This past month it seems as if our reviewers encountered a particularly large amount of unusual or unexpected music, including a musical, narrative re-creation of Sir Francis Drake's circumnavigation of the globe, and a recording by the Ebony Quartet of music from between the world wars by composers suppressed by Nazism. Then there are the albums that utilize imaginative programs, such as Andreas Seidel and Steffen Schleiermacher pairing Franz Liszt with Erik Satie, or curious instruments, such as Olga Pashchenko playing Beethoven on a piano with five pedals or Third Coast Percussion using an instrument designed by Iannis Xenakis. Explore some unfamiliar music with us.





Blair Sanderson
Arcangelo - Buxtehude: Trio Sonatas Op. 1
Maria Luisa Baldassari - Andrea Antico: Frottole Intabulate - Libro Primo, 1517
Florian Boesch, Roger Vignoles - Schubert: Winterreise
Bojan Čičić, The Illyria Consort - Giovanni Stefano Carbonelli: Sonate da Camera Nos. 1-6
Samuel Coles, Mark Van de Wiel, Paavo Järvi, Philharmonia Orchestra - Nielsen: Flute Concerto; Clarinet Concerto; Aladdin Suite
Larissa Dedova - Maurice Ravel: The Complete Solo Piano Works
Ebony Quartet - Unheard: Otto Jokl, Erich Itor Kahn, Josef Matthias Hauer, Hans Walter Süsskind, Louis Gruenberg
Ensemble BariAntiquA - Pietro Migali: Sonate Op. 1
Alban Gerhardt, George Hanson, Wuppertal Symphony Orchestra - Anton Rubinstein: Symphony No. 2; Cello-Concerto, Op. 63; Other Orchestral Works
Mariss Jansons, Bavarian Radio Chorus, Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra - Beethoven: Symphony No. 9 [2007 Recording]
Third Coast Percussion - Philippe Manoury: The Book of Keyboards
Bob van Asperen - Reijnold Popma van Oevering: Suittes voor't Clavier

James Manheim
Louise Alder, Joseph Middleton - Through Life and Love: Richard Strauss Lieder
Benjamin Appl - Heimat
David Bernard, Park Avenue Chamber Symphony - Beethoven: Symphony No. 9
Martyn Brabbins, BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra - Chisolm: Violin Concerto; Dance Suite for Orchestra and Piano
Martyn Brabbins, BBC National Orchestra of Wales - John Pickard: Sixteen Sunrises; Symphony No. 5; Concertante Variations
Chiaroscuro Quartet - Haydn: "Sun" Quartets, Op. 20 Nos. 4-6
Chineke! Ochestra, Kevin John Edusei - Dvořák: Symphony No. 9 'From the New World'; Sibelius: Finlandia
Michael Collins, Michael McHale - Reger: Clarinet Sonatas
Marc Coppey - Ernest Bloch: Schelomo; Antonín Dvořák: Cello Concerto; Klid 'Silent Woods'
The Ebor Singers, Paul Gameson - Music for Troubled Times: The English Civil War & Siege of York
Bjarte Eike, Barokksolistene - The Alehouse Sessions
Epiphoni Consort, Tim Reader - David Bednall: Sudden Light - Choral Works
Holger Falk, Steffen Schleiermacher - Hanns Eisler: Lieder, Vol. 1
Renée Fleming, Christoph Eschenbach, Wiener Philharmoniker - Sommernachtskonzert 2017
Fretwork, Simon Callow - Orlando Gough: The World Encompassed
Jim Gailloreto's Jazz String Quintet, Cheryl Wilson - The Pythiad
Ragnhild Hemsing, Tor Espen Aspaas - Northern Timbre
Alina Ibragimova, Cédric Tiberghien - Mozart: Violin Sonatas Nos. 3, 8, 11, 13, 20, 25, 26, 30
Isaac Karabtchevsky, São Paulo Symphony Orchestra- Heitor Villa-Lobos: Symphonies Nos. 8, 9 and 11
Eun Sun Kim - Franz Lehár: Der Graf von Luxemburg
Christopher D. Lewis - Persichetti: Harpsichord Sonatas
Olga Pashchenko - Beethoven: Appassionata, Les Adieux, Waldstein
Nicolas Pasquet, Orchestre Symphonique de Pécs - Lajtha: Orchestral Works, Vol. 1
Michala Petri, Marilyn Mazur, Daniel Murray - Brazilian Landscapes
Polski Chór Kameralny, Jan Łukaszewski - Paweł Łukaszewski: Motets
Pygmalion, Raphaël Pichon - Stravaganza d'Amore!
Andrew Rangell - A Bouquet of Beethoven
Jordi Savall, La Capella Reial de Catalunya, Hespèrion XXI - Lorenzo de’ Medici and Maximilian I, 1450–1519
Marie Friederike Schöder, Batzdorfer Hofkapelle - G.F. Händel: Neun Deutsche Arien
Andreas Seidel, Steffen Schleiermacher - Franz Liszt, Erik Satie: Distant Friends
Howard Shelley - Romantic Piano Concerto, Vol. 72: Potter
Sean Shibe - Dreams & Fancies: English Music for Solo Guitar
Skampa Quartet, Krzysztof Chorzelski - Dvořák: American String Quartet & Quintet, Op. 96, 97
Nicky Spence, Rebecca Evans, Roger Vignoles - Strauss: The Complete Songs, Vol. 8
Trio Parnassus - Cécile Chaminade: Piano Trios, Op. 11 & 34; Works for violin, cello & piano
Various Artists - Naji Hakim: Phèdre; Caprice en Rondeau; Diptyque; Concerto for Piano
Gottfried von der Goltz - Geminiani: The Art of Playing on the Violin, Op. 9
Westminster Cathedral Choir, Martin Baker - John Sheppard: Media Vita