Monday, 01 December 1997
Each of the past 12 years as I have hosted my national radio series
Audiophile Audtion I have selected about 60 to 65 concert music CDs
which during the year past struck me as combining great music, great
performances and exemplary sonics. These Cds are selected based first
on superior performances and secondly on excellent sonics. With that
said here are the top ten best classical records of 1997.
BACH: Brandenburg Concertos (complete) - Il Giardino Armonico/Giovanni Antonini(Teldec 4509-98442-2, 2 CDs):
The six Brandenburg Concertos were the first major Bach works that I
became familiar with in my youth. The source, as I recall, was a mono
open reel prerecorded tape. I've heard a lot of Brandenburgs since then
and this one is the most exciting, muscular and awake interpretation
around. My previous favorite, and I'm not ditching it, was the one
conducted by composer Benjamin Britten on the London label.