Daniel Stephen Johnson appears in the following:
Wednesday, February 06, 2013
Avner Dorman is a composer of musical spices, perfumes and toxins in a figurative sense. His music is piquant — vivid, present, spicy. Read a profile of the Israeli-born composer and hear him introduce many of his key works.
Monday, January 28, 2013
Composer and multi-instrumentalist Alexander Berne's "Self Referentials" is a profoundly enigmatic listening experience. Find out why by listening to the streamed album all this week.
Monday, January 21, 2013
On "Correspondances," Dutilleux finds his ideal interpreter in conductor Esa-Pekka Salonen, who brings to life the most ethereal details of the composer's scores without losing sight of their core humanity.
Monday, January 07, 2013
The Boston Modern Orchestra Project devotes its latest – and 24th – recording in just five years to the music of New York composer Paul Moravec. Stream the entire album this week only.
Monday, December 24, 2012
Stephen Drury's Callithumpian Consort, pipa star Wu Man and the Shanghai Quartet make a powerful case for Lei Liang, a composer whose music marries features of the European avant-garde to his Chinese heritage.
Monday, December 03, 2012
Cold Blue Two presents 14 distinctive ways to make clear, "pretty" music, by composers including Harry Partch, John Luther Adams, Ingram Marshall and others.
Monday, November 19, 2012
Like an only slightly lower-strung version of Carl Stalling's Looney Toons scores, Derek Bermel's music often changes its mind halfway through a phrase, doubles back and becomes something completely different.
Monday, November 05, 2012
Listeners familiar with the music of Missy Mazzoli are unlikely to be shocked by her latest CD, Song from the Uproar: The Lives and Deaths of Isabelle Eberhardt, which suggests the gentle, queasy motion of an ocean liner.
Monday, October 22, 2012
The a cappella octet Roomful of Teeth have trained in non-Western traditions and have collaborated with several fashionable composers. Hear the results on their debut album.
Monday, October 01, 2012
The prominent new music sextet called eighth blackbird performs music by Stephen Hartke, Thomas Ades, John Adams and Missy Mazzoli, featuring instruments like the flexatone and harmonica.
Thursday, September 20, 2012
The tradition of the star performer-composer is as old as classical music itself — Beethoven on the piano, Paganini on the violin. But Mason Bates isn't a virtuoso of the organ or the lute. The role of the performer and the role of the composer have changed: Bates's instrument is the laptop.
Monday, September 17, 2012
The music on this disc, by a range of rising young composers, is nothing short of gripping from the first note to the last, and it's thanks largely to the intense focus of these highly individual musicians.
Monday, September 03, 2012
Philip Glass began composing for organ early in his career, and in a way, he never really stopped: His orchestration bears a resemblance to the tradition of Bruckner or Franck, treating the sections of the orchestra like the stops on an organ.
Saturday, August 25, 2012
Philip Glass is one of the only living classical composers, if not the only one, to have achieved any kind of popular celebrity. For people who "don't listen to classical music," his name still evokes his instantly recognizable musical signature.
Monday, August 20, 2012
As the circumstances of composer Viktor Ullmann's life became more brutal, his music only became lovelier, more polished, and more playful this new recording indicates.
Tuesday, August 14, 2012
Jacob ter Veldhuis, the Dutch composer better known as JacobTV, comes as close to pop art as classical music is ever likely to get. Borrowing the "speech-melody" technique of Scott Johnson and Steve Reich, he loops sampled conversation to form the basis for his music.
Monday, August 06, 2012
A decade or two before post-minimalism became the lingua franca of emerging American composers, the young Michael Torke was already building his career on it. Learn more about Torke and listen to the composer himself introduce many of his key works.
Monday, August 06, 2012
Listen to the new all-Pärt disc by Estonia's Voces Musicales all this week. Selections range from Sol LeWitt–like spareness of Summa to the sweetness and pathos of Magnificat to the darker, denser textures of the title track.
Tuesday, July 24, 2012
Tan Dun's teacher, student of Edgard Varèse, Chou Wen-chung stands at the intersection of Asian and European traditions, of old and new logics for cross-cultural listening.
Tuesday, May 22, 2012
It will be hard to keep Latvian composer Peteris Vasks's passionate, yearning, eminently accessible music secret here much longer. Read Daniel Stephen Johnson's portrait and listen to the composer introduce his own music.