Sounds Heard: Carter, Rakowski, Smith, and Spectra—Guitar in the 21st Century

Elliott Carter
String Quartets Nos. 2, 3 and 4
Naxos
The celebrations of Carter’s centenary are continuing strong into his 101st year as the Pacifica Quartet completes its cycle of Carter’s landmark contributions to the genre.
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David Rakowski
Winged Contraption
BMOP/sound
The first-ever disc devoted to David Rakowski’s orchestral music reveals him to a composer who is way more than just “the piano etude guy.”
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Chas Smith
Nakadai
Cold Blue
On his fifth CD release for the Southern California-based label Cold Blue, composer, guitarist and instrument builder Chas Smith presented five haunting sonic landscapes.
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Various Artists
Spectra: Guitar in the 21st Century
Quiet Design
Austin-based label Quiet Design compiles an eclectic group of 6-stringed pieces from an international roster.
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