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Mark Swed's best classical moments of 2014
Mark Swed's best classical moments of 2014

Half of this year's top 10 happened to involve early music. Don't ask why; it's probably just a coincidence. But we need perspective in our hyperactive culture, which maybe, down deep, is not changing as fast as Silicon Valley would like us to believe. The relevance of Bach and Handel in particular but other Baroque masters as well can be — and this year was — uncanny. That's reason to rejoice. Two great Peters' passion for "St. Matthew": It was an extraordinary year for Bach's "St. Matthew Passion." Peter Brook's eloquent cry for compassion in a territory of terror — his production of the apartheid South African...

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