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A Winged Victory For The Sullen
Iris

A Winged Victory For The Sullen, the top-tier collaboration of Adam Wiltzie (Stars Of The Lid) and Dustin O’Halloran, continue to make deeply inspiring music together. In this case, they have made music to soundtrack Jalil Lespert’s film Iris, deploying electronics and a large string orchestra to realise their grand visions. CD and vinyl (black or clear) editions on Erased Tapes.
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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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Thor & Friends
Thor & Friends

Everyone’s favourite Swan has finally done what people have been long been clamouring for: a grand project of his very own devising. Thor & Friends features the beardy multi-instrumentalist leading pals from A Hawk & A Hacksaw and Deerhoof through some compositions with mallet percussion at their core. Thor & Friends augments the classic pulse of minimalism with plenty of other wonderful instrumentation too: nice one Thor.

Poppy Ackroyd
Feathers

Poppy hails from the big smoke, lives by the sea in Brighton (this is quite a common occurrence seemingly) and is apparently classically trained. She specialises in piano and violin but this second outing proper sees her expand her palette to incorporate other exciting musical items with the same such keys and twangy, screechy bits. Poppy is also a member of Hidden Orchestra who will be familiar to you if you are a bit of an acidsouljazzer like I'm not. Bummer. So much promise and excitement has now dissipated from my imagination. Feathers isn't about the person who is vacating the room I am just about to take in a house in Leeds this week. When I asked my new "landlady" how long it would take for the passage to be clear she laughed and commented "Oh Charlotte doesn't have much in the way of possessions.....just bags and bags of feathers". 
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William Eggleston
Musik

William Eggleston, now 77, is a regarded photographer, but here is another side to the Memphis man. Eggleston rediscovered a piano in his childhood home, igniting a passion. An '80s fascination with a Korg synth developed; a sequencer enabled him to make and improvise symphonies and Bach-ian organ cantatas. He produced 49 floppy discs  -- 60 hours of music -- from which 13 tracks were culled, hence the making of Musik. LP / CD on Secretly Canadian.
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Charlemagne Palestine
Strumming Music

Essential vinyl reissue of Charlemagne Palestine's seminal 1974 LP 'Strumming Music'. A mesmerising work of classic 20th Century minimalism, that originally appeared on the legendary French Shandar imprint (home to Philip Glass, Sun Ra, La Monte Young, Terry Riley etc.) Original copies sell for in excess of £160 so it's a real treat to have this truly transcendent work from this visionary artist once again available on it's original format. At once simple and complex, this profoundly beautiful music still sounds like a magic carpet ride through the heavens. A physically demanding performance recorded in his Manhattan loft - one which yields maximum beauty from the simplicity of his Bösendorfer Imperial grand piano and sustain pedal. A masterclass in the hypnotic beauty of repetition and nuance. This new edition has been licensed from FGL Productions, remastered by Equus, cut by Rashad Becker and includes an insert with liner notes by Julian Cowley.

Jherek Bischoff
Scores

Scores is an instrumental version of Jherek Bischoff’s 2012 album Composed. While that record featured a bunch of guests providing vocals, Scores takes it back to just the music, revealing these busy little pieces in their full exquisite detail! Featuring what sounds like a decent-sized string ensemble as well as intimate parts. CD release on The Leaf Label.
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  • Neo-classical / Classical / Orchestral

Craig Armstrong
The Space Between Us

Craig Armstrong, masterful orchestrator for Massive Attack on their 'Protection' album. Perhaps surprisingly, the first vinyl -- 2LP -- version of his 1998 debut solo album, The Space Between Us is about to be released by Universal. There are luscious vocals from Cocteau Twins' Liz Fraser, and Paul Buchanan of The Blue Nile. 2 tracks -- "Io Canto" and "McKenzie" -- were only available on the long-deleted 2CD edition of the album. Download code included.
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Willie Gibson
Vivaldi: Seasons Change

Willie Gibson is an electronic music composer working in the wilds of Cambridgeshire. He spent a year recreating one of the most popular pieces of classical music - Vivaldi's Le Quattro Stagioni - using a modular synthesizer. Gibson transcribed each element of the score into MIDI, built each instrument sound from scratch and recorded the parts track by track as audio, re-patching the modular synth each time. Literally an unrepeatable process.In the spirit of earlier vintage/futuristic adaptations of classical music (e.g. Wendy Carlos) but also via Kraftwerk, modern chiptune and even the same robot seed that produced The Who's Baba O'Reilly, Gibson has given the mathematical beauty of these pieces a bright new makeover.

