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Hitting The Sweet Spot: Best Classical Of 2009

The art of performing is one of constant exploration and breaking new ground. But as any explorer knows, those forays into uncharted waters bring not only the unexpected and exotic, but also a new perspective on the idea of home turf. Amazing things can happen when musicians revisit the foundations of their art — their sweet spots.

Consider the Boston Symphony Orchestra. French music and French conductors have played a huge role in the group's history, and when it revisited Ravel's luxurious ballet Daphnis and Chloe earlier this year, that old magic sparked. Along with the BSO, here are nine other recordings of the past year in which musicians returned to that sweet spot with terrific results.

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

Copyright 2009 GBH

Brian McCreath