Best of the Year Archive

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 BEETHOVEN: Complete Quartets – Tokyo String Quartet – Harmonia mundi (8 SACDs) BEETHOVEN: String Quartets, Vol. 3 – Quartetto di Cremona – Audite SACD 92.682 * BERIO: Calmo; Quattro version originali della Ritirata Notturna di Madrid di L. Boccherini; Sinfonia – Soloists/ Finnish Radio Sym. Orch./ Hannu Lintu – Ondine SACD ODE 1227-5 * BERLIOZ: Symphonie fantastique, Waverly Ov. – London Sym./ Gergiev – LSO Live audio-only Blu-ray+CD LSO0757 * BRAHMS: A German Requiem – Antoni Wit – Naxos audio-only Blu-ray NBD0039 BRAHMS: String Sextets – Prazak Quartet, et al – Praga SACD DSD 250 297 * BRUCKNER: Symphonies Nos. 4, 7 & 8 – Nagano – Farao audio-only Blu-ray A 108076 * BRUCKNER: Symphony No. 9 – Bernard Haitink – LSO Live SACD LSO0746 The Choral Sea – New music for soprano saxophone and piano – Sue McKenzie, sax/ Ingrid Sawers, piano – Delphian […]

Home Page for October 2013

Home Page for October 2013

Our October drawing/giveaway is unusual: We are awarding seven 180-gram double-disc audiophile vinyl jazz albums to seven AUDIOPHILE AUDITION readers. The albums are all from Mack Avenue Records’ new vinyl release program: Albums (shown above) from: Christian McBride (2), Gary Burton, Kenny Garrett, Stanley Jordan, Kevin Eubanks and Yellowjackets. One album at random to each of the seven winners. To be eligible, all you need do is register on our simple form this month; we will not share your email address with anyone. The seven winners will be announced on our Editorial Page next month, and you’ll find more details there now.

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. – Nonesuch 523014 ALBÉNIZ-FRÜBECK DE BURGOS: Suite Española – New Philharmonia/ de Burgos – Decca/Original Recordings Group (2-45 rpm vinyl discs) ORG 100 ARNE: Artaxerxes (complete opera) – Soloists/Classical Opera Company/Ian Page – Linn multichannel SACD CKD 358 (2 discs) ARNELL: Ballet Music: Harlequin, Punch—Concerto Capriccioso – Dutton 7227 BACEWICZ: Piano Quintet No. 1; Sonata No. 2; Piano Quintet No. 2 – Zimerman –  DGG 477 8332 BACH: Easter Oratorio; Ascension Oratorio – Soloists/ Retrospect Ensemble/ Matthew Halls – Linn multichannel SACD 373 BACH: St. Matthew Passion – Soloists/ Netherlands Bach Society/ Kampen Boys Choir/ Jos van Veldhoven – Channel Classics multichannel SACD CCSSA32511 (3 discs) Beecham conducts French Music – EMI 9 09932 2 BEETHOVEN: Symphony No. 3 in E-flat Major – Vienna Philharmonic Orch./  Wilhelm Furtwängler – Tahra mono SACD FURT 2008 BEETHOVEN: Symphony No. 5; Piano Concerto No. 4 – Emanuel Ax, piano/ […]

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: Valses nobles et sentimentales; LIEBERMANN: Klaviersonate; CHOPIN: Ballade in G Minor; 12 Etudes; BRAHMS: Intermezzo in E-flat Major – Hanssler (2 CDs) 94.211 BACH: The Art of Fugue, BWV 1080 – The Roth Quartet/Sir Donald Tovey, piano – Divine Art 27804 BACH: Goldberg Variations, BWV 988 – Stefan Vladar, piano – Preiser Records PR 90771 BARBER: Violin Concerto in A Minor (rev. edition, 1948); Commando March; Symphony No. 2 (orig. version) – Ruth Posselt, violin/Boston Symphony Orchestra/Serge Koussevitzky – Pristine Audio PASC 217 BEETHOVEN: The ‘Late’ String Quartets (Nos. 12 thru 16) – Tokyo String Quartet – Harmonia mundi multichannel SACD (3 discs) HMU 807481.83 BEETHOVEN: Symphonies Nos. 2 and 6 – German Chamber Philharmonic, Bremen/ Paavo Jarvi – Sony/RCA Red Seal Multichannel SACD 88697-542542 BRUCKNER: Symphony No. 4 in E-flat Major “Romantic” – Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra/ Wilhelm Furtwaengler – Pristine Audio PASC 254 ANTON […]

