Franz Liszt Schubert 9 Scriabin Timber
Sharon Kam W.F. Bach Donnacha Dennehy Beethoven Sonatas
Each fall, AllMusic's intrepid editors and writers present their picks for the best classical albums, out of the hundreds of CDs they've reviewed over the year, and their lists are as varied as their opinions. For 2011, the choices range from the Baroque sacred music of Jan Dismas Zelenka to Michael Gordon's newly premiered percussion work, Timber, so diversity still reigns supreme in the classical department. But 2011 was also the 200th anniversary of Franz Liszt's birth, so his music was strongly represented in AllMusic's coverage. Click the links below to read the reviews.
Patsy Morita

Jerome Lowenthal, piano - Liszt: Années de pèlerinage; Christmas Tree Suite, Books 2 & 3

Kirill Gerstein, piano - Kirill Gerstein Plays Liszt, Schumann & Knussen

Lars Wouters van den Oudenweijer, clarinet - Brahms, Rheinberger: Sonatas for Clarinet and Piano

Juana Zayas, piano - Soirée Italienne

Julius Drake, piano - Songs Without Words

Sigurd Slåttebrekk, piano - Chasing the Butterfly

Jin Ju, piano - Schumann: Piano Sonata No. 1; Fantasia

Léon Berben, harpsichord - W.F. Bach: Claviermusik, Vol. 1

Christoph Deluze, piano - Kabalevsky: Piano Sonatas Nos. 1-3

Ashley Wass, piano; Tippett Quartet - Bax, Bridge: Piano Quintets
Jim Manheim

Joanna MacGregor, piano - Live in Buenos Aires

Icicle Creek Piano Trio - Haydn, Shostakovich, Turina

Frieder Bernius, conductor - Jan Dismas Zelenka: Missa votiva ZWV 18

Xiayin Wang, piano - Piano Music of Earl Wild

Vienna Piano Trio - Vienna Piano Trio Live!

Sharon Kam, clarinet - Mozart: Clarinet Concerto; Clarinet Quintet

Yevgeny Sudbin, piano - Beethoven: Piano Concertos Nos. 4 & 5

Jean-Efflam Bavouzet, piano - Haydn: Piano Sonatas, Vol. 2

Trio Wanderer - Smetana: Piano Trio; Liszt: Elegies

Matthias Kirschnereit, piano; Szymanowski Quartet - Shostakovich, Weinberg: Piano Quintets
Stephen Eddins

Christina Pluhar, conductor - Monteverdi: Vespro della Beata Vergine

Christophe Rousset, conductor - Jean-Baptiste Lully: Bellérophon

Leonardo García Alarcón, conductor - Purcell: Dido and Aeneas

Antonio Pappano, conductor - Rossini: William Tell

Lorraine Hunt Lieberson, mezzo-soprano - Berlioz: Les Nuits d'été; Handel: Arias

Jeannette Sorrell, conductor - Come to the River: An Early American Gathering

Mark Elder, conductor - Colin Matthews: The Debussy Preludes

NOW Ensemble - Awake

Crash Ensemble - Donnacha Dennehy: Grá agus Bás

Slagwerk Den Haag - Michael Gordon: Timber
V. Vasan

Various Artists - Liszt: Wild and Crazy

Ursula Oppens, piano - Winging It: Piano Music of John Corigliano

Rachel Barton Pine, violin - Capricho Latino

Havana String Quartet - Leo Brouwer: The String Quartets; String Trio

Tami Lee Hughes, violin - Legacy: Violin Music of African-American Composers

Anne-Sophie Mutter, violin - Rihm: Lichtes Spiel; Currier: Time Machines

Kirill Karabits, conductor - Khatchaturian: Spartacus; Gayaneh Highlights

Richard Rosenberg, conductor -- Jazz Nocturne: American Concertos of the Jazz Age

Thomas Hampson, baritone - Mahler: Des Knaben Wunderhorn

Angelika Kirchschlager, mezzo-soprano - Wolf, Strauss: Lieder
Blair Sanderson

Paul Dombrecht, conductor - J.S. Bach: Orchestral Suites

Peter Takacs, piano - Beethoven: Complete Piano Sonatas

Marek Janowski, conductor - Bruckner: Symphony No. 7

Edward Higginbottom, conductor - Haydn: The Creation

Nelson Freire, piano - Liszt: Harmonies du Soir

Pierre-Laurent Aimard, piano - The Liszt Project

David Zinman, conductor - Mahler: Symphonies Nos. 1-10

Heinz Holliger, conductor - Mendelssohn: Symphonies Nos. 3 "The Scottish" & 4 "The Italian"

Carlo Ponti, conductor - Rimsky-Korsakov: Scheherazade; Capriccio espagnol; Neapolitan Song

Philippe Herreweghe, conductor. - Schubert: Symphony No. 9 in C major, "The Great"

Andrew Litton, conductor - Stravinsky: The Rite of Spring; Petrushka (1911)

Maria Lettberg, piano - Scriabin: The Solo Piano Works
Mike Brownell

Julian Steckel, cello - Korngold, Goldschmidt, Bloch: Cello Concertos

Eiichi Chijiiwa, violin - Solo Migration

Quatuor Modigliani - Mendelssohn: String Quartets Nos. 2 & 6

Renaud Capuçon, violin - Beethoven: Complete Sonatas for Violin & Piano

Jamie Walton, cello - Chopin: Cello Sonata; Introduction & Polonaise; Saint-Saëns: Cello Sonata No. 2

New Orford String Quartet - Schubert: Quartet in G major, D. 887; Beethoven: Quartet in F major, Op. 135

Jamie Walton, cello - Walton, Shostakovich: Cello Concertos

Tabea Zimmermann, viola - Brahms, Clarke, Vieuxtemps: Sonatas for Viola & Piano

Dariusz Skoraczewski, cello - Cello Populus

Boris Andrianov, cello - Alone