As the old year wanes, many of us are subject to bouts of introspection. The several BMInt writers who are not immune to that tendency have each submitted lists of their favorite CDs and concerts of the last season. We thank them for their reflections. More are expected, so check back. Some have chosen to nominate concerts they have reviewed while others have chosen from concerts which they merely attended. During the past 12 months BMInt has published over 600 reviews and articles, so this epistle must needs place a severe test on the memories of the participants. But this exercise also gives us all yet another reminder of how much to be grateful for the musical life of Boston and its environs. We salute all of our players, writers and presenters. And I add my wishes for a Happy New Year to the readers of this site who on a good day number over 5000. The discourses on these pages and their re-postings on Facebook and Twitter speak volumes to the relevance of the art we celebrate.
Boston Baroque’s new 24-7 Internet radio station with live streaming of concerts (hosted on its website, bostonbaroque.org and on TuneInRadio & iHeartRadio) here
Boston Baroque Monteverdi’s Ulisse in Jordan Hall
Odyssey Opera Korngold’s Die Tote Stadt
Seraphim Singers “The Short Twentieth Century: Choral Music from 1914 to 1990”
San Francisco Symphony playing in Boston’s Symphony Hall
Patricia Kopatchinskaja in Violin Concerto No. 2 of Béla Bartók at Discovery Series, Zander, Sanders Theater
BSO with Christoph von Dohnányi in Resurrection Symphony of Gustav Mahler
Takács Quartet in the even-numbered string quartets of Béla Bartók,
London Haydn Quartet with some flawless execution in the HIP style with Erich Hoeprich
A Far Cry in a cunningly devised program with Schnittke’s Monologue Kim Kashkashian
Colin Carr’s masterful set of three Bach cello suites at BoCo
For the best concert I personally took part in: Elijah, in German, with Cantata Singers
Curiously, the studio disc has levels of nuance and shading that I found missing in their recital appearance here
Colin Carr’s 2012 remake of the six Bach cello suites from Wigmore Hall
Jeremy Denk’s 2013 recording of the Goldberg Variations
Sokolov in Amsterdam
WCRB’s BSO Concert Channel: To my ear, it seems that like three-quarters of everything available here from the last year is top-drawer: well-recorded, well-played, most satisfying to reexperience.
Beilman and Kalish. Beethoven piano and violin sonata
Lesser. Bach suites
NEC Philharmonia’s premier of the revised Leon Kirchner Music for Flute and Orchestra, Jordan Hall, November 5.
Soyeon Kate Lee’s piano recital at the Gardner Museum October 14.
Messiaen’s Turangalila Symphonie, Orchestre Nationale de Bordeaux Aquitaine, March 2.