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by Seth Colter Walls

April 9, 2014

Top 10 Classical Albums, April 2014

by Seth Colter Walls  |  April 9, 2014

From Mozart to post-minimalism, we've got it all in this month's survey of the finest new classical releases. Nikolaus Harnoncourt conducts Mozart's Haffner symphony (and the March No. 1 in D Major featured in our attached playlist). Elsewhere, under the baton of the late Claudio Abbado (in one of his final concerts), soloist Martha Argerich takes on the composer's Piano Concerto No. 24. These pieces never get old, and each performance of Mozart by musicians residing at this level is worth checking out.

In more modern composing trends, we've got the exciting composing debut of Wilco's drummer, Glenn Kotche, on the Cantaloupe label. (Though it's distributed throughout the album, we've sequenced our mix so that all seven movements of his Anomaly suite run together. Make sure to check that out!) Orchestral pieces by Radiohead's Jonny Greenwood (Suite from There Will Be Blood) and The National's Bryce Dessner ("St. Carolyn By the Sea") join up on another fine new release from Deutsche Grammophon. Digital glitch-and-beat work meets choral and chamber music in an album from composer Mason Bates. Michael Gordon gives us a meditative span of bassoon drone on the album Rushes. And the music of Huang Ruo is played by violinist David Bowlin.

Round it out with the New York Philharmonic playing Gershwin's "An American in Paris," a new take on Thomas Ades' Violin Concerto, and Valentina Lisitsa playing the piano music of Michael Nyman, and you've got yourself more than enough to keep you busy until we see you again in May. Enjoy!

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