I’m not entirely sure if Enigma just adds up to the sum of its parts or if it, in fact, exceeds them. Either way, it is music of stirring, striking originality.
Aequa is one of the year’s standout new-music albums. Philip Glass’s Symphony no. 11 suggests that the veteran composer has more than a few tricks left up his sleeve. And Neave Trio’s Celebrating Piazzolla is a thoroughly delightful, engaging album.
Visions Take Flight is one of those rarest of accomplishments: a contemporary music album that’s a sheer joy to listen to, from start to finish. And John Cage on guitar? Why not?
Lorelei Ensemble’s latest recording is awe-inspiring.
Highlights include an excellent Tchaikovsky symphony cycle in modern sound and one of the year’s best chamber-music albums.
Why do such a high number of significant contemporary composers hail from Iceland?
Overall, with Transitions Michael Nicolas proves himself a major cellist of his generation.
Michael Lewin’s new album must surely rank among the most poetic and sensitive Debussy recordings of recent memory.