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Hahn, Netrebko & Schneider make the Winnipeg Free Press 'best of the decade'

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The Winnipeg Free Press' fearless reviewers pick their favourite albums of the decade and 2019

The Thompson Fields, Maria Schneider (2017) - Schneider is not only at the top of the large ensemble world, she has inspired other bands to pull the whole genre ahead.

Anna Netrebko, Verismo (2016) - After a recording hiatus of three years, Russian powerhouse Anna Netrebko returned with a vengeance in 2016 with a new set of 16 arias by Puccini, Leoncavallo, Ponchielli, Boito, Giordano and Catalani. Hailed as one of her generation's most revered sopranos, Netrebko's dramatic vocals bring full-throttle emotionalism to these "realistic style" works, joined by Accademia di Santa Cecilia Orchestra and Chorus.

In 27 Pieces: The Hilary Hahn Encores (2013) - There are a few extra-special violinists in the world and Hilary Hahn is one of them, known equally for her dazzling bravura as well as her thirst for adventure. This appealing disc features 27 short encore pieces the American-born artist commissioned back in 2013, featuring a trophy case of contemporary composers including David Lang, Jennifer Higdon and Nico Muhly. It also showcases the violinist's versatility, with the wide range of pieces spanning David del Tredici's neo-Romantic Farewell, to Mason Bates' hoedown-inspired Ford's Farm.

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