Michael Tilson Thomas proves he’s got Alban Berg’s style in his blood; Pablo Heras-Casado’s Mendelssohn symphony cycle continues to be stylish.
Violinist Sebastian Bohren’s album is uneven; violinist Isabelle Faust and pianist Alexander Melnikov have produced a wonder.
I make no claims to have listened to everything released in 2016; here are my picks for the top classical recordings of the year.
For recorded sound, for brilliance of orchestral execution, and for interpretive concept, Janowski is one of the 21st century’s best Wagnerians.
Andris Nelsons drew playing from the BSO that reveled in Alban Berg’s sense of color and musical drama.
Just about anything Isabelle Faust touches these days is gold – she’s one of the finest violinists out there
John Adams’ Absolute Jest is a sheer blast of fun, wildly inventive and, at its best, a vertiginous collage.
Listening to Isabelle Faust’s performance of Schumann’s Violin Concerto I wondered why the piece has remained on the fringes of the repertoire for so long.
A round-up review of new releases from Harmonia Mundi — an invigorating crop of albums.