My unlikeliest album of the year

My unlikeliest album of the year


norman lebrecht

December 29, 2014

It was not easy in 2014 to pick one album that will last the test of time.

An industry that is in transition from physical product to virtual cannot be expected to match the glories of its heyday and it is generally agreed that the year just ending has not been a golden one for classical records.

Nor was it at all expected that I would pick a work by a composer who has never ranked among my personal immortals.

So it was with a good deal of hat-eating, astonishment, revelation and humility that I let myself be blown away by an epic interpretation and bowed to an inevitable choice as my Album of the Year on

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  • Erwin Poelstra says:

    Well then, after listening to this CD, why not try watching a documentary that is still very much worthwhile:

  • Neil van der Linden says:

    I havent heard this one, but the one conducted by Britten, truly passionate, with a heartrending Peter Pears and Yvonne Minton, cut through the soul fore sure..

  • Hilary says:

    The demise of the recording industry was indeed caused by the transition from physical product to virtual. Other factors have been mentioned (saturation of recordings by Karajan) and are close to irrelevant.
    I offloaded many of my CDs yesterday at Gramex in Waterloo/London.