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      The best classical CDs of 2014

      From Barenboim to Sandrine Piau, the Ardittis to Abbado, Andrew Clements selects his 10 favourite recordings of the year

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      John Rutter's Christmas playlist

      Today, conductor, choral composer and one of the UK’s most-loved musicians shares his festive playlist with us.

      I start the day with Bach’s Christmas cantata Gloria in Excelsis, a reworking of some of the B Minor Mass – those trumpets and drums lift the spirits. My other must-hear is the broadcast repeat of the Christmas Eve Festival of Nine Lessons and Carols from King’s College, Cambridge. Some wonderful Christmas music has been created for this annual event, not least the classic carol arrangements of David Willcocks: the whole world knows his glorious “Sing, choirs of angels” descant. His present successor Stephen Cleobury has commissioned a new carol each year from many leading composers, Arvo Pärt and Judith Weir among them. My favourite is Bob Chilcott’s Shepherd’s Carol, which goes to the heart of Christmas in the same way as Darke’s evergreen In the Bleak Midwinter.

      For the rest, an eclectic mix including the celestial John Sheppard, and the music of my friends John Tavener, the King’s Singers, and George Shearing.

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