From the Mouth of the Sun
Hymn Binding

Aaron Martin (Black Vines, The Cloisters) and Dag Rosenqvist (Jasper TX) have individually had releases on Miasmah, Type and Denovali. Joining forces as From The Mouth Of The Sun they work entirely with acoustic sound sources, from guitars to organs and cellos. Swelling neo-classical pieces to soothe the soul.
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Balmorhea
Clear Language

A ten track record from US based duo Balmorhea. The album is full of beautifully written pieces of music, mainly using the piano to its full advantage, and cleverly crafted soundscapes. Clear Language is available on limited white Vinyl LP with a poster, black Vinyl LP and CD, and is released on Western Vinyl. 

Astrid & Rachel Grimes
Through The Sparkle

Here is an interesting sounding collaboration between French ensemble Astrid and Rachel's founder and pianist Rachel Grimes. Following years of email correspondence the two hooked up in France to collaborate and the result is this an album of miniature symphonies, gentle and cinematic sounds and haunting neo-classical.  
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Penguin Cafe & Cornelius
Umbrella EP

Originally put on a short release in 2015, after completing the new Penguin Cafe album, Erased Tapes have repackaged this EP made with Japanese musician/producer Cornelius for record store day. Featuring two collaborative tracks and each party remixing one of the other’s tracks. Hypnotic blends of world music, neo-classical and electronics.

Joep Beving
Solipsism

Joep Beving composes and performs pieces for piano with a delicacy and a sense of stateliness that puts him right in there with the likes of Nils Frahm and Olafur Arnalds. Solipsism, his debut, was recorded in the middle of the night for extra depth of feeling: this is neo-classical piano of the most relaxing sort. Originally released on On I Are Giant and now reissued by Deutsche Grammophon.
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Nadia Sirota
Tessellatum

Tessellatum is the title of the new album by Nadia Sirota, who performs violin on the film soundtrack, composed by Donnacha Dennehy. All fifteen string parts were played by Nadia, with Liam Byrne on viola. Recording took place at Greenhouse Studios in Iceland. The film and music play with the idea of man versus nature. Intriguingly, timbres and textures alternate between manmade systems and nature's own resonances, working in harmony. LP / CD on Bedroom Community.
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Siavash Amini
TAR

Containing an ocean-sized depth of emotion and meaning, TAR is Tehran-based producer Siavash Amini's 2017 brainchild. Comprised of four offerings, including the mammoth twelve-minutes-plus tracks 'A Dream's Frozen Reflection' and 'The Dust We Breathe', this is a sophisticated take on modern drone and classical genres.

Various
re:works Piano

The second installment in Decca’s Re:Works series, where they bring the old and new worlds together, focuses on the piano. Bring compositions from the likes of Satie, Debussy, Beethoven, Chopin and more classical composers to the desks of contemporary producers such as Appleblim, Anders Bruk, Cagedbaby, Third Son, Dusty Kid among others. Chilled and classical brought together

Bruno Sanfilippo
Piano Textures 4

Bruno Sanfilippo invites the listener to inhabit the delicate world of his piano playing on this, the fourth edition of the Piano Textures series. His compositions are minimal but highly-melodic, with a production style that leaves his stately chord progressions hanging in shimmering space. Piano Textures indeed. Released by ad21.

