The 10 best classical albums of 2012

By Ian Dando In Classical

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6th December, 2012
LIGETI: LE GRAND MACABRE, Gran Teatre del Liceu, Barcelona (Arthaus Blu-ray/Triton). No postwar opera equals this 1996 comedy of the absurd by the top dog of yesteryear’s avant-garde. It’s his masterpiece. The overture for 12 car horns and an 18m female nude set its humorous tone. It’s already a classic on opera house circuits and is 2012’s top DVD release. LIGETI, PINTSCHER, CAGE, XENAKIS, Jack Quartet (Wigmore Hall Live/Ondine). Standouts are Ligeti’s Quartet No 2 and Xenakis’s ...

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