John Schaefer's Completely Opinionated Top Ten of 2012


For this New Sounds, listen to John Schaefer's completely personal and opinionated look at the ten best new music releases of 2012. There just might be something by a Brooklyn-based Afrobeat party band, a violinist (usually a classical player) in collaboration with a German improvising pianist, and perhaps something from a cult American singer.  Listen for a vocal octet and a composer who reworked one of the classical music "war horse" works to great effect. 

    PROGRAM #3417, John Schaefer’s Top Ten Releases of 2012 (First aired on 1/9/2013)                                       





    10. Scott Walker

    Bisch Bosch

    Epizootics! [3:50]

    4AD #CAD 3220CD

    9. Ben Zeitlin & Dan Romer

    Beasts of the Southern Wild

    The Bathtub [3:38]

    Available at

    8. Eve Beglarian & Mary Rowell

    Songs from the River

    Beglarian: I’m Worried Now but I won’t be Worried Long, excerpt [3:50]

    7. Various Artists: Bedouin Jerry Can Band

    Rough Guide to African Roots Revival

    Ya_El_Yaleladana [4:04]

    World Music Network RGNET1269

    6. Hilary Hahn & Hauschka


    Rift, excerpt [3:46]

    Deutsche Grammophon 16798



    Him Belly No Go Sweet, excerpt [6:00]

    Daptone Records DAP 028

    4. Jherek Bischoff  (w/Mirah Zeitlyn & Paris Hurley)


    The Nest [4:27]

    Brassland  HWY-027


    3. Elina Duni Quartet

    Matana Malit

    Kur Te Kujtosh [4:05]

    ECM 2277

    2. Max Richter

    Daniel Hope, violin
    Konzerthaus Kammerorchester Berlin
    André de Ridder


    Recomposed: Vivaldi’s Four Seasons

    Spring: 0, 1 [3:10]

    Deutsche Grammophone

    0289 481 0044 6 CD DDD GH


    1.  Roomful of Teeth

    Roomful of Teeth


    Caroline Shaw: Passacaglia [5:53]

    New Amsterdam NWAM 041