Music: Tunes From the Darker Side

On records, spooky symphonic rarities that go bump in the night

Like children listening to a favorite bedtime story, classical audiences love to hear the same works over and over, and most of the time the record companies give them what they want: Bach Brandenburgs without end, Beethoven symphonies without number. Occasionally, however, a darker side surfaces, and . something different is unearthed: arcana by a famous composer, perhaps, or a new piece by a living artist that seeks to reveal the skull beneath the skin. A trio of recent releases for the adventurous shows the eerie attractions of mood music:

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