Record Awards of 2020

what a performanceMuch to my surprise and delight, my “What a Performance!” awards of 2019 were a hit with both artists and record companies. As I wrote when I created the list, I think these are better than Grammys because they are not driven by politics, money or insider influence, but come from the heart as the recordings that just created a “Wow!” feeling in me when I heard them.

So here are the winners of 2020:

The Chamber Music of Juha Leinonen

Trojahn’s Great Second String Quartet

New Armenian Chamber Music

Cotik’s Passionate Bach

Sorabji’s Massive “Sequentia Cyclica” Recorded

The SOOON Trio Debuts on Disc

Jason Palmer’s Concert Album

Jon Schapiro Celebrates Kind of Blue at 60

The Return of Meredith Monk

Exploring the Music of Andrzej Karałow

Samaltanos Plays Skalkottas

Bridge Issues New England Trios

Spontini’s “Fernand Cortez” Recorded Complete

Almeida Prado’s Piano Concerti Recorded

Perelman & Shipp—Again!

Álvarez “Reframes” Hölderlin

Michael Thomas’ Event Horizon

Daniel Hersog’s Night Devoid of Stars

Exploring the Music of Rudolf Escher

Fred Randolph Does a Mood Walk

Frieder Berlius’ Great Mendelssohn CD

Potsa Lotsa Plays Silk Songs for Space Dogs

The Music of Dawson and Kay

The “Hero Trio” Debuts on Disc

The Music of Rob Keeley

Emilie Mayer’s Stunning Symphonies

Gritskova Sings Prokofiev

Duo Maiss-You Plays 20th-Century Europeans

Quinsin Nachoff goes “Jazzical”

Benzecry’s Song Cycle & Concerti

New CD by the Paquin-Saiz Vega Duo

Fabrice Bollon’s Compositions

Ivo Perelman With Strings…Again

Saint-Saëns’ Undiscovered Opera

Levental Sings Medtner

Sylvie Courvoisier’s Free Hoops

Rich Halley Inspects The Shape of Things

Dausgaard’s Fantastic Strauss & Scriabin

Czech Musicians Play String Sextets

Tommasini’s Thomson Recordings Reissued

Jackie Yoo Plays Etudes

Noah Preminger’s “Contemptment”

Grażinyté-Tyla’s Stunning Britten Requiem

Hirota Believes That Small is Beautiful

Bill Evans Live at Ronnie Scott’s

Sorabji’s Transcendental Studies Completed

Kinga Augustyn is Turning in Time

Congratulations to all the winners! See you again with awards this time next year!

—© 2020 Lynn René Bayley

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