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Carl Schimmel: Roadshow, Music for smal ensembles and soloists / Lucy Shelton; Sumire Kudo; Steven Beck; Alex Sopp; Romie de Guise-Langlois; Sharon Roffman
Carl Schimmel: Roadshow, Music for smal ensembles and soloists / Lucy Shelton; Sumire Kudo; Steven Beck; Alex Sopp; Romie de Guise-Langlois; Sharon Roffman

1 CD / New Focus / 2017-02-10

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Ensemble: De Capo Chamber Players; Left Coast Chamber Ensemble; Soli Chamber Ensemble

Carl Schimmel's music possesses a Haydesque structural sensibility augmented with a playful sense of humor. His wonderful ability to communicate semantic meaning from moment to...continue...
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'Hushers' - contemporary choral works by Warren Enström, Kate Soper, Kaija Saariaho, Giacinto Scelsl / Quince Contemporary Vocal Ens.; Carrie Henneman Shaw
'Hushers' - contemporary choral works by Warren Enström, Kate Soper, Kaija Saariaho, Giacinto Scelsl / Quince Contemporary Vocal Ens.; Carrie Henneman Shaw

1 CD / New Focus / 2017-02-03

Conductors: Shaw, Carrie Henneman
Ensemble: Quince Contemporary Vocal Ensemble

The opening bars of Warren Enström's Hushers on Quince Contemporary Vocal Ensemble's new release emphasize extended fricative sounds that could be mistaken for a percussion...continue...
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Jeff Herriott: The Stone Tapestry / Due East, Erin Lesser; Third Coast Percussion, Greg Beyer
Jeff Herriott: The Stone Tapestry / Due East, Erin Lesser; Third Coast Percussion, Greg Beyer

1 CD / New Focus / 2017-02-03

Conductors: Lesser, Erin; Beyer, Greg
Ensemble: Due East; Third Coast Percussion

"The Stone Tapestry is a collection of interwoven myths, about origins, lifecycles, and the pace and significance of change. As a whole, the piece divides...continue...
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J.S. Bach: Six Sonatas and Partitas for Solo Violin / Movses Pogossian, violin
J.S. Bach: Six Sonatas and Partitas for Solo Violin / Movses Pogossian, violin

3 CD / New Focus / 2017-01-27


Acclaimed Armenian born violinist Movses Pogossian releases here his performance of the full set of Bach's iconic Six Sonatas and Partitas for Solo Violin. Pogossian's...continue...
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Vivaldi: Cello Concertos / Guy Fishman, cello; Handel and Haydn Society Orchestra
Vivaldi: Cello Concertos / Guy Fishman, cello; Handel and Haydn Society Orchestra

1 CD / New Focus / 2017-01-20

Works: Antonio Vivaldi: Concerto for Cello, strings & continuo in D major, RV 403; Concerto for Cello in F major, RV 410; Concerto for Cello, strings & continuo in C minor "Alla Rustica," RV 401; Concerto f...
Performers: Chateauneuf, Paula; Freiberg, Sarah; Guy Fishman; Miller, David; Nairn, Robert; Nosky, Aisslinn; Ogata, Susanna [Violin]; Watson, Ian
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Ensemble: Handel and Haydn Society Orchestra

Guy Fishman, principal cellist of the Handel & Haydn Society Orchestra, presents a brilliant and energized period-instrument performance of seven miraculous and seminal concertos by...continue...
Recording information: Futura Productions, Roslindale, MA (02/2014)....continue...
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George Lewis (b. 1952): Music for Chamber Ensemble - 'The Will to Adorn' / International Contemporary Ensemble
George Lewis (b. 1952): Music for Chamber Ensemble - 'The Will to Adorn' / International Contemporary Ensemble

1 CD / New Focus / 2017-01-06

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Ensemble: International Contemporary Ensemble

George Lewis is a modern musical polymath, in the truest sense of the word. As the legendary trombonist and pioneering member of the Chicago based...continue...
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Mikel Kuehn (b.1967): Modern Music for Ensemble,
Mikel Kuehn (b.1967): Modern Music for Ensemble, "Object/Shadow" / Gregory Beyer, marimba; Craig Hultgren, cello

1 CD / New Focus / 2016-11-11

Works: Mikel Kuehn: Undercurrents, for 14 instruments; Devouring Time, for marimba; Chiaroscuro, for cello & live interactive electroacoustics; Color Fields, for tenor saxophone, vibraphone, guitar & piano;...
Performers: Beyer, Gregory; Hultgren, Craig; Lippel, Daniel
Conductors: Lewanski, Michael; ; Kuehn, Mikel [Composer]
Ensemble: BGSU Saxophone Ensemble; Ensemble Dal Niente; Flexible Music

Composer Mikel Kuehn (Bowling Green State University), a 2014 Guggenheim Fellow, carries the mantle of American high modernism forward with this debut full length release...continue...
Recording information: Bryan Recital Hall, Bowling Green State University, Bow (01/01/2015); Lippes Concert Hall, The University of Buffalo, Amherst (01/01/2015); Northern Illinois University School o...continue...
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Paul Lansky (b. 1944): Book of Memory; Jason Treuting (b. 1977): Pluck, Bow, Blow / Janus Trio
Paul Lansky (b. 1944): Book of Memory; Jason Treuting (b. 1977): Pluck, Bow, Blow / Janus Trio

