New Music on the Cutting Edge


Argento's in vain: An "exhilarating experience"

Argento's U.S. premiere of Georg Friedrich Haas's in vain has been hailed in The New York Times as 2009's #1 most memorable performances, and also tops Steve Smith's list of best performances of 2009. Read the New York Times review (link) of our February 6 performance. The Washington Post (link) also reviewed our encore performance on February 9.

Argento at the Moving Sounds Festival reviewed in The New York Times

We had a hugely positive response to the Moving Sounds Festival 2009, and Argento's concert of September 12 at Le Poisson Rouge was reviewed be Allan Kozinn in the New York Times. Moving Sounds featured world premiere performances of works by Bernhard Lang and Beat Furrer, two preeminent contemporary Austrian composers; new pieces from American composers Sam Pluta and Elizabeth Hoffman; and a performance of Steve Reich’s seminal minimalist work, Music for 18 Musicians.

Hurel Recording Phonus Released

Argento's recording of Philippe Hurel's Quartre variations, featuring percussionist Matt Ward, has been released on the Harmonia Mundi label and is available through Amazon

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Argento Celebrates Messiaen 100

Argento and the Stony Brook Contemporary Players celebrated Olivier Messiaen's centennial on May 5, 2009, at Merkin Concert Hall (New York Times review). Pierre Boulez, Gil Kalish and Jennifer Undercofler join Argenti Michel Galante and Carol McGonnell in this video.

Argento Debuts Lolita by American Composer Joshua Fineberg

American composer Joshua Fineberg discusses his groundbreaking opera Lolita: an imagined opera in this video. Argento gave its American Premiere in April (New York Times review).

Murail Disc Named Among Best of 2007

Argento’s conductor rehearses with Tristan Murail

Time Out New York critic Steve Smith placed Argento's CD release of music by Tristan Murail on his list of the Top Ten Classical Recordings of 2007. Recorded at studios in Istanbul and New York, the disc includes three premiere recordings: Unanswered Questions, Feuilles à travers les cloches, and Murail's nature-inspired landscape for chamber orchestra, Le Lac.

Rounding out the disc are the groundbreaking work Ethers for flute and ensemble, and the title track Winter Fragments for chamber ensemble and electronics. Winter Fragments is released on the Aeon label (AECD0746). Please visit Aeon's website for more infomation. Available now at Amazon, Barnes and Noble, or Arkivmusic.

Argento Records Hurel

Argento has completed the premiere recording of Philippe Hurel's Quatres Variations, a concerto for vibraphone and chamber orchestra. Matt Ward is the vibraphone soloist in this virtuoso piece. Argento will share the CD with two world-class ensembles, the Oslo Philharmonic and Ensemble Court-Circuit, to create an all-Hurel disc. The album release is schedule for May 2008. For more information, visit the Hurel page at Editions Henry Lemoine.

Argento Makes West Coast Debut

In February 2007 the Argento Chamber Ensemble traveled to Los Angeles to make its west coast debut with its program Expressionism in Motion: Schoenberg, Stockhausen, and Beyond. As part of the evening concert series at Los Angles County Museum of Art (LACMA), the program was presented in connection with LACMA's permanent collection of German expressionist art.

Argento Records Lunsqui

At studios in Brooklyn, Argento has recorded three new chamber works by Brazilian composer Alexandre Lunsqui. Drawing on his early experiences jazz and contemporary improvisation, Lunsqui's work is infused with incredible timbral and rhythmic vitality. His work is widely performed both in the U.S. and abroad. Pieces on the disc include Spira Mondana for 13 instruments, Tempi Intermedi for 6 instruments, and p-Orbital for 10 instruments. The CD will be available in Spring 2008 on the Gravina Música label.