Saturday, January 30, 2010

Awards 2009: Choral

Bernstein: Mass
Jubilant Sykes, et al.; Baltimore Symphony Orchestra/Marin Alsop

Gramophone Editor's Choice. BBC Music Magazine Choice. International Record Review Outstanding. Classics Today 10/10. MusicWeb Recording of the Month. Fanfare's Raymond Tuttle said "this is a terrific recording, and if it's not on my Want List at the end of the year, it's only because I like to reserve that space for relatively unknown music". Look, the worst review I could find for this one is from Philip Greenfield in ARG, who said "[Marin Alsop] has done her mentor proud... In sum, no one who loves (or even likes) Mass should be without this". No more needs to be said. This is the Recording of the Year.

Leighton: Symphony no.2; Te Deum. BBC National Chorus and Orchestra of Wales/Richard Hickox [Chandos]
Marx: Orchestral songs and choral works. soloists; choirs; BBC Symphony Orchestra/Jiří Bělohlávek [Chandos]
Mendelssohn: Choral works. RIAS Kammerchor/Hans-Christoph Rademann [Harmonia Mundi]
Verdi: Requiem. Harteros; Ganassi; Villazon; Pape; Coro e Orchestra dell'Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia/Antonio Pappano [EMI]

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