It's that time of the year to look back and remember all the amazing music releases and concerts that we have experienced.
Clare Martin is a relatively new member of the Radio 13 family and she brings a brilliant knowledge of Opera and Classical Music to the writing team.
Here are Clare's picks for 2018!
Top 3 Favourite Albums in 2018:
The astonishing Cécile McLorin Salvant holding the jazz corner better than anyone else in 2018 with her new album The Window (Mack Avenue Records)
And Anna Calvi whipping out an album after a four year hiatus with such originality and a raw almost operatic flare with Hunter (Domino Recording Company)
As for my third, well I have failed to be wowed by a classical music album. Shame on me. Last year 2017 saw an astonishing album by Trio Mediæval and also a goodie from baroque jazz artists L'Arpeggiata. But for my classical album, this year Andrew Bird's cross-over jazz/classical promising pre-release of single Bloodless (Wegawam Music Co.) will have to suffice..
Top 2 Favourite Concerts in 2018:
A life-changing concert on Friday 16 March 2018 "Sleep" was an overnight concert by Max Richter as part of the Auckland International Arts Festival 2018. This is what I wrote about it at the time:
"The sublime alpha waves of Max Richter. Drifting in and out of consciousness over an 8 hour 'sleep', the borders of sleep and wakefulness blurred. Then the apotheosis between 6am and 7am finish as the strings and clear high voice and Richter's imploding piano bass notes roused the audience of 400 to full daylight. As the dawn faded over the harbour we emerged reluctantly from our reverence into day. Maybe reality will never be the same again. What a night."