Philippe Auguin, Christine Goerke, Alan Held, Francesca Zambello
- Two critics trade thoughts on Wagner’s ‘Ring’ in D.C.
The Washington Post
- ‘Penny Dreadful’ is a wickedly fun monster mashup
The Washington Post
- With DECLASSIFIED, Storm Large, Hudson Shad, and the National Symphony Go a Little Out of the Box
- CBSO/Volkov review – wonderfully agile quest for identity
- Lawrence Foster releases recording of Johann Strauss' "Der Zigeunerbaron"
Der neue Merker
- Utah Symphony shows versatility in return to Carnegie Hall
New York Classical Review
- Tharaud, CBSO, Volkov, Symphony Hall Birmingham
The Arts Desk
- Review: Garrick Ohlsson's "Smetana"
Bill T. Jones/Arnie Zane Company
- Bill T. Jones to receive Washington University International Humanities Medal
Washington University in St. Louis
Julian Wachner, Trinity Wall Street
- Review: Ginastera and Fauré, With a Nod to Prince
The New York Times
NPR Classical's Best Albums Of The Year (So Far)
Jeremy Denk, Krystian Zimerman, Brooklyn Rider
By Tom Huizenga
In our relentless quest to tabulate, rank and arrange everything in tidy little lists, we compulsive staffers at NPR Music have devised both a multi-genre collection of our favorite 25 records of the year (so far) and a giant ballot where you can cast votes for your own.
Here in the expansive classical music wing (in other words, Tom and Anastasia's desks) we formulated our own list. We fought over a number of titles and probably missed quite a few more — which is where you come in.
Below you can see our favorites (some of which you can hear on our NPR Music Top 25 list and in our audio discussion above). What about yours? In the comments section, tell us about the classical records you've enjoyed most so far in 2011.
- Brooklyn Rider plays Philip Glass (Orange Mountain)
- Jeremy Denk: Bach, Partitas (Azica)
- Donnacha Dennehy: Gra agus bas (Nonesuch)
- Joyce DiDonato: Diva/Divo (Virgin)
- Simone Dinnerstein: Bach: A Strange Beauty (Sony)
- Gustavo Dudamel, Simon Bolivar Youth Orchestra: Tchaikovsky & Shakespeare (DG)
- Ebene Quartet: Fiction (Virgin)
- Julia Fischer: Poeme (Decca)
- Matthias Goerne: Nacht und Träume (Harmonia Mundi)
- Jonas Kaufmann: Verismo Arias (Decca)
- Nico Muhly: Seeing is Believing (Decca)
- Now Ensemble: Awake (New Amsterdam)
- Todd Reynolds: Outerborough (Innova)
- San Francisco Symphony: Ives/Brant, A Concord Symphony (SFS Media)
- So Percussion: Threads (Cantaloupe)
- Alexandre Tharaud: Plays Scarlatti (Virgin)
- Yuja Wang: Rachmaninov Piano Concerto No. 2 (DG)
- Krystian Zimerman: Bacewicz Sonata No. 2, Quintets (DG)