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WASHINGTON POST: THE 10 BEST CLASSICAL ALBUMS OF 2010

By: Anne Midgette

December 17, 2010

Washington Post (full article here)

The major record labels are struggling notably, and sales are sinking. But this has opened up a path for so many small labels and self-produced discs there's no way to listen to them all. The result might not be making a lot of money, but it's a boon for listeners: There were dozens of worthy contenders for the year's-best title. The following 10 CDs would ease a sojourn on any desert island.

Brooklyn Rider, "Dominant Curve" [In a Circle Records]. Call it alt-classical or simply progressive: This recording illustrates how musicians today move through many stylistic worlds on a single, sensible trip. This crack quartet is composed of alums of the Silk Road Ensemble; their crisp vital reading of the Debussy quartet is at the heart of a recording exploring Eastern influences in music by everyone from the Japan-born Kojiro Umezaki to John Cage.

 

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