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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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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 - ...
Performers: Broome, David; Cuckson, Miranda; Futing, Nani; Kang, Luna; Lamb, Eric; Popham, John; Prato, Olivia De; Rubin, Joshua; Shevtsov, Yegor; Yang, Jing

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...
Recording information: Oktaven Audio, Yonkers NY....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...
Recording information: Oktaven Audio in Yonkers, NY....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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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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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...
Recording information: Oktaven Audio, Yonkers, NY....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


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...
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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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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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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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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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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...
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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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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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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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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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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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Beyond Romace: Songs by Ben Bierman / Ben Bierman, Jeb Patton, Hilary Gardner, Matthew Scott
Beyond Romace: Songs by Ben Bierman / Ben Bierman, Jeb Patton, Hilary Gardner, Matthew Scott

1 CD / New Focus / 2013-11-19

Works: Ben Bierman: Beyond Romance, for voice & piano; Songs (6) for trumpet, piano, electric bass & cajon
Performers: Bierman, Ben; Gardner, Hilary; Patton, Jeb; Scott, Matthew

Composer, trumpeter, arranger and bandleader Ben Bierman releases a collection of his music, Beyond Romance, that is a deeply personal statement and an amalgam of...continue...
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Hot - works by Franco Donatoni, Georges Aperghis, Marcos Balter, Aaron Cassidy et al. / Ryan Muncy, saxophones
Hot - works by Franco Donatoni, Georges Aperghis, Marcos Balter, Aaron Cassidy et al. / Ryan Muncy, saxophones

1 CD / New Focus / 2013-10-29

Works: Georges Aperghis: Rasch; Anthony Cheung: Refrain from Riffing, for alto saxophone & harp; Aaron Cassidy: Asphyxia, for soprano saxophone; Marcos Balter: Strohbass, for bass flute & baritone saxophone...
Performers: Chase, Claire; Melsky, Ben; Muncy, Ryan; Sirota
Conductors: Chase, Claire;
Ensemble: Ensemble Dal Niente

Saxophonist Ryan Muncy releases a recording highlighting the increasingly important and vibrant role of his instrument in today's avant garde repertoire. Featuring performances of works...continue...
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August Read Thomas (b.1964) Resounding Earth / Third Coast Percussion [2 CD & DVD]
August Read Thomas (b.1964) Resounding Earth / Third Coast Percussion [2 CD & DVD]

2 CD / New Focus / 2013-10-29

Works: Augusta Read Thomas: Resounding Earth, for percussion ensemble
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Ensemble: Third Coast Percussion

Resounding Earth is a new work by Augusta Read Thomas written for University of Notre Dame resident ensemble Third Coast Percussion exploring the rich and...continue...
Recording information: The University of Notre Dame's DeBartolo Performing Art (09/28/2012/09/29/2012)....continue...
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...Avec un Frisson: Late Piano Works of Debussy & Boulez / Yegor Shevtsov, piano
...Avec un Frisson: Late Piano Works of Debussy & Boulez / Yegor Shevtsov, piano

1 CD / New Focus / 2013-08-27

Works: Pierre Boulez: Une page d'éphéméride, for piano; Incises, for piano; Claude Debussy: Études (6) for piano, Book 2, L. 136/7-12
Performers: Shevtsov, Yegor

Pianist Yegor Shevtsov focuses on late works of two of the towering figures in French composition on this recording. In the 2012-13 season Shevtsov was...continue...
Recording information: Experimental Media and Performing Arts Center, Renssela (2012-08-28_2012-08-31&2012-)....continue...
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Olivier Messiaen: Harawi / Tony Arnold, soprano; Jacob Greenberg, piano
Olivier Messiaen: Harawi / Tony Arnold, soprano; Jacob Greenberg, piano

1 CD / New Focus / 2013-06-25

Works: Olivier Messiaen: Cantéyodjayâ; Harawi
Performers: Arnold, Tony [Soprano Vocal]; Greenberg, Jacob

Longtime collaborators Tony Arnold and Jacob Greenberg release a poignant recording of Olivier Messiaen's evocative song cycle Harawi: Song of Love and Death. Inspired by...continue...
Recording information: Oktaven Audio, Yonkers, NY (2011-08-24&2012-12-17_2012-)....continue...
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Suzanne Farrin: Corpo di Terra
Suzanne Farrin: Corpo di Terra

1 CD / New Focus / 2012-11-13

Works: Suzanne Farrin: Polvere et Ombra, for harp; Corpo di Terra, for cello; Uscrimi di Braccia, for viola & piano; Ma Dentro Dove, for clarinet; Time is a Cage, for violin
Performers: Hadulla, Markus; Lichten, Julia; Rubin, Joshua; Tamesit, Antoine [Viola]; Wadden, Nuiko; Wiersma, Calvin

Suzanne Farrin's debut full length recording of her works features a series of "songs without words" for solo instruments inspired by the poetry of the...continue...
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Song Cycle: Schubert Lieder Transcriptions / Lippel, Arnold
Song Cycle: Schubert Lieder Transcriptions / Lippel, Arnold

1 CD / New Focus / 2012-11-13

Works: Franz Schubert: Liebesbotschaft ("Rauschendes Bächlein"), song for voice & piano (Schwanengesang), D. 957/1; Sei mir gegrüsst ("O du Entriß'ne mir" ), song for voice & piano, D. 741 (...
Performers: Arnold, Tony [Soprano Vocal]; Lippel, Daniel

