Written and compiled by Denise Ball, Michael Morreale, Matthew Parsons and Grant Rowledge.
What is the greatest Canadian classical recording ever made? CBC Radio 2's In Concert wants to take you on a tour of 30 of the best.
The list is as diverse as Canada is wide, with repertoire ranging from orchestral masterpieces to lesser-known piano gems, and from a Renaissance choral work to a uniquely Canadian composition by a living composer. Many of these recordings were vehicles that introduced Canada's finest performers to the world. Others may have sold fewer copies but capture an important performance, event or piece. They were released as far back as 1955 — Glenn Gould's career-launching first recording of Bach's Goldberg Variations — and include two recordings as recent as 2014.
Open the gallery above to view the complete list of the 30 best Canadian classical recordings ever.
CBC Radio 2's In Concert with host Paolo Pietropaolo will be featuring great Canadian recordings this September, each Sunday between 11 a.m. and 3 p.m.
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