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.

The Editors

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