Category: Best of the Year

Best of the year Discs for 2017 — Jazz Selections

Best of the year Discs for 2017 — Jazz Selections

A few of the noteworthy Jazz releases from this past year, selected by our reviewers…   Delfeayo Marsalis:  An Evening with Delfeayo Marsalis – Troubadour Jass Records  TJR 093017 Like father, like son… Review Link     Eddie Daniels & Roger Kellaway – Just Friends Live @ The Village Vanguard – Resonance Records HCD2028 Another sharp arrow […]

Best of the year Discs for 2017 — Jazz Selections

Best of the year Discs for 2017 — Jazz Selections

A few of the noteworthy Jazz releases from this past year, selected by our reviewers…   Wadada Leo Smith (solo trumpet) – Solo: Reflections and Meditations on Monk Putting Monk in a new light… Review Link     Wadada Leo Smith – America’s National Parks[2-CD] A tribute to America’s shared legacies. Review Link     Cuong Vu […]

Best Classical of 2017 – I

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? Link to Review       GORDON GETTY: The Canterville Ghost – Oper Leipzig/ Gewandhausorchester/ Matthias Foremny – Pentatone […]

TEN BEST CLASSICAL OF 2017 – II

TEN BEST CLASSICAL OF 2017 – II

Best of the Year Classical List for 2017 Recommendations by Fritz Balwit   Bela Bartok: Complete String Quartets – Heath Quartet – Harmonia Mundi 907661.62 This young quartet has achieved the highest levels of concentration on this complete set of the quartets. All aspects of Bartok, from prickly agitation and folk humor to serene contrapuntal […]

TEN BEST CLASSICAL OF 2017 – II

TEN BEST CLASSICAL OF 2017 – II

TEN BEST CLASSICAL OF 2017 – Fritz Balwit Bela Bartok: Complete String Quartets – Heath Quartet – Harmonia Mundi 907661.62 This young quartet has achieved the highest levels of concentration on this complete set of the quartets. All aspects of Bartok, from prickly agitation and folk humor to serene contrapuntal abstraction, are perfectly rendered. There […]

Best of the Year Discs for 2016

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 […]

Best of the Year Discs for 2015

Best of the Year Discs for 2015

          * = The 12 Multichannel Discs of the Month CLASSICAL (incl. HI-RES), CLASSICAL REISSUES, CLASSICAL VINYL & PURE AUDIO BLU-RAY JOHN LUTHER ADAMS: Become Ocean – CD+DVD – Seattle Sym./ Ludovic Morlot – Cantaloupe CA21101 (DVD video: PCM 2.0 and DD 5.1) * KALVEVI AHO: 19 Preludes, etc. – Sonja […]

Best of the Year Discs for 2014

Best of the Year Discs for 2014

* = The 12 Multichannel Discs of the Month, all in Classical CLASSICAL (incl. HI-RES), CLASSICAL REISSUES, CLASSICAL VINYL & PURE AUDIO BLU-RAY JOHN ADAMS: The Gospel According to the Other Mary – DGG 479 2243 * The Argentinian Album – Works of PIAZZOLLA, GINASTERA, GOLIJOV – Amsterdam Sinfonietta – Channel Classics CCS SA 33014 […]

Best of the Year Discs for 2013

Best of the Year Discs for 2013

* = The 12 Multichannel Discs of the Month CLASSICAL (incl. HI-RES), CLASSICAL REISSUES & CLASSICAL VINYL BACH: Mass in b, BWV 232 – Soloists/ Collegium Vocale 1704/ Collegium 1704/ Vaclav Luks – Accent ACC 24283 (2 CDs) BACH: St. Matthew Passion – Soloists/ RIAS Ch. Chorus/ Academie fur Alte Musik Berlin/ Rene Jacobs – […]

Best of the Year Discs for 2012

* = 12 Best Multichannel Discs of the Month CLASSICAL (Incl. HI-RES), CLASSICAL REISSUE & CL. VINYL ACHRON: Complete Suites for Violin and Piano –  Shaham/Erez – Hyperion CDA 67841 VOLKMAR ANDREAE: Symphony in C Major, Op. 31; Notturno and Scherzo, Op. 30; Music for Orchestra, Op. 35; Kleine Suite, Op. 27 – Bournemouth Sym. Orch. […]

Best of the Year Discs for 2011

CLASSICAL, Incl. HI-RES, CLASSICAL REISSUE & VINYL LEE ACTOR: Concerto for Alto Sax and Orch. – Debra Richtmeyer, alto sax/Slovak Nat. Sym. Orch./Kirk Trevor; Dance Rhapsody; Celebration Ov. – Slovak Nat. Sym. Orch./Trevor (Con. for Horn & Orch.) – Navona NV5848 JOHN ADAMS: Son of Chamber Symphony, String Quartet – St. Lawrence String Q. – […]

