Face it, no-one, not even a professional reviewer, can possibly listen to all the recordings that are released each year. You have to be selective. Even more importantly, you are constantly discovering artists and repertoire that were released a long time ago. I have been professionally involved in music for fifty years and I am still constantly discovering music and performances that I was previously unaware of.
So here is my list of the ten recordings I got the most out of this past year. In no particular order.
- Sviatoslav Richter, the Carnegie Hall concerts in 1960
- Igor Levit, Late Beethoven Sonatas
- Igor Levit, Bach Partitas
- Igor Levit, Bach, Beethoven, Rzewski (variations)
- Grigory Sokolov, Deutsche Grammophon release of Schubert and Beethoven
- Trevor Pinnock and The English Concert: Complete Mozart Symphonies
- Steve Reich: Tehillim and The Desert Music, Alarm Will Sound
- Trevor Pinnock and The English Concert: Haydn Sturm und Drang Symphonies
- Steve Reich, Music for Eighteen Musicians, Ensemble Signal
- Ravi Shankar, Six Classic Albums
And here are some excerps from YouTube:
Richter at Carnegie Hall in 1960, last movement of the Appassionata Sonata, Beethoven:
Igor Levit, Beethoven, op. 110
Levit, Bach Partita 1, praeludium
Levit, Bach Goldberg Variations theme
Sokolov, an encore from the Schubert/Beethoven album: Rameau, Tendres Plaintes:
Pinnock, Mozart, Symphony No. 25
Reich, Tehillim, Alarm Will Sound
Pinnock, Haydn, Symphony No. 38
Reich, Music for 18 Musicians, Ensemble Signal
Ravi Shankar one album from Six Classic Albums
There, that should keep you amused all weekend!