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Julia Kent
Asperities

New York based cellist Julia Kent came into view from performing with Rasputina and Antony & The Johnsons, and her performance credits are impressive as well, including Swans, Library Tapes, and Aiden Baker. Asperities is her fourth studio album, recorded and produced entirely by herself. Layering string work and electronics with a palpable emotional core, place this next to your Max Richter and Jóhann Jóhannsson. Limited vinyl and CD on The Leaf Label.
  • Vinyl LP (BAY92V)
  • CD (BAY92CD)
  • Genre(s):
  • Neo-classical / Classical / Orchestral

Christina Vantzou
No. 2


  • Vinyl LP (KRANK186LP)
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  • CD (KRANK186)

Eluvium
False Readings On

Oh go on, get excited about a new Eluvium record. It's been a while since Matthew Cooper framed his ambient-leaning post-rock in such a compelling light -- in fact False Readings On seems to intertwine his pastoral, widescreen sound with a harsher resolution, with the orchestration battling tape hiss, unruly distortion and forlorn vocalisations. This one's a gorgeous opera, broken into tiny pieces.
  • Vinyl Double LP (TRR2695LP)
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  • CD (TRR2695CD)

Fogh Depot
Turmalinturm

In continuing a journey through the avant-garde style melding a genres, Fogh Depot releases a highly off-kilter 7-track offering. Comprised of mainly nu-jazz, modern classical and electronic experimentalism, Turmalinurm is a wondrous and sprawling mix of drone, noise and melancholic melody
  • Vinyl LP (DEN268LP)
  • CD (DEN268CD)

Endless Melancholy
In The Shadow Of History

Stripping away pretty much all of the electronics and leaving skeletal piano pieces and stark string accompaniments, this is Endless Melancholy’s score for the documentary Ostroh: In the Shadow Of History. Delicate pieces that have the close personal feel of Living Room Songs by Ólafur Arnalds, and live up to the artist’s devastating name.
  • CD (HV041)
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  • Soundtracks
  • Neo-classical / Classical / Orchestral

Tired Tape Machine
Not Here

Petter Lindhaden's self-professed mid-life crisis album was conceived (as all good mid-life crisis albums should be) whilst holed up alone in a remote woodland cabin in Sweden. It took three years to complete (presumably having to fit around two-seater sports car jaunts and hair colouring sessions). Taking a step away from Tired Tape Machine's usual intrumental-only vibe, this features multiple layers of harmonies and choir-like vocal imaginings. 
  • Vinyl LP (FR1-006)
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Ilya Beshevli
Wanderer Remixes

Ilya Beshevli’s recent album of gorgeous neo-classical piano compositions gets looked over by a couple of capable producers for this release of remixes. We get a lo-fi house take from Palmbomen and a Simian Mobile Disco-style take from Simian Mobile Disco, as well as a version from fellow composer Ryan Teague. 12” with a download code that also incorporates a Village Green label sampler.
  • Vinyl 12" (VGEP022)

Spiro
Repeater

Spiro have so far released eight full length albums, and Repeater is a combination of tracks picked from four of their Real World albums. The records featured on this album are Pole Star, Lightbox, Kaleidophonica and Welcome Joy And Welcome Sorrow, all of which have been credited for their traditional folk sound alongside a minimalist, contemporary and acoustic vibrancy. Available on Vinyl LP.
  • Vinyl LP (LPRWX01)

Roger Goula
Overview Effect

Sprawling, cinematic and highly evocative is Roger Goula's debut slice of contemporary classical-electronica - Overview Effect. Brought to us via spanking new label, Cognitive Shift Recordings, this shimmering release is immersive space-opera in its most cinematic and galactic fashion. 
  • Vinyl LP (CSR1LP)
  • CD (CSR1CD)

Kronos Quartet
Pieces of Africa

Pieces Of Africa finds the go-to indie-classical string quartet supreme, the Kronos Quartet, taking on commissions from eight African composers. With the string quartet being arguably one of the most archetypal formats of the Western classical tradition, it is wonderful to hear it pushed in new directions on these ingenious compositions. Double LP on Nonesuch.
  • Vinyl Double LP (0075597944952)

Resina
Resina

Rehydrated FatCat imprint 130701 continue to rain down new classical treats with the debut record from Resina, alias of cellist and general sound artist Karolina Rec. Resina emerged from an impressive demo tape and suggests an interpretation of the Polish underground scene -- as with most 130701 releases, it's a medley of both gorgeous and intense sounds.
  • Vinyl LP (LP1323)
  • CD (CD1323)

Dead Light
Dead Light

Who doesn't think about escaping from the city from time to time? Well the folks from Dead Light escaped from stinking old London to some rural backwater where they have been free to explore their billowing ambient compositions.  They've used treated tape, prepared pianos and all manner of experimental tomfoolery to create these pieces. 
  • Vinyl LP (VGLP014)
  • CD (VGCD014)
  • Genre(s):
  • Neo-classical / Classical / Orchestral

