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Best Classical Music of 2010
(and a little of 2009)

Here is a sample of the best classical music recordings of 2010, as determined by, BBC Music Magazine awards, Gramophone awards and the Grammy Award nominations.  Depending on the award eligibility period, some recordings were released in 2009.  You can find these and other best-of-the-year recordings in the Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh Music Department by clicking on the pictures or titles below.


Handel   Trio Sonatas op. 2 and op. 5
Academyof Ancient Music
Richard Egarr (harpsichord)
Heinrich Schutz  Weihnachtshistorie
Ars Nova Copenhagen
Paul Hillier (conductor)


Ligeti  String Quartets Nos. 1 and 2
Parker Quartet
Quincy Porter  Complete Viola Works
Northwest Sinfonia
John McLaughlin Williams (conductor)
Prokofiev  String Quartets Nos. 1 and 2
Pavel Haas Quartet


Haydn  The Creation
Freiburger Barockorchester
René Jacobs (conductor)
Martin Golgotha
Estonian National Symphony Orchestra
Daniel Reuss (conductor)
The Sixteen  Ceremony and Devotion: Music for the Tudors
Harry Christophers (conductor)
Verdi  Messa da Requiem
Santa Cecilia Chorus and Orchestra
Antonio Pappano (conductor)
Eric Whitacre  Choral Music
Elora Festival Singers
Noel Edison (conductor)


Unsuk Chin  Violin Concerto
Montreal Symphony Orchestra
Viviane Hagner (violin)
Arvo Pärt  Symphony No. 4
Los Angeles Philharmonic
Esa-Pekka Salonen (conductor)
Shchedrin  The Enchanted Wanderer
Orchestra Of The Mariinsky Theatre
Valery Gergiev (conductor)

Early Music

Byrd  Infelix ego – Byrd Edition, Vol. 13
The Cardinall’s Musick
Andrew Carwood (conductor)
John Sheppard  Media Vita
Stile Antico
Stile Antico  Puer Natus Est


Marc-André Hamelin (piano) Etudes
Paganini   24 Caprices
Julia Fischer (violin)
Arcadi Volodos (piano) Volodos in Vienna


Saariaho  L'Amour De Loin
Deutsches Symphonie-Orchester Berlin
Kent Nagano (conductor)
Shostakovich  The Nose
Mariinsky Soloists, Orchestra and Chorus
Valery Gergiev (conductor)
Wagner  Götterdämmerung  
Hallé Orchestra
Sir Mark Elder (conductor)


Dvorák  Symphonic Poems
Czech Philharmonic Orchestra
Sir Charles Mackerras (conductor)
Mahler  Symphony No. 4
Budapest Festival Orchestra
Iván Fischer (conductor)
Salieri  Overtures and Stage Music
Mannheimer Mozartorchester
Thomas Fey (conductor)

Solo Instrumentalist with Orchestra

Alison Balsom  Italian Concertos
Scottish Ensemble
Jonathan Morton (leader)
Elgar  Violin Concerto
Hallé Orchestra
Thomas Zehetmair (violin)
George Gershwin  Gershwin
Arranged by Ferde Grofé
Harmonie Ensemble/New York
Steven Richman (conductor)

Solo Vocal

Elina Garanca (mezzo-soprano)  Habanera
Italian Radio Symphony Orchestra Milan
Karel Mark Chichon (conductor)
Jonas Kaufmann  Opera arias by Mozart, Schubert, Beethoven & Wagner
Mahler Chamber Orchestra
Jonas Kaufmann (tenor)
Rossini  Colbran, the Muse
Santa Cecilia Orchestra
Joyce DiDonato (mezzo soprano)
Schubert  Winterreise
Mark Padmore (tenor)
Paul Lewis (piano)
Vivaldi  Pyrotechnics: Opera Arias
Europa galante
Vivica Genaux (mezzo-soprano)