A weekly tally of memorable things Steve Smith has stuck in his ears lately.

Christoph KornIch sprech diesen Text (Edition Wandelweiser; 2016)

Johann Lindvallsolo/ensemble (Edition Wandelweiser; 2016)
> 24 preludes; three pieces for piano – Johann Lindvall; caerwys; unison 1-4; tombeau – Vilde Sandve Alnæs, Kristine Tjøgersen, Jan Martin Gismervik, Henrik Munkeby Nørstebø, Ina Sagstuen, Fredrik Rasten, Johan Lindvall

Lea BertucciAll That Is Solid Melts Into Air (NNA Tapes; 2017)

Art Ensemble of ChicagoEda Wobu (JMY; 1969)

Art Ensemble of ChicagoCertain Blacks (America; 1969)

Jim O’RourkeSteamroom 33 (Steamroom; 2017)

Alex MincekTorrent (Sound American; due April 26, 2017)
> Pendulum VII – Wet Ink Ensemble; Selected movements from Harmonielehre – Josh Modney, Eric Wubbels; Pneuma – Michael Ibrahim, Wet Ink Ensemble; Selected movements from Harmonielehre – Modney, Wubbels; Torrent – Yarn/Wire, Mivos Quartet

Miles MosleyUprising (World Galaxy; 2017)

Matthew Revertborntwo (Signifying Something podcast, Episode 002; 2017)

Maurice Ravel – Trois poèmes de Stéphane MallarméChansons madécasses – Janet Baker, Melos Ensemble (L’Oiseau-Lyre/Decca; 1967/2003)

LambertSweet Apocalypse (Mercury KX; due May 12, 2017)

Stefan Thutone and seven – Insub.8tet (Insub; 2016)

Jean-Luc GuionnetDistances Ouïes Dites – Dedalus Ensemble (Potlatch; 2016)

Katharina RosenbergerShift – Wasteland, Rage Thormbones (hat[now]ART; 2017)
> speed sputter (improvisation); SHIFT; flutter gust (improvisation); Gesang an das noch namenlose Land; RESHIFT 011516-3; wafts & drifts (improvisation); modules; postlude (improvisation)

Carl StoneWoo Lae Oak (Unseen Worlds; 2008)

Jean-Luc Guionnet – Saint Mary’s Old Church, Stoke Newington, London, England, Dec. 6, 2010 and Memorial Chapel of Glasgow University, Glasgow, Scotland, Feb. 5, 2012 from Bending Contumax: Organ Works (2008-2014) (No Schools; 2015)

Jute GyteThe Sparrow (X-Ray Tapes and Blue Records; 2017)

King CrimsonTown Hall, Birmingham, England, May 22, 1971 (DGMLive; 2006)

New York PhilharmonicThe Alan Gilbert Era Begins – Music from Opening Night (New York Philharmonic; 2009)
> Magnus LindbergExpo; Hector BerliozSymphonie fantastique

Gustav Mahler – Symphony No. 3 – Petra Lang, American Boychoir, Women of the Westminster Symphonic Choir, New York Philharmonic/Alan Gilbert (New York Philharmonic; 2009)

Johannes Brahms – Violin Concerto in D; Arnold SchoenbergPelleas und Melisande – Frank Peter Zimmermann, New York Philharmonic/Alan Gilbert (New York Philharmonic; 2009)

Charles Ives – Symphony No. 2; The Unanswered Question; Ludwig van Beethoven – Piano Concerto No. 4 in G – Emanuel Ax, New York Philharmonic/Alan Gilbert (New York Philharmonic; 2009)

New York PhilharmonicMusic from the Hanoi Concerts (New York Philharmonic; 2009)
> Ludwig van BeethovenEgmont Overture; Symphony No. 7 in A; Felix Mendelssohn – Scherzo in G minor (from Octet for Strings)

George Frideric HandelHighlights from Messiah (2004) – Celena Schafer, Nancy Maultsby, Jonathan Lemalu, Westminster Symphonic Choir, New York Philharmonic/Alan Gilbert (New York Philharmonic; 2009)

Simon KirkeAll Because of You (The End; 2017)

Arthur BlytheRetroflection: Live at the Vanguard (Enja; 1994)

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