Max Richter has made a career out of reworking classical music for the digital age, but possibly the most interesting is his remixed version of Vivaldi’s Four Seasons. Richter took the piece apart at the compositional level – rather than working with existing recordings – and layered its familiar themes for a truly magical effect. [...]
The multilayered instrumental work from contemporary pianist Hauscka is a unique performance in its own right, which should be viewed as well as listened to. The German classical pianist is a cross between John Cage and McGiver. What sounds like an orchestration of numerous instruments, or even synths, are quite often assorted knick knacks, attached to the strings within his Grand piano.
Nico Muhly is a young classical composer and arranger based out of New York City. I first came across his work in relation to arrangements he composed for another artist, Sam Amidon’s record, All Is Well, and one day found myself riding an elevator with him. I was too shy to say hello.
SKY was a super-fusion group from the late 1970s and early 1980s who combined the elegant romanticism and technical proficiency of Australian classical guitarist John Williams, with the funk and world music influences of Herbie Flowers and Tristan Monk. They were an extraordinary group, largely unheralded, but revered by music-philes for decades for their adventurous [...]