Top 10 Albums of 2023 – Gary McBride’s Picks

These ten albums represent composers from across the contemporary classical spectrum, from chamber works of established Dutch master Simeon Ten Holt and French master Éliane Radigue, to a Ugandan woman recording her first album in her home studio (Pö), and everything in between. Norway’s Arctic Philharmonic, VOCES8, and the JACK Quartet highlight modern masters, while some albums feature solo composers, including: Lisa Moore, Meredith Bates, and Kevin Puts.

Artist Album Label
1 Jeroen van Veen Simeon ten Holt: Complete Piano Works Brilliant Classics
2 Cociage Bandcamp
3 Arctic Philharmonic, Eldbjørg Hemsing Arctic
Sony Classical Imp
4 Ji Su Jung, Baltimore Symphony Orchestra, Marin Alsop Kevin Puts: Marimba Concerto, The City & Oboe Concerto No. 2 “Moonlight” Naxos
5 Meredith Bates Tesseract
6 Quatuor Bozzini Éliane Radigue: Occam Delta XV Collection QB
7 Erik Hall Simeon ten Holt: Canto Ostinato Western Vinyl
8 JACK Quartet Brian Baumbusch: Chemistry for Gamelan and String Quartet
New World Records
9 Emma Denton, VOCES8, Christopher Glynn Home
Universal Music Operations Limited
10 Lisa Moore Halcyon Days Cold Blue Music
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