The Greatest Hoax
Expiration Compositions

As The Greatest Hoax, composer Taylor Jordan has set out to write music to be listened to during the process of dying. Though we can’t (yet) tell you how well it works in its intended context, we do know that Expiration Compositions is a rich set of music thoughtful music for piano, strings and ambient electronics. A subtle work, far from the heavy-handed doominess you might expect. Out on Serein.
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Alder & Ash
Psalms for the Sunder

Montreal’s Alder & Ash take a leaf from Colin Stetson’s single instrument becoming a whole band, and takes the stark yet highly emotive soundtrack compositions of Warren Ellis and Nick Cave, adding in influences from noise and doom and a loop pedal. Made entirely on a cello Psalms For The Sunder is delicate and violent in equal measures. There are highly limited number of these handmade physical copies available, so be quick.

Alder & Ash
Clutched in the Maw of the World

Look towards Colin Stetson and Warren Ellis and Nick Cave soundtracks, take a cello, loop pedal and an array of effects and travel via noise, post-rock and doom influences. This is where you’ll find Montreal’s Alder & Ash. Minimal yet cacophonous it swings between gentle and emotionally tense to distorted relief. Incredibly limited physical copies made.
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Tvarvagen
This river so red

Tvarvagen play richly detailed chamber works in that heavily melancholy neo-classical style rather favoured these last few years. This river so red is in fact especially melancholy, as it takes as a theme the general sense of a post-apocalypse world and wistful / desperate recollections of before. On Hare Tracks / Feeder Recordings.
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Marihiko Hara & Polar M
Dance

A second album of smooth collaboration from the duo of Marahiko Hara and Polar M. Guitar and keys move softly around each other in a sort of jazz-lounge-folktronica hybrid. The title Dance refers to the artists’ notion that every part of life can be a dance, and also reflects their recent collaboration with dance choreographers. Dancer Mia Cabalfin also contributes some spoken word. CD release on mu-nest.
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Ian William Craig
Slow Vessels

Ian William Craig somewhat returns to his tremendously loved 2016 album Centres with an EP that relocates some of those pieces onto voice, piano and acoustic guitar, with just a few licks of subtle tape manipulation lapping at the edges. Slow Vessels proves that Craig’s songwriting is just as powerful when it stands naked as when it is wreathed in fuzz magic. 12” on 130701.

Last Days
Seafaring

Northumberland based musician Graham Richardson (Last Days/St Kilda) crafts very still contemplative music. Emotionally raw and reflective pieces with acoustic, electronic and found sound elements. Returning to n5MD for his fifth full length Seafaring Richardson turns his focus to the sea and Ernest Shackleton. For fans of Helios, Loscil, The Album Leaf.

Bérangère Maximin
Frozen Refrains

Bérangére Maximin composes with a brace of midi-controlled electronics, computer-derived patterns, deeply-processed everyday field recordings, loops and fragments and unidentified shimmers. Frozen Refrain is a canny and self-aware piece of electroacoustics that creates its own context. Vinyl release on Atlas Realisations.

Tom Hobden & Eliot James
Present: Roam

Present: Roam is the first collaboration between Tom Hobden and Eliot James. On hearing the lush orchestral compositions within, you might be surprised to learn that the two’s previous projects include Mumford and Sons and Kaiser Chiefs, but hey, popular music is a strange place these days. Impressive modern English Romanticism, released by Village Green.
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Various
Behind The Counter With Max Richter

Who wants to sneak inside Max Richter’s world? I’m pretty sure Phil does and he’ll enjoy this compilation of some of Max’s favourite works both recent and distant.  As you can imagine there’s a heavy classical, neo classical tinge to this but it also includes work by Boards of Canada and Let’s Eat Grandma. 

