BEST OF THE YEAR CDs - 1998 Back to Archives Index

This is the 14th annual Best of the Year List I have assembled, continuing the practice started at the beginning of the 13+ year stretch of AUDIOPHILE AUDITION broadcasts. Many of these CDs will be reviewed here during the coming months and RealAudio clips from some of them will be heard at this site. As before, I make no definite claims for this list. It is predicated on my personal tastes, what is available to me, special interests of the moment (seems to be guitar this year) - but always with an equal emphasis on both the music and the sonic quality of each particular CD. As with audio components, Let Your Ears be Your Guide in these or any additions to your collection!
- John Sunier


ALBENIZ: Iberia, complete - Cincinnati Sym./Jesus Lopez-Cobos (Telarc 2CD 80470)

ALKAN: Piano Concerto; Concerti de camera 1-3 - Feofanov,p./Razumovsky Symphony/Robert Stankovsky (Naxos 8.553702)

DAVID AMRAM: Triple Concerto for woodwinds, brass, jazz quintet and orchestra - Amram Q./Rochester Philharmonic/David Zinman (Flying Fish CD FF 751)

BACH: The Cello Suites - Yo-Yo Ma, cello (Sony Classical S2K 63203 [2])

BACH: The Art of Fugue - Keller Quartet (ECM New Series 1652 457 849-2)

BACH: The Goldberg Variations - Kurt Rodarmer, guitar (Sony Classical SK 60257)

BACH: Complete Sonatas & Partitas - Paul Galbraith, guitar (Delos DE 3232 [2])

H. BAUMANN: Alice in Wonderland ballet music - Hanover Radio Philharmonic/Herbert Baumann (Thorofon CTH 2360)

BEETHOVEN: Sym. No. 5; BRAHMS: Sym. No. 1 - Orch.. Cond. By Gunther Schuller (GM Recordings GM2051CD)

AMY BEACH: Fire-Flies - Solo Piano Music - Joanne Polk, p. (Arabesque Z6721)

BIBER: Sonatae - Tam Aris Quam Aulis Servientes (Sonatas both for the altar and for the table)- Rare Fruites Council Ens./Manfredo Kraemer (Auvis E 8630)

JOHN CAGE: Sonatas and Interludes - Aleck Karis, prepared piano (Bridge 9081A/B)

CHAUSSON: Poeme, Piano Trio in g, Andante & Allegro, Piece Op. 39 - Graffin/Devoyon/Neidich/Hoffman/Chilingirian Quartet - Hyperion CDA67028)

E.F. DALL'ABACO: Concerti - Concerto Colgne (Teldec 3984-22166-2)

PETER MAXWELL DAVIES: Mavis in Las Vegas and other works - BBC Philharmonic/Scottish Ch. Orch./Royal Philharmonic/Davies (Collins 15242)

DVORAK: Piano Trio "Dumky;" SHOSTAKOVICH: Piano Trio No. 2 - Eroica Trio (EMI 7243 56673-2)

ELGAR-PAYNE: Symphony No. 3 - BBC Sym. Orch./Andrew Davis (NMC D053)

BRIAN ENO: Music for Airports - Bang on a Can All-Stars Ens. (Point Music 314 536 847-2)

FALLA: Suites and Dances - The Schirmer Ens./Brett Kelly (Naxos 8.554366)

ELLIOT GOLDENTHAL: Othello, suite from the ballet - San Francisco Ballet Orch./Emil de Cou (Varese Sarabande VSD-5942)

DOHNANYI: Symphony No. 1 in d - London Philaharmonic Orch./Leon Botstein (Telarc CD-80511)

JACQUES DUPHLY: Harpsichord Music - Katherine Roberts Perl, hpch. (Dorian DOR-93169)

GEMINIANI: Concerti Grossi Vol. 2 - Capella Istropolitana/Jaroslav Krecek (Naxos 8.553020)

HANDEL: Concerti Grossi Op. 6 (complete) - The Academy of Ancient Music/Andrew Manze (Harmonia Mundi HMU 907228.29 [2])

VAGN HOLMBOE: Four Symphonic Metamorphoses - Aalborg Sym. Orch./Owain Arwel Hughes (BIS CD-852)

HOVHANESS: "Celestial Fantasy" (various works) - Slovak Radio Sym., Bratislava/Kerry Stratton (Dorian DOR-93166)

KAMRAN INCE: Arches; Fall of Constantinople; Remembering Lycia - Alan Feinberg, piano/Albany Sym./David Alan Miller (Argo 289 455 151-2)

