The Year in Review (2018)


Recommended Books:
Articles:
Tech and Science
Best films of 2018:
Best jazz albums of 2018:
  1. See http://www.scaruffi.com/ratings/2018.html

Best classical music recordings:
  1. Osvaldo Golijov: Azul - The Knights & Yo-Yo Ma on cello
  2. Johann Sebastian Bach: Goldberg Variations - Beatrice Rana on piano
  3. Anton Bruckner: Symphony No. 9 - Riccardo Muti conducts the Chicago Symphony Orchestra
  4. Antonin Dvorak: Stabat Mater - Jiri Belohlavek conducting the Czech Philharmonic Orchestra and the Prague Philharmonic Choir
  5. Morton Feldman: For Bunita Marcus - Marc-Andre Hamelin on piano
  6. Stephen Hartke: The Ascent of the Equestrian in a Balloon - Gil Rose conducts the Boston Modern Orchestra Project
  7. Kate Soper: Ipsa Dixit (New World)
  8. Gustav Mahler: Symphony No. 3 - Ivan Fisher conducts the Budapest Festival Orchestra, Bavarian Radio Chorus, Cantemus Children’s Choir
  9. The John Adams Edition - Berlin Philharmonic
  10. Olivier Messiaen: Quartet for the End of Time - Martin Frost clarinet; Lucas Debargue piano; Janine Jansen violin; Torleif Thedeen cello
  11. Antonin Dvorak: Quintets op. 81 & 97 - Pavel Haas Quartet
  12. Franz Schubert Piano Sonatas Nos 20 & 21 - Krystian Zimerman on piano
  13. Sergei Rachmaninov: Piano Concerto No. 2 - Krzystof Urbanski conducts the NDR Elbphilharmonie Orchestra & Anna Vinnitskaya on piano
  14. Hans Abrahamsen: Four string quartets - Arditti Quartet
  15. Linda Catlin Smith: Drifter - Her own chamber music
  16. Tigran Mansurian: Requiem - Munich Chamber Orchestra
  17. Prokofiev: Symphony No. 7 - Marin Alsop conducts the Sao Paulo Symphony Orchestra
  18. Alex Mincek: Torrent - Three of his own compositions
  19. George Tsontakis: Anasa, True Colors, Unforgettable - Albany Symphony Orchestra

Heroes of the year:
"The World is a lot Poorer without You": a tribute to the great minds we lost in 2018...

Hardy Fox of the Residents
South African jazz trumpeter Hugh Masekela
Rock singer Mark Smith of the Fall
Jazz composer Muhal Richard Abrams
John Barlow, Internet Pioneer
Pakistani human-rights activist Asma Jahangir
Italian sculptor Mauro Staccioli
Stephen Hawking, one of the greatest physicists
Cecil Taylor, one of the greatest jazz musicians of all times
Japan's anime director Isao Takahata
Tom Rapp, singer-songwriter of the Pearls Before Swine
Czech director Milos Forman
Afghan photographer Shah Marai
Italian director Ermanno Olmi
US novelist Tom Wolfe
US writer Philip Roth
German composer Dieter Schnebel (
Rock drummer Jon Hiseman of Colosseum
Bioartist Louis Bec
Avantgarde composer Glenn Branca
Trinidadian writer VS Naipaul
Playwright Neil Simon
Choreographer Lindsay Kemp
Soul singer Aretha Franklin
Argentinian activist Chicha Mariani
Italian geneticist Luigi Cavalli-Sforza
French singer Charles Aznavour
Chinese novelist Jin Yong
Marvel Comics founder Stan Lee
Jazz saxophonist Hamiet Bluiett
Filmmaker Bernardo Bertolucci
Pakistani poet Fehmida Riaz
Israeli writer Amos Oz
Indian filmmaker Mrinal Sen


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