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best classical 2018

Best Classical Music Albums of 2018 (Top 5)

This has been a great year for classical music and I've found it really hard to select only 5 releases. Many of...
Beethoven Missa Solemnis Suzuki BIS

Suzuki, Beethoven “Missa Solemnis”

The expectations run high when there is a new Suzuki release with his Bach Collegium Japan. It is really hard to find a weak...
Beethoven sonatas Osborne

Beethoven, Piano Sonatas op. 109, op. 110, op. 111, Steven Osborne

Believe the hype and the accolades this release has received so far: this performance of the last three Beethoven sonatas is one for the ages.
Mahler Currentzis review

Mahler Symphony 6, Currentzis, MusicAeterna

Review: Mahler, Symphony 6 "Tragic" MusicAeterna Teodor Currentzis (conductor) Sony Classical This is not just another Mahler 6th. And this is no easy thing to say considering that the competition...
Bruckner Symphony 9 Jansons review

Bruckner Symphony 9, Jansons, Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra

Furtwangler, Jochum and Knappertsbusch knew how to mould these phrases and how to adjust tempo relations, making their performances unique. Jansons follows suit.

Currentzis and the BBC Music Magazine Opera Award 2017

The BBC Music Magazine award for Best Opera recording has been a justifiable victory for Currentzis and his forces for their recording of Don...
Beethoven concertos Lisiecki review

Beethoven, Complete Piano Concertos, Lisiecki / Academy of St. Martin in the Fields

There were times that I found the changes of tempo distracting, as in the Second Concerto which needed more energy and less thinking...
Bruckner 9 Schaller

Bruckner – Symphony 9 with completed finale (completion Gerd Schaller 2018), Schaller

Review – Bruckner Symphony 9 with completed finale (Schaller completion 2018) / Philharmonie Festiva, Gerd Schaller (conductor) / Hänssler Classic
Beethoven Perahia Moonlight Hammerklavier Sonatas

Perahia, Beethoven Sonatas Moonlight & Hammerklavier

This has been an anticipated release. Perahia recording two of the most famous Beethoven piano sonatas. Do we need another recording of the Moonlight...
Nelsons Shostakovich Symphony 4 & 11 review

Nelsons, Shostakovich Symphonies 4 & 11

First the good news: This Shostakovich album by Nelsons is better recorded than the previous releases in this set (symphonies 5, 8, 9 and...

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