December 23, 2014

Listen to our Best of 2014 playlist on Spotify

Martha Argerich, Philippe Jaroussky, Joyce DiDonato and Alison Balsom among the year's most exciting releases.

Presenting the 2014 Best of Warner Classics & Erato (Classica Label of the Year) on Spotify.

In 2014, living legend Martha Argerich continued her tradition of riveting chamber music collaboration with the latest Lugano Festival release and a new disc of Rachmaninov piano duets.

We danced to the rhythms of two samba-infused tributes to this year's World Cup: Quatuor Ebène's Brazil and Natalie Dessay's Rio-Paris.

We marveled at Joyce DiDonato's "creamy tones effortlessly whipped into endless, kaleidoscopic threads of melody" (The Sunday Times) on her Italian opera recital Stella di Napoliwhich made several major Best of 2014 lists.

Philippe Jaroussky sang some exquisite Music For A While with Baroque jazz wizards L'Arpeggiata, followed by Vivaldi motets and sacred works on his latest album Pietà.

The extraordinary coloratura soprano Diana Damrau delivered her long-awaited first recording of Lucia di Lammemoor, while French Handel specialist Emmanuelle Haïm enlisted a stunning British cast of soloists for her highly-praised Messiah: "Their Hallelujah is magnificent...One of the most dramatic and exciting Messiahs in recent memory.” (The Sunday Times)

Catch up on these unmissable releases and discover the year's finest classical offerings in our Best of 2014 Spotify Playlist.

The year also brought two of the most ambitious projects ever undertaken at the famous Abbey Road studios: Herbert von Karajan's complete orchestral and choral recordings for EMI, painstakingly remastered over 100 CDs for the 25th anniversary of the maestro's death; and the most talked about boxed set of the year: the Maria Callas Remastered Edition.

Wishing you a tuneful holiday season ready for all the musical surprises coming up in 2015!