Best Classical of 2017 – I

Best of the Year Classical List for 2017

Recommendations by Steven Ritter

Mahler: Symphony No. 8 – Mormon Tabernacle Choir/ Utah Symphony/ Thierry Fischer – Reference Recordings

Spectacular, moving, and, well, what else do you need?

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GORDON GETTY: The Canterville Ghost – Oper Leipzig/ Gewandhausorchester/ Matthias Foremny – Pentatone

A splendid addition to the Getty catalog, one of his best works.

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SHOSTAKOVICH:  Symph. No. 5; BARBER: Adagio for Strings – Pittsburgh Symph. Orch./Manfred Hobeck – Reference Recordings

A breathtaking release of crushing power.

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Recommendations by Gary Lemco

Reiner conducts Wagner  Pristine Audio PASC 517

Fritz Reiner’s legacy of Wagner from shellac sources proves memorably striking, given a fine restoration by Pristine Audio.

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Beethoven: Symphonies 4 & 7 – Koussevitzky/BSO – Pristine Audio PASC 515

Previously unreleased Beethoven performances by Koussevitzky and BSO add significant documents to that conductor’s recorded legacy.  

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Kathleen Ferrier Remembered   Somm CD 264

The restoration of long-buried Kathleen Ferrier archives warrants our unconditional praise and support.

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Dvorak: String Quartet, Op. 105; String Quintet, Op. 97 Takacs Qt  Hyperion CDM 68142

Splendid readings of to late Dvorak chamber music staples provide a lush hour of listening pleasure.

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Bruckner: Symphony No. 3; Wagner: opera excepts – Knappertsbusch/Vienna Philh.  Praga PRD 350 140

The inimitable “Kna” makes his presence felt in Bruckner and Wagner staples he passionately endorsed.

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Mordecai Shehori: The New York Concerts, Vol. 12  Cembal d’amore CD 189
Add yet another gem to the legacy of New York recitals that impressed admirers of Mordecai Shehori.

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Messaien: 20 Anniversary Edition  Warner Classics

Warner Classics has released an exceptional and comprehensive assemblage of Olivier Messiaen’s significant musical corpus.

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British Music conducted by Sir Charles Groves  Warner Classics

True to its advertisement, this set brings together a fine selection of British music led by a devoted practitioner of his craft.

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Rachmaninov: Piano Sonatas   Rustem Hayroudinoff, piano   Onyx 4181
Pianist Rustem Hayroudinoff injects voluptuous energy into the Rachmaninov piano sonatas.

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William Kapell: Three First Releases   JSP Records JSP 684

JSP Records restores invaluable moments from the most promising of America’s young piano virtuosos, William Kapell.

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Schubert: Symphony No. 8; Dvorak: Symphony No. 9 – Celibidache/Munich Philh.  Munich Philh. Archives 0004

The orchestral alchemy of Sergiu Celibidache resonates by way of this first release from the Munich Philharmonic’s label.

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Franz. Schmidt: Symphony No. 2; R. Strauss: Intermezzo excerpt – Bychkov/Vienna Philh.  Sony 8898535522

Semyon Bychkov and the VPO celebrate music that proves endemic to Vienna, in their under-rated favorite son, Franz Schmidt.

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Carl Schuricht conducts Mozart Concerto No. 27; Brahms Symphony No. 2   Audite 95.645

Grand music-making defines these two concerts led by veteran Carl Schuricht.

 

 

 

 

Final Thoughts: Late Music of Brahms and Schubert – Jorge Federico Osorio, piano  Cedille CDR 9000 171

Jorge Federico Osorio invests an ardor of personal authenticity into the late works of Schubert and Brahms.

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Leonard Rose tribute    Doremi DHR-8038

Doremi provides us a template of what a recorded tribute to Leonard Rose should contain, including several significant chamber-music additions.

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Brahms: String Sextets – Cypress Quartet with Barry Sullivan and Zuill Bailey – Avie AV 2294

For their last recording, the Cypress Quartet invites guests to share the music of Brahms.

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Schumann: Fantasy in C; Kreisleriana   – Jean-Philippe Collard, piano   La Dolce Volta LDV 30
Jean-Philippe Collard celebrates his long commitment to the passionate and fanciful works of Robert Schumann.

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Liszt: 12 Transcendental Etudes – Barbara Nissman, piano   Three Oranges  3OR-22

Barbara Nissman gives us a dynamic and emotionally aggressive Liszt, virtuosic and poetic.

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Dvorak: Piano Trios in F Minor and E Minor – Trio Wanderer – Harmonia mundi HMM 90228

Splendid renditions of Dvorak’s two late Piano Trios, part of Trio Wanderer’s thirtieth-year offerings.

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Haydn: Piano Sonatas – John O’Conor, piano  Steinway & Sons 30058

John O’Conor deftly brings out the variety and infinite charm of five Haydn sonatas.

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Recommendations by Robert Moon


JOHN ADAMS: Scheherazade.2 – Leila Josefowicz, violin – St. Louis Symphony/David Robertson – Nonesuch 557170

John Adams’ new Violin Concerto is dramatically compelling.

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WEINBERG: Chamber Symphonies 1, 2, 3 & 4; Piano Quintet – Gidon Kremer, violin; Yulianna Avdeeva, piano; Mate Bekavac, clarinet – Kremerata Baltica/Mirga Grazinyte-Tyla – ECM New Series 2538/39

A major Russian composer emerges in these scintillating chamber works.

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WILLIAM WALTON: Symphony No. 1—Symphony No. 2. Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra/Kirill Karabits, onyxclassics ONYX4168

Once in a while a reviewer hears a performance of familiar works that is so unique that it redefines the music. 

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