Efterklang & Karsten Fundal
LEAVES - The Colour of Falling (Performed by Efterklang & The Happy Hopeless Orchestra)

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.
  • Vinyl LP (TAMB155LP)
  • CD (TAMB155CD)
  • Genre(s):
  • Neo-classical / Classical / Orchestral

Nada Surf
Peaceful Ghosts (Live with Deutsches Filmorchester Babelsberg)

In 2015, Nada Surf got contacted by Austrian radio network FM4 with a tantalising offer: how’d you like to work with an orchestra? Peaceful Ghosts is a recording of the resulting concert with Deutsches Filmorchester Babelsberg, a successful synthesis of the alt-rockers tunes with fine orchestral garnish. Released by City Slang.
  • Vinyl Double LP (SLANG50108LP)
  • CD (SLANG50108)

Tangents
Stateless

Tangents are a restless group, always switching up to a new sound or dropping in unexpected elements in the middle of compositions. Jazz, electronica, post-rock, electro-acoustic improvisation and more besides all surface in the heady brew of Stateless. The vinyl edition of the album comes with an additional download of some remixes (including one by Four Tet). On Temporary Residence.
  • Vinyl LP (TRR267LP)
  • CD (TRR267CD)

Peter Broderick
Partners

Slightly worrying to see Peter Broderick described as a veteran but here he is 10 years into an idiosyncratic recording career. This latest missive deals with the certainty of chance, Broderick has been influenced by John Cage in terms of letting a song take its own course and letting things happen of their own accord. Broderick is only using piano and voice here and from the soundclips could have produced some of his most affecting work.   
  • Vinyl LP (ERATP088LP)
  • CD (ERATP088CD)
  • Genre(s):
  • Neo-classical / Classical / Orchestral

Crash Ensemble
Ghosts

Crash Ensemble are a combination of some Ireland’s most promising and already acclaimed neo-classical instrumentalists. Ghosts is a four piece CD including music written by Iceland’s Valgeir Sigurðsson. This record is played with energy and commitment, and has a seriously good pairing with the sense of adventure.
  • CD (HVALUR27CD)
  • Genre(s):
  • Neo-classical / Classical / Orchestral

Yann Tiersen
Eusa

"Ten tracks. Ten locations. Ten field recordings. One piano". So begins the press release as if previewing some BBC proms experiment. But it neatly sums up what this LP is all about. French composing maestro Tiersen has written pieces for ten locations and made field recordings of the actual places then later on dubbed his piano twinklings atop. Could this be a return to his 'Amerie' style sounds? We wait with bated breath.   
  • Vinyl Double LP (STUMM397)
  • CD (CDSTUMM397)

Hauschka
A NDO C Y

Hauschka returns to the material of last year’s Abandoned City album, this time abandoning it even further with A NDO C Y, a collection of tracks from the same sessions paired with two striking remixes from Eluvium and Devendra Banhart, who take those pieces into fresh, sparse new territory. LP on Temporary Residence.
  • Vinyl LP (TRR250LP)
  • Genre(s):
  • Neo-classical / Classical / Orchestral

Benedict Schlepper-Connolly
The Weathered Stone

Hailing from fair Dublin, Benedict Schlepper-Connolly composes music for many mediums and in many forms. His new nature-oriented collection The Weathered Stone contains sung songs and soaring string quartets alike, with a thick harmonic core running through the middle of each of these four pieces. The LP is released on Ergodos.
  • Vinyl LP (ER26V)
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Ilya Beshevli
Night Forest

Siberian pianist and composer Ilya Beshevli has a simply gorgeous ear for a melancholy melody, and his debut album Night Forest is full of sweeping neoclassical compositions of shimmering emotional power. Reissued on Village Green on CD and LP: the album’s first appearance on vinyl. Plus a download code for a label sampler!
  • Vinyl LP (VGLP029)
  • CD (VGCD029)
  • Genre(s):
  • Neo-classical / Classical / Orchestral

Jason Sharp
A Boat Upon Its Blood

Constellation's fall batch includes a new signing in Jason Sharp, whose music feels both quintessentially out-Montreal and also incredibly fresh: a saxophonist and sound artist, his music absorbs drone, techno and musique concrete, weaving together instrumental anthologies that cross all three paths. There are horrendous noise blasts, gorgeous pieces a la a Godspeed ballad and plenty more. A short but extremely vast record, is A Boat Upon Its Blood.
  • Vinyl LP (CST119LP)
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  • CD (CST119CD)