Soprano Tony Arnold and guitarist Daniel Lippel, both members of the International Contemporary Ensemble (ICE), take a pause from new music to delve into the...continue...
Recording information: Oktaven Audio, Yonkers, NY (2010-05-15&2010-05-16&2011-)....continue...
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Doug Perkins: Simple Songs; Momentary Expanse; Unchained Melody; XY / Davis, Perich, Sievers, Lang, Gordon
Doug Perkins: Simple Songs; Momentary Expanse; Unchained Melody; XY / Davis, Perich, Sievers, Lang, Gordon

1 CD / New Focus / 2012-10-30


Doug Perkins's "Simple Songs" on New Focus represents his solo debut recording, and is a wonderful document of the dynamism that exists in the constantly...continue...
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NEWF 126
Richard Beaudoin: Microtimings / Kreutzer Quartet, Mark Knoop
Richard Beaudoin: Microtimings / Kreutzer Quartet, Mark Knoop

2 CD / New Focus / 2012-04-24

Works: Richard Beaudoin: Étude d'un prélude 1 - Chopin desséché, for piano; Étude d'un prélude 4 - Black Wires, for piano; Étude d'un prélude 7 - Latt...
Performers: Knoop, Mark
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Ensemble: Kreutzer Quartet

This 2-CD set includes the inaugural recordings of Beaudoin's music based on microtiming: a refined methodology for translating micro-temporal properties of a recorded performance into...continue...
Recording information: Potton Hall, Saxmundham, Suffolk, UK (05/17/2011-05/18/2011); The Church of St John the Baptist, Aldbury, Herfordshir (05/17/2011-05/18/2011); Potton Hall, Saxmundham, Suffolk, ...continue...
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Terrestre / Claire Chase, Jacob Greenberg, Joshua Rubin, Saariaho and Donatoni
Terrestre / Claire Chase, Jacob Greenberg, Joshua Rubin, Saariaho and Donatoni

1 CD / New Focus / 2012-03-27

Works: Kaija Saariaho: Terrestre, for flute, percussion, harp, violin & cello; Franco Donatoni: Fili for flute & piano; Elliott Carter: Esprit Rude / Esprit Doux, for flute & clarinet; Pierre Boulez: Sonati...
Performers: Chase, Claire; Greenberg, Jacob; Rubin, Joshua
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Ensemble: International Contemporary Ensemble

Chase, 33, founder and chief of the International Contemporary Ensemble (ICE) is best known for championing genre-defying work of emerging composers. However, for this new...continue...
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Bach Crossings: Transcriptions for Piano Four Hands by Kurtág, Reger & Gleichauf / Duo Stephanie and Saar
Bach Crossings: Transcriptions for Piano Four Hands by Kurtág, Reger & Gleichauf / Duo Stephanie and Saar

1 CD / New Focus / 2012-03-27

Works: Johann Sebastian Bach: Gottes Zeit is die allerbeste Zeit, BWV 106; Orgelbüchlein; Allein Gott in der Höh' sei Ehr', BWV 711; Orgelbüchlein; BWV 590; Aus tiefer Not schrei ich zu dir, ...
Performers: Duo Stephanie & Saar
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Ensemble: Duo Stephanie and Saar

DUO Stephanie and Saar, are acclaimed for their versatility and intellectual curiosity. Stephanie notes in the International Piano Magazine, "The most amazing thing about the...continue...
Recording information: Oktaven Audio, Yonkers, New York (11/06/2011-11/21/2011)....continue...
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Unearthing: Poulenc, Bacewicz, Arnold, Rodrigo / Guy Figer, violin; Anna Khanina, piano
Unearthing: Poulenc, Bacewicz, Arnold, Rodrigo / Guy Figer, violin; Anna Khanina, piano

1 CD / New Focus / 2012-02-28

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Ensemble: Duo Figer-Khanina

Praised for their "devotion and original programming" (Ha'aretz, Israel), Duo Figer-Khanina (f.2006) is a violin and piano duo formed with the goal of exploring rarely...continue...
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Drew Baker: Stress Position / Marilyn Nonken, piano
Drew Baker: Stress Position / Marilyn Nonken, piano

1 CD / New Focus / 2012-01-31

Works: Drew Baker: Gaeta, for 2 pianos & water percussion; Asa Nisi Masa, for amplified piano; Gray, for piano; National Anthem, for piano; Stress Position, for amplified piano
Performers: Baker, Drew; Connors, Sean; Martin, Peter [Percussion]; Nonken, Marilyn

an engrossing meditation on the sustain, overlap and decay of isolated pitches. - The Chicago Tribune on Drew Baker's Gray for solo piano - featured...continue...
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NEWF 116
Schumann: Humoreske; Busoni: Fantasia Contrappuntistica / Jacob Greenberg
Schumann: Humoreske; Busoni: Fantasia Contrappuntistica / Jacob Greenberg

1 CD / New Focus / 2011-10-11

Works: Robert Schumann: Humoreske for piano in B flat major, Op. 20; Ferruccio Busoni: Fantasia contrappuntistica (I), for piano ("Edizione definitiva"), KiV 256
Performers: Greenberg, Jacob

Pianist Jacob Greenberg's work as a soloist and chamber musician has earned worldwide acclaim. He is a member of the International Contemporary Ensemble and serves...continue...
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