Classical

Max Richter - Retrospective [Limited Edition Box Set] (CD)

Four discs of paralyzing ambient-orchestral beauty, comprising albums and soundtracks The Blue Notebooks (2004), Songs from Before (2006), 24 Postcards in Full Colour (2008) and Infra (2010).

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Chasing Pianos: The Piano Music Of Michael Nyman (CD)

Dazzling pianist Valentina Lisitsa plays the film music of Michael Nyman, including scores from The Piano, Carrington, Gattaca, and more. Full of irresistible energy.

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Marie et Marion [SACD] (CD)

The unearthly Anonymous 4 combine historical scholarship with contemporary performance intuition to create their magical sound. Explores songs that juxtapose desire for the earthly lady Marion and adoration of the heavenly Virgin Mary.

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Adams: The Gospel According To The Other Mary (CD)

Adams's self-described "architectonic" post-minimalist pseudo-romantic compositions have always been natural vehicles for emotions built on a similar scale and with a similar methodology. In capturing historical events and the emotional networks with which they intersect, his layered compositions, now parallel, now intersecting, become stunning representations of the intersecting economies at the conceptual and narrative heart of his work. In his latest piece, a sort of follow up to his Nativity oratorio, El Nino, Adams returns to the broadly biblical, extrapolating the narratives circulating around Christ without the presence of the man himself. Explicitly a work about women and the injustices they experience, TGATTOM is a massive undertaking and Dudamel and his orchestra attack it with the fervor it deserves. Especially interesting is its central inclusion of the cimbalom, a roughly 600 year old hammered dulcimer, which cuts through the stratified melodies, rhythms, and narratives in a way that recalls a particularly cutting piano.

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