Ryuichi Sakamoto
Nagasaki: Memories Of My Son

Ryuichi Sakamoto should be familiar to fans of several different strands of sound, having done crucial work as part of Yellow Magic Orchestra, some explorative collaborations with Fennesz, and many years of sensitive film soundtrack work. This most recent release falls into the latter camp, being the accompaniment to Yoji Yamada’s Nagasaki: Memories Of My Son. Lush and fully orchestrated. Released by Milan.
  • CD (3299039985229)
  • Genre(s):
  • Soundtracks
  • Neo-classical / Classical / Orchestral

Laura Cannell
Simultaneous Flight Movement

Laura Cannell is chiefly a violin player who has a dark swooping style that sounds like dark birds flying over a desolate beach. Indeed this album was recorded Southwold Lighthouse in Suffolk and consists of semi improvised pieces that veer from minimal chamber music to full on orchestral string-scapes.  
  • CD (BRAWL010)

Ian William Craig
Centres

Ever-prolific tape chemist Ian William Craig is readying yet another record of gorgeous crackle pop. Having broken our hearts with the fragmented opera loops of A Turn of Breath in 2014, he's since released the understated but equally beautiful Cradle For The Wanting for Recital, which consisted of nothing but his vocal run through reel to reels. From there he put out the noisy piano excursions of Zugzwang for Fostex with Patient Sounds and now he returns with Centres, his first record for FatCat's classical imprint 130701. He's one of our favourite artists and this record's early single suggests more accessible and narratively linear songwriting -- and even some percussion. Yes come on.
  • Vinyl Double LP (LP1322)
  • CD (CD1322)

Various
Summer

The Bigo & Twigetti label invited their artists to give them something on the simple theme of Summer, and here are the results. The sequencing of this 8 track compilation takes the listener from the unadorned acoustic instruments of artists like Aisha Orazbayeva and her violin to Antonymes’ electronics. Only 50 copies of this CD in circulation!
  • CD (BTCDSS02)
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Steve Jansen
Tender Extinction

Steve Jansen was of course the drummer in Japan but since then he has recorded with such luminaries as Ryuichi Sakamoto & Bernd Friedmann. This is his second solo album and blends songs and instrumental passages and features his delicate orchestral synth compositions and his characteristic drum patterns. 
  • CD (SJ01CD)

Marihiko Hara & Polar M
Beyond


  • CD (mnc014)
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Ben Chatwin
Heat & Entropy

Strings form the underlying core of this album: rubbed, bowed, strummed, prepared, and attached to a wide array of instruments from pianos to quasi-pianos to guitars to mandolins. Lovely strings! And some electronics too. Ben Chatwin has done a great job harnessing these many textures in service of the curious melodies of Heat & Entropy. It’s out on Ba Da Bing.
  • Vinyl LP (BING115)

Various
Eleven into Fifteen: a 130701 Compilation

130701, a spin-off label from FatCat Records with a focus on post-classical music, celebrates their fifteenth anniversary this year, and are doing so in style with Eleven into Fifteen, a star-studded compilation. Artists represented here include Ian William Craig, Hauschka and Max Richter: what a high-quality label eh?
  • Vinyl Double LP (LP1317)
  • Limited edition
  • CD (CD1317)
  • Limited edition
  • Genre(s):
  • Neo-classical / Classical / Orchestral

Kate Simko & London Electronic Orchestra
Kate Simko & London Electronic Orchestra

Kate Simko has produced strong work in both the electronic and the composed-classical worlds: this full-length collaboration with the London Electronic Orchestra combines both. The risk with this kind of thing is that one element can feel tacked on to the other, but no such problem here: this album is a fully-formed suite of lush strings, shimmering samples and skipping rhythms. Includes a cover of an xx tune and a collaboration with Katy B.
  • CD (VF204CD)

Mary Lattimore & Jeff Zeigler
Le Revelateur

Harp hero Mary Lattimore and regular collaborator Jeff Zeigler produced this music to accompany a 1968 silent film, Le Révélateur. Zeigler’s guitars and synths twirl themselves around Lattimore’s gorgeous, delay-tinged harp flurries, and the results make an excellent stand-alone album. I’d love to hear it alongside the film. LP on Thrill Jockey.
  • Vinyl LP (THRILL420LP)

Max Richter
Perfect Sense (Original Film Soundtrack)

Richter has been getting his toes right under that soundtrack table of late and rightly so, his music is a perfect fix for any tear drenched movie experience. This is a release of the 2011 science fiction drama which starred none other than Ewan McGregor. Expect heartbroken pianos and cellos weeping.    
  • CD (BFD020)
  • Genre(s):
  • Neo-classical / Classical / Orchestral
  • Soundtracks

