Favorite Albums of 2018

In the blink of an eye, another year has come and gone. And once again, amidst the good and the bad, the uplifting and the cringy, the triumphs and the tragedies, music remained a remarkable constant—a wellspring of every possible human emotion and a beacon of hope for our crazy world.

Below are ten of my favorite albums that were released in 2018, along with a handful of honorable mentions (since it was difficult to choose only ten!). In no particular order, here they are:

Er-Gene Kahng, Ryan Cockerham & Janáček Philharmonic – Florence Price: Violin Concertos (Albany Records)

“Florence Price” is a name that is slowly gaining some well-deserved recognition in the classical music realm. Just this year, prominent articles from The New York Times, The New Yorkerand NPR highlighted this boundary-breaking African American composer, and the first-ever recording of her two violin concertos was released back in February. Price’s music is gorgeous and immediately accessible—hints of Dvořák and Delius appear here and there, yet it still displays a distinct compositional voice. Here’s hoping that this recording will spark continued recognition for Price’s output in the coming years.


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Jessica Meyer: “Ring Out, Wild Bells”

I realize that my blog has been a bit quiet lately. Grad school work has amped up these past few weeks, so I haven’t had time to write a full-on post, but I do have a few ideas in the pipeline for the coming weeks, once things settle down. Stay tuned…

In the meantime, to usher in the holiday season and the approaching new year, here is a stunning setting of fragments from Alfred Lord Tennyson’s poem “Ring Out, Wild Bells,” composed by Jessica Meyer. It’s performed here by the vocal ensemble Roomful of Teeth in an abandoned water tank in Colorado, which has been converted into a performance space/recording studio. Enjoy!