The best classical CDs of 2011

Limelight critics look back on their top five favourite albums from the year just gone.

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Phillip Scott

BEETHOVEN
Diabelli Variations
Paul Lewis p
Harmonia Mundi HMC902071

A performance to live with.

 

DELIUS
Double Concerto; Violin Concerto; Cello Concerto
Paul Watkins vc; Tasmin Little v; BBC SO/Sir Andrew Davis
Chandos CHSA5094

Lovely music, sensitively done.

 

ECHOES OF PARIS
Music for Violin and Piano by Poulenc, Stravinsky, Debussy and Prokofiev
Augustin Hadelich v; Robert Kulek p
Avie AV2216

An exceptional recital.

 

ACADEMY OF ST MARTIN IN THE FIELDS
20th-Century Collection
Music by Stravinsky, Bartók, Shostakovich, Prokofiev, Walton, Britten, Butterworth, Barber, Ives
ASMF/Neville Marriner
Decca 4782759 (10 CDs)

 

Classic recordings by this great ensemble in their prime. 

FRENCH MUSIC
Works by Berlioz, Gounod, Franck, Bizet, Ravel, Faure, Saint-Saens, Chabrier, Roussel, Ropartz, Honegger, Magnard, Satie, Sauguet, Duruflé et al
Toulouse NO/Plasson
EMI 37CDs 50999-906820-2-5

A comprehensive survey of French music, familiar and unfamiliar.

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