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From Bach to Bryars, the best classical albums of 2016

From Bach to Bryars, the best classical albums of 2016

Here are 10 albums from 2016 that I have returned to again and again, with renewed pleasure each time. May they bring you comparable listening enjoyment this holiday season.

Beethoven: "Missa Solemnis"; Concentus Musicus Wien, Arnold Schoenberg Chorus, Nikolaus Harnoncourt, conductor (Sony Classical): After his retirement last December, Harnoncourt expressed the desire to have this album — derived from concerts and rehearsals in Graz, Austria, in summer 2015 — be his recorded testament. And so it is: A magnificent performance of Beethoven's great mass, filled with joy, wonder, humility and, above all,...

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