Kronos Quartet's 5-CD Terry Riley Box Set Out Now
Nonesuch celebrates composer Terry Riley's 80th birthday with two releases from Kronos Quartet: One Earth, One People, One Love, a five-disc box set of albums of his work composed for, and performed by, his longtime friends and champions, including three albums previously released by Nonesuch as well as a new disc called Sunrise of the Planetary Dream Collector. That disc, also available for individual purchase, includes a new recording of the title piece, one of Kronos and Riley's first collaborations, plus a previously unreleased recording and more. Pitchfork says the album is "a necessary addition to the catalog," calling the new recording of the title track "a marvel."
Henryk GóreckiGórecki: A Nonesuch Retrospective (7-CD Set)Learn MoreCloseHenryk GóreckiGórecki: A Nonesuch Retrospective (7-CD Set)
This seven-disc box set contains all Nonesuch recordings of Polish composer Henryk Górecki's works—Lerchenmusik, Symphony No. 3, String Quartets Nos. 1–3, Miserere, Kleines Requiem für eine Polka, Harpsichord Concerto, and Good Night—as well as the newly released first recording of Górecki's final composition, Symphony No. 4, Tansman Episodes, which was completed by Górecki’s son Mikolaj after his father's death. "A commanding, haunting farewell … a conscious summing-up," says the New Yorker of the final piece; "the ailing composer may have sensed that it would be his valediction."
Henryk GóreckiGórecki: Symphony No. 4Learn MoreCloseHenryk GóreckiGórecki: Symphony No. 4
This first recording of Henryk Górecki’s final composition, Symphony No. 4, Tansman Episodes, was made during its 2014 world premiere at Royal Festival Hall with the London Philharmonic Orchestra conducted by Andrey Boreyko. The piece, which pays homage to composer Alexsander Tansman, was incomplete at the time of Górecki's death. However the score had precise indications for orchestration, which Górecki’s son Mikolaj, also a composer, used to complete it. "This swansong turned out to be extraordinary: playful, dramatic and tender," says the Boston Globe, "an ambitious, hypnotic work … a
Henryk Górecki+Dawn UpshawGórecki: Symphony No. 3 [LP]Learn MoreCloseHenryk Górecki+Dawn UpshawGórecki: Symphony No. 3 [LP]
This is the first vinyl LP of the beloved 1992 Nonesuch recording of Górecki’s Symphony No. 3, Symphony of Sorrowful Songs. Featuring the London Sinfonetta and soprano Dawn Upshaw, this recording of the Polish composer's 1976 work proved spellbinding to a diverse international audience. The LP, pressed on 180-gram vinyl, includes a download of the complete album. TIME calls it "a transcendental meditation on mortality and redemption."
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St Germain (aka Ludovic Navarre), whose albums Boulevard (1995) and Tourist (2000) originated a genre of French electronic music that later included artists like Air, has returned to the studio to create his first album in 15 years. The self-titled record marries percussive grooves, which have always been central to St Germain’s sound, with a new element: traditional Malian music. Pre-orders of the album include an instant download of the opening track, "Real Blues."
The ArcsYours, Dreamily,Learn MoreCloseThe ArcsYours, Dreamily,
The Arcs' debut album, Yours, Dreamily, features 13 tracks written and recorded collaboratively by the band—Dan Auerbach, Leon Michels, Richard Swift, Homer Steinweiss, and Nick Movshon—with the musicians playing a large array of roles both vocally and instrumentally; also on the album are Kenny Vaughan and Mariachi Flor de Toloache. Co-produced by Auerbach and Michels, the album was recorded in roughly two weeks of informal sessions in LA, NYC, and Nashville. Pre-orders include an instant download of the album track "Stay in My Corner."
