Recent additions of note to the WOBC classical collection:
JAKOB KULLBERG W/ SZYMON BYWALEC, NEW MUSIC ORCHESTRA: Momentum: Nordic Cello Concertos (Aurora) — includes Amers, a lush piece for cello, orchestra, and electronics by the never-disappointing Kaija Saariaho.
JONNY GREENWOOD: The Master: Original Motion Picture Soundtrack (Nonesuch) — Radiohead guitarist once again demonstrates his composing chops with his work on a P.T. Anderson movie. Warm, organic compositional voice, sometimes mixing in just the right amount of paint thinner.
MICHAEL TILSON THOMAS, SAN FRANCISCO SYMPHONY: American Mavericks: Cowell, Harrison, Varèse (SFS Media) — iconoclastic American music, feat. Oberlin alum Jeremy Denk on the Henry Cowell Piano Concerto. [soundcloud]
SONAR QUARTETT: Walter Zimmermann, Songs of Innocence and Experience (mode) — works for string quartet and solo strings, sometimes with drones, tape, or voice. Folk melodies and children songs, seen through an avant-garde lens.
EDDY VANOOSTHUYSE W/ PAUL MEYER, BRUSSELS PHILHARMONIC: John Corigliano, Elliott Carter, American Clarinet Concertos (aeon) — rewarding Belgian take on two engaging late-20th century American clarinet concertos.
THE KING’S SINGERS: Royal Rhymes and Rounds (signum) — crisply sung a capella vocal works centered around British monarchs, released for the Diamond Jubilee. Includes some works by Henry VIII — perfect Bring Up the Bodies reading music.