Classical Year in Review

Alex Ross offers his favorite classical recordings from 2008. Lots of good stuff here, including:

“Hommage à Messiaen”; Pierre-Laurent Aimard, piano (Deutsche Grammophon).

John Adams, “Doctor Atomic”; Gerald Finley, baritone, with Lawrence Renes conducting the Netherlands Opera (Opus Arte DVD).

More from Conversational Reading:

  1. Doctor Atomic DVD Just to follow up from earlier this week, there actually is a DVD version of Doctor Atomic available, of a performance that I’m told largely...
  2. Classical Music Not Dead Well, well, well. Alex Ross: More on that 22.5% bump in classical record sales: reports from insiders suggest that the rise is not, in fact,...
  3. Doctor Atomic Broadcast It looks like the Metropolitan Opera is doing a run of Doctor Atomic. You can listen to a performance of it here at 8:00 pm...
  4. Alex Ross: Year's Best Alex Ross, the classical music critic for The new Yorker, breaks down the best things he’s heard this year, with links to New Yorker articles,...
  5. Friday Classical Music: Steve Reich’s Music for 18 Musicians I’m a little late to this story, but this is the Grand Valley State University New Music Ensemble, a group of undergrate musicians, doing a...

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