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December 27   -   The Well-Tempered Ear

Classical music: National Public Radio (NPR) names its Top 10 classical recordings of 2016. The Ear compares it to other lists of the Best of the Year

By Jacob Stockinger Got a Christmas, Hanukkah or Kwanzaa gift card to spend? Want to take advantage of post-holiday and year-end and New Year sales? Here is the list of the Top 10 classic music recordings from National Public Radio (NPR) , which critic Tom Huizenga (below top) wrote for the blog “Deceptive Cadence .” It emphasizes unknown performers – like soprano Barbara Hannigan (below in a photo by Elmer Haas) and contemporary or new music. But it features piano music, orchestra music, chamber music and opera. And it has generous sound samples from the chosen recordings: Here is a link: Over the past month, The Ear has featured several other Best of 2016 lists. So here they are for purposes of comparison and crosschecking. For example, on several lists you will find conductor Daniel Barenboim ‘s recording of the Symphony No. 1 by Edward Elgar and pianist Daniil Trifonov ‘s two-CD recording of the complete piano etudes by Franz Liszt — and justifiably so. (You can hear the trailer for Trifonov’s Liszt etudes in the YouTube video at the bottom.) Here is the post-Thanksgiving guide from The New York Times : Here is a list of nominations for the 2017 Grammy Awards : And here is a link to a list by the critics of The New York Times : Tagged: Arts , Bach , Baroque , Cello , Chamber music , Chanukah , choral music , Christmas , Classical music , Compact Disc , concerto , contemporary , Daniel Barenboim , Daniil Trifonov , Early music , Elgar , end of year , etude , gift , gift card , Grammy , Hanukkah , Holiday , Jacob Stockinger , Kwanzaa , Liszt , Madison , Music , New Music , New Year , NPR , opera , Orchestra , performer , Piano , recording , sale , samples , Sonata , soprano , Thanksgiving , The New York Times , Top 10 , trailer , United States , University of Wisconsin-Madison School of Music , University of Wisconsin–Madison , Viola , Violin , vocal music , Wisconsin

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