Olafur Arnalds
Late Night Tales

Sensitive neo-classical pianist and composer Olafur Arnalds welcomes the listener into his musical taste with this latest edition of the Late Night Tales series. His mix combines plenty of different styles, and includes exclusive tracks from Arnór Dan, Arnalds himself, and actor David Tennant! Both CD and vinyl versions are mixed, but come with download codes for the unmixed original tracks.
  • Vinyl Double LP (ALNLP44)
  • CD (ALNCD44)

Ben Lukas Boysen
Spells


  • Vinyl LP (ERATP085LP)
  • CD (ERATP085CD)

Max Richter
The Last Days On Mars - Original Motion Picture Soundtrack

Max Richter has always captured a certain haunting and melancholy place in our hearts. Most of Max's music is released on Deutsche Grammophon, the oldest record label in the world, and not without reason. His music sounds like it's been unearthed from a time capsule buried by a lonely composer from the first half of this century. And just like those phenomenal solo albums, the Original Motion Picture Soundtrack to 2013’s The Last Days on Mars is filled with beautiful and sparse modern classical tracks.
  • CD (BFD012)
  • Genre(s):
  • Neo-classical / Classical / Orchestral
  • Soundtracks

Ben Lukas Boysen
Gravity


  • Vinyl LP (ERATP084LP)
  • CD (ERATP084CD)

Fiona Brice
Postcards From

You’ve probably heard Fiona Brice’s violin, piano, composition or arrangement skills on some of your favourite artist’s recordings: Beyonce, Midlake, Jarvis Cocker all qualify, although BBC News doesn’t (it's Brice, not Bruce, ok?). Postcards From is her solo debut, and it is a gorgeously rich listen. Out on Bella Union.
  • Vinyl LP (BELLA546V)
  • CD (BELLA546CD)
  • Genre(s):
  • 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.
  • CD (88985315582)
  • Genre(s):
  • Neo-classical / Classical / Orchestral

Ilya Beshevli
Wanderer

Piano-led neo-classical music from composer and pianist Ilya Beshevli, a resident of Moscow. Sometimes solo, sometimes supported by lush orchestration, Wanderer’s pieces are grand and cinematic. Available as a CD or on vinyl, with both formats also including a download code for a label sampler. On Village Green.
  • Vinyl LP (VGLP022)
  • CD (VGCD022)
  • Genre(s):
  • Neo-classical / Classical / Orchestral

Antonymes
(For Now We See) Through A Glass Dimly

As Antonymes Ian M. Hazeldine has developed a sound that mixes neoclassical flourishes and the almost imperceptible pulse of ambient music. On (For Now We See) Through A Glass Dimly the artist plays piano and electronics and then gradually incorporates string arrangements from James Banbury, creating a sound that is delicate and often joyous in its gradual development.
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Pedro Soler + Gaspar Claus
Al Viento

Pedro Soler and Gaspar Claus (a father and son pairing, don’t ya know) recorded Al Viento, their second album together, in Iceland and Spain, with assistance from Valgeir Sigurössen and Matt Elliott. Cello and flamenco guitar dance gracefully around one another for a very atmospheric set. Al Viento is out on InFine.
  • Vinyl LP (IF1036LP)
  • CD (IF1036)

Oliveray
Wonders


  • Vinyl 12" (ERATP039LP)
  • Genre(s):
  • Neo-classical / Classical / Orchestral

William Ryan Fritch
New Words For Old Wounds

The limited edition of 250 physical copies come housed in a 7.5" x 5.5" panoramic gatefold case made of heavy stock. The editions were printed on an antique Heidelberg press by the world renowned Stumptown Printers based in Oregon. The artwork features a series of incredibly detailed ink paintings from Sail (uselessarm). Each edition comes with a glass mastered matte finished CD, and a double sided lyric insert, and digital download code, offering a choice of formats including 320MP3, FLAC, 24bit WAV, etc.)
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Peter Broderick
Docile

Docile is a sweet and simple collection of solo piano pieces, charmingly minimal and melodic. Peter Broderick apparently recorded the whole set in one evening, and the immediacy and clarity of the moment has carried through into the recordings. First released in 2008, Docile is now reissued by Hush Records.
  • Vinyl LP (HSH117LP)
  • Genre(s):
  • Neo-classical / Classical / Orchestral

A Winged Victory For The Sullen
Atomos VII


  • Vinyl 12" (ERATP056LP)
  • Genre(s):
  • Neo-classical / Classical / Orchestral

Rachel Grimes
The Clearing

Rachel Grimes, formerly the leader of Rachel’s (funnily enough), hasn’t released a solo album for six years, so The Clearing is a significant release. Working with the likes of Helen Money and the Amsterdam Sinfonietta, the album moves through stately and deep neo-classical territory, Grimes’ piano leading the way throughout.
  • Vinyl LP (TRR256LP)
  • Genre(s):
  • Neo-classical / Classical / Orchestral

