NPR Classical's 10 Favorite Albums Of 2013

Classical albums we loved this year. (Denise DeBelius)
Classical albums we loved this year. (Denise DeBelius)

The year may have suffered a couple of black eyes in the form of shuttered opera companies and orchestras in labor disputes, but as far as recordings go, don't let anyone tell you classical music is dying — the music and musicians are thriving.

2013 revealed a rich trove of talent. There were promising debuts from young composers like Caleb Burhans, fascinating cross-pollinations between indie rock and classical musicians in David Lang's Schubert-inspired song cycle and extraordinary vocal delights from the superb singer Christian Gerhaher and the resplendent Latvian Radio Choir.

This list of classical albums we loved in 2013, while diverse, represents only a small sampling of the dozens of compelling releases we were forced to shave off to get down to a Top 10. If you're favorites aren't here, tell us all about them: on Facebook, on Twitter (@nprclassical) or in the comments section here.

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Maria Schneider's Winter Morning Walks.

Maria Schneider's Winter Morning Walks.

David Lang's Death Speaks.

David Lang's Death Speaks.

Latvian Radio Choir's All-Night Vigil.

Latvian Radio Choir's All-Night Vigil.

Christian Gerhaher sings Mahler.

Christian Gerhaher sings Mahler.

Caleb Burhans' Evensong.

Caleb Burhans' Evensong.

Reza Vali's Toward That Endless Plain.

Reza Vali's Toward That Endless Plain.

John Luther Adams' Inuksuit.

John Luther Adams' Inuksuit.

Minnesota Orchestra plays Sibelius.

Minnesota Orchestra plays Sibelius.

Leonidas Kavakos plays Beethoven.

Leonidas Kavakos plays Beethoven.

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