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Classical 2009: Next Generation And Beyond

This year offered a fascinating mix of recordings, including concert-hall show stoppers, classic choral stylings, a chamber music "dream team," up-and-coming pianists and a high-tech remastering of a master at play. With these 2009 releases, you'll find a few fresh faces — musicians hovering around age 30 — including young pianist Jonathan Biss (a former NPR young-artist-in-residence) and the sublime Dutch fiddler Janine Jansen. Plus, this year proved exceptionally strong for music by and from Russians. Enjoy this sampling of both classic and less-familiar fare.

Click here for more entries in our Best Music of 2009 series.

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Robin Gehl