TEN “ARTISTS YOU CAN TRUST” 2017 EDITION
It’s common for review publications, newspapers, and radio stations to come out with “best of” year-end selections, but the big problem with these is that there are always too many recordings to even begin to do justice to the range of options available. Also, we don’t want to limit ourselves to “new releases” when many readers may not even have had a chance yet to listen to the older ones.
So we’ve decided to do it differently. Starting in 2017, we’re taking an artist-based approach, assembling our annual list of ten performers currently active whose body of work sustains the highest level of consistency and musical excellence. Why limit yourself to a single disc? Fill out your collection, or start a new one, secure in the knowledge that with these ClassicsToday.com “Artists You Can Trust,” you basically can’t go wrong. Here they are for 2017, in no particular order.
2017 ARTISTS YOU CAN TRUST (click on a name for review index):
Manfred Honeck, conductor
Joyce DiDonato, mezzo soprano
Nelson Freire, pianist
Marc-André Hamelin, pianist
JoAnn Falletta, conductor
Auryn Quartet, chamber ensemble
Lars Ulrik Mortensen, conduct and baroque keyboard soloist
RIAS Kammerchor, vocal ensemble
Sandrine Piau, soprano
Herbert Blomstedt, conductor