Time for a review of classical CDs that were outstanding in 2009. My lists for the previous years: 2008, (2008 - "Almost") 2007, 2006, 2005, 2004.
# 3 - New Release
Kurtag et al.., Kurtag's Ghosts, Marino Formenti, Kairos 12902
Kurtag et al., Kurtag's Ghosts, Marino Formenti
Marino Formenti dazzles, delights, and confounds with his disc “Kurtag’s Ghosts.” You probably didn’t know that you want Stockhausen by way of Machaut, with miniatures of Boulez, Beethoven, Schubert, and Bartók in the same vicinity. This memorial to György Kurtág—works of his are dominantly woven through the occasionally sparse fabric of the abovementioned and many more composers—might convince you that you do. Formenti’s great skill is making you listen anew and wonder at times where Scarlatti ends and Kurtág begins. Superbly played and even more imaginatively assembled. This is perhaps the only inclusion on my "Best Recordings" list that has somewhat limited appeal, but what a feast to open-minded ears!
# 3 - Reissue
Haydn, Keyboard Sonatas & Andante con variazioni, Alfred Brendel, Decca The Originals
J.Haydn, Keyboard Sonatas Hob.XVI 4, 9, 20, 32, 34, 37, 40, 42, , 48-52, Alfred Brendel