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The new releases we covered in the last month encompass first and second entries in several series. Among the initial volumes are Andrew Litton leading the Bergen Philharmonic in Prokofiev’s symphonies and Orli Shaham’s reading of Mozart’s piano sonatas. Series with their second volumes recently published include the Mozartists’ exploration of Sturm und Drang style works and John Wilson rediscovering the orchestral music of Eric Coates. Also, Christoph Eschenbach completes his two-volume set of the Kammermusik suites by Paul Hindemith. Start planning your binge listening sessions.



Giovanni Antonini, Bavarian Radio Chorus, Il Giardino Armonico – Haydn 2032: Die Schöpfung
Aurora Orchestra, Nicholas Collon – Music of the Spheres
Khatia Buniatishvili – Labyrinth
Calefax – Bach’s Musical Offerings
Casal Quartett- Beethovens Welt 1799-1851: Der Revolutionär & seine Rivalen
Bertrand Chamayou – Good Night!
Neal Davies, Hallé Orchestra, Mark Elder – Vaughan Williams: Job; Songs of Travel
Justin Doyle, Akademie für alte Musik Berlin – Handel: Messiah
Richard Egarr, Academy of Ancient Music – J.L. Dussek: Messe Solemnelle
Emerson String Quartet – Schumann: String Quartets
Ensemble Marsyas, Peter Whelan – Edinburgh 1742: Barsanti & Handel, Parte Seconda
Christoph Eschenbach – Hindemith, Vol. 2: Kammermusik IV, V, VI, VII
Estonian Philharmonic Chamber Choir, Risto Joost – Tonu Korvits: You Are Light and Morning
Stephen Farr – James MacMillan: Organ Works
John Eliot Gardiner, Monteverdi Choir, English Baroque Soloists – Handel: Semele
Valery Gergiev, Jonas Kaufmann, Wiener Philharmoniker – Sommernachtskonzert 2020
Diana Golden, Shawn Chang – Tanbou Kache
Hélène Grimaud, Camerata Salzburg – The Messenger
Andreas Haefliger, Helsinki Philharmonic Orchestra, Susanna Mälkki – Ammann, Ravel, Bartók: Piano Concertos
Daniel Hope – Hope@Home
Mariss Jansons, Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra – Mariss Jansons dirigiert Anton Bruckner
Sophie Junker – La Francesina: Handel’s Nightingale
Choir of King’s College, Cambridge; Stephen Cleobury – Bruckner: Mass in E minor; Motets
Marielle & Katia Labèque – Glass: Les Enfants Terribles
Andrew Litton, Bergen Philharmonic Orchestra – Prokofiev: Symphonies Nos. 1 ‘Classical’, 2, 3
New College Choir, Oxford; Robert Quinney – John Sheppard: Media Vita
Hervé Niquet, Le Concert Spirituel Chorus, Munich Radio Orchestra – Reynaldo Hahn: L’Île du rêve
Ian Page, The Mozartists – Sturm und Drang 2
Vasily Petrenko, Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra – Stravinsky: Petrushka; Rossini/Respighi: La Boutique fantasque
Trevor Pinnock, Royal Academy of Music Soloists Ensemble – Bach: Goldberg Variations arranged for small orchestra by Józef Koffler
PostClassical Ensemble, Angel Gil-Ordóñez – Bernard Herrmann: Whitman; Souvenirs de Voyage; Psycho, A Narrative for String Orchestra
Anna Prohaska, Wolfgang Katschner, Lautten Compagney – Bach: Redemption
Choir of the Queen’s College, Oxford; Owen Rees – A Ceremony of Carols: Britten, Praetorius, McDowall, Weir, Dove
François-Xavier Roth, London Symphony Orchestra – Debussy: La mer; Prélude à l’après-midi d’un faune; Ravel: Rapsodie espagnole
Christophe Rousset, Les Talens Lyriques – Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart: Betulia Liberata
Fatma Said – El Nour
Orli Shaham – Mozart: Complete Piano Sonatas Vol. 1
The Sixteen, Harry Christophers – Handel: Choruses
Masaaki Suzuki, Bach Collegium Japan – Bach: St John Passion [The Köln Recording, 2020]
Danielle Talamantes, Kerry Wilkerson – At that Hour: Art Songs by Henry Dehlinger
Christian Thielemann, Wiener Philharmoniker – Bruckner 8
Jean-Luc Tingaud, Royal Scottish National Orchestra – Massenet: Visions; Brumaire, Phèdre Overtures; Les Érinnyes
Michael Torke, American Modern Ensemble – Michael Torke: Being
Various Artists – Anna Clyne: Mythologies
Various Artists – Ed Bennett: Psychedelia
Vasari Singers, Jeremy Backhouse, Martin Ford – Heaven Full of Stars
Franz Welser-Möst, Cleveland Orchestra – Schubert: Symphony No. 9 in C Major, “The Great”; Krenek: Static and Ecstatic
John Wilson, BBC Philharmonic – Eric Coates: Orchestral Works, Vol. 2