Olafur Arnalds
Broadchurch - The Final Chapter

Like Olivia Colman and David Tennant, composer Olafur Arnalds has also returned for the third and final series of Broadchurch, with another suite of emotional minimal musical themes, played with tremendous subtly by both orchestra and smaller ensembles. Broadchurch - The Final Chapter is released on vinyl by Mercury.
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  • Soundtracks

Nadia Sirota & Nico Muhly
Keep In Touch

Modern classical wunderkind Nico Muhly has written a full-blown viola concerto, recorded here by violist Nadia Sirota with the backing of The Detroit Symphony Orchestra. Apparently Keep In Touch was designed to challenge the performer into engaging with their weaknesses (mean Mr Muhly), but Sirota’s performance of the piece sounds perfect to these ears. On Bedroom Community.
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Hans-Joachim Roedelius & Arnold Kasar
Einfluss

The kosmische legend that is Hans-Joachim Roedelius (of Cluster and Harmonia) here collaborates with classical pianist Arnold Kasar. The resulting album Einfluss, released by the extremely ‘proper’ classical Deutsche Grammophon label, are a gorgeous waltz through lush piano melodies and shifting textures.
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Luca D’Alberto
Endless

Luca D’Alberto’s new piece Endless is an impressive work of contemporary classic music, not least for the fact that Luca not only composed the music, but also played each and every instrument on the recording himself! Endless is lush, cinematic, and filled with fine melodic and textural detail. Released on 7K!, the contemporary classical imprint of !K7 Records.
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Manyfingers
The Spectacular Nowhere

Available on CD or as Gatefold double Vinyl on Ici d'ailleurs.  After a 10 year hiatus, working on Numbers Not Names and a Third Eye foundation album, Bristol’s Chris Cole returns under his Manyfingers moniker. The Spectacular Nowhere showcases his huge growth as a classical composer since his previous records. Features guest performances from David Callahan (Moonshake), with nods to Phillip Glass and Steve Reich it is certainly a unique mix. Includes bonus track as EXCLUSIVE DOWNLOAD. 
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Kronos Quartet
Folk Songs

Kronos Quartet, the go-to ensemble for crossovers of contemporary and indie music as well as regular interpreters of Steve Reich et al’s work, here collaborate with Olivia Chaney, Rhiannon Giddens, Sam Amidon and Natalie Merchant for a set of Folk Songs: traditional numbers, with fresh contemporary arrangements. LP and CD editions on 
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Max Richter
Out Of The Dark Room

Out Of The Dark Room is a collection of Max Richter’s works for film, hence taking these delicate soundtracks out of the dark room on the cinema and into the light of your stereo. Music excerpted from the soundtracks of Waltz With Bashir, Testament Of Youth, Wadjda and several more. CD released by Editions Milan.
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Jessica Moss
Pools Of Light

Jessica Moss is a key member of Thee Silver Mt. Zion Memorial Orchestra, contributing remarkable string parts to the whole. With Pools Of Light she steps out as a solo artist. The album, her first full-length solo statement, was recorded by Radwan Ghazi Moumneh of Jerusalem In My Heart, and it positively shimmers with Moss’s rich violin drones and careful composition. Out on Constellation.

Carl Craig
Versus

Versus by Carl Craig was one of the first performances of its kind, bringing electronic beats to the same stage as violins and cellos. Originally performed in 2008 Planet E joins forces with InFiné to bring the Les Siècles orchestra, conducted by François-Xavier Roth, back together with Carl Craig for Versus’ first official recording. Available on CD, double LP or extended triple LP with additional acoustic versions.

Tubular Brass
Tubular Bells

Well why not: a version of Mike Oldfield’s classic progscape Tubular Bells, re-scored for a twenty-eight piece brass ensemble! They have in fact done a great job, using different aspects of the brass repertoire to bring out nuanced variations on the piece. Tubular Brass also features a synth solo from Hannah Peel.
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Murcof x Wagner
Statea

After 6 years of working and performing together Murcof and pianist Vanessa Wagner have created a studio album that aims to reflect their live performances whilst tipping their collective hat to hugely influential composers. Reworking the likes of John Cage, Aphex Twin, and Erik Satie into pure texture and tone.

Valgeir Sigurðsson
Dissonance

Working as a producer for acts such as Bjork, Ben Frost, Nico Muhly, Hildur Guðnadóttir, and CocoRosie, Icelandic composer Valgeir Sigurðsson releases his fourth  solo full length on Bedroom Community. Falling in and out of its namesake, Dissonance hold grand pieces reflect great joy and sadness, melding neo classical and electronics to cinematic effect.

