Best classical music albums of 2012
As in the past, my annual classical recording picks are recent compact disc releases I consider important, unusual, extraordinary, or a combination of the above. I make no pretense that my 10 selections are the "best" recordings of 2012, only that they represent some of the recordings that have given me particular pleasure this past year. -- John von Rhein
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Bruckner: Symphony No. 9 (with performing version of the finale). Berlin Philharmonic, Simon Rattle, conductor (EMI)
The Ninth Symphony remained a three-movement torso at Anton Bruckner's death, although he left sufficient sketches to prompt various scholars to attempt a completion of the finale. The "conclusive revised version" of the last movement Rattle and his Berliners present here probably is as close as anyone will ever get to realizing the composer's intentions. It¿s a musical achievement to rank with Deryck Cooke's completion of the Mahler Symphony No. 10, brilliantly performed here.