Richard J. Birkin
Songs For Spoken Words EP

Designed to be consumed as a companion piece to poetry (available to read from an app at songsforspokenwords.com), Songs For Spoken Words by Richard J. Birkin features six instrumental works for guitar, string quartet and electronics. Limited to 250. Out on One-sided cream coloured vinyl 12" from Time Travel Opps.
  • Vinyl 12"
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  • Coloured vinyl

Colin Stetson
presents: SORROW - A Reimagining of Gorecki's 3rd Symphony

A remarkable release here: saxophone titan Colin Stetson has arranged Henryk Gorecki’s much loved 3rd Symphony (one of the best-selling classical works ever) for an ensemble of electronics, guitars and woodwinds that includes members of Liturgy and Arcade Fire. It is a fascinating new spin on the piece: nice on Stetson. On 52Hz.
  • Vinyl Double LP (52HZ001LP)
  • CD (52HZ001CD)

Piano Interrupted
Landscapes Of The Unfinished

The duo who comprise Piano Interrupted gathered some of the materials for this LP in West Africa: field recordings and the sounds of lively African musicians surface repeatedly throughout Landscapes Of The Unfinished, making a very interesting counterpoint to the piano, clarinet and double bass. On Denovali.
  • Vinyl LP (DEN251LP)
  • CD (DEN251CD)
  • Genre(s):
  • Neo-classical / Classical / Orchestral

Matthew Collings
A Requiem For Edward Snowden

This album version of A Requiem For Edward Snowden is derived from a live audio-visual piece that has been performed in a number of arty venues around the world. Matthew Collings has composed a mighty mixture of haunting acoustic instrument parts and all sorts of creeping electronics. And the visual side of the work is available via accompanying download too! On Denovali.
  • Vinyl LP (DEN255LP)
  • CD (DEN255CD)

Peter Broderick
Music For Falling From Trees


  • Vinyl LP (ERATP015LP)
  • Genre(s):
  • Neo-classical / Classical / Orchestral

Peter Broderick
Music For Confluence


  • Vinyl LP (ERATP036LP)
  • Genre(s):
  • Neo-classical / Classical / Orchestral

Erik Satie
Erik Satie & Friends

Celebrating his 150th birthday (dude is getting on) this marvellously expansive collection brings together all the best known work from the legendary piano man from France, though as I read on the press blurb he was actually half Scottish. Within you'll hear all the prototypes for the minimalism we enjoy today as well as music he recorded for adverts, ballets and pretty much everything.  
  • CD box set (88875177492)
  • Genre(s):
  • Neo-classical / Classical / Orchestral

Immix Ensemble & Vessel
Transition

Transition is a very interesting record, combining the talents of Vessel (part of Bristol’s Young Echo collective) with Daniel Thorne’s contemporary Immix Ensemble. Vessel’s electronics creep around the edges of the clarinets, strings etc. of the Ensemble, in a set of carefully worked-out, dynamic compositions. A highly original LP. On Erased Tapes.
  • Vinyl 12" (ERATP082LP)

Matt Dunkley
Cycles EP

Matt Dunkley has more than paid his dues as an orchestrator and a conductor, working with most of the big-deal orchestras around and a number of big films: now he’s turning his attentions to original creations. The Cycles EP takes one piece from his recent debut, and bolsters it with remixes from Nigel Wiesehan and Clint Mansell.
  • Vinyl 12" (VGEP028)
  • Genre(s):
  • Neo-classical / Classical / Orchestral

Sean Mccaul
Midnight at The Purple Palace

Sean McCaul is one of the premier vibraphone players working today, and this new set, which also features the skills of Dave Johnsen, Phil Kester and Jordan Shapiro, shows off his jazz talents. Midnight At The Purple Palace also features, in addition to several McCaul originals, a solo arrangement of a Chopin ‘Etude’. On Underwater Peoples.
  • Vinyl LP (SAWYER001LP)
  • Genre(s):
  • Neo-classical / Classical / Orchestral

Qluster
Tasten

Three pianists playing at the same time: Can any good come from such megalomania? Hans-Joachim Roedelius, Onnen Bock, and Armin Metz, known together as Qluster, are out to prove that yes, indeed, something great can happen. The trio’s album Taster shows exactly what three pianos can do for minimalist modern classical music.
  • Vinyl LP (BB206LP)
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  • Neo-classical / Classical / Orchestral

Richard J. Birkin
Vigils

Richard J. Birkin has put together a very subtle collection here on Vigils, with many of the pieces containing nothing more than stately piano and wispy strings, the latter provided by Iskra Strings, who you may have heard with Radiohead or Johann Johannsson. A hushed record, full of melancholy wonder and quiet drama. On Reveal.
  • CD (REVEAL060CDX)