1 CD / New Focus / 2016-11-11

Works: Paul Lansky: Book of Memory, for flute, viola & harp; Jason Treuting: Pluck, Bow, Blow, for flute, viola & harp
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Ensemble: Janus Trio (5 [new music])

This recording documents two works written for the intrepid janus trio (Nuiko Wadden, harp; Amanda Baker, flute; Beth Meyers, viola). Paul Lansky's large scale work...continue...
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Giovanni Valentini (1582-1649): Madrigals / ACRONYM; Les Canards Chantants
Giovanni Valentini (1582-1649): Madrigals / ACRONYM; Les Canards Chantants

1 CD / New Focus / 2016-11-11

Works: Giovanni Valentini: Secondo Libro de Madrigali, for voices & continuo
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Ensemble: Acronym

"Brilliant and moving" vocal ensemble Les Canards Chantants and "groundbreaking, gutsy" (Early Music America Magazine) Baroque string band ACRONYM present the first recording of Giovanni...continue...
Recording information: Rocking Horse Studio, Pittsfield, NH (08/29/2015-09/02/2015)....continue...
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Marcos Balter (b.1974): Æsopica Suite; Codex Seraphinianus / Ryan Muncy, soprano saxophone; Claire Chase, flute; Peter Tantsits, tenor; International Contemporary Ensemble
Marcos Balter (b.1974): Æsopica Suite; Codex Seraphinianus / Ryan Muncy, soprano saxophone; Claire Chase, flute; Peter Tantsits, tenor; International Contemporary Ensemble

1 CD / New Focus / 2016-11-11

Works: Marcos Balter: Wicker Park, for soprano saxophone; Codex Seraphinianus, for viola, flute, soprano saxophone & bassoon; Descent from Parnassus, for flute; ligare, for flute, clarinet, violin, cello, p...
Performers: Chase, Claire; Heller, Rebekah; Muncy, Ryan; Sirota; Tantsits, Peter
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Ensemble: International Contemporary Ensemble

ICE's new release on it's in-house label, Tundra, highlights a fruitful seven-year collaboration between the ensemble and Brazilian born composer Marcos Balter, featuring five world...continue...
Recording information: Oktaven Audio, NY (01/2016); Yamaha Artist Services, New York, NY (01/2016); Oktaven Audio, NY (06/2012); Yamaha Artist Services, New York, NY (06/2012); Oktaven Audio, NY (10/2...continue...
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NEWF 004
David Smooke (b.1969): Modern Classical Works -
David Smooke (b.1969): Modern Classical Works - "Nutschell Studies of Unexplained Death" / David Smooke, toy piano; Karl Larsen, piano; Jeffrey Gavett, baritone; Lisa Perry, soprano; and many more

1 CD / New Focus / 2016-10-14

Works: David Smooke: Nutshell Studies of Unexplained Death, for toy piano & wind ensemble; Transgenic Fields, dusk, for piano; A Baby Bigger Grows Than Up Was, Vol. I; Some Details of Hell, for soprano, alt...
Performers: Cordeiro, Carlos; Gavett, Jeffrey [Bass-Baritone Vocal]; Harley, Michael; Kanasevich, Gleb; Kibbe, Peter [Cello]; Kozar, Andy; Lang, William; Larsen, Karl [Piano]; Perry, Lisa; Ray, Stephanie [Flute,...
Conductors: Parker, Harlan; ; New, Gemma
Ensemble: loadbang; Lunar Ensemble; Peabody Wind Ensemble

Composer David Smooke (Peabody Conservatory of Music faculty member) is a sonic tour guide, taking the listener on a journey that explores, in his own...continue...
Recording information: Peabody Institute; University Of South Carolina....continue...
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NEWF 173
21st Century Piano Music,
21st Century Piano Music, "The Debussy Effect" - Works by Joan La Barbara, Eric Kenneth, Malcolm Clark, Jacob Cooper, Daniel Felsenfeld, Annie Godsfield, Matt Marks, Randall Woolf / Kathleen Supove

2 CD / New Focus / 2016-10-14


On her latest release, Kathleen Supove explores our collective fascination with Debussy's music. As she observes in her notes, Debussy's music "seems to suggest a...continue...
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NEWF 170
Traceur: American Music for Clarinet & Piano by Robert Beaser, Derek Bermel, Marti Epstein, Lukas Foss, Joseph Schwantner / Michael Norsworthy, clarinet; David Gompper, piano
Traceur: American Music for Clarinet & Piano by Robert Beaser, Derek Bermel, Marti Epstein, Lukas Foss, Joseph Schwantner / Michael Norsworthy, clarinet; David Gompper, piano

1 CD / New Focus / 2016-09-09

Works: Robert Beaser: Souvenirs, for piccolo & piano; Joseph Schwantner: Black Anemones, for flute or voice & piano; Lukas Foss: American Pieces (3); Marti Epstein: Nebraska Impromptu, for clarinet & piano;...
Performers: Gompper, David Karl; Norsworthy, Michael

This release is a survey of music by American composers, and is a mixture of premieres and first recordings of new transcriptions for the clarinet....continue...
Recording information: Mechanics Hall (08/11/2015-08/14/2015); Mechanics Hall (11/16/2015)....continue...
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NEWF 172
Contemporary Music for Saxophone by Erin Gee, Lee Hyla, Evan Johnson, Morgan Krauss, David Reminick;
Contemporary Music for Saxophone by Erin Gee, Lee Hyla, Evan Johnson, Morgan Krauss, David Reminick; "Ism" / Ryan Muncy, saxophone; Ross Karre, percussion

