What I listened to in 2022
I am listing only new releases:
Bach, Johann Sebastian, complete Sonatas and Partitas for violin, Fabio Biondi. Perhaps the only recording I like as much as the older (stereo) Milstein performance?
Bach, Johann Sebastian, The Art of Life, Daniil Trifonov, The Art of the Fugue (favorite of Thomas Schelling!) is the main work here. Schelling, by the way, was especially fond of the Grigory Sokolov recording of this work.
van Baerle Trio, Beethoven complete piano trios
Beethoven, Kreuzer sonata for violin and piano, Clara-Jumi Kang and Sunwook Kim
William Byrd, John Bull, The Visionaries of Piano Music, played by Kit Armstrong
Handel, George Frideric, Eight Great Suites and Overtures, by Francesco Corti on harpischord
Matthias Kirschnereit plays Mozart, the complete piano concerti, and two Rondos
Mozart, La flûte enchantée (yes in French), conducted by Hervé Niquet
Shostakovich/Stevenson, mostly Op.87, piano music, by Igor Levit
Szymanowski, Karol, Piano Works, by Krystian Zimerman
By far my biggest discovery was Benjamin Alard playing the complete keyboard works of Bach, mostly on organ and clavichord. These are some of the best recordings of the best music I have heard, ever.
There is much more, but those were the highlights. I listened to plenty of so-called “popular music” too, but I don’t think anything you would need me to tell you about.
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