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The 10 best Canadian classical albums of 2015

The 10 best Canadian classical albums of 2015

December 1, 2015
National

"The best part of our job here at CBC Classical is listening to new albums, especially the ones from the Canadian artists we follow year in and year out.

Despite the changing times for the music industry, classical musicians are still committed to making recordings, whether it's to introduce the public to new works, document a particularly memorable performance or add to the existing catalogue. And 2015 has been a good year..."

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"2. Afiara Quartet feat. Skratch Bastid, Spin Cycle (Centrediscs)

It could have been a disaster. When the Afiara Quartet announced their intention to collaborate with a DJ, the more cynical among us might well have run for the hills. These sorts of headline-grabbing genre fusions seem to crash and burn so frequently.

But Spin Cycle proves decisively that these kinds of projects can move beyond mere gimmickry into properly progressive territory.

The success of this album starts with its raw material. The new works that Afiara commissioned for this project — from four emerging Toronto composers — can all stand independently as satisfying pieces of chamber music. But it's the total commitment to that material, from both the Afiara Quartet and DJ Skratch Bastid, that makes Spin Cycle one of the best records of the year. — MP"

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"9. Taktus, Glass Houses for Marimba (Centrediscs)

The percussion duo Taktus wasn't even on our radar until Centrediscs dropped this sonic bomb in July, and now we're superfans.

The album is a loving and accomplished tribute to composer Ann Southam, whose collection of solo piano pieces, Glass Houses, has quickly become a modern classic. Taktus's arrangements for two marimbas — approved by the composer before her death in 2010 — bring the pieces into a new light.

What will Taktus do next? We're dying to find out. — Robert Rowat"

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