1 CD / New Focus / 2016-09-09


Ryan Muncy emphasizes collaborative relationships with composers and artists of his generation and aims to reimagine the way listeners experience the saxophone through contemporary music....continue...
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NEWF 003
Frederic Hand (b.1947):
Frederic Hand (b.1947): "Odessey" Works for guitar / Frederic Hand, guitar; David Leisner, guitar; Jayna Nelson, flute

1 CD / New Focus / 2016-07-08

Works: Frederic Hand: Cantigas de Santa María; Prayer; Sephardic Songs (4), for guitar; Sophia's Journey, for guitar; For Julian, for guitar; A Psalm of Thanksgiving, for flute & guitar; British Isle...
Performers: Hand, Frederic; Leisner, David; Nelson, Jayna

Longtime Metropolitan Opera guitarist and lutenist, versatile and award winning composer, and mentor and teacher to generations of guitarists, Frederic Hand has enjoyed an impressive...continue...
Recording information: Area 52 Studios, Saugerties, NY; Bard Hall, Bard College, Annandale-on Hudson; Coldbrook Productions, Bearsville, NY; Willow Music, Woodstock, NY....continue...
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"Wild Cities" Works for Violin and Piano by Ryan Anthony Francis, Ted Hearne, Hannah Lash, Reinaldo Moya, Clint Needham / Francesca Anderegg, violin; Brent Funderburk, piano

1 CD / New Focus / 2016-07-08

Works: Ryan Francis: Remix, for violin & piano; Hannah Lash: Adjoining, for violin & piano; Clint Needham: On the Road, for violin & piano; Ted Hearne: Nobody's, for violin; Reinaldo Manuel Moya: Imagined A...
Performers: Anderegg, Francesca; Funderburk, Brent

All of the new works for violin featured on this release have been inspired by the minimalism of John Adams. Violinist Francesca Anderegg, inspired by...continue...
Recording information: Ordway Music Theatre, St Paul, Minnesota (06/23/2016-06/25/2016)....continue...
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Garden of Diverging Paths - Works by Taylor Brook (b.1985), Andrew Greenwald (b.1980) & Kate Soper (b.1981) / Kate Soper, soprano; Mivos Quartet
Garden of Diverging Paths - Works by Taylor Brook (b.1985), Andrew Greenwald (b.1980) & Kate Soper (b.1981) / Kate Soper, soprano; Mivos Quartet

1 CD / New Focus / 2016-06-10

Works: Taylor Brook: El jardin de senderos que se bifurcan, for string quartet; Andrew Greenwald: A thing is a hole in a thing it is not, for string quartet; Kate Soper: Nadja, for soprano & string quartet
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Ensemble: Mivos Quartet

One of today's most adventurous string quartets, Mivos Quartet has dedicated itself to championing new works of great virtuosity and artistic boldness. Described as "one...continue...
Recording information: Oktaven Audio, Yonkers NY (2015)....continue...
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Wunderkammer: Sonatas - Works by Various Composers / Various Artists (Acronym)
Wunderkammer: Sonatas - Works by Various Composers / Various Artists (Acronym)

1 CD / New Focus / 2016-05-13

Works: Samuel Capricornus: Sonata à 8 in A minor; Adam Drese: Sonata à 6 in C major; Johann Philipp Krieger: Sonata à 4 in F major; Andreas Oswald: Sonata à 3 in E minor; Antonio...
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Ensemble: Acronym

In seventeenth-century Germany, a Wunderkammer (typically translated as "Cabinet of Curiosities") was a type of private museum collection in the home of an aristocrat. Always...continue...
Recording information: St. Paul's School, Concord, NH (06/25/2015/06/26/2015)....continue...
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NEWF 906
American Romantics - Turn of the Century Works for String Orchestra by Carl Busch, Paul Miersch, Ludwig Bonvin, Carl Hillman, Horatio Parker, Arthur Foote, Henry Schoenefeld
American Romantics - Turn of the Century Works for String Orchestra by Carl Busch, Paul Miersch, Ludwig Bonvin, Carl Hillman, Horatio Parker, Arthur Foote, Henry Schoenefeld

1 CD / New Focus / 2016-04-08

Works: Carl Busch: Four North American Legends; Elegie for string orchestra, Op. 30; Paul Miersch: Pleasant memories (Gais Souvenirs) - Pizzicato Caprice, for string orchestra; Ludwig Bonvin: Christmas Nigh...
Conductors: Blundell, Reuben
Ensemble: Gowanus Arts Ensemble

In cooperation with the Fleischer Collection, conductor Reuben Blundell (New York's Hunter College faculty) presents this recording of premieres of several works for string orchestra...continue...
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Christopher Bailey: 'Glimmering Webs' (1993-2013) Works for Solo Piano / Shiau-uen Ding, Augustus Arnone & Jacob Rhodebeck, pianists
Christopher Bailey: 'Glimmering Webs' (1993-2013) Works for Solo Piano / Shiau-uen Ding, Augustus Arnone & Jacob Rhodebeck, pianists

