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Read Esa-Pekka Salonen's Excellent Violin Adventure

October 16, 2012 – The composer-conductor's award-winning Violin Concerto makes a stunning CD debut.


The Budapest String Quartet in 1919.

Read Budapest Quartet Gets To The Heart Of Beethoven

October 16, 2012 – Critic Lloyd Schwartz says the group's versions of Beethoven's string quartets are incomparable.


Roxy Music's eight studio albums are now collected in one box set, titled The Complete Studio Recordings 1972-1982.

Read More Than This: The 'Complete' Roxy Music

October 15, 2012 – Ed Ward connects the dots of the band's eight studio albums, which were just collected in one box.


Read Ron Miles Finds Wide-Open Spaces On 'Quiver'

October 11, 2012 – For Miles, the better he knows how a tune works, the less he has to play to put it across.


Read Iris DeMent's Emotionally Complex 'Sing The Delta'

October 10, 2012 – Sing the Delta is the roots-folk singer-songwriter's first album of new songs in 16 years.


Read Shemekia Copeland Embodies The Blues On '33 1/3'

October 9, 2012 – Copeland's latest album addresses big-picture issues like domestic violence and income inequality.


Iris DeMent's 'Sing The Delta' Full Of Paradoxes

October 4, 2012 – Dement draws on her upbringing in Arkansas for inspiration for her new album, Sing the Delta.


Read A Ska And Jazz Innovator Bridges Continents And Decades

October 3, 2012 – Guitarist Ernest Ranglin makes music that's built to last, using African and Caribbean influences.


Read Low Cut Connie: The Self-Deprecating Bar Band

October 3, 2012 – The band's new Call Me Sylvia is as raucous as its debut, though it's slightly more self-conscious.


Vagn Holmboe is considered Denmark's finest composer of symphonies after Carl Nielsen.

Read Classical Lost And Found: Neglected Symphonies By A Great Dane

October 2, 2012 – The brilliant and rigorously built chamber symphonies by Vagn Holmboe have finally made it to disc.

The English Beat.

Read Out Of Industrial Wasteland, The English Beat Was Born

October 1, 2012 – Ed Ward reviews the reissued catalog from the multiracial, multi-generational ska band.


Sam Rivers' trio with Dave Holland and Barry Altschul (not pictured) recently released its 2007 reunion show on CD.

Read After 26 Years, The Sam Rivers Trio Resurfaces

September 26, 2012 – The late saxophonist's 2007 concert with his classic 1970s small group has been released on CD.


Read A Young Pianist Triumphs In Music From The Young 20th Century

September 26, 2012 – With a new album, a pianist again fulfills the promise of his Chopin Competition dominance.

The Analog Players Society was assembled by a producer and percussionist in his mid-30s who calls himself Amon.

Read Analog Players Society: A Party Cooked Up In A Studio

September 25, 2012 – Hurricane Season in Brooklyn is jaunty, even rollicking, with African rhythms and accents.


Read Aimee Mann: The 'Charmer' And The Disciplined Id

September 24, 2012 – Ken Tucker says Mann's latest album is a song cycle about getting rid of a cynical frame of mind.


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