Monday, January 23, 2012

2011's Great Classical Recordings

If you're a classical music lover, you may be interested in 2011's award winning recordings selected by Gramophone magazine.  Here are the categories and winners with links to the recordings in our collection.

Baroque Instrumental:  CPE Bach Harpsichord Concertos (Andreas Staier, harpsichord)
Baroque Vocal:  Handel's Apollo e Dafne (La Risonanza and Fabio Bonizzoni, harpsichord)
Chamber:  Dvorak's String Quartets, Nos. 12 & 13 (Pavel Haas Quartet)
Choral:  Elgars' The Kingdom (Halle Choir and Orchestra)
Concerto:  Debussy's Fantaisie and Ravel's Piano Concertos (Jean-Efflam Bavouzet, piano)
Contemporary:  Birtwistle's Night's Black Bird (Halle Orchestra)
Early Music:  Striggio's Mass in 40 Parts (I Fagiolini)
Historic:  Mahler's Symphony No. 10 (London Symphony Orchestra)
Instrumental:  Brahms Piano Works (Murray Perahia, piano)
Opera:  Rossini's Ermione (London Philharmonic Orchestra)
Orchestral:  Shostakovich's Symphony No. 10 (Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra)
Recital:  Jonas Kaufmann, Verismo Arias
Solo Vocal:  Britten's Songs and Proverbs of William Blake (Gerald Finley, baritone)

Any of these recordings that are not checked out can be pulled and held for you by calling the Reference Desk at 847-810-4610.  Lake Forest Library cardholders can place a hold in the catalog for any of the recordings that are checked out or can call the Reference Desk to have a hold placed.