2 CD / New Focus / 2016-01-08

Works: Christopher Bailey: Composition for $#*++Ñ piano with drum samples, concrète sounds & processing; Fantasy-Passacaglia after Hall & Oates, for piano; Abstraction no 4, for piano; Untitled ...
Performers: Arnone, Augustus; Bailey, Christopher; Ding, Shiau-uen; Rhodebeck, Jacob

Christopher Bailey's "Glimmering Webs" is a comprehensive collection of his piano music written between 1993 and 2013 and displays several threads of influences and interests,...continue...
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'WAM' - Music of Michael Finnissy (b.1946) & Michael Norsworthy / Michael Finnissy, piano & percussion; William Fedkenheuer, violin; Michael Norsworthy, clarinet
'WAM' - Music of Michael Finnissy (b.1946) & Michael Norsworthy / Michael Finnissy, piano & percussion; William Fedkenheuer, violin; Michael Norsworthy, clarinet

1 CD / New Focus / 2016-01-08

Works: Michael Finnissy: Sonata for clarinet & piano; L'Union Libre, for clarinet, 2 pianos & 2 bass drums; Mike, Brian, Marilyn & the Cats, for clarinet, piano & recorded sound; WAM, for piano & 2 unspecif...
Performers: Fedkenheuer, William; Finnissy, Michael; Norsworthy, Michael
Conductors: Peltz, Charles
Ensemble: NEC Wind Ensemble; New England Conservatory Wind Ensemble

In WAM, British composer Michael Finnissy plays with various elements of "musical culture" - rearranging and recontextualizing old "classics", writing chamber music without traditional synchronicity,...continue...
Recording information: Jordan Hall, New England Conservatory (06/2006); The University of Southampton, UK (06/2006); Jordan Hall, New England Conservatory (11/2002); The University of Southampton, UK ...continue...
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Lungpowered - works for bass clarinet, trumpet, trombone, baritone voice by Alex Mincek, David Brynjar Franzson, Reiko Fueting, Alexandre Lunsqui, William Lang, & Scott Worthington / Loadbang
Lungpowered - works for bass clarinet, trumpet, trombone, baritone voice by Alex Mincek, David Brynjar Franzson, Reiko Fueting, Alexandre Lunsqui, William Lang, & Scott Worthington / Loadbang

1 CD / New Focus / 2015-10-09

Works: Alexandre Lunsqui: Guttural, for voice, clarinet, trumpet & trombone; Scott Worthington: Infinitive, for voice, clarinet, trumpet & trombone; Alex Mincek: Number May Be Defined, for voice, clarinet, ...
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Ensemble: Loadbang

Loadbang, a unique New York based ensemble of bass clarinet, trumpet, trombone, baritone voice, has been energetically expanding the repertoire for their instrumentation since their...continue...
Recording information: Oktaven in Yonkers, NY (04/19/2014); Oktaven Studios in Yonkers, NY (04/19/2014); Oktaven in Yonkers, NY (05/07/2014); Oktaven Studios in Yonkers, NY (05/07/2014); Oktaven in Yo...continue...
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Reiko Fütin (b.1970): Names Erased, solo chamber vocal music
Reiko Fütin (b.1970): Names Erased, solo chamber vocal music

1 CD / New Focus / 2015-09-11

Works: Reiko Füting: Kaddish; ...Gesammeltes Schweigen; tanz.tanz, for violin; Leaving without/palimpsest, for clarinet & piano; Names, erased, prelude for cello; A. ist - Mensch - geworden/B. Land - h...
Performers: Broome, David; Cuckson, Miranda; Futing, Nani [Mezzo-Soprano Vocal]; Kang, Luna [Flute]; Lamb, Eric; Popham, John; Prato, Olivia De; Rubin, Joshua; Shevtsov, Yegor; Yang, Jing [Piano]

Reiko Füting's features chamber works performed by members of NYC's most celebrated contemporary ensembles, including the Int'l Contemporary Ensemble, Either/Or Ensemble, and the...continue...
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William Cranford (fl. 1630): Consort Music for 4, 5 and 6 Viols / Loren Ludwig & John Rozendaal, treble viol; Kivie Cahn-Lipman & James Waldo, tenor viol; Zoe Weiss, bass viol
William Cranford (fl. 1630): Consort Music for 4, 5 and 6 Viols / Loren Ludwig & John Rozendaal, treble viol; Kivie Cahn-Lipman & James Waldo, tenor viol; Zoe Weiss, bass viol

1 CD / New Focus / 2015-09-11

Works: William Cranford: Fantasia a 6, for consort no 6; Fantasia a 6, for consort no 2; Fantasia a 6, for consort no 4; Quadran Pavan a 6, for consort; Fantasia a 6, for consort no 3; Fantasia a 6, for con...
Performers: Cahn-Lipman, Kivie; Kelley, Douglas; Ludwig, Loren [Recording Editor]; Rozendaal, John Mark; Waldo, James; Weiss, Zoe
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Ensemble: LeStrange Viols

LeStrange Viols' modern premier recording of the chamber music of William Cranford on the Olde Focus Recordings division is the first major single-composer release by...continue...
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'Barbary Coast' - Contemporary Chamber Works by Liam Robinson, Vincent Raikhel, Scott Wollschleger, Ted Hearne & Christopher Cerrone / Red Light New Music
'Barbary Coast' - Contemporary Chamber Works by Liam Robinson, Vincent Raikhel, Scott Wollschleger, Ted Hearne & Christopher Cerrone / Red Light New Music

1 CD / New Focus / 2015-08-14

Works: Vincent Raikhel: Cirques, for ensemble; Liam Robertson: Chamber Concerto, for piano & 7 instruments; Christopher Cerrone: The Night Mare, for ensemble & electronics; Ted Hearne: Crispy Gentlemen, for...
Conductors: Hearne, Ted
Ensemble: Red Light New Music

Barbary Coast, the debut album from New York-based ensemble Red Light New Music, presents five stylistically diverse works by the group's founding composers, representing ten...continue...
Recording information: Oktaven Audio, Yonkers, NY (02/07/2014-02/11/2014)....continue...
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NEWF 162
Steve Ricks (b.1969): Young American Inventions / Flexible Music Ensemble et al.
Steve Ricks (b.1969): Young American Inventions / Flexible Music Ensemble et al.

