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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'.
  • Genre(s):
  • Neo-classical / Classical / Orchestral
  • Soundtracks

Toby Wiltshire
Surfacing

Lovely set of widescreen ambiences - some sad, some happy - from Leeds-based composer Toby Wiltshire here. Surfacing lilts along very nicely indeed, the synthetic textures bobbing like buoys in a bay at dusk. Some of the sounds here might be the heavily-manipulated tones of Wiltshire’s beloved saxophone, though we’re not sure on that one. Try Loscil for a related artist.

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.
  • Vinyl Double LP (MOVLP2342C)
  • Coloured vinyl
  • Limited edition

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

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

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
  • Label(s):
  • 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.

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”. 
  • Genre(s):
  • 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.

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.

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.
  • Vinyl LP
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  • Limited edition

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.
  • Vinyl LP (PWORD5)
  • In stock and ready to ship
  • Last copy
  • Genre(s):
  • 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

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. 

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
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. 
  • Genre(s):
  • 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

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

Vanessa Wagner
Inland

The indescribably talented French pianist Vanessa Wagner - who provided the haunting hook for Aphex Twin’s ‘Avril 14th’ - interprets a large number of rare pieces by minimalist composers, including Gavin Bryars, Moondog, Meredith Monk and Philip Glass, on this excellent new compilation Inland. On InFine.

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.
  • Vinyl LP (ALICEDG02)
  • In stock and ready to ship
  • Coloured vinyl
  • Genre(s):
  • Neo-classical / Classical / Orchestral

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.

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.

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.    
  • Genre(s):
  • 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. 
  • Vinyl LP (GZH089LP)
  • Coloured vinyl
  • Limited edition
  • Genre(s):
  • 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.
  • Genre(s):
  • 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)
  • £23.99 £21.59 (saving: £2.40)
  • In stock and ready to ship
  • Coloured vinyl
  • Limited edition
  • Last copy

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.

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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  • Neo-classical / Classical / Orchestral

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.
  • Genre(s):
  • Neo-classical / Classical / Orchestral

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.
  • Genre(s):
  • Neo-classical / Classical / Orchestral

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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  • Neo-classical / Classical / Orchestral

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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  • Neo-classical / Classical / Orchestral

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.

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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  • Neo-classical / Classical / Orchestral

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.  
  • Genre(s):
  • Neo-classical / Classical / Orchestral

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.

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.
  • Genre(s):
  • Neo-classical / Classical / Orchestral

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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  • Neo-classical / Classical / Orchestral

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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  • Neo-classical / Classical / Orchestral

Julia Kent
Temporal

Moody, atmospheric cello music anyone? Julia Kent has built quite the loyal following over her previous 5 studio albums. Temporal sees her dark sound move towards more organic instrumentation. You can feel the strings being plucked and slashed across her cello over minimal electronic tinkering. 

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.
  • Genre(s):
  • Neo-classical / Classical / Orchestral

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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  • Neo-classical / Classical / Orchestral
  • 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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  • Neo-classical / Classical / Orchestral
  • Soundtracks

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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  • Neo-classical / Classical / Orchestral

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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  • Neo-classical / Classical / Orchestral
  • 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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  • 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

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.
  • Genre(s):
  • 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.
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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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  • Neo-classical / Classical / Orchestral

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.
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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.

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.
  • Genre(s):
  • 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!
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  • 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.
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  • 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.
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  • 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.
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  • Neo-classical / Classical / Orchestral