Here on New Classical Tracks, we love sharing with you the most exciting new recordings every year. And, when you enter our weekly CD giveaways, you show us how excited you are about these recordings, too! With 2018 drawing to a close, we looked back at the past year of New Classical Tracks to uncover your 10 most coveted releases of 2018.
Topping the chart at Nos. 1 and 2, the Danish String Quartet was far and away your favorite artist this year on New Classical Tracks. First place goes to its Grammy-nominated album, Prism I, the first in a series of five albums exploring the connections between Bach and Beethoven's late string quartets. Almost as popular was Last Leaf, the quartet's album inspired by a popular melody written on the last leaf of a 13th-century medieval manuscript. Similar to the Prism project, the album explores the transmission of traditional Nordic melodies in arrangements for string quartet. Together, both albums shed new light on the classics.
Top 10 most coveted releases of 2018
1. Danish String Quartet Prism I (ECM)
2. Danish String Quartet Last Leaf (ECM)
3. Anne Akiko Meyers Mirror in Mirror (Avie)
4. Seraph Brass Asteria (Summit)
5. Francisco Fullana Through the Lens of Time (Orchid Classics)
6. Rachel Barton Pine Blues Dialogues (Cedille)
7. Joshua Bell Scottish Fantasy (Sony Classical)
8. Anne Akiko Meyers Fantasia (Avie)
9. Ronn McFarlane The Celtic Lute (Sono Luminus)
10. Lara Downes For Lenny (Sony Classical)
We can't wait to share even more New Classical Tracks with you every Wednesday in 2019!