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Positive Feedback ISSUE 65
january/february 2013


Notes of an Amateur: Top 10 Favorite CD's for 2012
by Bob Neill


Ligeti, String Quartets, Parker Quartet, Naxos 8.57081

Charles Ives, Four Sonatas. Hilliary Hahn, violin. Valentina Lisitsa, piano. DG 477-9435.

Schumann, Davidsbündlertänze, Kinderszenen. Ahu Ziao-Mei, piano. Mirare MR 158.

Benjamin Britten, Serenade for Tenor, Horn, & Strings; Nocturne. Gerald Finzi, Dies Natalis. Mark Padmore, tenor. Britten Symfonia, Jacqueline Shave, Director. Harmonia Mundi HMU 807552.

Shostakovich, Symphony No. 2 'To October.' Symphony No. 15. Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra and Choir, Vasily Petrenko, conductor. Naxos 8.572708.

Gibbons: Motets, Anthems, Fantasias, Academy of Ancient Music & Choir, Richard Egarr, director. Harmonia Mundi HMU 807551.

Guillaume Lekeu. Trio et Quatuor avec Piano. Tri Hochelaga. Teng Li, viola. ATMA Classique. ACD 2651.

Georg Philipp Telemann. Quixote and La Changeante. Fabio Biondi, Europa Galante. Agogique. AG 0005.

François Devienne, Six Trios, Opus 12. Mathieu Lussier, bassoon. Pascale Giguère, violin. Benoît Loiselle, cello. Atma Classique ACD 2583.

Thomas Adès. Seven Days for Piano and Orchestra. Nicolas Hedges, piano. London Sinfonietta, Thomas Adès. Signum SIGCD 277.

Bob Neill, a former equipment reviewer for PF and For the Music and a current music reviewer for PF, is also proprietor of Amherst Audio in Amherst, Massachusetts, which sells equipment from Audio Note, Blue Circle, Crimson Audio, JM Reynaud, and Resolution Audio.