When we think of classical musicians, we often think of famous performers who have been household names for decades. Over the past 20 years, though, many gifted and charismatic artists have risen to prominence in their disciplines, and some have even become celebrities outside their field. This list of musicians and albums is by no means exhaustive, but it concentrates on important people to look for in the coming years. They have proven track records, and we think they've got staying power.
 
Adès: The Tempest
Thomas Adès, Composer
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Bach: Brandenburg Concertos
Apollo's Fire, Chamber Orchestra
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Terry Riley: In C
Bang on a Can, Chamber Ensemble
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Face à  Face
Gautier Capuçon, Cellist and Renaud Capuçon, Violinist
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Rite
Gustavo Dudamel, Conductor
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Strange Imaginary Animals

eighth blackbird, Chamber Ensemble
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Paganini: 24 Caprices
Julia Fischer, Violinist
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Youth Without Youth
Osvaldo Golijov, Composer
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Barber & Meyer: Violin Concertos
Hilary Hahn, Violinist
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Monteverdi: L'Orfeo
Emmanuelle Haïm, Opera Conductor
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Vivladi Heroes
Philippe Jaroussky, Countertenor
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Love and Longing
Magdalena Kožená, Mezzo-soprano
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Live in Vienna
Lang Lang, Pianist
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Beethoven: Complete Piano Concertos
Paul Lewis, Pianist
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Opera Arias
Anna Netrebko, Soprano
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Mahler: Symphony No. 2
Jonathan Nott, Conductor
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Elliott Carter: String Quartets Nos. 1 & 5
Pacifica Quartet, String Quartet
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon
Tan Dun, Composer
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Verdi: La Traviata
Rolando Villazón, Tenor