Ryan Vail
For Every Silence

The first full-length solo album from Ryan Vail rather interestingly pitches itself as the story of a certain piano, one built in 1927 and passed down through the family. That piano is centre-stage in many of the compositions (although lots of groovy electronics also take prominence), but also the emotional core of the lyrics, some of which are written from the piano’s perspective. For Every Silence is out on Quiet Arch / Believe Records.
  • Vinyl LP (QA003LP)
  • CD (QA003CD)
  • Genre(s):
  • Neo-classical / Classical / Orchestral

Kenneth James Gibson
The Evening Falls

Kenneth James Gibson must be a busy man, running the Adjunct Audio while also performing in a number of projects, from [a]pendics.shuffle to his Bell Gardens duo with Brian McBride of Stars Of The Lid. This solo joint is a full ambient stretch, slow and beatless and easy to get lost in. The Evening falls is on Kompakt.
  • Vinyl LP (KOMPAKTPA4)
  • CD (KOMPAKTPA4)

Max Richter / Daniel Hope
Berlin by Overnight

Violinist Daniel Hope released his newest record, 'Spheres', in 2013; he is soon to be joined by neo-classical icon Max Richter for a live interpretation of this work at the Royal Albert Hall, and Deutsche Grammophon are marking the occasion with this EP of remixes. The twilight vibe of 'Spheres' is captured on 'Berlin by Overnight' with reworks from the artists Lorna Dune, Tom Adams, Efdemin and CFC.
  • Vinyl LP (4793988)
  • Genre(s):
  • Neo-classical / Classical / Orchestral

Sarah Neufeld
The Ridge

Fresh from her stunning, album-of-the-year-from-Norman-Records-award-winning collaboration with Colin Stetson (who also guests here), Arcade Fire member Sarah Neufeld puts out her second solo record. The Ridge takes her violin to higher planes of hypnotic, dramatic melodicism. Also features Tim Hecker! On SN Music.
  • Vinyl LP (SN001LP)
  • CD (SN001CD)

Max Richter
Songs From Before


  • Vinyl LP (4795552)
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  • CD (4795566)
  • Genre(s):
  • Neo-classical / Classical / Orchestral

Ocoeur
Reversed

Franck Zaragoza steps out under his Ocoeur moniker for a fourth full-length exploration of the melancholy possibilities of solo piano compositions. I say solo piano: some delicate string arrangements also curl themselves around the edges of Reversed. Released by n5MD on both CD and grey / white vinyl formats.
  • Vinyl LP (MD243LP)
  • Limited edition

Matt Dunkley
Six Cycles

Matt Dunkley has more than paid his dues as an orchestrator and a conductor, working with most of the big-deal orchestras around and a number of big films (Inception, The Dark Knight…). But Six Cycles is his first record as an artist in his own right, in which he displays a grand creative talent. Released by Village Green.
  • Vinyl LP (VGLP018)
  • CD (VGCD018)
  • Genre(s):
  • Neo-classical / Classical / Orchestral

Bersarin Quartett
III

Massive draws here for fans of Deaf Center, or A Winged Victory for the Sullen, and even add in a bit of Bohren und der Club of Gore for good measure. Melancholia fully explored in these releases, and slowed to an unbearable halt. Layers of strings, synths and distorted swells. Thomas Bücker’ Bersarin Quartett’s third release in this series.
  • Vinyl Double LP (DEN246LP)

Astrid Williamson
Requiem & Gallipoli

The One Little Indian label continue their great form with Astrid Williamson’s vinyl LP and CD of powerful neo-classical music. Requiem & Gallipoli blends solo piano, Williamson’s precise voice and varied orchestral accompaniment into her first longform classical composition. This is sad and rich chamber music.
  • Vinyl LP (TPLP1288)
  • CD (TPLP1288CD)
  • Genre(s):
  • Neo-classical / Classical / Orchestral

Rachel Grimes
Book of Leaves (For Solo Piano)


  • CD (TRRSPEC11)
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  • Neo-classical / Classical / Orchestral

Masayoshi Fujita
Apologues

Masayoshi Fujita is probably one of the premier contemporary vibraphone players, and with Apologues he steps away from his more electronically-abstracted music under his alias el fog. Here, the instrument sounds more like itself, the accompaniments from clarinet and strings adding up to some beautiful compositions.
  • Vinyl LP (ERATP075LP)
  • CD (ERATP075CD)
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  • Neo-classical / Classical / Orchestral

Dmitry Evgrafov
Collage

Dmitry Evragof joins the currently quite rich scene of young neo-classical piano-based composers with Collage. This record is pleasing on the ear, with Evragof using his compositional talents to build up sweeping orchestral movements around his stately piano. A grand record indeed, on FatCat sub-label 130701.
  • CD (CD1321)
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  • Neo-classical / Classical / Orchestral

