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Music Reviews: Beat Circus – ‘These Wicked Things’ and Michael McDermott – ‘Orphans’

Brightly inventive in the service of a dim mood, the songs on Beat Circus' 'These Wicked Things' smell of existential desperation. It's one of the cooler albums to cross my transom this year.

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Concert Review: Quodlibet Ensemble – Music by Biber, Martynov + Sharlat

Quodlibet Ensemble at Baryshnikov Arts Center (Tatyana Tenenbaum)

Composer Yevgeniy Sharlat takes Bach's English Suite No. 2 as a starting point, and engineers energetic rhythmic surprises, ear-catching counterpoint, and busy, angsty drama in a prismatic work of accessible modernism.

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Music Reviews: Vox Clamantis – ‘Sacrum Convivium’; The Crossing – ‘Zealot Canticles’ by Lansing McLoskey

Vox Clamantis choir

The monks retreated behind stone walls to chant their devotions. Composer Lansing McLoskey stands in the agora with his choral music on writings by Wole Soyinka.

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