Adrian Corker
The Have-Nots OST

Violin, cello, double bass and viola de gamba (Google it) are the main tools here, and their processed loops, lock-grooves and leitmotifs create ambiences by turn plaintive and wrought. There is something of Kid A, Skeleton Tree and Mica Levi’s Under the Skin OST to Corker’s latest work. Includes Portico’s Jack Wyllie giving some early Corker a once-over as well. Vinyl.

Nicolai Abrahamsen, Jakob Thorkild, Messer Quartet
Nox Tenebrae - Part I & II

Nox Tenebrae is a piece in two parts for the uncommon combination of heavy drone-metal electric guitars and string quartet. Nicolai Abrahamsen and Jakob Thorkild obviously know their way around the Sunn O))) catalogue, but the inventive use of the Messer Quartet makes this a work that stands on its own. LP release on Kontentum.

LSO Percussion Ensemble
REICH: Sextet, Clapping Music, Music for Pieces of Wood

LSO’s specialist percussion unit have put the time into perfecting their renditions of some of minimalist-in-chief Steve Reich’s percussion pieces. Clapping Music, for clapping hands, Music for Pieces of Wood, for pieces of wood, and Sextet, for vibraphones, glockenspiels, timpani etc. Pulsing magic music, masterfully performed and recorded live. LP on LSO Live.

Ilya Beshevli
Primary Source

Why are they calling him a prodigy? Well, after releasing two full length albums in 2016 the young serbian composer Ilya Beshevli is back with Village green and releasing this three track EP. Primary Source continues in a similar vein to Wanderer and Night Forest comprising of serene modern classical piano compositions, but on this EP he is backed by The Babelsberg Orchestra, they don’t take over but enrich the palette.
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Joep Beving
Prehension

Joep Beving is a Dutch composer and performer who uses his piano to tap a direct line to the kind of stately cinematic neo-classical musical atmospheres so majorly popularised by the likes of Nils Frahm, Ludovico Einaudi and the like. Prehension, his first album for the prestigious Deutsche Grammophon, is released in CD and double LP editions.
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  • Neo-classical / Classical / Orchestral

Allred & Broderick
Find The ways

Peter Broderick and David Allred’s musical partnership is a beautiful thing: they use only their voices and their chosen string instruments (violin and upright bass), and they record live, without overdubs or edits. The result is intimate friendship music, simply made but very deep. Find The Ways is released by Erased Tapes.

Ben Folds
In Concert 2015 - 2016

Ben Folds follows up his So There collaboration with the contemporary classical group yMusic with a live record. In Concert 2015-2016 shows off Folds’ flair for arrangement, with his proper pop songs translating marvellously to the ‘chamber rock’ set-up. 10” vinyl release, packaged with a download code that includes bonus tracks. Released by New West.
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  • Neo-classical / Classical / Orchestral

Philip Glass / Alfred Schnittke
Violin Concerto No. 1 / Concerto Grosso No. 5

Minimalist maestro Philip Glass directs his talents towards interpreting the work of Soviet and German composer Alfred Schnittke. Violin Concerto No. 1 / Concerto Grosso No. 5 capture Schnittke’s rich polystylistic approaches and grand melodies, tempered slightly by Glass’ delicate and restrained attitude. The 180g vinyl LP on Deutsche Grammophon includes a download code.
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Hauschka
What If

Hauschka is a modern master of prepared piano music, successfully transferring this esoteric approach to the instrument into lovely melodic songs. What If sees Hauschka adding automatic player pianos into the mix, which opens up even more possibilities for this eternal sound-tinkerer. Released by City Slang.

John Matthias & Jay Auborn
Race To Zero

John Matthias and Jay Auborn have paired up to create an album that explores where we’re at in terms of space, sound, technology and place. The creative process included improvisations on acoustic instruments in character-rich locations, which were then transformed through intensive digital processing into something other. Race To Zero is an interesting suite of digital folk music, released by Village Green.

