On the Record rounds up details about new and pending recordings of interest to the new-music community: contemporary classical music and jazz, electronic and electroacoustic music, and idioms for which no clever genre name has been coined, on CD, vinyl LP, cassette, digital-only formats… you name it.
This list of upcoming release dates is culled from press releases, Amazon and other online record stores, social-media posts, and similar resources. Dates cited correspond to U.S. release of physical recordings where applicable, and are subject to change. (Links to Amazon, where used, do not imply endorsement.)
These listings are not comprehensive—nor could they be! To submit a forthcoming recording for consideration, email information to email@example.com.
New This Week
Julianna Barwick – Circumstance Synthesis (RVNGIntl.) Mike Weis – In Low Light (Music for the Winter Solstice) (Notice)
(☆ – newly listed this week)
☆ William Kentner Anderson – Der Weg ins Freie – performances by William Anderson, Bowers Fader Duo, Vox n Plux, Cygnus Ensemble, and others (Furious Artisans) Ekmeles – A Howl, That Was Also a Prayer – compositions by Taylor Brook, Erin Gee, and Christopher Trapani (New Focus) ☆ Miguel Farías – Up and down – performances by Laurent Bruttin, Ensemble Contrechamps, Ensemble Zero, PHACE, and Ensemble Vortex (Kairos) ☆ Various artists – Les Espaces Électroacoustiques II – compositions by Luigi Nono, Karlheinz Stockhausen, Luciano Berio, and Gottfried Michael Koenig (Col Legno)
☆ Claude Vivier – Chamber Music and Music for Piano Solo – performances by Alessandro Soccorsi, Thies Roorda, Joseph Puglia, Sietse-Jan Weijenberg, Niels Meliefste, and Pepe Garcia (Brilliant Classics)
Brunhild Ferrari/Jim O’Rourke – Le Piano Englouti (Black Truffle)
Anna Höstman – Harbour – Cheryl Duvall (Redshift Music) Tony Irving & Massimo Magee – Vitriol and the Third Oraculum (577 Records) ☆ Paul Moravec – Sanctuary Road – Laquita Mitchell, Raehann Bryce-Davis, Joshua Blue, Malcolm J. Merriweather, Dashon Burton, Oratorio Society of New York Chorus and Orchestra/Kent Tritle (Naxos)
Various artists – Modulation Necklace: New Music from Armenia – compositions by Artur Avanesov, Ashot Zohrabyan, Michel Petrossian, and Artashes Kartalyan (New Focus)
David Cieri – La Passion de Jeanne d’Arc (original film score) (Ropeadope)
Charles Curtis – Performances & Recordings 1998-2018 – compositions by Charles Curtis, Éliane Radigue, Terry Jennings, Morton Feldman, Anton Webern, Olivier Messiaen, Alison Knowles, Richard Maxfield, and others (Saltern) Robert Haigh – Black Sarabande (Unseen Worlds) ☆ Colin Stetson – The Color Out of Space (original film score) (Milan)
Alex Dowling – Reality Rounds (Carrier)
Ross Goldstein – Timoka (self-released) Alex Hills – OutsideIn – performances by Aisha Orazbayeva, 12 Ensemble/James Weeks, EXAUDI/James Weeks, Jacob Brown, and 4|12 Collective/Adam Hickox (Carrier) Jason McMahon – Odd West (Shinkoyo) Pauline Oliveros/Stuart Dempster/Panaiotis – Deep Listening (Important; vinyl reissue of 1989 New Albion release, with bonus material) Dan Rosenboom – Absurd in the Anthropocene (Gearbox/Orenda)
This week in On the Record: Check out an immersive collection of contemporary Armenian music, lovingly curated by violinist Movses Pogossian, plus dozens of listings for forthcoming releases.
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