Top 10 for '10 (plus four)
After linking so many other peoples' Top-Ten lists in my Grammy post the other day, and after airing my own picks on Soundcheck yesterday, I can finally present my annotated list in the Washington Post: my ten favorite CDs of 2010 (coming to print in Sunday's paper).
I also wanted to include a supplementary greatest-hits list: noteworthy CD releases by local artists. Unfortunately, space constraints prevented this being included in the paper. But here it is:
Adamo, Late Victorians. Sylvia Alimena, Eclipse Chamber Orchestra [Naxos]. Mark Adamo used to write reviews for the Washington Post when he was on his way up to become the acclaimed composer of “Little Women” (out this year on DVD) and other operas. “Late Victorians,” written in 1994 (but revised in 2007), is a moving collage of texts and music about the AIDS crisis.
Monsigny, “Le Déserteur.” Ryan Brown, Opera Lafayette [Naxos]. Opera Lafayette continues its string of Naxos releases with a piece that's a watershed in the development of French opéra-comique, that was the greatest success by this 18th-century composer, that had not been done in this country for a couple of hundred years when Opera Lafayette brought it to DC in 2009, and that is, at the very least, a charming curiosity.
Wachner, Choral Works vol. 1 [Naxos]. The Washington Chorus’s energetic conductor took on yet another job this year, leading music at New York’s Trinity Church. He also released this disk of his own choral music, which is pleasant on the ear, if sometimes anodyne.
Dvorak, Symphonies 7 and 8. Marin Alsop, the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra [Naxos]. The “other” BSO (not Boston!) and Alsop continue their Dvorak symphony cycle with the kind of solid, competent work Alsop has become known for (they also released the 6th, later in the year). Amusingly, this release had competition from a conductor who until this summer was a local rival: Iván Fischer, who ended his principal conductor tenure at the NSO in June, also released a Dvorak 7th this year with the Budapest Festival Orchestra.
Your turn. What CDs did you particularly love this year, and what do you think I left out?
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