In this month's roundup of new classical reviews, our editors give you the basics on new recordings of must-hear masterpieces, like Richard Strauss' tone poems, ">Rimsky-Korsakov's Scheherazade, and the violin concertos of Tchaikovsky and Sibelius. Some of the most well-known artists are here also: soprano Renée Fleming, period orchestra Il Giardino Armonico; and pianist and conductor Daniel Barenboim. For those who are ready to dig deeper, there are the harpsichord pieces of François Couperin, concertos by György Ligeti, and new choral music written in response to the sacred music of Dietrich Buxtehude.





Blair Sanderson
Giovanni Antonini, Il Giardino Armonico - Telemann
Tobias Feldmann, Boris Kusnezow - Polychrome: Prokofiev, Strauss, Ravel
Mariss Jansons, Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra - Strauss: Eine Alpensinfonie; Tod und Verklärung
Barbara Kortmann- Inner Lights
Mark Kroll - François Couperin: The Complete Pièces de Clavecin, Vol. 1
Fabio Luisi, Philharmonia Zurich - Rimsky-Korsakov: Scheherazade
Michele Pasotti, La Fonte Musica - Metamorfosi Trecento
François-Xavier Roth, SWR Baden-Baden and Freiburg Symphony Orchestra - Strauss: Tondichtungen 5 - Metamorphosen, Symphonia domestica
Leonard Slatkin, Orchestre National de Lyon, Spirito - Ravel: Orchestral Works, Vol. 4 - Daphnis et Chloé
Dina Ugorskaja - Bach: The Well-Tempered Clavier
Simone Young, Hamburg Philharmonic - Brahms: Sinfonien 1-4

James Manheim
Lisa Batiashvili, Staatskapelle Berlin, Daniel Barenboim - Tchaikovsky, Sibelius: Violin Concertos
Ian Bostridge, Xuefei Yang - Songs from Our Ancestors
Keith Brion, Marine Band of the Royal Netherlands Navy - John Philip Sousa: Music for Wind Band, Vol. 16
Cappella Fede, Peter Leech - The Cardinal King
Harry Christophers, Handel and Haydn Society - Haydn: Symphony No. 8 Le Soir; Symphony No. 84; Violin Concerto in A major
Choir of Clare College, Cambridge, Graham Ross - Mater ora filium: Music for Epiphany
The Crossing, Donald Nally, International Contemporary Ensemble - Seven Responses
Natalie Dessay - Pictures of America
Gustavo Dudamel, Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra - New Year's Concert 2017
Ensemble Correspondances, Sébastien Daucé - Charpentier: Pastorale de Noël
JoAnn Falletta, Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra - Richard Strauss: Ariadne auf Naxos (Symphony-Suite); Le Bourgeois Gentilhomme - Suite
Timothy Fallon, Ammiel Bushakevitz - Liszt: 15 Songs
Gábor Farkas - Liszt: Opera and Song for Solo Piano
Béla Fleck - Juno Concerto
Renée Fleming - Distant Light
Goldstone and Clemmow - Ralph Vaughan Williams: Music for Two Pianos
La Grande Chapelle, Albert Recasens - Sebastián Durón: Música para dos dinastias
Manfred Honeck, Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra - Strauss: Elektra; Rosenkavalier
Yolanda Kondonassis, Gil Shaham, Orli Shaham, Jason Vieaux - Ginastera: One Hundred
Henning Kraggerud, Malmö Symphony Orchestra, Bjarte Engeset - Johan Halvorsen, Carl Nielsen: Violin Concertos
Piers Lane, Adelaide Symphony Orchestra, Johannes Fritzsch - Romantic Piano Concerto, Vol. 69: Hill, Boyle
Dan Laurin, Anna Paradiso, Höör Barock - Telemann, Corelli, Bach
Leonore Piano Trio - Matthews: Piano Trios
Jack Liebeck - The Romantic Violin Concerto, Vol. 21: Bruch
Alexandre Moutouzkine - Piano Music of Cuba
Spencer Myer - William Bolcolm: Piano Rags
Víkingur Ólafsson - Philip Glass: Piano Works
Christian Poltéra, Joonas Ahonen, BIT 20 Ensemble, Baldur Brönnimann - Ligeti: Piano Concerto; Cello Concerto; Chamber Concerto; Melodien
Max Richter - Max Richter: Three Worlds – Music from Woolf Works
Howard Shelley - The Classical Piano Concerto Vol. 4: Leopold Kozeluch
Lena Willemark, Cecilia Zilliacus - Dansa
Shai Wosner, Danish National Symphony Orchestra, Nicholas Collon - Haydn-Ligeti: Concertos & Capriccios