven’t been erased. Au contraire - 1+1=X is actually full of music! It’s something of a celebratory release to commemorate the label’s tenth birthday back in 2017. A bunch of ET faves - Ben Lukas Boysen, Daniel Brandt, Nils Frahm and loads more - got together in a Berlin studio to collab, jam and generally vibe. The result is this twenty-track selection that takes in everything from sound art to club bangers to chamber music. It's quite a lavish package - two CDs and a photographic book in a nice white box.

Steve Reich
The ECM Recordings

Say no more: some of the most classic works of a major contemporary composer on a major contemporary label. This box-set of Steve Reich’s ECM Recordings includes several essential pieces of Reichian minimalism, including Tehillim and Music For 18 Musicians, presented in crucial original recordings from 1978-1982. Plus a hefty booklet of liner notes and an essay.
  • Label(s):
  • ECM

Manu Delago
Parasol Peak

Have you ever seen Manu Delago play the handpan? If not then we recommend that you go find a video of him doing so. It’s really impressive stuff - so impressive that Delago can count Bugge Wesseltoft and Nitin Sawhney among the people who’ve called upon his talents (as have Olafur Arnalds and The Cinematic Orchestra, but everyone makes mistakes). He’s also a fixture of Björk’s live band these days. Parasol Peak is a film that Delago and some fellow musicians made where they trekked through the Alps, recording and playing as they went. This is the accompanying soundtrack LP. Lovely jubbly.
  • Genre(s):
  • Neo-classical / Classical / Orchestral

Michael Price
Tender Symmetry

Amazingly ambitious release from Sherlock composer Michael Price. Tender Symmetry not only takes the history of England as its inspiration, but is in many way a document of them. Price actually took him ensembles to each location, sparring with their acoustic properties, to capture their sonic characteristics. Part of the ensembles are Grace Davidson who sang on Max Richter's equally ambitious Sleep, and Shards who sang on Nils Frahm's All Melody. 
  • Genre(s):
  • Neo-classical / Classical / Orchestral

Chilly Gonzales
Solo Piano III

“We want Chilly Willy!” “We want Chilly Willy!” While Barney Gumble may have been clamouring for the Red Hot Chili Peppers, unfortunately all we’ve got in at the moment is Chilly Gonzalez. He’ll have to make do. Solo Piano III is - who’d have guessed - the third LP in the Grammy-winner's series of records for solo piano. Act quickly to get one of the copies with a bonus CD of live recordings.
  • Genre(s):
  • Neo-classical / Classical / Orchestral

Chilly Gonzales
Solo Piano

Gentle Threat are putting a few old Chilly Gonzales albums back out into the world. This record from the Canadian polymath is as it suggests with its title: Solo Piano. Given Gonzales’ musical background, it is a pleasant surprise how classical this sounds, recalling a relaxed Chopin or a Satie. White vinyl!
  • Genre(s):
  • Neo-classical / Classical / Orchestral

Craig Armstrong
Sun On You

Craig Armstrong -- you know, the guy who orchestrated the strings on Massive Attack's 'Weather Storm' (Protection, 1994), then made soundtracks to massive films such as Romeo + Juliet, The Great Gatsby and Moulin Rouge, plus his own solo albums -- follows all that up with a new LP and CD. Sun On You sees Armstrong co-mingling his filmic and classical styles of composition, having created an album with a wider sense of space to hush and becalm the maelstrom that is the world outside. Released on classical giant label, Decca.
  • Genre(s):
  • Neo-classical / Classical / Orchestral

Jóhann Jóhannsson
Englabörn & Variations

Ah this is sad. Johann Johannsson was personally involved with the preparation of this re-issue of his debut album in the weeks before his untimely death.  After consultation with his family it's been decided that the re-issue should go ahead and this works as a lovely tribute to the man. It now comes re-mastered and with a bonus set of re-workings some by Johannsson himself.   
  • Genre(s):
  • Neo-classical / Classical / Orchestral

Christine Ott
Tabu

Gizeh good, Gizeh good… isn’t that how that Shamen song goes? Gizeh pretty good in this case anyway, following up French ondes martenot virtuoso, pianist and composer Christine Ott’s Only Silence Remains with her soundtrack to the 2012 film Tabu, a story of the south seas. To the unfolding unease of the film, about forbidden love on the island of Bora-Bora, Ott contributes great tension, as well as an almost supernatural, indistinct antagonism.
  • Genre(s):
  • Neo-classical / Classical / Orchestral

Anna Meredith
Anno

Certainly doing pretty nicely amongst the chattering arts set, thank you very much, Anna Meredith won Scottish Album of the Year award for her debut 'Varmints' and has been artist in residence and sat on panels and all that sort of stuff. Now she releases a new collaboration with the Scottish Ensemble where she intertwines original work with bits from Vivaldi’s Four Seasons. 

Julian Curwin & Jane Sheldon
Crossing

Romero Records (The Tango Saloon, Umlaut) release a collaborative LP between Jane Sheldon and label boss Julian Curwin. Sheldon is a classical soprano with a haunting, mournful voice. On Crossing it comes backed by Curwin’s stately classical guitar playing to create a record of fragile beauty. Anyone who has enjoyed the recent reissues of early 20th Century Spanish musics by Death Is Not The End will enjoy this.

Max Richter
The Blue Notebooks (15th Anniversary Edition)

Written in 2003 as a response to the invasion of Iraq, Max Richter’s The Blue Notebooks has become a seminal piece of classical protest music, in part due to its use in films such as Shutter Island and Waltz With Bashir. It’s a stirring work that hovers between electroacoustic music, Neo-Classical composition and electronica. The overall effect is beautiful, angry and sad. Deutsche Grammophon have repackaged the album for its fifteenth anniversary. It now comes with a second disc of bonus tracks, re-arrangements, and remixes from Jlin and Konx-Om-Pax.
  • Genre(s):
  • Neo-classical / Classical / Orchestral

The Eye Of Time
MYTH II : A Need To Survive

The second installment of three in the Myth series by french multi-instrumentalist Marc Euvrie’s (Mort Mort Mort, Karysun) solo project The Eye Of Time. Mixing neoclassical and post rock he blends huge electronic swells with organic elements,cello and a looming post-rock epicness. LP and CD on Denovali.

Ryuichi Sakamoto
async

‘async’ is the latest album by Ryuichi Sakamoto. This release shows us how far he has come and how far he is willing to go to break the boundaries of different sounds and textures. A fifteen-track masterpiece that brings together classical, neo-classical and orchestral music. Available on Vinyl Double LP and CD.
  • Genre(s):
  • Neo-classical / Classical / Orchestral

Bing & Ruth
No Home Of The Mind

After a couple of much loved releases on RVNG International, Kansas based composer David Moore aka Bing & Ruth has signed to 4AD. This is a much more apt signing for a label that was known for moody and elegant music than the fucking Lemon Twigs and should bring a bit of self cocking respect back to the imprint. 'No Home of the Mind' explores the piano's percussive qualities alongside woodwind and gorgeous soundscapes. 
  • Label(s):
  • 4AD

Peter Broderick
Grunewald

Sometimes a musician just needs the right space to record in for the magic to flow. Often those spaces are churches, as with the Grunewald EP, which was recorded in the church of the same name in Berlin. A Bösendorfer piano and a gorgeous natural reverb enabled Peter Broderick to create these beautiful solo pieces. Out on Erased Tapes.
  • Genre(s):
  • Neo-classical / Classical / Orchestral
  • Genre(s):
  • Neo-classical / Classical / Orchestral

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