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 = GERSHWIN: Porgy and Bess Fantasy; O’CONNOR: Trio No. 1; BERNSTEIN: West Side Story Suite – Eroica Trio – EMI 07351 Martha Argerich – Music for Two Pianos by TCHAIKOVSKY, RACHMANINOFF, BRAHMS, PROKOFIEV & LUTOSLAWSKI – with guest pianists – EMI Classics (2 CDs) J.S. BACH: Cembalo Concertos = BWV 1052 in D minor; BWV 1053 in E Major; BWV 1056 in F minor; BWV 1054 in D Major – Francesco Cera, harpsichord/I Barocchisti/ Diego Fasolis – Arts SACD 47729-8 J. S. BACH: Goldberg Variations – Winfried Bönig, organ – Motette SACD MOT 13494 BEETHOVEN: Symphonies No. 5 and 6 – Polish Chamber Philharmonic Orchestra-Sopot/Wojciech Rajski – Tacet SACD S-164 Beethoven: Sonatas, Vol. 5: Garrick Ohlsson, piano – Bridge 9250 YORK BOWEN: Piano Concerto No. 3 in G minor (Fantasia); Piano Concerto No. 4 in A minor – Danny Driver, p. / BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra […]

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 1955 performance re-created in hi-res surround sound and hi-res binaural sound by Zenph – Sony Classical Multichannel SACD 88697-03350-2 BACH: Mass in B minor – The Netherlands Bach Society/ Jos van Veldhoven, conductor/ soloists – Channel Classics multichannel SACD CCS SA 25007 (2 discs) BACH: Missae Breves BWV 233-236 – Cantus Cölln/ Konrad Junghanel – Harmonia Mundi HMC 901939-40 (2 discs) BEETHOVEN: The Late String Quartets – Quartetto Italiano – Philips 475 8685 BEETHOVEN – Symphony No. 1 in C major; Symphony No. 2 in D major – Polish Chamber Orchestra-Sopot/Wojciech Rajski – Tacet Multichannel SACD & Stereo all tubes; Tacet 157. BEETHOVEN – Symphony No. 7 in A major; Symphony No. 8 in F major – Polish Chamber Orchestra-Sopot/Wojciech Rajski – Tacet Multichannel SACD & Stereo all tubes; Tacet 149. BEETHOVEN: Symphonies Nos. 1 – 9; Triple Concerto; Leonore Overture No. 2 – London […]

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: Live from Lugano Festival 2005 – EMI Classics 0946 3 58472 2 CPE BACH: Symphonies 1-4, Cello Concerto in A – Alison McGillivray, cello. The English Concert conducted by Andrew Manze – Harmonia Mundi HMU 807405 Adolf Busch plays BACH – 2-CD IDIS 6490/91 (Distrib. Qualiton) BARTOK: Concerto for Orchestra; GIDEON KLEIN: Partita for Strings; MARTINU: Memorial to Lidice – The Philadelphia Orchestra/ Christopher Eschenbach – Ondine Multichannel SACD  ODE 1072 La Flute de Pan Baroque / The Baroque Panpipe – Simion Stanciu, panpipes – Works of CIMAROSA, VIVALDI, MARCELLO, ALBINONI, BACH, MOZART, TELEMANN, STAMITZ, BARTOK, BACH, HANDEL, SARASATE, VERACINI, BOCCHERINI & STANCIU – Cascavelle REF VEL 3086 (2 CDs + video DVD) BEETHOVEN: Complete Works for Cello and Piano – Pierre Fournier, cello/Friedrich Gulda, piano – 2-CD DGG 00289 477 6266 (Distrib. Universal) BEETHOVEN: Piano Trios Op. 1 and Op. 97 Daniel Barenboim, piano […]

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 both the musical and sonic quality of each disc (except for some of the reissue material). All of these discs have been reviewed in AUDIOPHILE AUDITION during the past year and can be quickly located for their reviews using our handy site search engine at the upper left-hand column of every page. CLASSICAL Amadeus Quartet – A Tribute to Norbert Brainin – DGG 477 5739 J.S. BACH: Six Brandenburg Concertos BWV 1046-1051 – Stuttgart Chamber Orchestra – 2 Multichannel SACD, Tacet S101 J.S. BACH: The Sonatas and Partitas for Violin Solo, BWV 1001-1006 – Gidon Kremer – ECM New Series 1926/27 (2 CDs) J.S. BACH Cantatas – Thomas Quasthoff, Bass-baritone/Berlin Baroque Soloists/Rainer Kussmaul, Director / Members of the RIAS Chamber Choir/Daniel Reuss, Chorus Master – DGG 00289 474 5052 – Multichannel SACD J.S. BACH: Vols. 1 & 2 The Keyboard Concertos — Angela Hewitt, piano/Australian […]