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Classic FM's presenters have voted for their favourite classical releases of the year. Here's the Top 20.
Presenter's verdict: John Brunning - "One of my favourite Drive Featured Albums of the year - it had us can-canning round the studio.”
Presenter's verdict: Jane Jones - “My sadness at Julian’s retirement from cello playing has been assuaged by this, his conducting debut. Serene and heartwarming.”
Presenter's verdict: Anne-Marie Minhall - “It’s quite risky to take violin favourites and turn them into flute pieces. But Katherine Bryan’s done a splendid job.”
Presenter's verdict: Catherine Bott - “This is so fresh and exciting: the early, Baroque influenced 'Horn Signal’ symphony sounds almost Gothic.”
Presenter's verdict: Aled Jones - “Tchaikovsky’s compatriot Petrenko certainly brings out the orchestra's inner Russian. This is dazzling.”
Presenter's verdict: Jane Jones - “This is big, show-off playing from the man with the biggest hair in classical music! I loved meeting him at Classic FM Live earlier in the year.”
Presenter's verdict: Margherita Taylor - "You can’t get any smoother than eight hours of music designed to accompany an entire night’s sleep.”
Presenter's verdict: Catherine Bott - "This energetic and passionate recording is one that Vasily Petrenko and the Liverpool Phil can be very proud of in their 175th anniversary year."
Presenter's verdict: John Suchet - "The New Year's Day Concert in Vienna is an unmissable tradition and this year's was a particularly good vintage. I can't get enough of it."
Presenter's verdict: Aled Jones - “Kaufmann sings Puccini with all the angst and passion that the music demands. I loved this album.”
Presenter's verdict: Nick Bailey - "I’ve always been a fan of Einaudi but I particularly love these arrangements from one of the best violinists around."
Presenter's verdict: Catherine Bott - "Gardiner knows Bach's music inside out: there's deep understanding in every bar of this uplifting performance. Stunning."
Presenter's verdict: Andrew Collins - "I fell in love with this music while watching the series on TV, then all over again listening to it as a pure audio experience. It works both ways."
Presenter's verdict: John Suchet - "A final recording from this mighty conductor, and there's emotion wrung from every note. Unmissable."
Presenter's verdict: Nick Bailey - "Having spent 10 years in Hong Kong, the Butterfly Lovers’ Violin Concerto brings back many pleasant memories of my time in the Far East."
Presenter's verdict: John Brunning - "On this, his second album, the brilliant young French cellist brought amazing dynamism to some favourite concertos."
Presenter's verdict: Anne-Marie Minhall - "This amazing selection encompasses the brilliance of Grieg's writing and Hough's own mastery of the piano."
Presenter's verdict: John Suchet - "Andsnes' journey began with him hearing Beethoven playing as muzak in a lift - and it culminates with this extraordinary collection. Among the best versions I've ever heard."
Presenter's verdict: Charlotte Green - "Two of the most exciting musicians around produce electrifying performances."
Presenter's verdict: Nick Bailey - "Voces 8 have such a fresh sound and that was reinforced recently when I saw them perform at the Royal Albert Hall at the John Rutter Christmas Concert. This is a brilliant album."