BEST OF THE YEAR CDs for 1999 - Classical & Jazz
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Here is my 15th annual Best of the Year List, continuing the service first offered in 1985 with the public radio version of AUDIOPHILE AUDITION. As usual, I make no definite claims for this list of nearly 100 CDs. It is predicated on my personal tastes and what was available to me, but also with an emphasis on both the musical and sonic quality of each CD (excepting some of the reissues, for which I thank Gary Lemco for his contributions this year).

- John Sunier


BACH: Concerti & Praeludia for Two Harpsichords - Skip Sempé and Olivier Fortin - Auvidis E 8645

J.S. BACH: Sonatas for Violin and Harpsichord (6) - Mela Tenenbaum, v./Gerald Ranck, h. - ESS.A.Y CD1064/65 (2 CDs)

BELA BARTOK: The 6 String Quartets - The Takacs Quartet London 289 455 297-2 (2 CDs)

BERLIOZ OVERTURES - Les France Juges; Waverley; King Lear; Roman Carnival; Beatrice and Benedict; The Corsair; Benvenuto Cellini - Staatskapelle Dresden/Sir Colin Davis - Red Seal 09026 68790-2

BERNSTEIN: Suite from Candide; Five Songs; Mass: 3 Meditations; Divertimento - Minnesota Orch./Eiji Oue - Reference Recordings HDCD RR-87CD

BIBER: Battalia; LOCKE: The Tempest - Il Giardino Armonico/Giovanni Antonini - Teldec Das Alte Werk 3984

BOCCHERINI: His Complete 28 Symphonies, Op. 10, 12, 21, 35, 37 41 & 42 - Deutsche Kammerakademi Neuss/Johannes Goritzki - CPO 999 401-2 (8 CDs)

BRAHMS; A German Requiem Op. 45 (in English) - Janice Chandler, sop./Nathan Gunn, bar./Mormon Tabernacle Choir/Utah Symphony/Craig Jessop cond. - Telarc CD-80501

CHICK COREA: Spain (for sextet and orchestra); Concerto No. 1 for Piano and Orchestra - Corea, piano/Origin/London Philharmonic/Avishai Cohen, bass/Jeff Ballard, drums/Corea conducting - Sony Classical SK 61799

JOHN CORIGLIANO: The Red Violin - Joshua Bell, v./Philharmonic Orch./Esa-Pekka Salonen cond. - Sony Classical SK 63010

ELGAR: Cello Concerto; Britten: Cello Symphony - Truls Mork, cello/City of Birmingham Symphony/Sir Simon Rattle - Virgin Classics 5 45356-2

HANDEL: The Eight Grand Suites - Blandine Verlet, harpsichord - Auvidis Astree E 8655

HANS WERNER HENZE: Undine Ballet - London Sinfonietta/Peter Donohoe, piano/Oliver Knussen - Deutch Grammophon 453 467-2, (2 CDs)

LEOS JANACEK: String Quartet No. 1, after Tolstoy's "Kreutzer Sonata'; String Quartet No. 2, "Intimate Letters" - Guarnari Quartet - Philips 456 574-2

JON LEIFS: Hekla - also: Iceland Overture; Requiem; Loftr Suite; Reminiscence du Nord; Elegy - Iceland Symphony/Motet Choir/Schola cantorum/En Shao - BIS CD-1030

MAHLER: Symphony No. 7 "Song of the Night" - Atlanta Symphony Orch./Yoel Levi - Telarc CD-80514-A (2 CDs)

MAHLER: Symphony No. 9 - Philharmonia Orchestra/Benjamin Zander - Telarc 3CD-80527

MESSIAEN: Illuminations of the Beyond - Bastille Opera Orchestra/ Myung When Chung - DGG/Musical Heritage Society 515254H

ARVO PAART: Fratres; Tabula Rasa; Symphony No. 3 - Gil Shaham, violin/Adele Anthony (v. I in Tabula Rasa)/Gothenburg Symphony/Neeme Jarvi - DGG 457 647-2

PROKOFIEV: Piano Works Vol. IX - Transcriptions - Frederic Chiu - Harmonia mundi 907195 [Plus entire Prokofeiv cycle by Chiu]

ALEXANDER SCRIABIN: Poem of Ecstasy; Prometheus; Piano Concerto in F sharp minor - Anatol Ugorski, piano/Chicago Symphony/Chicago Symphony Chorus/Pierre Boulez - DGG 289 459 647-2

PHILIP SAINTON: Moby Dick - Complete film score - Moscow Sym. Orch./Wm. T. Stromberg - Marco Polo 8.225050

STRAVINSKY: Orpheus; Danses Concertantes - Orpheus Chamber Orchestra - DGG 459 644-2

STRAVINSKY: Symphony in Three Movements; Symphony in C; Symphony of Psalms - Chicago Symphony Orchestra and Chorus/Sir Georg Solti - Decca 289 458 898-2

JAN DISMAS ZELENKA: Trio Sonatas Nos. 1 thru 6 - Heinz Hofliger & Maurice Bourgue, oboes; Thomas Zehetmair, violin; Klaus Thunemann, bassoon; Klaus Stoll, double-bass; Jonathan Rubin, lute; Christiane Jaccottet, harpsichord - ECM New Series 1671 72 (2 CDs)


THE JOHN ADAMS EARBOX - San Francisco Symphony, Kronos Quartet, Halle Orchestra, London Sinfonietta, Orchestra of St. Luke's, & Adams, synthesizers - Nonesuch Records boxed set (10 CDs)

NEW MUSIC FOR TWO PIANOS - William Bolcom, John Corigliano, Morton Gould, Ned Rorem & Paul Schoenfield - Prize-winning duo-pianists from the Murray Dranoff International Two Piano Competition - Vanguard Classics SVC-106

THE ROMANTIC PIANO CONCERTO, No. 21 - THEODOR KULLAK: Concerto in C Minor; ALEXANDER DREYSCHOCK: Concerto in D Minor - Piers Lane, p./BBC Scottish Symphony Orch./Niklas Willen - Hyperion CDA67086 [Plus entire piano concerto series on Hyperion]

ETERNITY AND A DAY - Film music composed & performed by Eleni Karaindrou - ECM New Series 1692

LE CINEMA - Gidon Kremer, violin/Oleg Maisenberg, piano/Berlin Sym. Orch./Andrey Boreyko - Teldec 0630 17222-2

FIRST GLIMPSES OF SUNLIGHT - Dorian Wind Quintet with Billy Childs, piano, plays: Robert Ward: Raleigh Divertimento; Billy Childs: A Day in the Forest of Dreams; Lee Hoiby: Diversions; David Sampson: Short Stories - Summit DCD 233

ESSENCIA DO BRASIL - Brazilian Guitar Quartet - Delos DE 3245

VOLODOS, piano - works of Liszt, Scriabin, Rachmaninoff and Schumann - Sony Classical SK 60893

MUSIC FOR TWO PIANOS - Andras Schiff & Peter Serkin - Mozart: Fugue in C Minor; Sonata in D Major for Two Pianos; Reger: Variations and Fugue on a Theme of Beethoven; Busoni: Fantasia contrappuntistica - ECM New Series 1676/77 (2 CDs)

DANZÓN - Marquez: Danzon No. 2; Caturla: Three Cuban Dances; Chavez: Republican Overture; Buxtehude-Chavez: Chaconne in e; Fernandez: Batuque; Revueltas: Janitzio; Alvarez: Metro Chabacano; Nobre: Convergencias Simon Bolivar Symphony of Venezuela/Keri-Lynn Wilson - Dorian xCD 90254

MNEMOSYNE - The Hilliard Ensemble and Jan Garbarek, saxophones - ECM New Series 1700/01 (2 CDs)

WIND DANCES - HART: Circus Ring; McTEE: Soundings; HARBISON: Olympic Dances; SCHWANTNER: In Evening's Stillness; SPARKE: Dance Movements - North Texas Wind Symphony/Eugene Corporon - Klavier KCD-11084

THE GREAT PIANISTS OF THE 20TH CENTURY Series on Philips (with contributions from many other labels & Steinway) - the entire series - 100 gorgeous 2-CD volumes; the most ambitious project in record music history!]

MIKLOS ROSZA AT M-G-M - Motion Picture Soundtrack Anthology - Rhino Movie Music/TMC R2 75723 (2 CDs)

BAROQUE INSPIRES THE MOVIES - Various performers - Auvidis AS 129005 (2 CDs)

THE LION' ROAR - CLASSIC MGM FILM SCORES, 1935-1965 - Rhino Movie Music R275701 (2 Cds)

SOLO - Yo-Yo Ma, cello - Works of Mark O'Connor, Bright Sheng, Alexander Tcherepnin, Zoltan Kodaly, David Wilde - Sony Classical SK 64114

DEATH OF AN ANGEL - Piazzolla: Death of an Angel; Fugue & Mystery; Villa-Lobos: Bachiana Brasileiras Nos. 4 & 9; Blauth: Concertino for Oboe & Strings; Ginastera: Pampeana No. 1; Concerto for Strings - Camarata Bariloche/Fernando Hasaj - Dorian DOR-90249

A WINDOW IN TIME - RACHMANINOFF Performs his Solo Piano Works via piano rolls - Telarc CD-80489; A WINDOW IN TIME (2) - RACHMANINOFF Performs BACH, CHOPIN, MENDELSSOHN, PADEREWSKI, SCHUBERT, TCHAIKOVSKY and others via piano rolls - Telarc CD-80491


BEETHOVEN: Symphony No. 3 in E-flat, Op. 55 "Eroica"/Rabaud: La Procession, Nocturne, Op. 6 - Dimitri Mitropoulos conducts New York Philharmonic - Urania URN 22.102 (Distrib. Qualiton)

The Young Celibidache cond. Berlin Philharmonic: Beethoven: Leonore Overture No. 3/Brahms: Symphony No. 4 in E minor, Op. 98 - Tahra TAH 271 (Distrib. Jem Music)

Ernest Levy, Forgotten Genius: Beethoven: "Hammerklavier" Sonata; Sonata No. 32 in C Minor/Liszt: Sonata in B Minor, etc.
Marston 52007-2 2 (Distrib. Harmonia Mundi)

BIZET-SHCHEDRIN: Carmen Ballet; SHOSTAKOVICH: Hamlet Incidental Music; GLAZUNOV: Carnaval Overture - Boston Pops/Arthur Fiedler (1968-69) - High Performance 09026 63308-2

BRAHMS: The Four Symphonies - NBC Symphony Orchestra/Arturo Toscanini - RCA Red Seal 74321 55838 (2 Cds)

BRUCH: Scottish Fantasia - David Oistrakh, violin/London Symphony/Jascha Horenstein; HINDEMITH: Violin Concerto - London Symphony/Paul Hindemith - London/Classic CD CSCD 6337

Bruckner: Symphony No. 5 in B-flat- Sergiu Celibidache/Munich Philharmonic - EMI 7243 5 56691 24 2

CANTELOUBE: Songs of the Auvergne (complete) - Netania Davrath, soprano/Orchestra cond. By Pierre de la Roche - Vanguard Classics SVC 38/39 (2 CDs)

DEBUSSY: La Mer; Nocturnes, Jeux, Afternoon of a Faun; New York Philharmonic/Leonard Bernstein; Sony Classical SMK 60972

ENESCO: Roumanian Rhapsodies/Suites 1-3/Poeme roumain, Op. 1/Symphonie coincertante for Cello and Orchestra, Op. 8 -Lawrence Foster conducts Orchestre Philharmonique de Monte Carlo - Erato 3984-24247-2

