MEMETERIA by Thomas May

Music & the Arts

Top 10 Classical Releases of 2015


For Rhapsody subscribers: along with the Top 10 Classical Discoveries of 2015, here’s a repertory-focused list of picks for the Top 10 Classical Releases of 2015.

Epic orchestral panoramas, intimate meditations from the keyboard, exquisite singing: all of these and more are captured on this year-end overview of classical music releases across the centuries — including music being written today by the noted young American composer Andrew Norman.

Along with a thrilling account by star conductor Andris Nelsons of Shostakovich’s Tenth Symphony, a 20th-century masterpiece, the list includes the Miró Quartet’s transcendent performance of chamber music by Schubert, reclusive pianist Grigory Sokolov communing with Chopin, the gorgeous vocalism of soprano Diana Damrau, and a seldom-heard opera by a Baroque polymath.

Christoph Eschenbach conducts Olivier Messiaen’s massive orchestral homage to the natural beauty of the American landscape. Another gem released in 2015 is the early-music ensemble Alamire’s collection of music favored by Anne Boleyn, the doomed Tudor queen. Another Russian piano great, Daniil Trifonov, brings his astonishing touch to Rachmaninoff. And French pianist Alexandre Tharaud explores the inexhaustible riches of J.S. Bach.

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