Favorite Recordings of 2018


As you may know, I don't do "best-of" lists. "Best" suggests that I've sampled everything available, and even though I review a lot of music every year, I have not heard but a fraction of what's out there. So I prefer to do a simple "favorites" list. Here are just a few of the discs (listed alphabetically, to be fair) I heard last year that I enjoyed for their performance and sound. I know I've forgotten some; forgive me.


A QSF Journey
Quartet San Francisco. Reference Recordings.
To read the review, click here:
https://classicalcandor.blogspot.com/2018/12/a-qsf-journey-hdcd-review.html


Anne Akiko Meyers: Fantasia
Music of Rautavaara, Szymanowski, and Ravel. Anne Akiko Meyers, violin; Kristjan Jarvi, Philharmonia Orchestra. Avie Records.
To read the review, click here:
https://classicalcandor.blogspot.com/2018/02/anne-akiko-meyers-fantasia-cd-review.html


Beethoven: Violin Concerto
Also, Romances; Schubert: Rondo. James Ehnes, violin; Andrew Manze, Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra. Onyx Classics.
To read the review, click here:
https://classicalcandor.blogspot.com/search?q=beethoven+violin+ehnes


Elgar: Violin Concerto
Also, Bruch: Violin Concerto No. 1. Rachel Barton Pine, violin; Andrew Litton, BBC Symphony Orchestra. Avie Records.
To read the review, click here:
https://classicalcandor.blogspot.com/2018/02/elgar-violin-concerto-cd-review.html



Fuchs: Piano Concerto "Spiritualist"
Also, Poems of Life; Glacier; Rush. Jeffrey Biegel, piano; JoAnn Falletta, London Symphony Orchestra. Naxos.
To read the review, click here:
https://classicalcandor.blogspot.com/2018/09/fuchs-piano-concerto-spiritualist-cd.html


Gershwin Reimagined
An American in London. Shelly Berg, piano; various featured artists; Jose Serebrier, Royal Philharmonic Orchestra. Decca.
To read the review, click here:
https://classicalcandor.blogspot.com/2018/11/gershwin-reimagined-cd-review.html


Haydn: Concerti per Esterhazy
Violin Concertos No. 1 in C major and No. 4 in G major; Cello Concerto No. 1 in C major. Amandine Beyer, violin; Marco Ceccato, cello; Gli Incogniti. Harmonia Mundi.
To read the review, click here:
https://classicalcandor.blogspot.com/2018/10/haydn-concerti-per-esterhazy-cd-review.html


Mendelssohn: A Midsummer Night's Dream
Anna Lucia Richter, soprano; Barbara Kozelj, alto; Pro Musica women's choir; Ivan Fischer, Budapest Festival Orchestra. Channel Classics.
To read the review, click here:
https://classicalcandor.blogspot.com/2018/07/mendelssohn-midsummer-nights-dream-sacd.html


Mendelssohn: Violin Concerto
Also, Bruch: Violin Concerto No. 1. Itzhak Perlman, violin; Andre Previn, London Symphony Orchestra. ARC, remastered.
To read the review, click here:
https://classicalcandor.blogspot.com/2018/01/mendelssohn-violin-concerto-xrcd-review.html


Mendelssohn: Symphonies Nos. 3 & 4
Claudio Abbado, London Symphony Orchestra. HDTT, remastered.
To read the review, click here:
https://classicalcandor.blogspot.com/2018/05/mendelssohn-symphonies-nos-3-4-cd-review.html


Robertson: Symphony No. 1
Also, Suite for Orchestra; Variations for Small Orchestra. Anthony Armore, Janacek Philharmonic Orchestra. Navona Records.
To read the review, click here:
https://classicalcandor.blogspot.com/2018/07/robertson-symphony-no-1-cd-review.html


Songs for Strings
Arranged and conducted by Donald Fraser, English Symphony Orchestra, English Chamber Orchestra. Avie Records.
To read the review, click here:
https://classicalcandor.blogspot.com/2018/10/songs-for-strings-cd-review.html


JJP

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John J. Puccio

John J. Puccio

About the Author

Understand, I'm just an everyday guy reacting to something I love. And I've been doing it for a very long time, my appreciation for classical music starting with the musical excerpts on The Big John and Sparkie radio show in the early Fifties and the purchase of my first recording, The 101 Strings Play the Classics, around 1956. In the late Sixties I began teaching high school English and Film Studies as well as becoming interested in hi-fi, my audio ambitions graduating me from a pair of AR-3 speakers to the Fulton J's recommended by The Stereophile's J. Gordon Holt. In the early Seventies, I began writing for a number of audio magazines, including Audio Excellence, Audio Forum, The Boston Audio Society Speaker, The American Record Guide, and from 1976 until 2008, The $ensible Sound, for which I served as Classical Music Editor.

Today, I'm retired from teaching and use a pair of bi-amped VMPS RM40s loudspeakers for my listening. In addition to writing the Classical Candor blog, I served as the Movie Review Editor for the Web site Movie Metropolis (formerly DVDTown) from 1997-2013. Music and movies. Life couldn't be better.

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It is the goal of Classical Candor to promote the enjoyment of classical music. Other forms of music come and go--minuets, waltzes, ragtime, blues, jazz, bebop, country-western, rock-'n'-roll, heavy metal, rap, and the rest--but classical music has been around for hundreds of years and will continue to be around for hundreds more. It's no accident that every major city in the world has one or more symphony orchestras.

When I was young, I heard it said that only intellectuals could appreciate classical music, that it required dedicated concentration to appreciate. Nonsense. I'm no intellectual, and I've always loved classical music. Anyone who's ever seen and enjoyed Disney's Fantasia or a Looney Tunes cartoon playing Rossini's William Tell Overture or Liszt's Hungarian Rhapsody No. 2 can attest to the power and joy of classical music, and that's just about everybody.

So, if Classical Candor can expand one's awareness of classical music and bring more joy to one's life, more power to it. It's done its job.

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