Time for a review of classical CDs that were outstanding in 2014 . My lists for the previous years: 2014, 2013, 2012, 2011, (2011 – “Almost”), 2010, (2010 – “Almost”), 2009, (2009 – “Almost”), 2008, (2008 - "Almost") 2007, 2006, 2005, 2004.
# 1 - New Release
Joseph Haydn & Domenico Scarlatti, Keyboard Sonatas - “Chiaro e scuro”, Olivier Cavé (piano), æon
J.Haydn & D.Scarlatti, “Chiaro e scuro”
Charles Burney, the 18th-century musicologist, described the Scarlatti Sonatas (those he knew, at any rate) as “original and happy freaks.” He was on to something. And Haydn is, in any case, the quintessence of the musical smile. There are points where I ceased to notice where Scarlatti ended and Haydn began. If you want a disc that makes you grin from ear to ear like an idiot, this is as good a bet as any, this year, to accomplish the job. The exemplary liner notes deserve a prize, too, establishing the circumstantial but strong evidence for Haydn have been reared on a diet of Scarlatti.
# 1 – Reissue
Anton Bruckner, Symphonies 00-9, Stanislaw Skrowacewski (conductor), Saarbrücken Radio Symphony Orchestra, Oehms
A.Bruckner, Symphonies 00 + 0-9*
S.Skrowacewski / Saarbrücken RSO
Skrowaczewski’s deft hand in anything, really, but especially Bruckner, made this underdog a primary contender for Top-Dog among Bruckner cycles. It is one of the few wholly recommended cycles in the ionarts Bruckner Symphony Survey and features consistently great interpretations, consistently excellent sound, palpable musical enthusiasm, and all 11 (!) of Bruckner’s symphonies to boot, not just 9 or 10 or 7 as most other (excellent and not) cycles do. Snap it up if you like Bruckner and haven’t got it already.
* I now it’s actually “Gr-r-reat!” But I like the alliteration.
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