Okay, so perhaps I exaggerate, but…
You knew I’d weigh in.
The full list of my picks for best classical CDs and downloads of 2011 is below the break.
Sorting through the classical music biz noise on the Internet is not easy, but I do have a few bookmarks — and an e-mail subscription — that are well worth integrating into your routine.
I am not surprised at all to read this. New York City’s Port Authority hub at West 42nd Street does the same thing.
I’d heard rumblings about this recording a few months ago. Andrew Rose makes it official — and issues it! I’m not a huge fan of Toscanini, but this recording is particularly excellent (Carlos Païta is IMNSHO Toscanini’s only competition in this work).
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Go read Steve Smith’s interesting NY Times feature on the Kronos Quartet — an ensemble whose revolutionary programming and concertizing laid much of the groundwork for the “alternative classics” championed by Bang on a Can, Absolut Ensemble and innumerable other adventurous ensembles and series — as they celebrate their 25th anniversary. To be honest, though, the more traditonal but often more daring Arditti Quartet deserves the same amount of ink.
I know, I know — the market for music recordings is in flux if not chaos, and there are growing indications that downloads are finally starting to hit the head of a “tipping point” among the non-teen-and-college-age demographic. And yes, a growing share of my own acquisitions are file downloads. But for the most part I remain an unreconstructed consumer knuckledragger who orders finished product online, bids on scarce audio gratification in disc formaat on eBay, and frequents the handful of well-stocked “record stores” left in Manhattan.
Go read Phillip Lutz’s Sunday New York Times article on the goings on in New London, Connecticut.