My Year-End List (Releases) of 2018




I am still catching up with listening to this year's releases one by one, and besides the list below, there are some more recent discs that I did not have a chance to check out yet but am looking forward to listening to when I have more time next year, then perhaps I may make another list as Part 2. But for now, these fourteen recordings are so far my favorites from this year. I omitted the five releases from my own label elsewhere although all of them are my favorites of the year as well. My personal favorite is MusicAeterna under Teodor Currentzis - Mahler: Symphony No. 6 (Sony Classical). 


(in alphabetical order)

Pierre-Laurent Aimard - Messiaen: Catalogue d’oiseaux, I/42 (PentaTone 5186 670)


Sergei Dogadin / Nikolai Tokarev - Dmitri Shostakovich: Violin Sonata in G Major & 24 Preludes, Op. 34 (Arr. for Violin & Piano) (Naxos 8573753)

English Baroque Soloists & Monteverdi Choir under John Eliot Gardiner - Monteverdi: Il ritorno d'Ulisse in patria (SV 325)

Morgan Evans-Weiler - iterations & environments (rhizome.s #23)

Jürg Frey & Magnus Granberg - Early to Late (at121)

Eva-Maria Houben - Erik Carlson / Greg Stuart – Duos (digital self-release)

Kukuruz Quartet (Philip Bartels: piano, Duri Collenberg: piano, Simone Keller: piano, Lukas Rickli: piano) - Julius Eastman Piano Interpretations (Intakt306)

MusicAeterna under Teodor Currentzis - Mahler: Symphony No. 6 (Sony Classical)

Lance Austin Olsen - Dark Heart (at128)

Michael Pisaro - Étant donnés (gw014)

Teodora Stepančić / Assaf Gidron / Martin Lorenz – Michael Pisaro: Concentric Rings In Magnetic Levitation (Dumpf 10)

John Tilbury / Keith Rowe / Kjell Bjørgeengen - Sissel (SOFA563)

Christian Wolff / Antoine Beuger – Where Are We Going, Today (ERST083)