Lianne La HavasBloodLearn MoreCloseLianne La HavasBlood
English singer/songwriter/guitarist Lianne La Havas's album Blood was inspired by her Jamaican and Greek family heritage. Lyrically, the songs she wrote are almost all related to "the feeling of who you are and where you come from," she says. Musically, she took inspiration from Jamaica's love of grooves, rhythms, and syncopation. Dancehall/reggae producer Stephen McGregor joined in the making of Blood, as did a rich collection of others. Rolling Stone raves: "The album demands, and rewards, all the attention you can give it." Pre-orders include an instant download of the album tracks "What
The ArcsOutta My Mind / My Mind 7"Learn MoreCloseThe ArcsOutta My Mind / My Mind 7"
This 7-inch vinyl single features "Outta My Mind," from The Arcs debut album, Yours Dreamily, b/w the non-album track "My Mind," exclusive to this vinyl release. The Arcs are Dan Auerbach, Leon Michels, Richard Swift, Homer Steinweiss, and Nick Movshon. Also on the album are Kenny Vaughan and Mariachi Flor de Toloache.
Kronos QuartetSunrise of the Planetary Dream Collector: Music of Terry RileyLearn MoreCloseKronos QuartetSunrise of the Planetary Dream Collector: Music of Terry Riley
Sunrise of the Planetary Dream Collector: Music of Terry Riley, released in honor of the composer's 80th birthday, includes a new recording of the title piece, one of Kronos and Riley’s first collaborations, as well as a previously unreleased recording of Lacrymosa – Remembering Kevin and Cry of a Lady (originally released on A Thousand Thoughts) and G Song and Cadenza on the Night Plain (both originally released on 25 Years). Pitchfork says the album is "a necessary addition to the catalog," calling the new recording of the title track "a marvel."
Kronos QuartetOne Earth, One People, One Love: Kronos Plays Terry Riley (5-CD Set)Learn MoreCloseKronos QuartetOne Earth, One People, One Love: Kronos Plays Terry Riley (5-CD Set)
Released in honor of composer Terry Riley’s 80th birthday, One Earth, One People, One Love: Kronos Plays Terry Riley, a five-disc box set of albums of his work composed for, and performed by, his longtime friends and champions Kronos Quartet, includes three albums previously released by Nonesuch—Salome Dances for Peace (two discs), Requiem for Adam, and The Cusp of Magic —as well as a new disc called Sunrise of the Planetary Dream Collector, which includes a new recording of the title piece. All of the pieces, says the Independent, "are, typically, timeless."
The Bad Plus+Joshua RedmanThe Bad Plus Joshua RedmanLearn MoreCloseThe Bad Plus+Joshua RedmanThe Bad Plus Joshua Redman
The Bad Plus Joshua Redman is the debut album from the eponymous quartet. Seven of the album's nine tracks are new compositions by quartet members. "The album is a knockout," exclaims the New York Times. "It is impressive how much vital presence [Joshua Redman] brings to the Bad Plus without altering the band’s dynamic." It's "a roaring and beautiful summit meeting," says NPR. "The ideas are impressive by themselves, but become more powerful as Redman and the rhythm section go about developing them ... [T]he real triumph of The Bad Plus Joshua Redman: It exhibits genuinely fresh thinking."
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Congolese seven-piece band Mbongwana Star's debut full-length album, From Kinshasa, a World Circuit release, features members of a new generation of Kinshasa musicians embodying the concept of “mbongwana,” or “change.” Along with Parisian producer Doctor L, the band fuses traditional Congolese rhythms with European post-punk bass and busted electronics from recycled and reconstructed instruments miked and distorted in unexpected ways. It's a "wonderful kind of collaboration," says NPR. "The sound is out of this world." Chicago Reader says the "album is a blast ... stunning." Says Noisey:
Emmylou Harris+Rodney CrowellThe Traveling KindLearn MoreCloseEmmylou Harris+Rodney CrowellThe Traveling Kind
Emmylou Harris and Rodney Crowell’s The Traveling Kind comprises 11 duet tracks, including six new songs written by Harris and Crowell with co-writing by Mary Carr, Cory Chisel, Will Jennings, and Larry Klein. Produced by Joe Henry, the album follows the longtime friends’ Grammy-winning first duet album, 2013’s Old Yellow Moon. "Here, they consciously embrace the full breadth of their expression," says NPR. "This is what it sounds like when true equals, both deep into their journeys, draw out the best in each other." Rolling Stone says: "Their creative partnership sounds stronger than ever."