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.
# 8 - New Release
Titz, String Quartets, vol.2, Hoffmeister Q4t (period instruments) Profil 9046
A.F.Titz, String Quartets in E-flat; in G; in F, and C,
# 8 - Reissue
EMI 20th Century Classics, Various Composers & Artists, EMI
EMI 20th Century Classics ,
Various Composers & Artists
Finally things seem to have changed. The American Classics series is already a step into the right direction, even if the design is still dour. With the 20th Century Classics series, now, EMI has got it right. About two dozen releases have come out in two batches so far, from Ravel to Henze, from Resphigi to Stockhausen. All contain two CDs with well selected complete works, presented with a fair booklet and with a remarkably well thought-through, appealing design. EMI and Virgin don’t always recycle their most prominent recordings when they can chose from more than one, but just as often they do… or else dig up a much welcome rarity. Like Rafael Kubelik’s Nielsen 5th Symphony. At $12 a pop, they invite the casual as well as the seasoned listener to explore the near and far corners of the richest century in music. At the same time, each issue can stand on its own rather than being a mere collection of highlights. From the earlier batch Schoenberg, Hindemith, and especially Dutilleux are particularly noteworthy; Tavener, Janáček, and Henze stand out among the second lot. Indulge.