Is there such a thing as a 2020 record of the year?main
In a year unlike any other, records returned to the foreground of our lives as broadcasters floundered in the dark. Mostly old records, offering reassurance amid crisis.
Of the new ones, I listened to a lot of new work by living and recent composers
Scanning over 50 Lebrecht Albums of the Week, I believe the following releases stand the test of time in two senses – that they were oddly apt for this extraordinary year and that they can match the very best that the past can offer in flair and invention.
Here’s ten of the best.
3 Christopher Rouse‘s 5th symphony
7 Lutoslawski symphonies
8 Vaughan Williams Pastoral Symphony
9 Daniil Trifonov’s Silver Age
10 Berio’s Coro
Almost a vintage year, in fact.