■ Strauss’s “Salome” Boston Symphony Orchestra and vocal soloists, conducted by Andris Nelsons.
Frank Martin’s “Le Vin Herbé”
(“The Love Potion”). Boston
■ 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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