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2013 was a great year for lovers of classical music, and these albums represent the best of 2013 as chosen by top American critics.




Washington Post:


FCR135
Flute Recital: Chase, Claire - REICH, S. / BALTER, M. / LUCIER, A. / GLASS, P. / DIAZ DE LEÓN, M. / VARÈSE, E. (Density)
 
NWAM052
ITSNOTYOUITSME: This I
 
PTC5186515
HEGGIE, J.: Camille Claudel / Pieces of 9/11 / Soliloquy / Rise and Fall (Here/After) (Costello, DiDonato, Gunn, Trevigne, Wincenc)
 
 
INNOVA852
LITTLE, D.T.: Soldiers Songs [Opera] (Moore, Newspeak, Reynolds)
 
8.573188
SHOSTAKOVICH, D.: Symphonies, Vol. 9 - Symphony No. 4 (Royal Liverpool Philharmonic, Petrenko)
 
BIS-2014
MOZART, W.A.: Piano Concertos Nos. 20 and 27 (Brautigam, Kölner Akademie, Willens)
 


New York Times:


INNOVA859
HERSCH, M.: Vanishing Pavilions Suite (The) (Hersch)
 
 


Operavore:


ACD22678
HANDEL, G.F.: Orlando [Opera] (Pacific Baroque Orchestra, Weimann)
 
ACD22648
Opera Arias (Soprano): Gauvin, Karina - HANDEL, G.F. / VIVALDI, A. / VINCI, L. (Prima Donna)
 
CKD426
HAYDN, J.: Mass No. 11, "Nelsonmesse", "Imperial Mass", "Coronation Mass" (Boston Baroque, Pearlman)
 
INNOVA852
LITTLE, D.T.: Soldiers Songs [Opera] (Moore, Newspeak, Reynolds)
 
 
ODE1217-5
SAARIAHO, K.: Passion de Simone (La) (Upshaw, Tapiola Chamber Choir, Finnish Radio Symphony, Salonen)
 
8.559744
FAIROUZ, M.: Native Informant / Tahwidah / Chorale Fantasy / Posh / For Victims / Jebel Lebnan (Hughes, Kravitz, Barton Pine, Krakauer, Thompson)
 


Violinist.com:


CDR90000-144
MENDELSSOHN, Felix: Violin Concerto in E Minor / SCHUMANN, R.: Violin Concerto / BEETHOVEN, L. van: Romances (Barton Pine, C.-M. Mueller)
 
V5314
BRAHMS, J.: Violin Sonatas Nos. 1-3 (S. and L. Khachatryan)
 
CDR90000-143
Violin Recital: Koh, Jennifer - JANÁČEK, L. / KURTÁG, G. / BARTÓK, B. (signs, games + messages)
 
CHAN10796
MOERAN, E.J.: Violin Concerto / VAUGHAN WILLIAMS, R.: The Lark Ascending / DELIUS, F.: Legende (Little, BBC Philharmonic, A. Davis)
 
 
ODE1214-2
HINDEMITH, P.: Violin Concerto / Symphonic Metamorphosis / Konzertmusik (Midori, North German Radio Symphony, Eschenbach)
 
CDR90000-145
SHOSTAKOVICH, D.: String Quartets Nos. 13-15 / SCHNITTKE, A.: String Quartet No. 6 (The Soviet Experience, Vol. 4) (Pacifica Quartet)
 
CDR90000-138
SHOSTAKOVICH, D.: String Quartets Nos. 9-12 / WEINBERG, M.: String Quartet No. 6 (The Soviet Experience, Vol. 3) (Pacifica Quartet)
 


Metroland:


8.559757
CORIGLIANO, J.: Conjurer / Vocalise (Glennie, Plitmann, Albany Symphony, Miller)
 
8.572981
TINOCO, L.: Round Time / From the depth of distance / Search Songs / Cancoes do Sonhador Solitario (Gulbenkian Orchestra, D.A. Miller)
 
 
8.559737
ELLINGTON, D.: Black, Brown and Beige / Harlem / Three Black Kings / The River Suite (Buffalo Philharmonic, Falletta)
 
V5346
SAY, F.: Symphonies Nos. 2, "Mesopotamia", and 3, "Universe" (Borusan Istanbul Philharmonic, Aykal)
 


Chicago Tribune:


8.573188
SHOSTAKOVICH, D.: Symphonies, Vol. 9 - Symphony No. 4 (Royal Liverpool Philharmonic, Petrenko)
 
CHSA5117
RAFF, J.: Symphony No. 2 / Overtures to Shakespeare Plays (Swiss Romande Orchestra, N. Jarvi)
 
 
CDR90000-145
SHOSTAKOVICH, D.: String Quartets Nos. 13-15 / SCHNITTKE, A.: String Quartet No. 6 (The Soviet Experience, Vol. 4) (Pacifica Quartet)
 


National Public Radio Music:


CA-21094
BURHANS, C.: Magnificat / Amidst Neptune / Iceman Stole the Sun / Super Flumina Babylonis (Evensong) (Burhans)
 
NWAM046
DARCY JAMES ARGUE'S SECRET SOCIETY: Brooklyn Babylon
 
CA-21092
LANG, D.: Death Speaks / Depart (Worden, Dessner, Muhly, Pallett, Farnum, Geissinger, Montano, Sweeton, Beiser)
 
CA-21096
ADAMS, J.L.: Inuksuit (Adams, Inuksuit Ensemble)
 
ODE1206-5
RACHMANINOV, S.: All-night Vigil, "Vespers" (Latvian Radio Choir, Klava)
 
BIS-1996
SIBELIUS, J.: Symphonies Nos. 1 and 4 (Minnesota Orchestra, Vanska)
 
 
FCR135
Flute Recital: Chase, Claire - REICH, S. / BALTER, M. / LUCIER, A. / GLASS, P. / DIAZ DE LEÓN, M. / VARÈSE, E. (Density)
 
NWAM048
WOHL, D.: Chamber Music (Corps Exquis) (Wohl)
 
CDR90000-145
SHOSTAKOVICH, D.: String Quartets Nos. 13-15 / SCHNITTKE, A.: String Quartet No. 6 (The Soviet Experience, Vol. 4) (Pacifica Quartet)
 
FR-707SACD
STRAUSS, R.: Don Juan / Death and Transfiguration / Till Eulenspiegel's Merry Pranks (Pittsburgh Symphony, Honeck)
 
ODE1223-2
RAUTAVAARA, E.: Missa a cappella / Sacred Choral Works (Latvian Radio Choir, Klava)
 
HVALUR17CD
Chamber Music - BJARNASON, D. / CORLEY, P. / MAZZOLI, M. / MUHLY, N. / SIROTA, N. / GREENSTEIN, J. / WORDEN, S. (Baroque) (Sirota)
 




 



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