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After an astounding year, the LAPhil deserves a top 10 list of its own / LATimes

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Now look what the Los Angeles Philharmonic has done. It isn't enough to be America's most important orchestra, a progressive opera company, a leader in enlightened arts administration, a major festival maker, an unbelievably fertile factory for new music, an international trailblazer in community involvement and education. The incurably disruptive L.A. Phil has even gone and upended the year-end 10-best list. I could come up with two dozen L.A. Phil entries alone for 2017, as if nothing else is happening in town and beyond. Well, much else is happening, so the only thing to do is put the L.A. Phil in a category by itself and hand over most of the list to everyone else deserving.

Gustavo Dudamel had an exceptional year leading memorable performances of a range of composers, be it Schoenberg, Wagner, Mozart (a mini-festival devoted to the composer's last year), an unexpectedly relevant cycle of Schubert symphonies as well as a vibrant cycle of Bartók piano concertos with Yuja Wang as soloist. He made appearances at the Hollywood Bowl with ballet star Misty Copeland, legendary Dodgers announcer Vin Scully and Tony Bennett. He conducted a Sondheim show at the Bowl and headed the CDMX festival of music from Mexico City in Disney Hall.  PHOTO: (Jay L. Clendenin / Los Angeles Times)

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