FALLA: The Three Cornered Hat (complete ballet); Interlude & Dance from La Vida Breve - Ernest Ansermet/Suisse Romande Orch./Teresa Berganza, mezzo - London/Classic Compact Discs CSCD 6224

MacDOWELL: Symphonic Poems: Song of Roland, Op. 30; Hamlet.Ophelia, Op. 22; Lancelot and Elaine, Op. 25; Lamia, Op. 29 - Karl Krueger conds., Royal Philharmonic - Bridge 9089

MAHLER: Symphony No. 1 in D/Purcell (arr. Barbirolli): Suite for Strings, Woodwind and Horns - Sir John Barbirolli conds. Halle Orchestra - Dutton CDSJB 1015 (Distrib. Harmonia Mundi)

MOZART: Concerto No. 20; Sonata No. 12 in F, K. 332; 2-piano Concerto, K. 385 (with Amparo Iturbi) - Jose Iturbi, p./Rochester Philharmonic - Ivory classics 70908 (Distrib. Allegro)

RACHMANINOFF Plays The Complete Piano Concertos Nos. 1 thru 4 - with the Philadelphia Orchestra/Eugene Ormandy (except Stokowski in No. 2) - Mono-poly G1-2030 (2 Cds)

SILVESTRE REVUELTAS: Centennial Anthology, 15 of his Masterpieces - New Philharmonia/Eduardo Mata; Leopold Stokowski and his Orchestra; London Sinfonietta/David Atherton; Xalapa Sym. Orch./Luis Herrera de la Fuente - Red Seal 9026-63548-2 (2 CDs)

RIMSKY-KORSAKOV: The Tale of the Tsar Saltan; May Night; Russian Easter Overture - Ernest Ansermet/Suisse Romande Orch. - London/Classic Compact Discs CSCD 6012

SCHOENBERG: Quartet No. 2 in F-sharp Minor, Op. 10; Siegmeister: Ozark Set-Dimitri Mitropoulos conds. NBC Symphony, 1945 - Astrid Varnay, soprano - Urania URN 22.110 (Distrib. Qualiton)

SCHUBERT: Arpeggione Sonata/Schumann: 5 Pieces in Folk Style/Debussy: Cello Sonata - Mstislav Rostropovich, cello Benjamin Britten, piano - Decca Legends 1968 289 460 974-2

SCHUMANN: The Complete Piano Works, Vol. VI - Joerg Demus, piano - Nuovo Era 7316 (Distrib. Allegro)

R. STRAUSS: Elektra - R. Resnik, Inge Borkh, Audrey Schuh, Benjamin Rayson, Alan Crofoot - New Orleans Opera Orch. &Chorus - Knud Andersson cond., 1966 - VAI 1170-2 2

VILLA-LOBOS: Instrumental and Orchestral Works - New Philharmonia Orch./Academy of St. Martin/London Philharmonic/Christina Ortiz, piano/John Harle, saxophone/Vladimir Ashkenazy/Neville Marriner/Jesus Lopez Cobos - EMI Classic double forte 72435 72670 2 1 (2 CDs)

WAGNER: Gotterdammerung (Complete) - Astrid Varnay (Brunnhilde); Bernd Aldenhoff (Siegfried); Hermann Uhde (Gunther); Ludwig Weber (Hagen); Elisabeth Hoengen (Waltraute); Elizabeth Schwarzkopf (Woglinde) - Hans Knappertsbusch conducts Bayreuth Festival Chorus and Orchestra - Testament SBT 4175 4

Dutch Masters, Vol. 29: Eduard van Beinum: J.C. BACH: Sinfonias/Mozart: Symphony No. 29 in A, K. 201; Concerto for Flute and Harp, K. 299 - Philips Import 462 525-2

Otto Klemperer, The Unknown Recordings: Liszt/Strauss/Bach/Thomas/Corelli - Los Angeles Philharmonic - Magic Master MM 37069 (Distrib. Allegro)

