WRCJ Music Director Jim Dantzer writes, “As we reach the end of another year, I’ve compiled a list of some of my favorite recordings that have come into the WRCJ Music Library this year. This is not necessarily a “best of…” list. We receive many great recordings every year, and it’s difficult to discern what are “the best of the best.” My list is a grab bag of a few of the recordings this year that grabbed my attention. Hopefully, you will find something that piques your interest.”
1. Tonu Korvits – Moorland Elegies, Estonian Philharmonic Chamber Choir and Tallinn Chamber Orchestra, Risto Joost, cond. (Ondine) – Estonian composer Korvits’ setting of Emily Bronte poems for chorus and string orchestra. A major achievement.
3. Jorge Calandrelli, Daniel Freiberg, Jeff Beal – Symphonic Jazz with Andy Miles, WDR Funkhausorchester, Andy Miles (clarinet), Wayne Marshall and Rasmus Baumann, cond. (CPO) – Nice hybrid of classical and jazz on these contemporary pieces for clarinet and orchestra. Andy Miles plays his heart out.
8. Aaron Copland – Symphony No. 3 – Detroit Symphony Orchestra, Leonard Slatkin, cond. (Naxos) – The Detroit Symphony Orchestra tackles Copland’s monumental Symphony No. 3 in its first edition. Also included are the 3 Latin American Sketches.