Various
The Art of Remix

Nonclassical imposes its strict remix policy -- you can only remix with sounds that already exists in the track -- on a roster of famous electronic artists, from Hot Chip having a go at the music of Gabriel Prokofiev to Thom Yorke using his DJ skills to do things with 'Cortical Songs'. This record takes revered classical pieces and contextualises them in a completely different fashion, hoping to make the genre a little more club-friendly. 
  • CD (NONCLSS018)

Emilie Levienaise-Farrouch
Like Water Through The Sand

Emilie Levienaise-Farrouch is a French composer who is making her debut release with this record. Like Water Through The Sand is a weighty collection of pieces that usually place the composer’s piano at the forefront, though she also uses electronic treatments and sharp string arrangements to augment the sound. On FatCat imprint 130701.
  • CD (CD1320)
  • Genre(s):
  • Neo-classical / Classical / Orchestral

Gavin Bryars
Jesus' Blood Never Failed Me Yet

This release reissues one of the strongest pieces of work that made up the original run of Brian Eno’s classic Obscure Records label. Jesus’ Blood Never Failed Me Yet famously juxtaposes a sample of a tramp singing with Gavin Bryars’ lush orchestral arrangements. This is the original recording of the piece, paired with his Sinking Of The Titanic. Reissued on his own GB Records.
  • CD (BCGBCD22)

Olafur Arnalds & Alice Sara Ott
The Chopin Project

Olafur Arnalds is already a legend incarnate at age 28, renowned for his modern classical compositions. The Chopin Project sees him teaming up with Alice Sara Ott, part the cream of the crop of contemporary pianists. Taking apart and reconstructing Chopin’s compositions, and mixing them with modern classical arrangements as well as synthesizers, the two have successfully reinterpreted and reinvigorated everybody’s favorite Polish composer.
  • Vinyl LP (4811506)
  • CD (4811486)
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  • Neo-classical / Classical / Orchestral

Bing & Ruth
City Lake

The full length debut from avant-ambienters Bing & Ruth is treated to an expanded reissue. City Lake takes in the exquisite piano work of David Moore, nestling the reverb-drenched tones amidst clarinet, cello and vocals for a luxuriously engulfing piece of work. Out on CD and 2LP vinyl from RVNG Intl.
  • CD (RVNGNL31CD)

Various
The Art Of Remix EP #1

The Art Of Remix challenges electronic producers to make new dancing gold out of classical music, with the extra twist that they have to use only the original source material. Stepping up to the likes of Prokokiev we have heavy hitters like Thom Yorke and DJ Yoda. This first EP of the project is well worth hearing. From Nonclassical.
  • Vinyl 12" (NONCLSSV021)

Iskra String Quartet
ISKRA

The Iskra String Quartet are more or less the indie-classical string quartet de jour, having worked with Radiohead, The xx, Steve Reich… Busy. ISKRA compiles a brace of pieces by different contemporary composers (including Johann Johannsson, and Olafur Arnalds), executed with grace and style by the group. On 1631 Records.
  • CD (MDC001)
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  • Neo-classical / Classical / Orchestral

Esmerine
Lost Voices

Esmerine have been producing high quality chamber rock for several years now, and Lost Voices finds them in more of a ‘rock’ mood than ever before. The delicate precision of the arrangements is still there of course, as you would expect from a group that includes members of godspeed you! black emperor and Thee Silver Mt. Zion. On Montreal’s Constellations, of course.
  • Vinyl LP (CST116LP)
  • CD (CST116CD)

Mario Diaz de Leon
The Soul Is The Arena

Whoah! Mario Diaz De Leon has made a frankly insane record here, blending hardcore 20th century composition with intense electronic mangling and a hardcore punk approach to sequencing. The Soul Is In The Arena is an intense blast, very accomplished whilst also sounding fully gonzo. On Denovali Records.
  • Vinyl LP (DEN234LP)
  • CD (DEN234CD)

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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  • CD (SILCD1485)
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  • Neo-classical / Classical / Orchestral
  • Soundtracks

Tindersticks
The Something Rain


  • CD (LUCKYDOG10)
  • Genre(s):
  • Neo-classical / Classical / Orchestral

Two Ragged Soldiers
/Asulya​/​/​Water

Two Ragged Soldiers are a duo (yes, there really are two of them) who craft music that straddles the borders between contemporary music and electronica. //Asulya//Water is a two-track 7” that offers a tantalising preview of The Mass, which we will apparently hear later down the line. Limited edition of 300 on Castles in Space.
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  • Limited edition

Erik Enocksson
Apan


  • Vinyl LP (PI157)

Cousteau
Sirena


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S. Carey
Hoyas


  • Vinyl 12" (JAG191LP)

Olafur Arnalds
For Now I Am Winter


  • Vinyl LP (4810178)
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  • CD (4810150)
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  • Neo-classical / Classical / Orchestral

