Recommendations - modern/contemporary classical / post minimalism

Have recently been straying EXTREMELY far from my normal listening habits, and have become quite addicted to music/compositons by Max Richter, Ólafur Arnalds, Sylvain Chauveau and Jóhann Jóhannsson to name a few.

Any other recommendations in this genre would be Highly appreciated !

Adding Nils Frahm. More to come.


How about “A Winged Victory for the Sullen”?


Not a well-defined genre, but here are a few suggestions.

Nick Bärtsch, e.g.

Stefan’s Battaglia does a lot of great work, most doesn’t really fit in this category. But for example
with Michele Rabbia, percussionist.

Rabbia and Longobardi here:

And more Italian, there is a lot:

Michael Wollny is German, most may not fit but I think this does:

Adam Waldych is Polish, Helge Lien is Norwegian:

And in the U.S., this work by Vijay Iyer and Wadada Leo Smith is perhaps not really the genre you want, but it is fabulous:


Thanks @AndersVinberg. Yes, part of the problem I am having is defining this genre, as it’s all over the map. Appreciate the suggestions!

Self titled album is bang on - thanks!

this thread is right ‘up my alley’! try hildur, she is amazing!

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i can’t leave this thread without mentioning Stars of the Lid … this is a good entry point:

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And The Necks: some people here swear by them, and a New York Times reviewer (My Obsession With the Necks, the Greatest Trio on Earth, although I don’t yet understand…

I talked a bit with Nik Bärtsch after a recent concert – I think he would be slightly concerned about being embedded in the neoclassical canon.

Keep on chewing on the Necks. Put Open or Drive By on repeat for a day. Or two. :slight_smile:

True, but that is about the problem of labeling. Neoclassical might bother him, but minimalism and avantgarde chamber music and avantgarde jazz and free jazz, pretty fuzzy lines.

Working on The Necks. I normally don’t work this hard on a recommendation, but the recommenders here carry some weight.

I was at Academy Records in NYC near Union Square (there are 3 in NYC I think). They have a label/section for this kind of music called “Post-War” . A lot of Pärt, Glass, etc. Another record store that has a big selection of this type of music is in L.A. - Amoeba , in the section near Classical/Jazz/etc . Any other recommendations are gratefully received.

My goto sax player -

Which war is that?

I believe it is a reference to World War II. I didn’t ask. Here is a new recommendation:

Rachel’s are/were on Quarterstick Records, Touch & Go’s separate label for music that wasn’t quite in their “post punk sweet spot”. I never listened to them when they were touring or when I lived in T&G’s neighborhood (Chicago). I needed perspective, and distance. Rachel Grimes still records and tours. Most Rachel’s releases are essential if you like this record, this is where I would start listening.

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Here is another one I haven’t seen mentioned much …

DAAU (short for Die Anarchistische Abendunterhaltung) is a Belgian contemporary classical group. In 2007 they performed Clint Mansell’s Requiem for a Dream live at the Festival BEO in Paris. Fantastique! Get in touch if you would like a copy (unreleased as of yet).

Perhaps also the usual suspects from a classical perspective? I mean Philip Glass, Gavin Bryars, Steve Reich, Terry Riley, John Zorn, John Adams, John Cage, Luciano Berio, Pierre Boulez and the likes. But perhaps also Laurie Anderson, Scott Walker?

The entire catalog at NonClassical is worth a look. In the bigger names, you’ve got Zoë Keating. A bit more on the “electronic” side of the spectrum, you’ve got Nicolas Jaar, and the collabs between Carsten “Alva Noto” Nicolaï and Ryuichi Sakamoto.

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