Best Classical 2017

Best Live Concert in 2017:

Jonathan Harvey, complete string quartets (nos 1–4), Arditti String Quartet, Musica Viva, July 2017

Best classical albums released in 2017 (most on Super Audio CD) (in arbitrary order)

Cage—Works for Percussion vol 4 (Mode CD)

“Crazy Girl Crazy”: Berio/Berg/Gershwin—Barbara Hannigan (𝜶 CD)

Shostakovich—Symphony 5, Honeck/Pittsburg SO (Reference SACD)

Debussy—Préludes II, Images I, Vincent Larderet (Ars SACD)

Schoenberg—String Quartets 2 & 4, Gringolts SQ (BIS SACD)

Schoenberg/Hindemith—String Trios, Zimmermann String Trio (BIS SACD)

Ives—Symphonies nos 3 & 4, Orchestral Set no. 2, Davis/Melbourne SO (Chandos SACD)

Brahms—Complete Piano Quartets (Eudora SACD)

Brahms—Complete Piano Trios vol. 2, Wiener Klaviertrio (MDG SACD)

Brahms—String Quintets, WDR SO Chamber Players (Pentatone SACD)

Brahms—Violin + Piano Concertos, Haitink/Zimmermann/Ax (RCO LIVE SACD)

Bruckner—Symphony 3, Nelsons/Gewandhaus (DG CD)

Bruckner—Symphony 4, Thielemann/Dresden Staatskapelle (Profil CD)

Bruckner—Symphony 6, Haitink/Sinfonieorchester des Bayerischen Rundfunk (BR Klassik CD)

Mahler—Symphony 3, Fischer/BFO (Channel SACD)

Mahler—LvdE, Nott/Saccà/Gadd/Bamberg SO (Tudor SACD)

Strauss—Also sprach Zarathustra, Jurowski/RSO Berlin (Pentatone SACD)

Various Composers—Opera Overtures, Intermezzi & Preludes, Chailly/Scala (Decca CD)

Debussy—Pelléas et Mélisande, Rattle/LSO (SACD+Bluray box)

Hans Abrahamsen—String Quartets 1–4, Arditti String Quartet (Winter & Winter CD)

Anton Bruckner—Symphony 3, Thielemann/Dresden Staatskapelle (BD)

Chaya Czernowin—Hidden, Jack Quartet (SACD)

César Franck—String Quartet/Piano Quintet, Quatuor Danel (cd)

Henryk Górecki—Symphony 3; Ewa Izykowska (archive cd)

Allan Pettersson—Symphony 14; Lindberg/Norrköping SO (SACD)


Best Remaster (DSD) of 2017 (best Petrushka recording ever):

Stravinsky—Petrushka* & Pulcinella Suite† etc., Boulez/NY Philharmonic 1971*&1975† (Dutton SACD)

Two excellent discs from 2016, but purchased this year:

Sciarrino—Concerto for Piano & Choir/Violin Concerto, Nott/Widmann/Stefanovich/SO Bayerischer Rundfunk (NEOS SACD)

Bruckner—Symphony 2, Järvi/Frankfurt RSO (RCA Japan SACD)


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