KORNGOLD: The Sea Hawk; Symphony in F-Sharp - Oregon Sym./James DePreist (Delos DE 3234)

KORNGOLD: Suite for 2 Violins, Cello and Piano Left Hand; SCHMIDT: Quintet in G - Leon Fleisher, p./Silverstein & Smirnoff,v./Tree,viola/Ma, cello (Sony Classical SK 48253)

LECUONA: The Complete Piano Music, Vol. 4 - Thomas Tirino, p. (BIS CD-874)

LOWELL LIEBERMANN: Concertos for Piccolo/Flute & Harp/Flute - James Galway, fl./Hyun-Sun Na, harp/London Mozart Players/Lowell Liebermann (RCA Red Seal 9026 63235-2)

GYORGY LIGETI: Keyboard Works for Piano, Two Pianos, Piano 4 Hands, Harpsichord, Organ - Chojnacka/Szathmary//Kataeva/Aimard (Sony Classical 7464 62307-2)

MacKENZIE: Scottish Concerto; TOVEY: Piano Concerto in A - Steven Osborne, p./BBC Scottish Sym./Martyn Brabbins (Hyperion CDA67023)

MARTIN: Mass; PIZZETTI: Requiem - Choir of Westminster Cathedral/James O'Donnell (Hyperion CDA67017)

MEDTNER: The Complete Piano Sonatas - Marc-Andre Hamelin, p. (Hyperion CDA67221/4 [4])

MOMPOU: Cancons i danses; Charmes; Scenes d'enfants - Jordi Maso, p. (Naxos 8.554332)

ROBERT MUCZYNSKI: Complete Works for Flute - Hawley & Rampal, fl./Stanford Woodwind Q./Muczynski, p. (American Classics Series - Naxos 8.559001)

NADERMAN: Seven Sonatas for Harp - Annie Challan, harp (Arion ARN 553943)

WILHELM PETERSON-BERGER: Symphony No. 1; Suite "Last Summer" - Radio Sym. Orch. Of the Saar/Michail Jurowski (CPO 999 561-2)

PIAZZOLLA: Piazzolla & Cello Passion - Eckart Runge, c./Jacques Ammon, piano (Ars Musici AM 1244-2)

Works of PUCCINI, PONCHIELLI & CATALANI for Orchestra - Filarmonica Della Scala/Riccardo Muti (Sony Classical SK 63025)

RACHMANINOFF: "A Window in Time" (Piano rolls cut by Rachmaninoff reproduced with a new digital process) (Telarc CD-80489)

RAVEL-MIOLIN: Arrangements for Ten-String and Alto Guitars - Anders Miolin, g. (BIS CD-886)

ROTA: Symphonies Nos. 1 & 2 - Norrkoping Sym. Orch./Ole Kristian Ruud (BIS CD-970)

JOHN RUTTER: Requiem & other choral works - Choir of King's College, Cambridge/City of London Sinfonia/The Wallace Collection/Stephen Cleobury (EMI 56605 2 7)

ANTHONY LOUIS SCARMOLIN: Orchestral Works - Janacek Philharmonic Orch./Slovak Radio Sym./Joel Eric Suben (Naxos American Classics Series 8.559012)

SHOSTAKOVICH: String Quartets Nos. 3, 7, 8 - The Yggdrasil Quartet (BIS CD 913)

SCHUBERT: Symphonies: The Great and Unfinished - Scottish Chamber Orch./Sir Charles Mackerras (Telarc CD-80502)

SCHUBERT-LISZT: Lieder Transcriptions - Frederic Chiu, piano (Harmonia mundi 907239)

SCHUBERT: Octet - Berlin Philharmonic Octet (Nimbus NI 5577)

LEO SOWERBY; Symphony No. 2; Concert Overture; Passacaglia, Interlude & Fugue; All On a Summer's Day - Czech National Sym./Chicago Sinfonietta/Paul Freeman (Cedille CDR 90000 039)

JOHN TAVENER: The Protecting Veil for cello and string orchestra; Wake Up and Die - Yo-Yo Ma, c./Baltimore Sym. Orch./David Zinman (Sony Classical SK 62821)

TCHAIKOVSKY: The Seasons; BALAKIREV: Islamey - Yefim Bronfman, piano (Sony Classical SK 60689)

TORU TAKEMITSU: From me flows what you call Time; Twill by Twilight; Requiem - Nexus/Pacfic Sym. Orch./Carl St. Clair (Sony Classical SK 63044)

