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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
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.
Vivaldi: The Four Seasons (CD) ~ Academy of St. Martin in the F... Cover Art
Vivaldi: The Four Seasons (CD)
Joshua Bell

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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.
Revolutionary [Includes Bonus DVD] (CD) ~ Cameron Carpenter (Per ... Cover Art
Revolutionary (CD)
Cameron Carpenter

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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.
An American Journey (CD) ~ Eroica Trio (Ensemble) Cover Art
An American Journey (CD)
Eroica Trio
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.
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

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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.
Stravinsky: Symphony Of Psalms/Symphony In C/Symphony In Three M ... Cover Art
Stravinsky: Symphonies (CD)
Sir Simon Rattle
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.
Crystal Tears [CD+DVD] ~ Concerto di Viole Basel (Ensem... Cover Art
Crystal Tears [CD+DVD]
Andreas Scholl
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.
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

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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!
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
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.
Carter: String Quartets Nos. 1 & 5 (CD) ~ Pacifica String Quarte ... Cover Art
Carter: String Quartets Nos. 1 & 5 (CD)
Elliott Carter, Pacifica Quartet
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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