The meta-lists, this time for classical music

The end of the year is coming and so I will digest the numerous "best of" lists for you once again.  These picks are for classical music CDs and they are from Fanfare, the number one source of criticism for new classical releases.  Here are the CDs that appeared more than once on their reviewers’ "best of the year" lists:

Vincent Persichetti: Piano Sonatas; knotty American piano music.

Morton Feldman: The Viola in My Life, I-IV.

Alkan Organ Works, vol.II, by Kevin Bowyer

Bach, Brandenburg Concerti, rerecorded by Trevor Pinnock.

Brahms, Sonatas for Clarinet and Piano, by Manasse and Nakamatsu.

Thomas Simaku, String Quartets; intense, from Albania.

As usual, classical "best of" lists give disproportionate weight to material which had not previously been recorded, in this case the Persichetti which of all the entries is named the most often.  The Brahms is the one most likely to please you, or the Pinnock.  I can vouch for the quality of the others but when it comes to genre they won’t convert the unpersuaded.


Does Gramophone not have much of a following in the US, or do you not rate it? I thought their awards were worth taking note of; I have been enjoying the Paul Lewis Beethoven series, and La Venexiana are excellent.
On the American side of things, should Hilary Hahn get a mention? To tenuously link it back to economics, you could claim a merit good argument for the Sibelius/Schoenberg coupling!

Good list. Morton Feldman -- nice.

Morton Feldman is God. Thanks for pointing to Simaku. His website has several lengthy MP3 extracts and he is terrific. Does anyone know of recordings of Ernst Krenek's very late compositions?

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