In my profile of International Contemporary Ensemble in this week’s paper, I mentioned the slew of new recordings featuring the group, but I didn’t have the space to do much more than list them. But their stylistic range and fiery technical excellence deserve to be expounded upon further.

Certainly the highest-profile offering is ICE’s premiere recording of Son of Chamber Symphony by John Adams, a 2007 work composed for a ballet by choreographer Mark Morris. As Adams acknowledges in his liner notes, the composition is related to his 1992 Chamber Symphony, which itself took inspiration from Arnold Schoenberg’s 1906 piece Chamber Symphony No. 1, op. 9. Last fall ICE made that connection palpable with an excellent program at the MCA called Roots and Return, performing both Schoenberg’s piece and the newer Adams work.