Phillip Glass
Songs From The Trilogy

Phillip Glass is most noted for his minimalist repetition, but now approaching his 80th birthday and still performing with his ensemble, he has a lot more in his back catalogue than that. Songs From The Trilogy is a collection of pieces taken from three of his operas - Einstein On The Beach, Satyagraha and Akhnaten.
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Olivier Alary
Fiction / Non-Fiction

Olivier Alary has produced experimental pop under the name Ensemble for many years, but now produces film soundtrack work under his own name. Fiction / Non-Fiction compiles numerous examples of his really rather luscious pieces, performed by various orchestras, choirs and ensembles. Released by 130701.
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  • Neo-classical / Classical / Orchestral
  • Soundtracks

Jessica Curry
Dear Esther (Original Game Soundtrack)

This is the first ever pressing of Jessica Curry's soundtrack to genre defining video game Dear Esther released to coincide with it's 5th anniversary. Dear Esther is an award winning first person exploration game with a stunning specially commissioned soundtrack by Curry.   The vinyl comes with a free Steam key that enables the you to download the game for free. 
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  • Soundtracks

Tale Of Us
Endless

After having worked together for 6 years, and releasing EPs on Life and Death, R&S, M_nus and Visionquest Carmine Conte and Matteo Milleri’s project Tale Of Us are well established for their brand of tech house. For their debut full length everything has switched, and Endless presents a roaring ambient neo-classical face, blending synthesis, piano and strings into powerful sweeping textures.
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  • Neo-classical / Classical / Orchestral

Stefano Guzzetti
Leaf

Stefano Guzzetti presents an album of gorgeous neo-classical music, drenched in emotion and stately melodicism. Leaf has some very fine packaging: a 180g heavyweight vinyl LP is housed in a Vaughan Oliver-designed sleeve with metallic printing. A 10” art book and a CD version of the album are also included. Edition of 250 on Brooklyn Bridge Records.
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  • Neo-classical / Classical / Orchestral

Steve Jansen
The Extinct Suite

Steve Jansen, the drummer of Japan, has been steadily working on a solo career over the last decade. His last solo album, Tender Extinction, featured various guest singers, but now those other voices are stripped away for The Extinct Suite, on which Jansen pulls apart the orchestral parts of that album to weave a whole new expanse of melodic ambience. Out on SJ Productions.

Tess Said So
Scramble + Fate

With piano and percussion at their disposal, the duo behind Tess Said So have figured out an excellent and individual style that takes in aspects of contemporary classical, jazz, minimalism and much more besides. This is intricate and inventive music for an unusual pairing. Scramble + Fate is released in an edition of 150 hand-assembled CDs on the Preserved Sound label.

Daniel Hope
For Seasons

After having assisted Max Richter in his bold ‘recomposing’ of Vivaldi’s essential classical heavyweight The Four Seasons, Daniel Hope now presents a bright new recording of the original piece. Rounding out the disc is a selection of contemporary pieces that align to months of the year, including Aphex Twin and Chilly Gonzales. For Seasons (geddit?) is out on Deutsche Grammophon.
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  • 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. 
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  • 4AD

Ales Tsurko
Transliaciya

The self taught composer from Minsk Ales Tsurko sets his sight very plainly on progressing contemporary classical music. Melding techniques learnt both academically and not Transliaciya features elements of shoegaze, drone, ambient electronica and post rock masterfully manipulated and woven with modern classical, into something fresh.
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  • Neo-classical / Classical / Orchestral

Poppy Nogood
Music for Mourning

American violinist and composer Poppy Nogood releases his first full length album on handmade label Preserved Sound. Echoing masters of the emotionally charged neo-classical, and minimalism such as Max Richer and Steve Reich, Nogood works around self imposed restriction and improvisation to create delicate and emotionally raw pieces.

