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New Classical Tracks: Most coveted releases of 2019

Stephen Cleobury and the Choir of King's College, Cambridge, at the Cathedral of St. Paul. MPR / Nate Ryan
26min 4sec : New Classical Tracks: Stephen Cleobury - Most Coveted 2019

On New Classical Tracks, we love sharing with you the most exciting new recordings every year. And, when you enter our weekly CD giveaways, you show us how excited you are about these recordings, too. Find out which albums made the list of 10 most coveted new releases of 2019.

Topping the chart is the Choir of King's College with The Music of King's, as led by Stephen Cleobury. The recording came out in time for Cleobury's final U.S. tour in the spring, before he retired as the director of the choir in September. He died in November at 70, so the recording turned out be a fitting tribute to his legacy with the college's choral groups.

Top 10 most coveted releases of 2019

1. Choir of King's College, Cambridge/Stephen CleoburyThe Music of King's (King's College)

Choir of King's College CD 'The Music of King's: Choral Favourites From Cambridge.' King's College


2. Morten LauridsenLight Eternal (DG)

Morten Lauridsen: 'Light Eternal' DG


3. Danny ElfmanViolin Concerto 'Eleven Eleven' and Piano Quartet (Sony Classical)

Danny Elfman Brian Averill


4. Kim KashkashianJ.S. Bach: Six Suites for Viola Solo (ECM)

Kim Kashkashian Steve Riskind


5. Lyra BaroqueC.P.E. Bach Concertos (Violetear Records)

Jacques Ogg is the Artistic Director, harpsichordist, and fortepianist for Lyra Baroque. Tomy O'Brien


6. Osmo Vanska, Minnesota Orchestra; soprano Ruby Hughes, mezzo Sasha Cooke and the Minnesota ChoraleMahler: Symphony No. 2: Resurrection (BIS)

Osmo Vanska Lisa-Marie Mazzucco


7. Voces8Enchanted Isle (Decca)

Voces 8's 'The Enchanted Isle' album Voces8


8. Anne-Sophie Mutter/The Recording Arts Orchestra of Los Angeles/John WilliamsAcross the Stars (Deutsche Grammophon)

Anne-Sophie Mutter The Japan Art Association/The Sankei Shimbun


9. John Lunn/Chamber Orchestra of LondonDownton Abbey: Original Motion Picture Soundtrack (Decca)

'Downton Abbey' composer John Lunn Phil Watkins


10. Thibaut GarciaBach Inspirations (Erato)

Thibaut Garcia Luis Castilla