Ten discs that made this a great classical year

December 4, 2014 4:00 PM

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Wagner: "Parsifal. Soloists, Metropolitan Opera Orchestra, Chorus and Ballet, Daniele Gatti, conductor (Sony Classical, Blu-ray DVD): The Met could not have launched its Wagner year (2013) any more gloriously than with this musically exemplary, dramatically striking production of the composer's drama song. Set in a post-apocalyptic wasteland, this "Parsifal" boasts a dream cast � including Jonas Kaufmann in the title role, Rene Pape as Gurnemanz and Katarina Dalayman as Kundry � and sumptuous orchestral playing under Gatti's sensitive direction.

Adams: "The Gospel According to the Other Mary." Soloists, Los Angeles Philharmonic, Los Angeles Master Chorale, Gustavo Dudamel, conductor (Deutsche Grammophon, two CDs): John Adams lavished some of his most inspired music into this modern Passion play, which tells the story of Christ's death from ...

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