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posted on 10.06.09

This was not an easy task for me. Not at all. I am a person who likes to see the forest but be still aware of as many individual trees as possible… or vice versa. After all, those trees, their individuality, are responsible for the variety and colorfulness of the forest as a whole. After quite a bit of internal self-debate, here are ten handpicked individuals for 2010 in music. (Each name is a link to the official web-site – explore more!).


 



  1. Marin Alsop (conductor). Currently an artistic director of Baltimore Symphony Orchestra, Marin Alsop (a student of Leonard Bernstein) is gaining more and more prominent place on world musical stage. Her interpretations of modern American masters have received high praise from many critics around the globe (the latest: critically acclaimed recording of Bernstein’s ‘Mass’ for Naxos). 

  2. Ruo Huang (composer). Huang is Asian-Ameircan avant-garde composer living in New York. He successfully combines many elements in his music (Chinese traditional folk music, Western avant-garde, rock, and jazz) using his own compositional technique he calls 'dimensionalism'. Huang creates very interesting integrations. The person to keep an eye on in 2010….

  3. Mythos (band): The Canadian duo Bob D'Eith (keyboards) and Paul Schmidt (guitar) create very particular atmospheres similar to yet different from the early “Enigma”. Sometimes all of us need a bit of ethereal and otherworldly music. I have to wonder will Mythos and their style manage to keep my interest in 2010 and not fade away like new Enigma releases did…

  4. Thomas Fey (conductor). Thomas Fey (a student of both Bernstein and Harnoncourt) is founder of Heidelberger Sinfoniker, and is currently working on a new complete cycle of Haydn symphonies with this orchestra for Haenssler Classics. The cycle is about half-done and already has received critical acclaim around the world. It would be interesting to compare Dorati’s and Fisher’s cycles (which are about 25 years apart) with this latest one and see how our understanding of Haydn symphonies changed since 1960s. But what I’ll be particularly keeping an eye on is his Salieri series. I hope volume 2 comes out in 2010…

  5. Harald Weiss (electronic music). Well, Harald is difficult to place in a specific music discipline. He was my big discovery in 2009. I was introduced to his work through “Silent Walls” (‘Stille Mauern’) for string quartet and tape and was captivated. Later I had a chance to hear his music for acoustic film ‘The Other Paradise’ (Das andere Paradies). Makes me wonder what is Weiss going to ‘pen out’ next….

  6. OUR Recordings (label). Here is what you do when you are limited to 10: you jam three together. OUR Recordings is a (relatively) new label behind which are two great musicians: Michala Petri (a world renowned recorder player) and her husband Lars Hannibal (an excellent guitarist). Their expanding catalogue features some of the finest recorder performances. You won’t find here your typical baroque repertoire- there are many surprises (particularly interesting are the collaborations, for example ‘Dialogue – East meets West’). A renaissance of recorder music? We’ll see what 2010 brings…

  7. Jay Greenberg (composer): this 18-year-old has already written 6 symphonies, several concerts (for violin & orchestra, piano trio & orchestra), 17 piano sonatas etc. While his style is far away from mature there is still a possibility that Greenberg develops into a formidable orchestral composer. A modern Mozard or overly popularized guy? We’ll wait for 2010 and judge again…

  8. Valentin Silvestrov (composer) Valentin Silvestrov is from Ukraine and belongs to the generation of Arvo Part (by date of birth not style). But some of his music caught my attention in a past few years, for example, Postludium, Metamusic and Requiem for Larissa… I hope that 2010 will bring more of his music to CDs (a particular hint for ECM label) and concert halls

  9. Rene Eespere (composer). Another ‘discovery’ I made in 2009! Rene Eespere is Estonian composer (despite his French sounding name). His music has strong spiritual and meditative dimensions. His works for solo piano (for example Ritornelli) and concertos (for flute, for violin, for clarinet) have particular feeling of weightlessness and infinite space that I particularly appreciate. Again, like in the case of Silvestrov, I hope that 2010 will bring more of his music to us…

  10. Adele Anthony (violin). Anthony is indeed an excellent musician.  It is a shame that we cannot hear more of her playing. She did a great job with Gil Saham and Neeme Jarvi on DG in Part’s ‘Tabula Rasa’, a recording that brought her to my attention, and more recently with Yuasa on Noaxos in Glass’ violin concerto. Prehaps there will be more Anthony in the musical world in 2010…

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