#3681: Year in Review 2014: John Schaefer's Top 10

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John Schaefer presents his annual highly-opinionated top 10 list of notable new music releases from 2014. Expect to hear music by an Icelandic electro-acoustic composer, a work by a Korean-American composer which takes its name from the famous Debussy piano prelude, and a New York-based chamber-jazz-rock band. Also, listen to 2014's Pulitzer Prize winning work by an Alaska-based composer, a work using hammered dulcimer and clogs to dance around the legend of an American folk hero, and music from an Irish-American supergroup. Plus, there's music from an innovative string quartet still raising eyebrows after 40 years, a work for piano and electronics by a "1-bit composer" and the pianist of the Bang on a Can All-Stars, and more.

PROGRAM #3681 John Schaefer’s Top 10 of 2014 (First aired on 1/7/2015)  

ARTIST(S)

RECORDING

CUT(S)

SOURCE

10. Cellar and Point

Ambit

Arc [6:04]

Cuneiform Records RUNE 376
cuneiformrecords.com

9. Kronos Quartet

A Thousand Thoughts

Dark Was the Night, Cold Was the Ground [3:52]

Nonesuch 536952
nonesuch.com

8. Anna Thorvaldsdottir

Aerial

Trajectories, excerpt [4:00]

Deutsche Grammophon / Universal Music Classics 00028948113545
universalmusicclassics.com

7. Tristan Perich/Vicky Chow

Surface Image

Finale, Excerpt [4:08]

New Amsterdam Records NWAM 060
newamrecords.com

6. Jonny Greenwood / Bryce Dessner
ft. Copenhagen Phil, Andre de Ridder, cond.

St. Carolyn by the Sea / Suite From There Will Be Blood

Raphael, excerpt [4:34]

Deutsche Grammophon 00289 479 2388
Deutschegrammophon.com

5. John Luther Adams
with Seattle Symphony Orchestra, Ludovic Morlot, cond.

Become Ocean

Opening, excerpt [7:43]

Cantaloupe Music CA21101
cantaloupemusic.com

4. Bora Yoon

Sunken Cathedral

O pastor animarum [4:27]

Innova 880
www.innova.mu

3. The Gloaming

The Gloaming

Necklace of Wrens [3:47]

Brassland HWY-037
store.brassland.org

2. Yann Tiersen

(Infinity)

Ar Maen Bihan [6:53]

Mute 9592
mute.hasawebstore.com also available at
Amazon.com

1. Julia Wolfe

Steel Hammer

Steel Hammer: Mountain, excerpt [4:08]

Cantaloupe Music CA 21099
cantaloupemusic.com