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Arcadi Volodos & Martha Argerich make Iowa Public Radio 'Best of 2017 Classical Music' list

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As you ponder what to give as gifts for the music-lovers in your life, consider the expertise of some Iowa Public Radio music hosts. In this hour of Talk of Iowa, Charity Nebbe hears about the notable releases and recordings of 2017 from the host of IPR's The Folk Tree Karen Impola, as well as classical music host Barney Sherman. Barney's choices include

1. Bach, "Cantata 215," opening chorus – Masaaki Suzuki conducting the Bach Collegium Japan

2. Hector Berlioz, "Les Troyens" – a duet between Dido (sung by Joyce DiDonato) and Anna (Hanna Hipp). John Nelson conducts the Strasbourg Opera

3. Osvaldo Golijov – "Azul" – its final movement, Yrushalem – played by Yo-Yo Ma and the Knights led by Eric Jacobsen

4. Caroline Shaw –"Gustave le Gray"

5. Brahms – "Intermezzo in A Major" from his opus 118 – played by pianist Arcadi Volodos 

6. Ravel – "Piano Concerto in G major" – played by pianist Martha Argerich

7. Jennifer Higdon – All Things Majestic, part 2, "String Lake" – played by the Nashville Symphony Orchestra led by Giancarlo Guerrero

8. Tyshawn Sorey – Verisimilitude, part 5, "Contemplating Tranquility" – played by the composer and his ensemble

9. Telemann – "Concerto for mandolin, hammered dulcimer and harp" finale – played by the Academy of Early Music of Berlin

10. Bach – "Goldberg Variations (no 27)" – played by Beatrice Rana
 

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