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The Year in Arts

Jeremy Eichler’s 2014 classical music picks

Boston Lyric Opera's production of "The Love Potion."
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)

Jeremy Eichler can be reached at jeichler@globe.com