1 CD / New Focus / 2015-06-09

Works: Steven Ricks: Ten Short Musical Thoughts, for electronics; Young American Inventions, for piano & electronics; Extended Play, for saxophone, guitar, piano & percussion; Ossifying (Keeping Us from...)...
Performers: Holden, Scott; Kirchoff, Keith; Ricks, Steven
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Ensemble: Canyonlands Ensemble; Canyonlands New Music Ensemble; Flexible Music; Hexnut

Steven Ricks' new release, "Young American Inventions", begins with an automated vocal greeting, speaking, "Hello, pay close attention, everything is ready, so let's begin." This...continue...
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NEWF 158
Schumann: Kreisleriana; Carter: Night Fantasies; Stravinsky: Trois Mouvements de Pétroushka / Eric Huebner, piano
Schumann: Kreisleriana; Carter: Night Fantasies; Stravinsky: Trois Mouvements de Pétroushka / Eric Huebner, piano

1 CD / New Focus / 2015-04-14

Works: Robert Schumann: Kreisleriana; Elliott Carter: Night Fantasies; Igor Stravinsky: Movements (3) from Pétrouchka
Performers: Huebner, Eric

New Focus Recordings expands its representation of iconic works from the solo piano repertoire with this Eric Huebner recital release of three brilliant, challenging and...continue...
Recording information: Lippes Concert Hall on the campus of the University at (05/15/2012-05/17/2012)....continue...
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NEWF 159
Giovanni Valentini (1582-1649): 'Oddities & Trifles' - Canzonas & Sonatas / ACRONYM Ensemble
Giovanni Valentini (1582-1649): 'Oddities & Trifles' - Canzonas & Sonatas / ACRONYM Ensemble

1 CD / New Focus / 2015-03-10

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Ensemble: ACRONYM

ACRONYM's latest release is the first recording devoted entirely to the instrumental music of Giovanni Valentini (1582/3-1649), who for more than twenty years was Hofkapellmeister...continue...
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Martin Scherzinger: African Math / Thomas Rosenkranz, piano; Christopher Gross, cello; Jennifer Choi, violin
Martin Scherzinger: African Math / Thomas Rosenkranz, piano; Christopher Gross, cello; Jennifer Choi, violin

1 CD / New Focus / 2015-03-10

Works: Martin Scherzinger: Hallucinating Accordion, for violin, cello & piano; Mirror Notes, Slow Noises, for violin, cello & piano
Performers: Choi-Fischer, Jen; Gross, Chris [Cello]; Rosenkranz, The

Martin Scherzinger is a South African-born composer and media theorist, who works on and engages with the music of Africa. African Math is a recording...continue...
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Licorice Rhapsody: Works for 12 Clarinets, by Gershwin, Bernstein, Gene Pritsker et al. / NY Licorice Ensemble
Licorice Rhapsody: Works for 12 Clarinets, by Gershwin, Bernstein, Gene Pritsker et al. / NY Licorice Ensemble

1 CD / New Focus / 2015-03-10

Works: George Gershwin: Porgy and Bess; Preludes (3) for piano; Rhapsody in Blue, for piano & orchestra (orchestrated by F. Grofé); Leonard Bernstein: Sonata for Clarinet and Piano; Dan Cooper: Wind ...
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Ensemble: Ny Licorice Ensemble

The NY Licorice Ensemble, an ensemble of twelve female clarinetists of Japanese heritage led by Ayako Oshima & Michiyo Suzuki releases Licorice Rhapsody, a collection...continue...
Recording information: Chino Cultural Complex (07/23/2014-07/25/2014)....continue...
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Nameless: Chamber & vocal works by Matthew Greenbaum (b.1950) / Tara Helen O'Connor, flute; Miranda Cuckson, violin
Nameless: Chamber & vocal works by Matthew Greenbaum (b.1950) / Tara Helen O'Connor, flute; Miranda Cuckson, violin

1 CD / New Focus / 2015-02-10

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Ensemble: Cygnus Ensemble; Momenta Quartet

Furious Artisans marks the first recording of works devoted to composer Matthew Greenbaum (b. 1950). The album starts off with the canonic Venerable Canons, for...continue...
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Neil Thornock: Between the Lines - music for percussion / Matthew Coley, Neil Thornock, percussion
Neil Thornock: Between the Lines - music for percussion / Matthew Coley, Neil Thornock, percussion

1 CD / New Focus / 2015-02-10

Conductors: Morris, Garald
Ensemble: Iowa Percussion Group; Iowa State University Percussion Ensemble

