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5 Crossover Media titles make New York Times '25 Best Classical Music Recordings of 2017'

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Music writers spend their days guiltily staring down literally dozens of unheard new recordings that pile up as the year goes on, with more coming in each day. So it has been an arduous and frustrating but also inspiring and illuminating exercise to narrow NYTimes favorites down to five each, for a list of 25 gorgeous releases that covers a huge amount of chronological and stylistic ground. 5 Crossover Media recordings made this year's list. They are...

‘CHOPIN EVOCATIONS' Daniil Trifonov, piano; Mahler Chamber Orchestra (Deutsche Grammophon). Do we need another recording of Chopin's piano concertos? Well, we need this one, because Mr. Trifonov plays them magnificently; because of illuminating chamber-orchestra arrangements by Mikhail Pletnev, who conducts; and because of Chopin-inspired works by Grieg, Barber and others that join. ANTHONY TOMMASINI

PHILIP GLASS: Piano Works Vikingur Olafsson (Deutsche Grammophon). Mr. Glass's piano études have been criticized as unmusical, or even boring. But Mr. Olafsson's recording of 10, rich with interpretive depth and surprising turns, is nothing short of eye-opening. J.B.

‘HOMMAGE À BOULEZ' West-Eastern Divan Orchestra; Daniel Barenboim and Pierre Boulez, conductors (Deutsche Grammophon). Boulez, who died in 2016, gets quite the tribute here with more than two hours of music, including "Le Marteau Sans Maître." That score might frighten some young musicians; here, the contralto Hilary Summers and members of the West-Eastern Divan Orchestra are fearless. J.B.

SIBELIUS: Piano Works Leif Ove Andsnes, piano (Sony Classical). Who knew? Sibelius, composer of seven visionary symphonies, wrote a sizable body of piano pieces that remain mostly neglected. The adventurous Mr. Andsnes discovers them on this exquisitely played album of beguiling, lyrical and quirky works. Even those with tame titles like "Impromptu" startle you. A.T.

TCHAIKOVSKY: Symphony No. 6 MusicAeterna; Teodor Currentzis, conductor (Sony Classical). Some listeners might find the approach here overblown. I do not. There is more cultivated Tchaikovsky out there, to be sure, and more precise, too, but none more faithful to his devastating purpose. The climaxes of the first movement feature some of the scariest conducting I have ever heard, the dark night of a soul pushed over the brink. D.A.

‘THE JOHN ADAMS EDITION' Berlin Philharmonic (Berliner Philharmoniker Recordings). This isn't one recording so much as a hefty collection of them from the 2016-17 season, when Mr. Adams was this orchestra's composer in residence (and occasional conductor). Some classic works are represented alongside more recent ones, led by Alan Gilbert, Gustavo Dudamel, Simon Rattle and Kirill Petrenko. JOSHUA BARONE

‘UNBOUND' Jasper String Quartet (Sono Luminus/New Amsterdam). This quartet's taste in repertoire runs toward post-Minimalist composers who work with melody - and an edge. The pop-style rhythmic fury of Judd Greenstein's "Four on the Floor" is exhilarating. Annie Gosfield's "The Blue Horse Walks on the Horizon" shows some of the same dramatic flair as her recent opera for the Los Angeles Philharmonic. S.C.W.

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