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amadeus leopold twitter

Unlike the newsfeeds of Facebook and Instagram, the Twitter feed ecosphere is a wild wild west of rambles and practically past the threshold of sortable information.  Even worst for classical music, most of the genre’s related twitter accounts are often … [Read More]

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Saraj Neufeld

Winner: Sarah Neufeld- Hero Brother – Hero Brother (Constellation Records / review)

Runner-up: Yukiko Kojima – Akira Miyoshi: Piano Works (Odradek / review)
Runner-up: Dobrinka Tabakova – String Paths  (ECM Records)  

Fitting that in choosing the album … [Read More]

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nils frahm says

Winner: Nils Frahm – “Says” from the LP Spaces (Erased Tapes / review)

Runner-up: Zola Jesus  – “Fall Back” from the LP Versions (Sacred Bones/ review)
Runner-up: Aya Nishina  – “Flora” from the LP Flora (Tzdanik / review
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mercury classics

Winner: Mercury Classics

Runner-up: Bedroom Community

Its been another trying year for classical music but don’t tell that to the indie and major labels supporting the medium.  From shifting their focus/financial backing to crowdsourced recordings (New Amsterdam), to pushing the … [Read More]

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Dobrinka Tabakoba's string paths

Winner:  Dobrinka Tabakova – String Paths (ECM Records)

Runner-up: Daniel Bjarnason – Over Light Earth (Bedroom Community)

Let’s face it – “contemporary composers” are a dime a dozen nowadays and its becoming increasingly difficult to say which in time will … [Read More]

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ni no kuni music
Winner:  Ni no Kuni, score by Joe Hisaishi and Rei Kondoh, performed by the  Tokyo Philharmonic Orchestra (Wayô Records)
Runner-up: The Last of Us, score by Gustavo Santaolalla (Sony Masterworks)

Videogames have never had a finer year in … [Read More]

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gravity

Winner: Gravity, score by Steven Price  (Water Tower Records)

Runner-up: Mandela: Long Walk To Freedom, score by Alex Heffes (Decca)

Steven Price’s score for Alfonso Cuarón space thrill-a-thon note by note captures the essence of the film’s isolation yet overbearing … [Read More]

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Best of 2013 The Impostor

Winner: Béla Fleck – The Impostor (Concerto for Banjo and Symphony Orchestra)  (Mercury Classics / review)

Runner-up: (tie) Patricia Kopatchinskaja – Bartók/Eötvös/Ligeti Violin Concertos  (Naïve)  /  Alisa Weilerstein – Elgar & Carter: Cello Concertos (Decca)

Choosing the best concerto … [Read More]

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aya nishina

Winner: Aya Nishina – Flora  (Tzadik Records / review)

Runner-up: Christopher Bono – Unity & The Unexcelled Mantra EP (Our Silent Canvas / stream)

Choral music hit some high notes in 2013, heavily crowded with stellar releases all … [Read More]

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Renee Fleming Guilty Pleasures Best of 2013

Winner: Renée Fleming – Guilty Pleasures  (Decca / review)

Runner-up: Jonas Kaufmann – Wagner (Decca / review)

In a year full of Verdi, Wagner, and Britten tributes, many of the stage’s brightest stars either really tanked or exceptionally … [Read More]

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