Best of the Year Discs for 2010

CLASSICAL, incl. Hi-Res, LPs & Classical Reissues THOMAS ADES: Tevot; Violin Concerto; Three Studies from Couperin; Dances from Powder Her Face – Anthony Marwood, violin/ Berlin Philharmonic/Rattle /Chamber Orchestra of Europe/Ades & National Youth Orchestra of Great Britain/Daniel – EMI Geza Anda, piano = HAYDN: Sonata in F Major, Hob.XVI:23; SCHUMANN: Symphonic Etudes; Carnaval; RAVEL: […]

Best Of The Year Discs for 2009

CLASSICAL, incl. Hi-Res & Reissues THOMAS ADES: The Tempest — Simon Keenlyside/ Cyndia Sieden /Ian Bostridge / Royal Opera Chorus & Orch., Covent Garden/ Thomas Ades — EMI 6 95234 2 (2 CDs) ALNAES: Symphonies Nos. 1 & 2 – Terje Mikkelsen, cond. – Sterling SACD CDS 1084-2 RICHARD ARNELL: Sinfonia quasi Variazioni, Op. 13; […]

Best of the Year Discs for 2008

CLASSICAL, incl. Hi-Res & Reissues JOHN ADAMS: A Flowering Tree – Soloists/Schola Contorum Caracas/ London Symphony Orchestra/ John Adams – Nonesuch 327100, (2 CDs) “Air” – Music of DEBUSSY & TAKEMITSU for Harp, Flute, and Strings – Telarc CD-80694 ALKAN & CHOPIN: Cello Sonatas – Gerhardt and Osborne – Hyperion CDA67624 An American Journey = […]

Best of the Year Discs for 2007

CLASSICAL, incl. Hi-Res & Reissues BACH: Six Sonatas and Partitas for Violin Solo – Lara St. John, violin – Ancalagon Records Multichannel SACD AR 132 (2 discs) BACH: St. John Passion – Soloists/ Rheinische Kantorei/ Das Kleine Konzert/ Hermann Max, conductor – CPO Multichannel SACD 777091-2 (2 discs) BACH: The Goldberg Variations – Glenn Gould’s […]

Best of the Year Discs for 2006

Classical/Hi-Res/Reissues/Jazz/Pop/DualDiscs ALBENIZ-FRÜHBECK DE BERGOS: Suite Española – New Philharmonia/ Rafael Frühbeck de Burgos – Decca/First Impression Music xrcd24 FIM XR24 068 “Angel Dances” – The 12 Cellists of the Berlin Philharmonic, with guests Jocelyn B. Smith, Markus Stockhausen & Members of the Berlin Radio Choir – EMI Classics 94635 70302 3 Marta Argerich and Friends: […]

Best of the Year Discs for 2005

Classical/Reissues/Jazz/Pop (incl. Hi-Res Formats) Back to Archives Index This is our 21st annual Best of the Year list (!) and as usual, we make no definitive claims for the list. It is predicated on the personal tastes of all our contributors and also on what was available to us, but with an equal emphasis on […]

Best of the Year Discs for 2004

Classical/Reissues/Jazz/Pop (incl. Hi-Res Formats) Back to Archives Index This is our 20th annual Best of the Year list and as usual, we make no definitive claims for the list. It is predicated on the personal tastes of all our contributors and also on what was available to us, but with an equal emphasis on both […]

Best Of The Year Discs for 2003

Classical/Jazz/Rock (incl. both Hi-Res Formats) Back to Archives Index This is our 19th annual Best of the Year list and as usual, we make no definitive claims for the list. It is predicated on the personal tastes of all our contributors and also on what was available to us, but with an equal emphasis on […]

Best Of The Year Discs for 2002

Classical/Jazz/Rock (incl. both Hi-Res Formats)     Back to Archives Index Here is our 18th annual Best of the Year List, continuing the service first offered in 1985 with the public radio version of AUDIOPHILE AUDITION. As usual, we make no definite claims for this list. It is predicated on our personal tastes and also on […]

Best of the Year Discs for 2001

Classical/Jazz/Rock (incl. both Hi-Res Formats)       Back to Archives Index Here is our 17th annual Best of the Year List, continuing the service first offered in 1985 with the public radio version of AUDIOPHILE AUDITION. As usual, I make no definite claims for this list. It is predicated on my personal tastes and that of my […]

Best of the Year Discs for 2000

Classical & Jazz Back to Archives Index Here is our 16th annual Best of the Year List, continuing the service first offered in 1985 with the public radio version of AUDIOPHILE AUDITION. As usual, I make no definite claims for this list. It is predicated on my personal tastes and that of my contributors and […]