TELEMANN & BACH: Trio Sonatas for Two Flutes - Julius Backer & Bradley Garner, flutes (LaserLight 14387)

VIVALDI: Concert for the Prince of Poland - The Academy of Ancient Music/Andrew Manze (Harmonia mundi 907230)

ZEMLINSKY: Symphonies Nos. 1 & 2 - Gurzenich Orch. Kolner Philharmonic/James Conlon (EMI 5 56473 2 0)



DANZON: Works of Revueltas, Marquez, Alvarez, Nobre & Chavez - Simon Bolivar Sym. Orch. of Venezuela/Keri-Lynn Wilson (Dorian CD-90254)

DEATH OF AN ANGEL: Works of Ginastera, Piazzolla, Villa-Lobos, Blauth - Camerata Bariloche Ch. Orch. Of Argentina/Fernando Hasaj (Dorian COR 90249)

THE FRENCH TRUMPET:Works of Honegger, Tomasi, Bacri, Charlier, Schmitt, Enesco, Delerue - Eric Aubier, trp./Orch. De Bretagne/Francois-Xavier Bilger (Pierre Verany PV798011)

LA FOLIA: Variations on a theme by: Corelli, Marias, Scarlatti, Vivaldi, CPE Bach & Geminiani - The Purcell Quartet/The Purcell Band/Robert Woolley, harpsichord (Hyperion CDA67035)

LATIN CELLO: Works of Gade, Jobim, Piazzolla, Bonfa, Bernstein, etc. - The London Cello Sound/Geoffrey Simon (Cala CACD0109)

L.A.G.Q.: Los Angeles Guitar Quartet with percussion, flute, shahkuhachi, clarinet, pan flutes (Sony Classical ASK 60274)

MEPHISTO & CO.: Works of Liszt, Mussorgsky, Liadov, Franck, Dukas, St. Saens, Arnold & J. Strauss - Minnesota Orch./Eiji Oue (Reference Recordings RR-82CD)

NEW WORLD JAZZ: Works of John Adams, Gershwin, Bernstein, Milhaud, Stravinsky, Hindemith, Antheil and Raksin - New World Symphony/Michael Tilson Thomas (RCA Red Seal 68798-2)

CHRISTOPHER PARKENING CELEBRATES SEGOVIA: Works of Albeniz, Granados, Ponce, Tarrega, Sor, Villa-Lobos and Bach - Parkening, guitar [+ 10-min. Video on Enhanced CD] (Angel 72435 56730 0 8)

PIANO TRANSCRIPTIONS: Works of Bizet, Rachmaninoff, Liszt, Schubert, Rimsky-Korsakov, Prokofiev, Tchaikovsky, Bach, Mozart - Arcadi Volodos, p. (Sony Classical SK 62691)

STOCKHOLM GUITAR TRIO: Works of Albeniz, Granados, Ravel & Peterson Berger (Opus 3 CD 19701)



BARTOK: Concerto for Orchestra; Music for Strings, Percussion and Celesta - New York Philharmonic/Leonard Bernstein (Sony Classical SMK 60730, and most of the rest of the "Bernstein Century" Series)

BEETHOVEN & MENDELSSOHN Violin Concertos - Jascha Heifetz,v./Boston Sym. Orch./Charles Munch (Living Stereo 09026-68980-2, and most of the Living Stereo series)

BEETHOVEN: The Nine Symphonies - NBC Sym. Orch./Toscanini (RCA Red Seal 74321 55835/6/7 (5 CDs)

BERWALD: Piano Concerto; Piano Pieces - Greta Erikson, p./SRP/Stig Westerberg (Genesis GCD 111)

BRUCH: The Complete Symphonies - Leipzig Gewandhaus Orch./Kurt Masur (Philips Duo 289 462 164-2)

DELIUS: Brigg Fair; On Hearing the First Cuckoo; Dances Rhapsodies 1 & 2, etc. - Royal Philharmonic/Sir Thomas Beecham (Dutton Labs CDLX 7028)

HINDEMITH: Sym. Metamorphosis; KODALY: Peacock Variations; BARTOK: Miraculous Mandarin Suite - Chicago Sym. Orch./Rafael Kubelik (Mercury Living Presence 289 434 397-2, and most of the rest of the Living Presence Series)

MOZART: Solo Keyboard Works (The 1954 Haydn Society Recordings) - Lili Kraus, piano (Music & Arts CD-1001 - 5 Cds)

