Album of the Year Nominations: Part 3/3 Dec 13 by Ray Egger in Music Reviews, News

After a long period of careful considerations – and a considerable amount of music listening! – we have come to our Album of the Year 2019 nominations for the Third and Last three categories. The 9 stunning DSD Albums are revealed below.

  • Classical Orchestral
  • Jazz
  • Spiritual/Christmas

Nominated DSD Albums in 3 more categories will be revealed next week. The winning Albums of the Year 2019 in each Category will be revealed on December 20, 2019.


Three Nominated Albums

“An orchestra must be able to supply characterful wind playing (often stratospherically shrill), weighty brass and string playing of breadth and flexibility. The LSO have all these qualities in abundance and their principal guest conductor Gianandrea Noseda drives them on to elicit a thrilling performance…Highly recommended.”
— The Birmingham Post / Midlands Music Reviews

Shostakovich – Symphony No. 4 in C Minor, Op. 45

London Symphony Orchestra

Quality: DSD 64
Channels: Stereo, Multi


“(…) Ivan Fischer takes a close look at the diversity of Mahler’s Seventh Symphony, and not the least due to the excellent playing of his Budapest Festival Orchestra, this is a strong account of the work. The recorded surround sound is excellent.”
— Pizzicato

Mahler Symphony no. 7

Budapest Festival Orchestra

Quality: DSD 64, DXD, 128, 256
Channels: Multi, MultiDXD, Stereo, StereoDXD


“It is neither the first nor will it be the last recording of Bruckner’s ultimate symphony as it is one of the milestones in the career of any conductor of note. Its sheer complexity demands a clear vision on how to construct such a monument with the building blocks the composer puts at the disposal of the interpreter. Thorough knowledge and deep understanding of both Bruckner’s personality and spirit is a condition sine qua non.”
— Adrian Quanjer,

Bruckner: Symphony No. 9

Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra, Manfred Honeck

Quality: DSD 64, 128, 256, 512, DXD
Channels: Stereo, Multi, StereoDXD, MultiDXD


Category: JAZZ

Three Nominated Albums

“I spent yesterday afternoon listening…. As anticipated, it is superb! The Lullaby gently relaxes you into the environment of the Cammilleri Hall. Yuko’s sympathetic rendition of ‘So What’ took me a few moments to clue into Miles’ original performance, but when I got there, it was true to him, but with a freshness and energy that Yuko and her team imparted to the performance – wonderful stuff! The remaining two tracks are a real homage to Miles Davis, but with Yuko’s individuality imprinted on her super compositions.”
Neville Roberts, HiFi Choice

Yuko Mabuchi Plays Miles Davis

Yuko Mabuchi, JJ Kirkpatrick, Del Atkins, Bobby Breton

Quality: DSD 64, 128, 256, 512
Channels: Stereo, Multi

The L.A. Network project was born as a collaboration between two veteran recording engineers and producers – 2xHD’s president André Perry and Resonance Records’ president George Klabin – with the idea of creating a high-end rendition of Dave Brubeck’s most memorable compositions.
— NativeDSD

Dave Brubeck Redux: The L.A. Network Project

Josh Nelson, Alex Frank, Ryan Shaw

Quality: DSD 64, 512, 128, 256, DXD
Channels: Stereo

“Now together in The Duke Book. An intuitive combination, in which feeling, openness, daring and respect for each other provide the Ellington compositions with new perspectives. (…)

The Duke Book by Angelo Verploegen and Jasper van Hulten is of great importance for Dutch jazz. In this micro-constellation, no one can better and more honestly interpret the heritage of Duke Ellington than they do. What an achievement again. (…)

The music conducts a dialogue with The Duke, in which it is constantly scanned to see whether the vision of the two contemporary performers fits within the framework of the great composer. That he would not doubt this for a moment will be confirmed by everyone who takes note of this beautiful album.”
— Jazznu, Rinus van der Heijden

The Duke Book: The Music of Duke Ellington and Billy Strayhorn

Angelo Verploegen, Jasper van Hulten

Quality: DSD 64, 128, 512, 256, DXD
Channels: Stereo, Multi,


Three Nominated Albums

“Yarlung Records is always full of surprises, and Lifeline: Music of the Underground Railroad is no exception. Bob Attiyeh, award-winning President of the label, brought it to my attention, explaining its unique and extraordinary meaning. Bob’s tastes are broader and generally superior to mine, and his recommendations always pan out. His hands-on recording techniques, minimalist use of tube microphones, and recording produce a consistent you-are-there presentation that one must take seriously. I listened, my ears immersed in this album over and over and heard more nuance and beauty with each play. Just knowing the significance of these spirituals for unaccompanied voices was road maps and directions coded in music for slaves on the run to Canada before and during the Civil War made it unreal and poignant. These pieces will move you in ways you cannot know until you listen to them. Wait until you hear “Steal Away,” a plea to slaves to attempt escape, filled with melodious beauty and special lyrics. Recorded live in a single unedited session, voices are rounded and palpable in perfect imaging on a virtual stage in your listening room. Astounding.”
— Bob Levi, Positive Feedback

Lifeline: Music of the Underground Railroad

Lifeline Quartet, Michelle Mayne-Graves, Quinton Fitzgerald, Walter Penniman II, Michael Fitzgerald

Quality: DSD 128, 256, 512, 64
Channels: Stereo, Multi

“Recordings with Christmas music are not the focus of our editorial staff. And so we decided to review only one of all the Christmas albums we received this year. The choice fell on a particularly beautiful production of 2L.
In the Lademoen church in Trondheim, Norway, the vocal ensemble Cantus recorded the program Fryd (Joy), a double homage to the Norwegian mother figure, who presents Christmas every year after a lot of preparations, and to the Christian mother figure Mary.
Together with folk singer Unni Boksasp, Cantus has recorded well-known Christmas songs as well as lesser-known from the tradition of Central Norwegian folk music, plus some contemporary music. The result is a wonderful programme that can be summed up in one word: lightful. And the music’s luminosity captures and fills the listener with joy, contentment and peace.
Morton Lindberg’s recording is wonderfully balanced and transparent, it has relief and contours and draws the listener of the surround recording into an exceptional sound experience.”
— Pizzicato


CANTUS, Tove Ramlo-Ystad

Quality: DSD 64, 128, 256, 512, DXD
Channels: Stereo, Multi, StereoDXD, MultiDXD

“COMPOSE SOVEREIGN is an ambient modern classical band made up of a team of instrumentalists hailing from both Europe and Australia.”
— NativeDSD

A Silence Maintained

Compose Sovereign

Quality: DSD 64
Channels: Stereo, Multi

These DSD Albums are selected for their AOTY Nominations by NativeDSD Technical Advisor Brian Moura & NativeDSD Senior Reviewer Bill Dodd

Ray Egger

NativeDSD Intern Marketing & Product Management

Comments are closed.