We’re as glad as anyone to be plunging into a new year. That said, we’re also proud to have facilitated many great music releases in 2020. We wanted to shout out a few of those releases, which were recognized in multiple year-end lists by a variety of publications.
Featured Image: Liza Stepanova
James Lentini: THROUGH TIME AND PLACE
Selected for Chicago Tribune’s Best Classical Recordings of 2020
“Lentini has gathered several of his major orchestral works in this alluring album, which attests to his expressive range and compositional virtuosity…. It’s easy to get lost in the embrace of these sounds.”
Stuart Weber: PIECES OF ROAD
Selected in Textura’s Top 10 Singles, EP’s, and Cassettes
“With plaintive melodies as the foundation upon which its three parts are built, the title work engages immediately. The release is pitched as ‘a heartfelt, profound homage to the spirit of the American West,’ and PIECES OF ROAD certainly lives up to the billing.”
Liza Stepanova: E PLURIBUS UNUM
Selected for Matthew Gurewitsch’s Year-end Catches of the Day.
“The Frank is dense, rumbling, anarchic; the Auerbach touches the misty chord of a music box or perhaps the Sugar Plum Fairy. Liza Stepanova enters both composers’ worlds as if born to them.”
Thomas Bowes: EUGÈNE YSAŸE: SIX SONATAS FOR SOLO VIOLIN OP 27
Selected for Winnipeg Free Press’ Top 10 Classical Albums of 2020
What They Had to Say:
“English violinist Bowes brings passion and precision to this new recording featuring the Eugène Ysaÿe sonatas that famously tests the mettle of all those who dare tackle their virtuosic demands.”