JAZZ BEST OF THE YEAR 1999 List - John Henry

DAVE DOUGLAS, trumpet - Convergence - Soul Note 121316-2

STEFON HARRIS, vibes - BlackActionFigure - Blue Note 724349954625

THE MODERN JAZZ QUARTET: Concorde - Prestige [Mono] JVCXR 0203-2 [Plus all the old and new JVC xrcd reissues]

BROTHER JACK McDUFF, B-3: Bringin' It Home - Concord Jazz CCD-4855

HERE'S TO BEN - A Vocal Tribute to Ben Webster - Jacintha - Groove Note GRV Gold 2001-2

KEITH JARRETT, solo piano - The Melody At Night, With You - ECM 1675


FRED HERSCH AT JORDAN HALL - Let Yourself Go - Nonesuch 79558-2

LAMBERT, HENDRICKS and BAVAN at Newport '63 - RCA Victor 09026 68731-2

I REMEMBER BILL - A Tribute to Bill Evans - RCA Victor 09026 - 68929-2

THE KENNY DREW JR. TRIO - Winter Flower - Milestone MCD 9289-2

PATRICIA BARBER - Companion - Blue Note 7243 5 22963 2 3

COUNT BASIE MEETS OSCAR PETERSON - The Timekeepers (with Louis Bellson, drums & John Heard, bass - Verve/JVC xrcd2 0206-2 [Plus most all of the JVC xrcd reissues]

JOHN COLTRANE: Black Pearls - with Donald Byrd, trumpet/Red Garland, piano/Paul Chambers, bass/Arthur Taylor, drums - Prestige/JVCXR-0017-2

MONK - Live at the It Club - complete - Columbia/Legacy C2K 65288; MONK ALONE - The complete Columbia Solo Studio Recordings of 1962-68 - Columbia/Legacy C2K 65495

JON FADDIS, trumpet - Remembrances - arranged and conducted by Carlos Franzetti - Chesky JD166

FLORIAN ROSS: Suite for Soprano Sax and String Orchestra - Dave Liebman, soprano sax/Florian Ross, p./Dietmar Fuhr, bass/Jochen Ruckert, drums/Event String Ensemble/Manfred Knaak, conductor - Naxos Jazz 86037-2

HAVANA FLUTE SUMMIT - Jane Bunnett/Orland Valle/Celine Valle/Richard Egues, flutes; Oscar Rodriguez, bass; Hilario Duran, & others - Naxos Jazz 86005-2

JAZZ IN FILM - Terence Blanchard, with Joe Henderson & others - Sony Classical SK 60671

FIRST TIME! THE COUNT MEETS THE DUKE - Basie & Ellington Bands together! - Legacy CK 65571;  SUCH SWEET THUNDER - Duke Ellington Band - Legacy 65568 [And all the rest of the Ellington reissues on Columbia, plus the giant RCA Victor boxed set]

TRIBUTE TO ELLINGTON - Daniel Barenboim, piano and guests Don Byron, clarinet & Dianne Reeves, vocals - Teldec 398425 252-2

STOCKHOLM JAZZORCHESTRA: Tango - conducted & arranged by Carlos Franzetti - DMP CD-525

MOONDOG & THE LONDON SAXOPHONIC: Sax Pax for a Sax - Atlantic 83069-2

THE FAMOUS 1938 CARNEGIE HALL JAZZ CONCERT - Benny Goodman, with Harry James, Count Basie, Teddy Wilson, Gene Krupa, Lionel Hampton, Cootie Williams, Bobby Hackett & others - Columbia Legacy C2K 65143 (2 CDs)

JIM HALL & PAT METHENY - Telarc CD-83442


THE PRESTIGE RECORDS STORY- Boxed Set of 4 CDs - Prestige 4PRCD-4426-2

THE COMPLETE VERVE STUFF SMITH SESSIONS - Mosaic MD4-186 (4 CD boxed set) [Plus most all of the superb Mosaic reissue packages]


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