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The Year in Arts

Jeremy Eichler’s 2014 classical music picks

Boston Lyric Opera's production of "The Love Potion." Eric Antoniou for Boston Lyric Opera/Eric Antoniou for Boston Lyric Opera © 2014

■  Strauss’s “Salome” Boston Symphony Orchestra and vocal soloists, conducted by Andris Nelsons.

■  Frank Martin’s “Le Vin Herbé” (“The Love Potion”). Boston
Lyric Opera.

■  Erich Korngold’s “Die Tote Stadt” Odyssey Opera.

■  Sir John Stevenson’s “They play’d, in air the trembling music floats” Programmed for the inaugural 1815 performance of the Handel and Haydn Society and reprised by the men of the H&H Chorus at the opening concert of the Society’s bicentennial season. Conducted by Harry Christophers.

■  Georg Friedrich Haas’s Quartet No. 3, “In iij. Noct.” Performed in complete darkness by Lili Sarayrah and Lauren Cauley (violins), Alexina Hawkins (viola), and Lauren Radnofsky (cello). Bang on a Can Summer Music Festival at MASS MoCA.


■  Shostakovich’s complete Preludes and Fugues, Part 1 Alexander Melnikov (piano). Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum.

■  Bartok’s Violin Sonata No. 1 Christian Tetzlaff (violin), Lars Vogt (piano). Celebrity Series.

■  Brahms’s Violin Sonata No. 3 in D minor Stefan Jackiw (violin), Anna Polonsky (piano). Rockport Chamber Music Festival.

■  Jerome Kern’s “All the Things You Are” Leon Fleisher (piano), performed in an unannounced appearance at the season finale of the Yellow Barn Music Festival.

■  Schubert’s “Arpeggione” Sonata Recorded by Lawrence Wolfe (bass), presented by Zhou Hongbin, Shanghai Oriental Art Center (see essay)

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