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Best of the Year Discs for 2016

      Best of the Year Discs for 2016

  • = The 12 Multichannel Hi-Res Discs of the Month for 2016 

CLASSICAL (incl. HI-RES), CLASSICAL REISSUES, CLASSICAL VINYL & PURE AUDIO BLU-RAY
KATI AGÓCS: The Debrecen Passion – BMOP Sound 1046
American First Piano Sonatas – Licad, p. – Danacord
* ”For the Beauty of the Earth” – Celebrating Creation – Works of WIDOR, VAUGHAN-WILLIAMS and others – Gabriel V Brass Ensemble/Sharon Rose Pfeiffer, pipe organ/ percussion ens. – Arte/ Paraclete SACD GDCD 061 * BEETHOVEN: The Nine Symphonies (1963); Rehearsal of the Ninth Sym. – Berlin PO./ Herbert von Karajan – DGG Pure Audio Blu-ray stereo 00289 479 5977
Maya Beiser, “Transclassical” – Innova 952
Jus
si Bjoerling in Copenhagen – JSP Records
LUCIANO BERIO: Sinfonia & GUSTAV MAHLER: Ten Early Songs – HMC 902180
BRAHMS AND HINDEMITH Viola Sonatas Reisenberg/Doktor – Romeo Records
* COUPERIN: Trois Lecons de Tenebres; SEBASTIEN DE BROSSARD: Trio Sonatas in c and a; Stabat Mater – La Nuova Musica/ David Bates – Harmonia mundi SACD HMU 807659
* Chick Corea (piano) & Bela Fleck (banjo) – Two – Concord Jazz CIA-37992-2 (2 CDs)
* CORIGLIANO: The Ghosts of Versailles (complete opera) – Soloists/ LA   Opera Orch. & Chorus/ James Conlon – Pentatone American Operas – SACD PTC5186538 (2)
MICHAEL DAUGHERTY: Tales of Hemingway – Naxos American Classics 8.559798
DVORAK: Stabat Mater –  Janssons – BR Klassik
* DEBUSSY: Images (complete); Jeux; La plus que lente – SF Sym./ Michael Tilson Thomas – SFS Media SACD 821936-0069-2
Gilels in Seattle – DGG
* PHILIP GLASS: Einstein on the Beach (complete) – Opus Arte video – Blu-ray (2)
Emma Johnson, clarinet – “An English Fantasy” – Nimbus Alliance NI6328
LA
LO: Complete Piano Trios – Leonore Trio – Hyperion
LISZT: Harmonies poetiques et religieuses, Robt. Plano, p. – (2) Decca
* MAHLER: Symphony No. 1 / Blumine – Finnish Radio Sym. Orch. / Hannu Lintu – Ondine SACD ODE 1264-5
* MAHLER: Symphony No. 5 – Vienna Philharmonic Orch./ Leonard Bernstein – Deutsche Grammophon 479580-7, 64 mins. remastered vinyl (2 discs)
MAHLER Symphony No. 6 –  Mitropoulos – Archipel
* JAMES MacMILLAN: Violin Concerto; Symphony No. 4 – Onyx Classics 4157
Nicolai Malko and the BBC Symphony – Lyrita
MENDELSSOHN Midsummer & SCHUBERT Unfinished Symphony /C. Krauss – Opus Kura
Mozart Wind Serenades,  Montas – Divine Art
* RACHMANINOV: Symphony No. 2 in e, Op. 27; LIADOV: The Enchanted Lake – Bergen PO/ Andrew Litton – BIS SACD 2071
“Romeo and Juliet” – cond. by Kondrashin, Monteux, Mravinsky – Praga Digitals
SCHUMANN: Piano Works – Bianconi – La Dolce Volta
Erik Then-Bergh, piano – Complete Electrola and DGG Recordings – APR (2)
MICHAEL TORKE: Three Manhattan Bridges – Albany TROY 1643
“Under the Wing of the Rock” – Music by BRITTEN, BEAMISH, KRAGGERUD, NORDHEIM AND THOMMESSEN – Soon-Mi Chung, viola/ Henning Kraggerud, violin/ Oslo Camerata /Øyvind Bjorå, ens. leader – 2L 5.1 SACD 2L – 119
* Ben Webster – The Warm Moods – With orch. arr. & cond. by Johnny Richards – Reprise (also Discovery) R9-2001 (1960)/ Pure Pleasure vinyl (2015)

JAZZ, POP, FOLK, WORLD MUSIC

Ben Allison – Quiet Revolution – Newvelle Records NV 005LP vinyl
Rhys Chatham – Pythagorean Dream – Foom FM007 CD
Dolo Coker – California Hard – Elemental/Xanadu 906081   1976 reissue
The Cookers – The Call of the Wild and Peaceful Heart – Smoke Sessions SSR 1607
Teddy Edwards – Feelins’ – Elemental/Xanadu 906077 – 1977 reissue
Bill Evans, piano – Some Other Time – Resonance HCD-2019 CD set

Bill Frisell, guitar – When You Wish Upon a Star – Okeh/Sony Music Masterworks 88875142212
Ross Hammond & Sameer Gupta – Upward – Prescott
Thad Jones/Mel Lewis Orchestra – All My Yesterdays – Resonance Records HCD- 2023
Julian Lage – Arclight – Mack Avenue MAC1107
Gerry Mulligan – The Emarcy Sextet Recordings – Mosaic Records MRLP 3008 – 1955-1956 ( 5 vinyls)
One for All – The Third Decade – Smoke Sessions SSR 1605
Noah Preminger – Some Other Time – Newvelle Records NV 003LP vinyl
Sonar – Black Light – Cuneiform, Rune 414
Larry Young – In Paris: The ORTF Recordings – Resonance Records HCD-2022
Christopher Zuar – Musings – Sunnyside SSC 1434


Hi-Res:
Joe Weed/The Vultures – Top Music TM-SACD9801.2
Ron Carter – All Blues – CTI 6037 (1974)/ Pure Pleasure
Jimmy Giuffre – Western Suite – Atlantic SD-1331 (1958)/ Pure Pleasure (2015)
Joe Turner – The Boss Of The Blues – Atlantic (1956)/Pure Pleasure PPAN 1234 (2015)
Josh White – Josh At Midnight – Elektra EKL-102 (1956)/ Ramseur RAM1-811 (2016)

MUSIC & MOVIE BLU-RAYS & DVDs (Incl. 3D)
Jerry: Celebrating the Music of Jerry Garcia – Rounder/Bluebird Blu-ray
Hell or High Water – Lionsgate Blu-ray
Finding Dory (3D available) – Pixar/Disney Blu-ray
To Kill a Mockingbird & Cape Fear – Gregory Peck Centennial Collection – Universal (2)
Into Great Silence – Zeitgeist Films Blu-ray
The Night Manager series – Sony Pictures – Blu-ray (2)
What Happened, Miss Simone?, Blu-ray + CDs – Netflix/Radical Media (2 CDs)
My Golden Days – Canal+/Magnolia – Blu-ray
HANDEL: Giulio Cesare in Egitto – Decca – Blu-ray
Leonard Bernstein, Larger Than Life – C Major/ Unitel Blu-ray
Zootopia (animated) – Pixar/Disney Blu-ray
MOZART Complete String Quintets – Belvedere
Easy Rider – Columbia/Criterion – Blu-ray
BACH: The Goldberg Variations (complete) – Accentus
The Walk (A True Story) (3D) – Sony Pictures (2)
The Emigrants & The New Land – Criterion (2) Blu-ray
Trumbo – Universal – Blu-ray
VERDI: Macbeth – DGG/Universal – Blu-ray

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