Composer and carillonneur Neil Thornock releases a collection of works for percussion that explores the dichotomy between instruments with little sustain and those whose overringing...continue...
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Crossings: New Music for Cello and Piano by Dillingham, Galindo, Fetherolf, Li, Garcia de Castro, Jie, Pieslak / Kate Dillingham, cello; Amir Khosrowpour, piano
Crossings: New Music for Cello and Piano by Dillingham, Galindo, Fetherolf, Li, Garcia de Castro, Jie, Pieslak / Kate Dillingham, cello; Amir Khosrowpour, piano

1 CD / New Focus / 2015-02-10

Works: Gilbert Galindo: Almost within Reach, for cello & piano; Jorge Muñiz: Behold, the Lamb of God, for cello; David Fetherolf: ...e io li tenni dietro, for cello; Yuan-Cheng Li: Tian Jìng S...
Performers: Dillingham, Kate; Khosrowpour, Amir

Crossings: New Music for Cello, performed by Kate Dillingham, cellist, and Amir Khosrowpour, pianist, is a collection of contemporary compositions for solo cello and cello...continue...
Recording information: Shepherd Hall, City College of New York, NY, NY (09/2013/10/2013)....continue...

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Ryan Streber (b.1979): Concentric / Line C3 Percussion Quartet; counter)induction; Nadia Sirota, Alex Sopp, Clarice Jensen, Sam Solomon & Daniel Lippel
Ryan Streber (b.1979): Concentric / Line C3 Percussion Quartet; counter)induction; Nadia Sirota, Alex Sopp, Clarice Jensen, Sam Solomon & Daniel Lippel

1 CD / New Focus / 2014-11-11

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Ensemble: counter)induction; Line C3 Percussion Quartet

Ryan Streber, well known as engineer and owner of the pivotal NY area recording studio Oktaven Audio, releases his debut full length recording of his...continue...
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NEWF 155
Nataraja - Modern works for flute & piano by Jonathan Harvey, Josh Levine, Christopher Dietz, Elliott Carter / Conor Nelson, flute; Thomas Rosenkranz, piano
Nataraja - Modern works for flute & piano by Jonathan Harvey, Josh Levine, Christopher Dietz, Elliott Carter / Conor Nelson, flute; Thomas Rosenkranz, piano

1 CD / New Focus / 2014-10-14

Works: Jonathan Harvey: Run Before Lightning, for flute & piano; Nataraja for flute & piano; Josh Levine: Danses Vagues, for flute & piano; Christopher Dietz: Kinderspiel, for flute & piano; C.R. Kasprzyk: ...
Performers: Nelson, Conor; Rosenkranz, Thomas

Flutist Conor Nelson and pianist Thomas Rosenkranz, colleagues on faculty at Bowling Green State University, release a recording exploring the abstract edges of the expression...continue...
Recording information: Oberlin Collerge Conservatory of Music (2014-02-20&2014-03-04&2014-)....continue...
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NEWF 154
Altavoz Composers - works by José-Luis Hurtado; Jorge Villavicencio Grossmann, Mauricio Pauly, Felipe Lara / Jack Quartet
Altavoz Composers - works by José-Luis Hurtado; Jorge Villavicencio Grossmann, Mauricio Pauly, Felipe Lara / Jack Quartet

1 CD / New Focus / 2014-09-30

Works: Felipe Lara: Tran(slate), for string quartet; José Hurtado: L'ardito e quasi stridente gesto, for string quartet; Mauricio Pauly: Every New Volition a Mercurial Swerve, for string quartet; Jorge...
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Ensemble: Jack Quartet

Critically acclaimed new music specialist string quartet. the Jack Quartet performs four new works by the ÁLTAVOZ COMPOSERS, a group of Latin American composers who...continue...
Recording information: Oktaven Studio, Yonkers, NY (12/2011-02/2012)....continue...
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NEWF 150
Jürg Frey (b. 1957): 'More or Less- Ensemble works of Jürg Frey' / A.pe.ri.od.ic ensemble - A. Temple, synthesizer & melodica; A. Brod, viola; B. Howard, violin; E. Bangert, flute; J.Kimmell, bass clarinet;
Jürg Frey (b. 1957): 'More or Less- Ensemble works of Jürg Frey' / A.pe.ri.od.ic ensemble - A. Temple, synthesizer & melodica; A. Brod, viola; B. Howard, violin; E. Bangert, flute; J.Kimmell, bass clarinet;

1 CD / New Focus / 2014-09-09

Works: Jürg Frey: More or Less Normal, for variable ensemble; Canones incerti, for variable ensemble; 60 Pieces of Sound, for variable ensemble
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Ensemble: A.PE.RI.OD.IC

Chicago based ensemble a.pe.ri.od.ic's inaugural release "more or less" presents three recent ensemble works by the Swiss composer, Jürg Frey. Frey is a long time...continue...
Recording information: Experimental Sound Studio, Chicago, IL....continue...
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Richard Carrick (b.1971): Stone Guitars - music comprised of layered electric guitar tracks
Richard Carrick (b.1971): Stone Guitars - music comprised of layered electric guitar tracks

1 CD / New Focus / 2014-07-08


Composer Richard Carrick is best known for his concert works, described by Allan Kozinn of the New York Times as "charming, with exoticism and sheer...continue...
Personnel: Richard Carrick (electric guitar)....continue...
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Frederic Rzewski (b.1938): The People United Will Never Be Defeated! / Omri Shimron, piano
Frederic Rzewski (b.1938): The People United Will Never Be Defeated! / Omri Shimron, piano

1 CD / New Focus / 2014-07-08

Works: Frederic Rzewski: Variations on El Pueblo Unido Jamás Será Vencido!
Performers: Shimron, Omri

Writing about Rzewski's iconic solo piano work, "The People United Shall Never Be Defeated", pianist Ralph van Raat writes that "[T]he extensive duration of... [the]...continue...
Recording information: University of South Carolina School of Music (08/2012)....continue...
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Robert Honstein: Re: You / Tema Watstein, Derek Johnson, Alejandro Acierto, Lisa Dowling et al.
Robert Honstein: Re: You / Tema Watstein, Derek Johnson, Alejandro Acierto, Lisa Dowling et al.

