Wagner & Sibelius Boston Symphony Orchestra, Andris Nelsons BSO CD 1401).
The Butterfly Lovers Chen Gang & Ho Zhanhao: The Butterfly Lovers’ Concerto plus works by Kreisler, Wieniawski, Sarasate and Tchaikovsky (Lu Siqing, violin; Taipei Chinese Orchestra, Chung Yiu-Kwong BIS Super Audio CD 2104).
Brahms: The Piano Trios (Christian Tetzlaff, violin; Tanja Tetzlaff, cello; Lars Vogt, piano; Ondine CD 1271).
Collage Rachmaninoff: Cello Sonata in G minor. Tsintsadze: Five Pieces on Folk Themes. Popper: Taratelle, Op. 33 (Amit Peled cello; Noreen Polera, piano; Centaur Records CD 3436)
Handel: Keyboard Suites No. 5 in E, No. 6 in F-sharp minor, No. 7 in G minor, No. 8 in F minor (Philip Edward Fisher, piano; Naxos CD 8.573397).
Haydn: Piano Concertos in F, Hob.XVIII:3; in G, Hob.XVIII:4; in D, Hob.XVIII:11 (Jean Efflam Bavouzet, piano; Manchester Camerata, Gabor Takacs-Nagy; Chandos CD 10808).
Italian Opera Music from Operas by Rossini, Mascagni, Puccini and Verdi transcribed for Wind Ensemble by Michele Mangani (European Wind Soloists, Patrick De Ritis; Naxos CD 8.573259).
Perlman & Ax Fauré: Violin Sonata No. 1 in A. R. Strauss: Violin Sonata in E-flat (Itzhak Perlman, violin; Emanuel Ax, piano; Deutsche Grammophon CD B0023611).
Modern Times Charlie Chaplan: The complete film score to Modern Times (NDR Radio Philharmonic, Timothy Brock; cpo CD 777 286).
Decca’s Most Wanted Recitals this series showcases Decca's rich heritage of singers' recitals, featuring performances from some of the biggest names of the 20th Century - José Carreras, Birgit Nilsson, Hans Hotter, Lisa Della Casa and many more! Of the fifty titles in the series, the majority have never been recorded on CD before. (Decca 50 CDs).
From The History of the Tchaikovsky Competition Phonodocuments (1958-1986)”.
The first ever Soviet music tournament instantly became one of the world’s most prestigious competitions. For the fifty years of its existence, the Tchaikovsky Competition discovered numerous distinguished performers such as Van Cliburn, Vladimir Ashkenasi, Grigory Sokolov, Eliso Virsaladze, John Lill, Michail Pletnev, Viktor Tretiakov, Gidon Kremer, Vladimir Spivakov, Oleg Kagan, Natalia Gutman, Elena Obraztsova, Maria Gulegina, Vladimir Atlantov, Yevgeny Nesterenko and Paata Burchuladze to name but a few. This set captures the brightest moments of eight Tchaikovsky Competitions in all categories. The recordings, including a number of never-before-released ones, were made immediately during the competition auditions. (Melodiya 10 CDs 1002349).
A Festival of Fučík Fučík: Marinarella; OnkelTeddy; Danube Legends; 14 Compositions in all (Royal Scottish National Orchestra, Neeme Järvi; Chandos Super Audio CD 5158).
Growing up on the Great Lakes, the BPO Pop's new Music Director John Morris Russell is looking forward to Christmas in Buffalo and especially the four-concert "Holiday Pops" series at Kleinhans, Friday morning and evening December 18, Saturday evening December 19, and Sunday afternoon, December 20. He spoke with WNED about his early musical career, how much he loves Buffalo, and why arrangers are so important.