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Erato Records reissues its Xenakis recordings

The Erato Records label reissues its historic recordings of pieces by Iannis Xenakis. The centenary of the birth of Iannis Xenakis is one of the main musical celebrations of 2022, and the French record label Erato Records, founded in 1953 to promote French classical music (and since 1992 owned by…

Terry Riley tribute to late Stefano Scodanibbio

i dischi di angelica publishes Terry Riley’s tribute to late friend Stefano Scodanibbio. Stefano Scodanibbio (Macerata, Italy; 1956-Cuernavaca, Mexico; 2012) was an Italian double bass player and composer who died in 2012. Throughout his career he worked with several composers of the 20th century avant-garde, who considered him a unique…

The 5 ¿best? Philip Glass albums

The five best Philip Glass albums. Echoing the BBVA Foundation’s awarding of its Frontiers of Knowledge Prize in the category of Music and Opera to the American composer Philip Glass, I have published in Forbes a brief discography selected (and commented) from the very extensive catalogue of the American composer. The five selected discs…

Iosonouncane

“Ira”, by Iosonouncane. Jacopo Incani, a Sardinian composer born in 1983 in the small town of Buggerru, is one of the most interesting Italian musicians on the alternative scene. Incani made his solo debut in 2010 under the alias Iosonouncane (something like “Iamadog”) and his second album, in 2015, was…

Clara Peya

“Perifèria”, by Clara Peya. Eleven albums to her name in thirteen years… the Spanish pianist and composer Clara Peya (Palafrugell, 1986), the current leading representative of one of the currents of Spanish musical minimalism, has a torrential need to express herself. Song albums, concept albums, instrumental albums… The complete commentary…

Caroline Shaw

“Narrow Sea”, by Caroline Shaw. The American composer Caroline Shaw (Greenville, North Carolina, 1982) was in 2013, at the age of thirty, the youngest winner of the Pulitzer Prize for music, for her a cappella piece Partita for eight voices. My full review of her new album, Narrow Sea, can…

Yann Tiersen

“All”, by Yann Tiersen. The French composer and pianist has been living for some time now in a place located precisely “out of time”: the island of Ouessant, twenty kilometres off the mainland coast of the French region of Brittany, a rock with an adverse climate and scarcely inhabited (barely…

John Adams

“Doctor Atomic”, by John Adams. John Adams is, after Philip Glass, the great operatic figure of American minimalism. In both cases, however, the minimalism of their origins has been left behind, and both explore musical terrains that are no less complex, but more expansive. The 2005 Doctor Atomic, a work…

“Landfall”, by Laurie Anderson

“Landfall”, by Laurie Anderson & Kronos Quartet. Can you believe it? Laurie Anderson, the grand dame of the New York (i.e. international) artistic-musical avant-garde, at seventy years of age, had not yet worked with the Kronos Quartet, the legendary group created by David Harrington in 1973 to spread contemporary music…