Top classical mu­sic CDS of the year

Weekend Argus (Saturday Edition) - - GOODSOUNDS -

art (fea­tur­ing an im­age of a plane fly­ing into the World Trade Cen­ter) over­shad­owed the re­cep­tion of this poignant and beau­ti­ful new piece, which lay­ers taped voices and sound in a mu­si­cal col­lage about the process of re­mem­ber­ing and memo­ri­al­is­ing the at­tacks of Septem­ber 11, 2001. Jef­fer­son Fried­man: Quar­tets. Chiara Quar­tet, Mat­mos – Fried­man, not yet 40, has writ­ten three pieces for the National Sym­phony Or­ches­tra. His sec­ond and third string quar­tets, in­sis­tent and beau­ti­ful, have fi­nally been re­leased on a CD in strong per­for­mances by the Chiara Quar­tet. Charles Ives: Four Sonatas. Hi­lary Hahn, Valentina Lisitsa – Ives’s mu­sic re­mains brac­ing and quirky, like a da­guerreo­type of an Amer­i­can land­scape warped by a fun­house mir­ror. The vi­olin-pi­ano sonatas here get sepia-toned and lyri­cal read­ings from vi­o­lin­ist Hahn and pi­anist Lisitsa. Arvo Part: Pi­ano Mu­sic. Ralph van Raat – Part is beloved for his shim­mer­ing, static com­po­si­tions; but his work for solo pi­ano is nei­ther static nor well- known. Dutch pi­anist Van Raat changes that with a five- decade sur­vey of the Part you didn’t know, from baroque- in­flu­enced sonati­nas of 1959 to an ex­quis­ite tonal minia­ture from 2006, and in­clud­ing a pon­der­ous con­certo led by Joann Fal­letta. – The Washington Post

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