1 CD / New Focus / 2014-05-27

Works: Robert Honstein: Re
Performers: Dowling, Lisa; Johnson, Derek [Guitar]; Larson, Karl [Piano]; Roberts, Mariel; T., Alejandro Torres; Weaver, Owen
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Ensemble: Concert Black

An email intended for someone else reaches your inbox. You catch a glimpse into someone else's world through a virtual peephole. But what if you...continue...
Recording information: Oktavien Audio, Yonkers, NY....continue...
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NEWF 146
Beethoven Dialogues - 4-hand piano transcriptions of the Op. 18 String Quartets / Duo Stephanie and Saar
Beethoven Dialogues - 4-hand piano transcriptions of the Op. 18 String Quartets / Duo Stephanie and Saar

1 CD / New Focus / 2014-05-27

Works: Ludwig van Beethoven: Quartet for Strings no 1 in F major, Op. 18/1; Quartet for Strings no 4 in C minor, Op. 18 no 4; Quartet for Strings no 6 in B flat major, Op. 18 no 6
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Ensemble: Duo Stephanie & Saar

Duo Stephanie and Saar's Beethoven Dialogues, the second New Focus release, contains three 4-hand piano transcriptions of Beethoven's iconic op. 18 set of string quartets....continue...
Recording information: Oktaven Audio, Yonkers, NY (2013-10-10&2013-10-12&2013-)....continue...
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NEWF 147
Lee Weisert: Wild Arc / Juan Alamo, Matthew McClure, Clara Yang
Lee Weisert: Wild Arc / Juan Alamo, Matthew McClure, Clara Yang

1 CD / New Focus / 2014-04-29

Works: Lee Weisert: Shirt of Noise, for piano, electric guitar, percussion & electronics; Hohle Fels, for 2 flutes & 2 clarinets; Étude géologique no 2, for glass objects; Érard, for pi...
Performers: Alamo, Juan; McClure, Matthew; Weisert, Lee; Yang, Clara

Composer Lee Weisert writes acoustic and electro-acoustic music that seeks to find a ritualistic and expressively deep world of sound. His music manages to excavate...continue...
Recording information: Chapel Hill, North Carolina; Chicago, Illinois....continue...
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NEWF 143
David Funck (1648-c.1699): Stricturae Viola-di Gambicae - consort music
David Funck (1648-c.1699): Stricturae Viola-di Gambicae - consort music

1 CD / New Focus / 2014-02-25

Works: David Funck: Stricturae Viola de Gambicae
Performers: Ahrendt, Rebekah; Sauerwald, Dylan [Keyboards]

The first recording of the complete consort music of little known 17th century composer David Funck. The 1677 publication Strictuae Viola-di Gambicae is the only...continue...
Recording information: Sweeney Concert Hall, Smith College, Northampton, MA (03/19/2012-03/20/2012)....continue...
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Jonathan Dawe (b.1965): Piercing are the Darts - Early Twenty-First Century Chamber Works / Cuckson, Gross, Beck, Arndt et al.
Jonathan Dawe (b.1965): Piercing are the Darts - Early Twenty-First Century Chamber Works / Cuckson, Gross, Beck, Arndt et al.

1 CD / New Focus / 2014-02-25

Works: Jonathan Dawe: Gibbons, Gongs, and Gamelan, for percussion ensemble; Concerto for the First Sunday of New Year, for soprano saxophone, violin, cello & double bass; Ciphers & Constellations in Love wi...
Performers: Ambrust, Kyle [Viola]; Armstrong, Samuel [Trombone (Alto)]; Arndt, Joseph [Organ]; Beck, Steven; Cuckson, Miranda; Dawe, Kristen [Soprano Vocal]; Dieffenbach, Keats; Dukovski, Vasko; Gross, Chris [Ce...
Conductors: ; Milarsky, Jeffrey
Ensemble: ; Manhattan School of Music Percussion Ensemble; Second Instrumental Unit; Second Instrumental Unit (Ensemble)

The American composer Jonathan Dawe has forged over the years an original and highly distinctive compositional voice. This new collection of chamber works features all...continue...
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Johann Pezel (1639-1694): Opus Musicum Sonatarum - 25 sonatas for 2 violins, 3 violas, bassoon & bc / Acronym
Johann Pezel (1639-1694): Opus Musicum Sonatarum - 25 sonatas for 2 violins, 3 violas, bassoon & bc / Acronym

2 CD / New Focus / 2014-02-25

Works: Johann Christoph Pezel: Opus Musicum Sonatarum Praestantissimarum Senis Instrumentis Instructum, for 2 voilins, 3 violas, ba
Conductors: Cahn-Lipman, Kivie
Ensemble: Acronym

