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CLASSIC fM's John Suchet counts down 2018's most unforgettable albums

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This year has produced some exciting debut albums, as well as releases from musicians that we haven't heard from in a few years. But which classical albums will John Suchet single out in his top 10?

At No. 10, it's world-renowned bass-baritone Sir Bryn Terfel and his first album release in five years, Dreams and Songs – a selection of well-known and traditional pieces. He steps away from the dramatic opera roles that he is revered for in exchange for musical numbers and duets with an impressive guest list including Alfie Boe, Katherine Jenkins and Joseph Calleja.

At No. 8, One of the most exciting piano virtuosos of his generation, Daniil Trifonov took this opportunity on 'Destination Rachmaninov: Departure' to explore Rachmaninov's cycle of piano concertos, alongside the Philadelphia Orchestra and its music director Yannick Nézet-Séguin. This album includes Rachmaninov's Piano Concerto No. 2, his transcription of a solo Bach Partita for solo violin No. 3, and Trifonov's personal favourite, the Piano Concerto No. 4 – and it's just glorious.

At No. 5, One of the cello's greatest ever advocates, Yo-Yo Ma has had a long and detailed musical relationship with Bach. So it makes perfect sense that this relationship should evolve over time, as the title of this new collection suggests(Yo-Yo Ma – Six Evolutions.) Indeed, those familiar with Ma's relationship with the Bach's cello suites in particular will have found such a wealth of interest here – indispensable for devotees to performer and composer alike.

At No. 4, Violinist Ray Chen tackles some truly indulgent material here, in this celebration of what he calls The Golden Age of his instrument. He plays some stunning arrangements from the likes of Fritz Kreisler and Jascha Heifetz, as well as a centrepiece concerto – Bruch's first – recorded with the London Philharmonic Orchestra.

At No. 2, From Harry Potter to Star Wars, John Williams has composed some of the most successful film scores in history – and this year marked a major milestone for the Hollywood legend, as he celebrated a monumental 60 years working in film. In this album 'A Life in Music,' Williams is reunited with the London Symphony Orchestra, the ensemble that famously recorded his 1977 masterpiece Star Wars: A New Hope, as well as the glorious music behind Indiana Jones, Jurassic Park and Schindler's List. When it comes to tugging at the heartstrings, this album certainly doesn't disappoint.

And at No. 1, What a year this young musician has had. On the day he played at the Royal wedding of the Duke and Duchess of Sussex, Sheku Kanneh-Mason's debut album 'Inspiration' reached No. 1 in the US iTunes pop chart. It also notched up 2.5 million streams on Spotify in the first week of its release. The album offers us an insight into the cellist's taste in music – which isn't necessarily always classical. It features Shostakovich's Cello Concerto, a beautiful chamber rendition of Leonard Cohen's ‘Hallelujah' and the cellist's own arrangement of Bob Marley's ‘No Woman, No Cry' – all great music, from a wide variety of genres, that Sheku has been inspired by.

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