Time Out NY: Best Classical Albums of 2008

Kayhan Kalhor & Brooklyn Rider , Brooklyn Rider

Kayhan Kalhor and Brooklyn Rider's Silent City was among the top 10 best classical albums of 2008 according to Time Out New York. 

1 Hilary Hahn Schoenberg and Sibelius Violin Concertos (Deutsche Grammophon)
You couldn’t hear Schoenberg’s underappreciated concerto the same way after Hahn offered her passionate take.

2 Bruno Mantovani La Sette Chiese (Kairos)
Susanna Mälkki led the Ensemble Intercontemporain in a dazzling tour of Mantovani’s musical temples.

3 Ursula Oppens Oppens Plays Carter (Cedille)
Pianist Oppens drew on a lifetime of experience and a close connection with Carter for this vivid CD.

4 Johanna Beyer Sticky Melodies (New World)
John McCaughey’s Astra Chamber Music Society rescued the music of this virtually unknown maverick from oblivion.

5 Isabel Bayrakdarian Gomidas Songs (Nonesuch)
This Armenian-Canadian soprano’s homage to the musical hero of her ancestral home was equal parts homework and heart.

6 Harrison Birtwistle The Minotaur (Opus Arte DVD)
The latest opera from England’s modernist master comes to blazing, bloody life in a riveting performance from the premiere run.

7 John Harbison Ulysses (BMOP Sound)
A stellar disc of this epic work inaugurated the Boston Modern Orchestra Project’s invaluable CD label.

8 Leo Ornstein Fantasy and Metaphor (New Albion)
Bay Area pianist Sarah Cahill made an engrossing overview of this American original’s work.

9 Jonas Kaufmann Romantic Arias (Decca)
The virile German tenor issued the year’s most satisfying collection of operatic arias.

10 Kayhan Kalhorand Brooklyn Rider Silent City (World Village)
Call this crossover if you must; you still can’t ignore such deep connections between two potent musical cultures.