This past month our reviewers found that the big orchestral works were a dominant theme. To be precise, the recordings examined included a total of 28 symphonies and 41 concertos. The former included the 10th Symphonies of both Shostakovich and Glass, while the latter included Mozart's elegant Concerto for Flute and Harp and the romantic Butterfly Lovers Concerto for violin, based on a Chinese folk tale. Folk music also played its role in this month's selections, with settings for flute by Beethoven and violin duets by Mark and Maggie O'Connor providing a more intimate alternative to the monumental concert music.






Blair Sanderson
Julian Arp, Luís Magalhães, Priya Mitchell, Daniel Rowland - The Korngold Project Part 1
Bläsersolisten der Staatskapelle Dresden, Margarita Höhenrieder - Mozart, Beethoven: Quintette für Bläser und Klavier
Paolo Bordogna - Tutto Buffo
Pierre Boulez - Pierre Boulez: 20th Century
David Bowlin, David Holzman - Roger Sessions: Music for Violin & Piano
Emmanuel Ceysson, Samuel Jean - Belle Époque
Patrick Doyle - The Music of Patrick Doyle: Solo Piano
eighth blackbird - Filament
Vladimir Feltsman - Schubert: Piano Music, Vol. 1
Hába Quartett - Alois Hába: Complete String Quartets
Matt Haimovitz - Orbit: Music for Solo Cello (1945-2014)
Dmitri Kitayenko, Gürzenich-Orchester Köln - Rachmaninov: Symphony No. 1; The Rock
Maria Lettberg - Poėme de L'Extase
John McCabe - Carl Nielsen: Piano Music
Leonardo Miucci, Johannes Gebauer, Bruno Hurtado Gosalvez, Martin Skamletz - Mozart After Mozart
Yannick Nézet-Séguin, Orchestre Métropolitain - Mahler 10
Andrés Orozco-Estrada - Felix Mendelssohn Bartholdy: Symphonies 4 & 5
Lorin Maazel, Philharmonia Orchestra - Mahler: Symphonies Nos. 7, 8 "Symphony of a Thousand" & 9
Peter Manning, Heather Jamieson, RCS Chamber Ensemble - Mahler: Symphony No. 4 (Arranged by Klaus Simon)
Tedi Papavrami, Emmanuel Krivine - Bartók: Violin Concerto No. 2; Concerto for Orchestra
Christopher Russell, Azusa Pacific University Symphony Orchestra - Leopold Damrosch: Symphony in A major; Festival Overture; Schubert: Marche Militaire (orch. Damrosch)
Yuan Sheng - Bach: Italian Concerto; French Overture; 4 Duets; Aria & 10 Variations in Italian Style
Marc Soustrot, Malmö Symphony Orchestra - Saint-Saëns: Symphonies, Vol. 3
Tempesta di Mare - Comédie et Tragédie, Vol. 1: Lully, Marais, Rebel
Vicky Yannoula, George-Emmanuel Lazaridis - Beethoven: Symphonies 1 & 5 (arr. Carl Czerny)
Martin Yates, Royal Scottish National Orchestra - Charles-Marie Widor: Violin Concerto; Symphony No. 1; La Nuit de Walpurgis
Simone Young, Philharmoniker Hamburg - Bruckner: Sinfonie Nr. 5

James Manheim
Alamire, Magdala, David Skinner - Magna Carta
Marta Argerich - Carte Blanche
Daniel Barenboim, Staatskapelle Berlin, Gustavo Dudamel - Brahms: The Piano Concertos
Boris Berezovsky, Swedish Chamber Orchestra, Thomas Dausgaard - Beethoven: Piano Concerto No. 5 'Emperor'; Choral Fantasy
Andrea Bissoli - Villa-Lobos: The Guitar Manuscripts, Vol. 3
Diana Damrau, Anna Prohaska, Rolando Villazón, Yannick Nézet-Séguin - Mozart: Die Entführung aus dem Serail
The Dufay Collective, William Lyons - I have set my hert so hy: Love & Devotion in Medieval England
Euskal Barrokensemble, Enrike Solinís - Euskel Antiqva: Legacy of the Land of Basque
Patrick Gallois, Maria Prinz - Beethoven: Variations on Folk Songs
Andrew Gant, Vox Turturis - Christmas Carols: From Village Green to Church Choir
John Georgiadis, Czech Chamber Orchestra Pardubice - Contemporaries of the Strauss Family, Vol. 2
Valery Gergiev, London Symphony Orchestra - Rachmaninov: Symphony No. 3; Balakirev: Russia
Angela Hewitt - Beethoven: Piano Sonatas, Op. 2/2, Op. 10/1, Op. 78, Op. 110
Alexandre Kantorow, Tapiola Sinfonietta, Jean-Jacques Kantorow - Liszt: Piano Concertos; Malédiction
Siqing Lu - Butterfly Lovers
Denis Matsuev - Rachmaninov: Piano Concerto No. 1; Shchedrin: Piano Concerto No. 2; Stravinsky: Capriccio
John McCabe - John McCabe: Piano Music
Minguet Quartett - Jörg Widmann: Streichquartette
Andris Nelsons, Boston Symphony Orchestra - Shostakovich: Under Stalin's Shadow - Symphony No. 10
Mark O'Connor, Maggie O'Connor - Duo.
Orlando Consort - Loyset Compère
Oslo Philharmonic Orchestra - Mozart: Concerto for Flute, Harp and Orchestra; Sinfonia Concertante for Four Winds
Olga Pashchenko - Beethoven: Variations
Dennis Russell Davies, Bruckner Orchester Linz - Philip Glass: Symphony No. 10
Leif Segerstam, Turku Philharmonic Orchestra - Sibelius: Pelléas et Mélisande
Howard Shelley, Tasmanian Symphony Orchestra - Romantic Piano Concerto, Vol. 66 - Herz: Piano Concerto No. 2
Shen Lu - Watercolor
Die Singphoniker - Georg Kreisler
St Salvator's Chapel Choir, Fitzwilliam String Quartet, Tom Wilkinson - Salvator Mundi: The Purcell Legacy
Masaaki Suzuki, Bach Collegium Japan - Bach: Lutheran Masses, Vol. 1
Robin Ticciati, Scottish Chamber Orchestra - Joseph Haydn: Symphonies Nos. 31, 70 & 101
Michael Tilson Thomas, John Adams, San Francisco Symphony - John Adams: Absolute Jest; Grand Pianola Music
Vienna Philharmonic - Summer Night Concert, 2015
Anna Vinnitskaya, Kremerata Baltica - Shostakovich: Piano Concertos
Lars Vogt - Bach: Goldberg Variations
David Watkin - Bach: Cello Suites
Llyr Williams - Daniel Jones, Béla Bartók: Bagatelles
Roderick Williams, Carducci String Quartet, Graham J. Lloyd- Ian Venables: The Song of the Severn
Pieter Wispelwey, Paolo Giacometti - Schubert, Brahms: The Complete Duos; Phantasie
Krystian Zimerman, Berliner Philharmoniker, Simon Rattle - Lutosławski: Piano Concerto; Symphony No. 2