HP & Polyarts Artists feature in NPR's Best Classical Albums of 2022
HP& Polyarts Artists feature in NPR’s Best Classical Albums of 2022
Congratulations to our artists who have been featured in NPR’s Top 10 Best Classical Albums of 2022. “These albums not only kept me company at home this year, but helped me realize how important our connections are to each other — perhaps more so now than ever. I hope they do the same for you.” You can find the full list of albums here.
Sean Shibe’s second album for Pentatone titled Lost & Found is a beautiful exploration of works solely for electric guitar, featuring repertoire by Hildegard von Bingen, Olivier Messiaen, Moondog, Julius Eastman, Bill Evans, Chick Corea, Meredith Monk, Shiva Feshareki, Oliver Leith and Daniel Kidane. The album has been selected as Classical Album of the Week by The Guardian and Editors’ Pick by NPR All Things Considered.
“Lost & Found is a beguiling album, where music of innocence and experience interlace. And where a masterful, mercurial artist, compels us to question what a “classical guitarist” should sound like in 2022,” Tom Huizenga (NPR All Things Considered).
From Afar by Víkingur Ólafsson is the most personal album to date, offering a window into his musical life story. Recorded on both upright and grand pianos, capturing two distinct sound worlds, the album is dedicated to his musical hero, 96 year-old Hungarian composer and pianist György Kurtág.
Schumann: 6 Studies in Canonic Form, Op. 56 - No. 1, Nicht zu schnell (Grand Piano)
Attacca Quartet joined forces again with composer-performance Caroline Shaw on their second album together, Evergreen, released on Nonesuch in September 2022, with NPR calling this work “a stunning ode to the quartet, as a work born of simple, often naturalist ideas, and as music emanating an unpredictable wildness.”
Evergreen is five original works by Shaw: three pieces written for string quartet—Three Essays, Blueprint, and The Evergreen—and two songs written for string quartet and voice. It also includes an interpretation of a twelfth century French poem, which the Quartet performs with Shaw on vocals. Attacca Quartet’s and Shaw’s first album Orange was awarded the Grammy Award for Best Chamber Music/Small Ensemble in 2020 and has been nominated again for the same award in 2023.
Caroline Shaw & Attacca Quartet - Three Essays: First Essay (Nimrod) (Official Audio)
John Adams’ opera El Niño is featured on Classical singer Julia Bullock’s debut album Walking in the Dark. Bullock is joined by the Philharmonia Orchestra, conducted by Christian Reif for the aria Memorial de Tlatelolco.
Julia Bullock - Memorial de Tlatelolco, from 'El Niño' (Official Audio)
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