'Tis the season for a year-end list... many year end lists. But between wrapping presents, cooking for family members, and voting for your favorite pieces of music in our 2011 Classical Countdown, who has time to keep up with the onslaught? That's where we come in.
We've scoured the Internet for our favorite critics' end-of-the-year picks, and compiled them below. We were pleasantly surprised to find a minimal amount of overlap in their picks, not to mention a lot of 20th and 21st century music. As many critics acknowledged, these lists never represent all of the worthy music that was released in 2011, but we encourage you to add your favorite recordings or performances from this year in the comments section.
For the full critics' lists, check the links below:
Below are some of the recordings that have stood out across many of the lists: