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The following albums have all been judged of special merit by experts worldwide. Collected here for your consideration, we give you the best of the best from 2009.

Midem Award Winners - Best Classical Download Site

naïve - Label of the Year

TELEMANN, G.P.: Brockes Passion (Jacobs)
BEETHOVEN, L. van: Piano Concerto No. 2 / Piano Concerto in E flat major, WoO 4 / Rondo in B flat major (Brautigam, Norrkoping Symphony, Parrott)
MAHLER, G.: Symphony No. 9 (Bamberg Symphony, Nott)
MESSIAEN, O.: Orchestral Works (South West German Radio Orchestra, Baden Baden, Cambreling)
RIGEL, H.-J.: Symphonies - Nos. 4, 7, 8, 10, 14 (Concerto Koln)
BACH, J.S.: Sonatas and Partitas for Solo Violin, BWV 1001-1006 (Mullova)

BBC Magazine Award Nominees

BARTOK, B.: Orchestral Suite No. 2 / Romanian Folk Dances / Dance Suite (Hungarian National Philharmonic, Kocsis) (Bartok New Series, Vol. 6)
WAGNER, R.: Lohengrin [Opera] (Bychkov)
TELEMANN, G.P.: Brockes Passion (Jacobs)
STRAVINSKY, I.: Canticum Sacrum / Agon / Requiem Canticles (Gielen)
SCHUBERT, F.: Piano Quintet, "The Trout" / Introduction and Variations on Trockne Blumen / Notturno (Tetzlaff, Tamestit, Baerten, Helmchen)
HAYDN, J.: String Quartets, Vol. 2 (Jerusalem Quartet) - Nos. 23, 32, "The Bird" and 64
TCHAIKOVSKY, P.I.: Romances (Stotjin, Drake)
LISZT, F.: Vocal Music (Liszt Abroad) (Evans)
ABEL, C.F.: Viola da gamba Suites (Pandolfo)
BEETHOVEN, L. van: Diabelli Variations / BACH, J.S.: Partita No. 4 in D major, BWV 828 (Kovacevich)

GRAMMY® Winners

BERNSTEIN, L.: Mass (Sykes, Wulfman, Morgan State University Choir, Peabody Children's Chorus, Baltimore Symphony, Alsop)
CORIGLIANO, J.: Dylan Thomas Trilogy (A) (T. Allen, T. Jackson, J. Tessier, Nashville Symphony and Chorus, L. Slatkin)
FAURE, G.: Piano Quintets (Ortiz, Fine Arts Quartet)
MACMILLAN, J.: Confession of Isobel Gowdie (The) / ADES, T.: Chamber Symphony / HIGDON, J.: Percussion Concerto (Currie, London Philharmonic, Alsop)

GRAMMY® Nominees

SZYMANOWSKI, K.: Symphonies Nos. 1 and 4 / Concert Overture / Study in B flat minor (Warsaw Philharmonic, Wit)
BACH, J.S.: Orchestral Suites for a Young Prince (including reconstructions of Suites Nos. 2, 3 and 4) (Ensemble Sonnerie, Huggett)
GINASTERA, A.: String Quartets Nos. 1-3 (Shelton, Enso Quartet)
CARTER, E.: Piano Music (Complete) (Oppens Plays Carter - Elliott Carter at 100)
KORNGOLD, E.W.: Violin Concerto / Schauspiel Overture / Much Ado About Nothing Suite (Quint, Mineria Symphony, Prieto)
Vocal Recital: Graham, Susan (Un frisson francais - A Century of French Song)
PENDERECKI, K.: Utrenja (Warsaw Philharmonic, Wit)
Choral Music - CASALS, P. / GRANADOS, E. / MORERA, E. / OLTRA, M. (Song of the Stars - A Celebration of Catalan Music) (Voices of Ascension, Keene)
HANDEL, G.F.: Anthems (The Sixteen)
SIERRA, R.: Missa Latina, "Pro Pace" (Murphy, Webster, Milwaukee Symphony, Delfs)
BERG, F.J.: Flute Mystery / Warning Zero / Pastorale / Vicino alla Montagna / Flute Concerto No. 1 (Berg)
KLEIBERG, S.: Violin Concerto / Double Bass Concerto (Reuss)
RAVEL, M: Enfant et les sortileges (L') [Opera] / Sheherazade (Boulianne, Nashville Symphony, Willis)
MENOTTI, G.C.: Amahl and the Night Visitors / My Christmas (Willis, Mabry)
SCHUBERT, F.: Symphony, "Death and the Maiden" (arr. A. Stein) / Symphony No. 8, "Unfinished" (completed by B. Newbould and M. Venzago) (Falletta)


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