The HARRY PARTCH Collection, Volumes 1 - 4 (CRI 751, 752, 753, 754)

RIMSKY-KORSAKOV: Antar; IPPOLITOV-IVANOV: Caucasian Sketches - Utah Sym./Maurice Abravanel (Vanguard Classics SVC-8, and most of this series)

RUBINSTEIN: The Complete Piano Sonatas - Leslie Howard (Hyperion dyad CDD22007)

SCHOENBERG: Pelleas and Melisande for Orch.; SCRIABIN: Prometheus - Philharmonic-Symphony/Dimitri Mitropoulos (Music & Arts CD-967)

SCRIABIN: Piano Music - John Ogdon, p. (EMI Double Fforte 7243 5 72652 2 5)

SIBELIUS: Complete Tone Poems, Vol. 1 & 2 - London Philharmonic/Sir Adrian Boult (Omega Classics OCD 1027 & 1028)

STRAVINSKY Conducts Stravinsky: The Fairy's Kiss; Symphony in C; Pulcinella; The Soldier's Story; Octet for Winds - (Sony Masterworks Heritage MH2K 63325)

VERDI: Requiem; Opera Overtures and Choruses - solosits/Orch. & Chorus of the Rome Opera House/Orch. & Chorus of La Scala, Milan/Tullio Serafin (Testament SBT 2140 [2])



Manny Albam - with Phil Woods, Hank Jones, Freddie Hubard etc.: Sketches of Jazz, Music from the Book of Life (Laserlight 17182)

John Basile Quartet: The Desmond Project (Chesky JD156)

Bill Berry & His Ellington All-Stars: For Duke / Earl Fatha Hines: Fatha (M&K Gold CD RT-5001)

Sidney Bechet: High Society (Traditional Line TL 1336)

Richie Buckley: Soundtrack from The General (Milan 35863-2)

Ron Carter Trio: So What (Blue Note CDP 724349497627)

Chick Corea: Remembering Bud Powell (Stretch SCD9012-2)

TakeDake with Neptune: Asian Roots (Denon CY-18072)

Miles Davis Nonet: The Complete Birth of the Cool (Capitol Jazz CDP 724349455023)

A Tribute to Miles Davis: Endless Miles (N2K Encoded Music 10027)

Bill Evans: Piano Player (Columbia Legacy CK 65361)

John Faddis, trumpet: Remembrances (Chesky JD166)

Corky Hall, harp/vibes/keyboards: Corky (GNP Crescendo 2254)

Chico Hamilton Quintet: The Complete Pacific Jazz Recordings (Mosaic MD6-175, and most of the rest of the Mosaic reissues!)

Dick Hyman, piano solo: In Recital (Reference Recordings RR-84CD)

Roger Kellaway, solo piano: Live at the Vineyard (Challenge Records CHR 70042)

Donny McCaslin: Exile and Discovery (Naxos Jazz 86014-2)

Brad Mehldau: The Art of the Trio Vol. Two (Warner Bros. 46848-2)

Thelonious Monk: Live at the It Club (Columbia Legacy C2K 65288)

T. Monk: The Complete Columbia Solo Studio Recordings - Monk Alone (Columbia Legacy C2K 65495)

Monterey Jazz Festival - 40 Legendary Years (Malpaso/Warner Bros. 9 46703-2 [3])

Gerry Mulligan: Mullenium (Columbia Legacy CK 65678)

Charlie Parker: Yardbird Suite (Rhino R2 72260 [2])

Marcus Roberts: The Joy of Joplin (Sony Classical SK 60554)

Warren Smith, percussion: Cats Are Stealing My S...! (Mapleshade 05332)

Jacky Terrasson Trio: Alive (Blue Note CDP 7243 85965128)

Billy Taylor, piano: Ten Fingers - One Voice (Arkadia Jazz 71602)

The Modern Jazz Quartet: Concorde (Prestige/JVC XRCD 0203-2, and most of the rest of the jazz XRCD series!)

Bucky and Joh Pizzarelli: Contrasts (Arbors Jazz ARCD 19209)

Django Reinhardt & various: Django with His American Friends (DRG 8493[3])

Don Sebesky: I Remember Bill (Tribute to Bill Evans) (RCA Victor 09026 68929-2)

The Swedish Jazz Kings, with Kenny Davern: Come Love (Opus 3 CD 19703

The West Coast Jazz Box - An Anthology of California Jazz (Contemporary 4CCD-4425-2)

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