Illuminine
#1

This is the debut album release from noisemaker Illuminine aka Kevin Imbrechts (Mosquito). Holed up in his bedroom with a guitar and a selection of effects pedals, Illuminine has been experimenting with sound for years to produce this sharp, economical, post rock, post noise-rock record that grew conceptually from a lo fi guitar album into the serene, stripped back, symphonic journey that it is.
  • CD (zealcdee047)
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David John Sheppard
Vertical Land

The debut solo album from composer David John Sheppard allows him to step out into the light with his polyrhythmic minimalist compositions. By hitting guitars with vibraphone mallets, Sheppard has created an album with distinct comparisons to Liverpool’s Ex-Easter Island Head. Vertical Land is perfect for fans of the minimalism of Reich and Glass. Out on CD and vinyl LP from Village Green. Vertical Land.
  • Vinyl LP (VGLP009)
  • CD (VGCD009)
  • Genre(s):
  • Neo-classical / Classical / Orchestral

Damian Anache
Capturas del Unico Camino

Oh, there’s a lot going on here. Where to begin? So, there are some acoustic instruments played by Damian Anache and he also makes sounds “generated with his mouth” - it’s kinda like throat singing, or just someone saying “aah” for the dentist. There’s also a computer playing an algorithm of sonic sound. So ye, Capturas del unico camino certainly has a lot going on but it’s a subtle and soothing album of great depth. An box-set limited to 150 with CD, art-prints and musical score.  
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Richard Moult
Ethe


  • CD (truenote014)
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Red Cable Sunday
Prelude To The Nocturne


  • CD single (FR001)
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  • Neo-classical / Classical / Orchestral

Michael Price
Entanglement

This is the first album proper from Michael Price, composer of the music to the BBC’s ‘Sherlock’. The list of recording media used on Entanglement reportedly includes mobile phone, vintage microphones, and 1940s magnetic recording device: Price is very much interested in the context these media impart on the sound. On the Erased Tapes label.
  • Vinyl LP (ERATP067LP)
  • Genre(s):
  • Neo-classical / Classical / Orchestral

John Metcalfe
The Appearance of Colour

Expansive electro-acoustic compositions from composer John Metcalfe. Having written string arrangements for the likes of Morrisey and The Pretenders, The Appearance Of Colour showcases an alternate side to his style. With a polyrhythmic bent leaning towards Reich and Glass, this involving album brings to mind the solo work of Mark McGuire. Out on CD and vinyl LP from Real World.
  • Vinyl LP (LPRW207)
  • CD (CDRW207)
  • Genre(s):
  • Neo-classical / Classical / Orchestral

Bruno Sanfilippo
Upon Contact Reworked

‘Upon Contact Reworked’ is a collaborative work from Bruno Sanfilippo that features some of the most highly acclaimed artists from the electronic music scene including Francesco Giannico, Olan Mill, Leonardo Rosado, Jorge Haro, Quivion and Hior Chronik in which an original piece written for piano is re-envisioned by each artist.
  • CD (ad117)
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Ben Chatwin
The Sleeper Awakes

Recorded at his home in Scotland, The Sleeper Awakes by Ben Chatwin is inspired by the works of HG Wells and sees Chatwin, who has previously released music under the name Talvihorros, concentrate on ambient melody as he creates subtle tunes which beautifully meld together into a distinct structure rather than a textured ambient sound. Along with synths and other electronics, Chatwin also uses a 100 year old Dulcitone on the album. LP comes with download code.
  • Vinyl LP (VGLP008)
  • CD (VGCD008)

Olafur Arnalds
Broadchurch Original Soundtrack

The original soundtrack for the popular BAFTA award winning crime series Broadchurch, released in conjunction with the second series. Combining the best music of both seasons, it follows on from the digital-only release of last year. All music is written and composed by Icelandic multi-instrumentalist Olafur Arnalds and it's fittingly haunting.     
  • Vinyl LP (4811496)
  • Genre(s):
  • Neo-classical / Classical / Orchestral
  • Soundtracks

Craig Leon
Bach To Moog

Oh no it isn't! Oh yes it moogingly well is! It’s Johann Sebastian Bach set to moog synthesizer. Produced by Craig Leon, with the exception of strings every sound on the album is driven out of the bizarre and wonderful moog, which celebrates it’s 50th anniversary in 2015 and also the 10th anniversary of the death of its creator, Dr. Robert Moog. Bach to Moog is playful fun, embrace it!
  • CD (88875052612)

Gareth S. Brown
Iron Henry


  • CD (mm108)
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  • Genre(s):
  • Neo-classical / Classical / Orchestral

Yann Tiersen
∞ (Infinity)


  • Vinyl Double LP (STUMM367)
  • CD (CDSTUMM367)
  • Genre(s):
  • Neo-classical / Classical / Orchestral

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