The alternative classical record of the year (and the worst)main
Most critics pick their album of the year from the ones they reviewed over the past 52 weeks. This year, I’ve decided to choose from the ones I haven’t, the ones that for one reason or other failed to make the weekly cut….
Much to discuss before we get there, but here’s the shortlist:
Joyce DiDonato: In Peace and War (Warner) — a signature baroque program from an indispensable singer (no need to review the obvious). (iTunes)
Jerusalem Quartet: Bartók (Harmonia Mundi) — like it says on the tin: the harmonies of the world. (iTunes)
Daniil Trifonov: Transcendental (DG) — the title is no exaggeration. (iTunes)
Anna Netrebko: Verismo (DG) — believe it. (iTunes)
Carolin Widmann: Mendelssohn/Schumann violin concertos (ECM New Series). (iTunes)
And the winner is….
Oh, and the worst of the year….?