Directed by cellist Kivie Cahn-Lipman, ACRONYM is devoted to resurrecting music of the past, giving modern premieres of long-lost works by forgotten composers. Johann Christoph...continue...
Recording information: Buckley Recital Hall, Amherst College (08/23/2012-08/25/2012)....continue...
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Antonio Bertali (1605-1669): 'Paradise' - Instrumental Sonatas / Acronym
Antonio Bertali (1605-1669): 'Paradise' - Instrumental Sonatas / Acronym

1 CD / New Focus / 2014-02-25

Works: Antonio Bertali: Sonata à 4; Sonata à 6 in G minor (CZ-KRa-A 515); Sonata à 6 in D minor (D-W Cod. Guelf. 34.7 Aug. 2-100); Sonata à 5 in G minor (D-W Cod. Guelf. 34.7 Aug. 2-90...
Conductors: Cahn-Lipman, Kivie;
Ensemble: Acronym

Directed by cellist Kivie Cahn-Lipman, ACRONYM is devoted to resurrecting music of the past, giving modern premieres of long-lost works by forgotten composers. Antoni Bertali...continue...
Recording information: Warner Concert Hall, Oberlin College Conservatory of Mu (08/20/2013-08/21/2013)....continue...
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American Vernacular: New Music for Solo Piano by Olivieri, Wickman, Hjertmann, Puckett, Fairouz, Rakowski, Maslanka et al. / Nicholas Phillips, piano
American Vernacular: New Music for Solo Piano by Olivieri, Wickman, Hjertmann, Puckett, Fairouz, Rakowski, Maslanka et al. / Nicholas Phillips, piano

1 CD / New Focus / 2014-01-28

Works: Mark Olivieri: Spectacular Vernaculars, piano; Ethan Wickman: Occidental Psalmody, for piano; Ben Hjertmann: On the Drawing of Constellations, for piano; Joel Puckett: Bill-ytude, for piano; Mohammed...
Performers: Phillips, Nicholas [Piano]

  • American Vernacular features ten world premiere recordings.
  • Pianist Nicholas Phillips maintains an active schedule as a soloist, having played in venues across the United States
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Recording information: Wild Sound Recording Studio, Minneapolis, MN....continue...
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NEWF 144
J.S. Bach: 6 Suites for Solo Cello, BWV 1007-1012 / Kivie Cahn-Lipman, cello
J.S. Bach: 6 Suites for Solo Cello, BWV 1007-1012 / Kivie Cahn-Lipman, cello

2 CD / New Focus / 2014-01-28

Works: Johann Sebastian Bach: Suite for solo cello no 1 in G major, BWV 1007; Suite for Cello solo no 2 in D minor, BWV 1008; Suite for Cello solo no 3 in C major, BWV 1009; Suite for Cello solo no 4 in E f...
Performers: Cahn-Lipman, Kivie

  • These Bach's cello suite recordings are cellist Kivie Cahn-Lipman's first solo recordings.
  • Recorded in Sweeney Concert Hall, Smith College, in Northampton, MA
  • Kivie Cahn-Lipm
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Recording information: Sweeney Concert Hall, Smith College, Northampton, MA....continue...
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Ingredients - Works by Maki Ishii, Akemi Naito, Caroline Mallonee, Joji Yuasa / Haruka Fujii, Eric Huebner, Masao Yamashita et al.
Ingredients - Works by Maki Ishii, Akemi Naito, Caroline Mallonee, Joji Yuasa / Haruka Fujii, Eric Huebner, Masao Yamashita et al.

1 CD / New Focus / 2013-11-19

Works: Maki Ishii: For Lily, paraphrase of "Thirteen Drums," for percussion ensemble; Akemi Naito: Memory of the Woods, for marimba; Caroline Mallonee: Tomorrow Sharpened, for marimba, crotale & piano; Joji...
Performers: Fujii, Haruka; Fujii, Mutsuko [Marimba]; Fujii, Rika [Vibraphone]; Hammill, Jonathan [Kazoo, Bird Calls, Bottle, Toys; Huebner, Eric; Nishikawa, Keiko [Percussion]; Yamashita, Masao [Percussion]

Percussionist Haruka Fuji has been a longtime collaborator with Tan Dun as soloist in his Water and Paper Percussion Concerto, a member of Yo-Yo Ma's...continue...
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Inflorescence: Music from Soundscape by Webern, Applebaum, Carrick et al.  / Tony Arnold, soprano; Aiyun Huang, percussion; Thomas Rosenkranz, piano
Inflorescence: Music from Soundscape by Webern, Applebaum, Carrick et al. / Tony Arnold, soprano; Aiyun Huang, percussion; Thomas Rosenkranz, piano

1 CD / New Focus / 2013-11-19

Works: Josh Levine: Breathing Ritual (Inflorescence V), for soprano, percussion & piano; Transparency, for percussion; Anton Webern: Songs (4) for voice & piano, Op. 12; Mark Applebaum: Curb Weight Surgical...
Performers: Arnold, Tony [Soprano Vocal]; Huang, Aiyun; Rosenkranz, Thomas

Three musicians from the Italian festival soundSCAPE (Tony Arnold, Thomas Rosenkranz, Aiyun Huang) release a record of new works written for them in association with...continue...
Recording information: McGill University, Montreal QC (07/17/2012-07/20/2012)....continue...
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