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    Critic’s picks for top 10 classical performances in 2012


     BSO performances in Symphony Hall: Shostakovich’s Symphony No. 4, led by Vladimir Jurowski; Works by Esa-Pekka Salonen and Stravinsky, led by Salonen; Works by Thomas Adès, Prokofiev, and
    Sibelius, led by Adès.

     BSO at Tanglewood: Stravinsky’s “Symphony of Psalms” and Brahms’s Symphony No. 2, led by Andris Nelsons.


     Opera: Peter Maxwell Davies’s “The Lighthouse,” presented by Boston Lyric Opera.

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     Period instrument performance: Bach’s “St. Matthew Passion,” Handel and Haydn Society, led by Harry Christophers.

     Chamber music: Schumann’s “Kinderszenen” and “Dichterliebe,” with Russell Sherman (piano) and Frank Kelley (tenor), presented by Emmanuel Music.

     New music: Georg Friedrich Haas’s “In Vain,” performed by Sound Icon at the ICA.

     Best new score: John Harbison’s Symphony No. 6, commissioned and premiered by the BSO.


     Best performance by a volunteer ensemble: Britten’s “War
    Requiem,” with the New England Philharmonic and multiple choruses led by Richard Pittman.

     Most exuberantly creative programming: A Far Cry, fall 2012.

     Most worthy retrieval of vanished scores: Leon Kirchner’s “Lily” performed at New England Conservatory’s First Monday series,
    curated by Laurence Lesser; Selections by Harry Partch, performed at a Partch festival cohosted by NEC and Northeastern University.