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Best Music CDs of 2008

The Best Classical Music CDs of 2008


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Invocation à la Nuit: Musica Notturna (CD) ~ Jordi Savall (Condu ... Cover Art
 
Invocation to the Night (CD)
Hesperion XXI, Jordi Savall, Montserrat Figueras, La Cappella Reial de Catalunya
2008-09-09
Alia Vox Spain


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The musical experiment of the year! Jordi Savall, who has forged his trademark performance style through the practice of nighttime recording, leads a list of notable musicians in a series of late-night recordings. Experience some of the most celebrated pieces from the 12th to the 17th centuries, created in the stark and mysteries world of deep night.
 
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Schoenberg Violin Concerto Op.36/Sibelius Violin Concerto Op.47  ... Cover Art
 
Schoenberg Violin Concerto Op.36/Sibelius Violin Concerto Op.47 (CD)
Sibelius, Schoenberg, Hilary Hahn
2008-04-08
DG


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In this interesting and unique pairing, Violinist Hilary Hahn interweaves the familiar sounds of the famous Sibelius violin concerto with the rare violin concerto by Arnold Schoenberg. The results are a triumph!
 
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An American Journey (CD) ~ Eroica Trio (Ensemble) Cover Art
 
An American Journey (CD)
Eroica Trio
2008-10-14
EMI Classics


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The most acclaimed cross-over Classical album of the year, this new recording by the Eroica Trio is the first to feature violinist Susie Park. A beautiful homage to Americana, featuring Classical renditions of Broadway showtunes and American icon, Johnny Cash.
 
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Handel: Organ Concertos, Op. 4 (Hybrid SACD) ~ Richard Egarr (Pe ... Cover Art
 
Handel: Organ Concertos, Op. 4 (CD)
George Frideric Handel, Richard Egarr, Academy of Ancient Music
2008-02-12
Harmonia Mundi


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Egarr presents a rich and vibrant interpretation of Handel's legendary concertos, using Handel's 1730 English edition as the basis for this recording. The orchestra, which Egarr conducts from his keyboard, touches the spirit of Handel's 18th Century London.
 
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In a State of Jazz (CD) ~ Marc-Andr‚ Hamelin (Performer) Cover Art
 
In a State of Jazz (CD)
Friedrich Gulda, Nikolai Kapustin, Alexis Weissenberg, George Antheil, Marc-André Hamelin
2008-05-13
Hyperion


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Fresh off of his triumphant 2007 Haydn Sonatas, Marc-Andre Hamelin's latest recording brings the same sense of balance and elegance to this collection of 20th-century jazz music.
 
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Vivaldi: The Four Seasons (CD) ~ Academy of St. Martin in the F... Cover Art
 
Vivaldi: The Four Seasons (CD)
Joshua Bell
2008-09-02
SONY CLASSICS


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A breathtaking rendition of Vivaldi's "The Four Seasons" performed with perfection by Grammy Award-winning violinist Joshua Bell. Recorded alongside his touring partners, the celebrated musicians of the Academy of St. Martin in the Fields.
 
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Revolutionary [Includes Bonus DVD] (CD) ~ Cameron Carpenter (Per ... Cover Art
 
Revolutionary (CD)
Cameron Carpenter
2008-09-23
Telarc


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"Revolutionary" showcases the talent of organist Cameron Carpenter, an artist who is breaking new ground with each release. For those listeners inspired by the dark, brooding sounds of the organ, this is the definitive recording of 2008.
 
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Stravinsky: Symphony Of Psalms/Symphony In C/Symphony In Three M ... Cover Art
 
Stravinsky: Symphonies (CD)
Sir Simon Rattle
2008-07-08
Warner Classics


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Legendary conductor Simon Rattle leads the Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra in this moving rendition of Stravinsky's smyphonies. The highlight of the recording is Rattle's debut of the "Symphony in C" which the conductor has never performed.
 
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Crystal Tears [CD+DVD] ~ Concerto di Viole Basel (Ensem... Cover Art
 
Crystal Tears [CD+DVD]
Andreas Scholl
2008-06-10
Harmonia Mundi Fr.


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Top Classical music critic Alex Ross' top CD pick of the year comes in a close second for our most beloved classical recordings of 2008. Performer Andreas Scholl is a moving and captivating selection of pieces from Elizabethan and Jacobean England.
 
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Carter: String Quartets Nos. 1 & 5 (CD) ~ Pacifica String Quarte ... Cover Art
 
Carter: String Quartets Nos. 1 & 5 (CD)
Elliott Carter, Pacifica Quartet
2008-01-29
Naxos American Classics


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Released to celebrate the American master Elliott Carter's centenary, this is the first of two discs of the complete String Quartets.
 

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