Thomas William Hill
Asylum For Eve

Thomas William Hill has plenty of experience in the world of scoring films, and a richly cinematic strain is evident throughout new album Asylum For Eve, which mixes material from those soundtracks with entirely new works. His music has a soft intensity built from neoclassical piano and tinkering rhythms: you’ll feel like you are in the film of your own life. Out on Village Green.
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  • Neo-classical / Classical / Orchestral

Minor Victories
Orchestral Variations

Minor Victories, the Mogwai / Slowdive / Editors supergroup, released their debut album together to great acclaim in 2016. This new release shows off the breadth of scope and vision that the group possesses, being a full-length suite of Orchestral Variations on the whole album. A different side to Minor Victories. Out on Play It Again Sam.

Lubomyr Melnyk
Rivers and Streams

Lubomyr Melnyk is renowned as one of the fastest-playing pianists in the world, and he has long been honing his self-developed style of ‘Continuous Music’ in order to channel these powers. Rivers and Streams is his latest album, containing flowing torrents of notes that creates an overwhelming wall of melodies. On Erased Tapes: coloured vinyl available!
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  • Neo-classical / Classical / Orchestral

π∆ππ
Selected Piano Works

On his Selected Piano Works, π∆ππ treats us to that vintage three-days-in-a-Berlin-bunker vibe. By using just as much piano as silence between notes, π∆ππ has created a mesmerizing and esoteric album. What’s also esoteric about this release is the fact that there’s only 50 CDs, packed in handcrafted paper wallets. Don't let 'em slip away!
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Gigi Masin & Charles Hayward
Les Nouvelles Musiques De Chambre Volume 2

Though best known for his work in This Heat and Camberwell Now, erstwhile sound explorer Charles Hayward has done plenty else in his time. For example, this 1989 split LP with Gigi Masin. The two musicians were tasked with devising music inspired by their local rivers, which led Masin into beautiful looping melodic ambience and Hayward into a sinister side-long drift piece. First time on vinyl for this rare release, out on Modern Classics.

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.
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  • Neo-classical / Classical / Orchestral

Philip Glass
The Complete Sony Recordings

Ah, yes, Philip Glass - one of the most salient composers of music with repetitive structures. He’s going to be 80, you know, and what better way to celebrate than by diving into this mammoth CD box set? Inside you’ll find the Glassworks ‘cassette mix’ digitally available for the first time, various collaborations including his album with the late, great Ravi Shankar, plus all sorts of key contextual material. A comprehensive introduction or prime mode of revisitation, no doubt.
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  • Neo-classical / Classical / Orchestral

Danny Elfman
The Girl On The Train (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack)

Based on Paula Hawkins New York Times no.1 bestselling novel, U.S thriller The Girl On The Train has smashed box offices around the world this autumn. Now available on red coloured vinyl, the feature-length's sparse and cinematic Original Motion Picture Soundtrack is available for purchase - conjured from the wisdom of Danny Elfman.
  • Genre(s):
  • Neo-classical / Classical / Orchestral
  • Soundtracks

Dustin O'Halloran & Hauschka
Lion (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack)

The new Saroo Brierly film Lion has Nicole Kidman and Dev Patel in central roles and Hauschka and Dustin O'Halloran on the soundtrack. O'Halloran is an experienced film soundtrack composer, whereas melodic prepared-piano tinkerer Hauschka is more often sighted in experimental music contexts, but the pairs different angles intersect wonderfully here. CD release on Sony Classical.
  • Genre(s):
  • Neo-classical / Classical / Orchestral
  • Soundtracks

Nico Muhly & Teitur
Confessions

Nico Muhly is a busy young modern-classical composer and performer isn’t he? Here he is now, rocking up on Nonesuch in a new collaboration with songwriter Teitur. With song lyrics derived from obscure youtube videos and the music scored for a baroque ensemble, Confessions probably qualifies as a unique record I should think?

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

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

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.

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.

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. 

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.

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.

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. 
  • 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.

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.

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.   
  • 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.
  • 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.   

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

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!
  • 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.

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

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.

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