This past month, a couple of recordings stood out to our reviewers. One was a contemporary re-creation of a Baroque pastiche opera by Hervé Niquet and Le Concert Spirituel, who used arias from 25 different French operas by 16 composers to create a new one, with a plot oddly similar to that of the 1960s American TV show Bewitched. Another was a riveting live recording of pianist Yuja Wang in Berlin. One more highlight was Thomas Zehetmair conducting a streamlined reading of the 1877 version of Bruckner's Symphony No. 3.






Anton Batagov - Philip Glass: The Hours; Distant Figure
Bearthoven - American Dream: Scott Wollschleger
Kristian Bezuidenhout - Joseph Haydn: Piano Sonatas Hob. XVI:6, 20 & 48
Herbert Blomstedt, Gothenburg Symphony - Stenhammar: Symphony No. 2; Serenade
Blossom Street, Hilary Campbell - This Day: Celebrating a Century of British Women's Right to Vote
Richard Bonynge, Majella Cullagh, Lucy Vallis - Alfred Cellier: Dorothy
Julie Boulianne, Les Petits Chanteurs du Mont-Royal, Philippe Sly - Fauré, Duruflé: Requiem
Ronald Brautigam - Mendelssohn: Piano Concertos
Sarah Beth Briggs - Schumann: Papillons; Kinderszenen; Brahms: Opp. 117, 118
Federico Colli - J.S. Bach: Italian Concerto; Partita IV; J.S. Bach/Busoni: Chaconne
Sandro De Palma - Clementi: Keyboard Sonatas, Op. 50, Nos. 2 and 3 'Didone abbandonata'; Op. 1, No. 3; Op. 8, No. 2
Fidelio Trio - Fauré, Chausson, Satie: Piano Trios
David Fray, Emmanuel Christien, Jacques Rouvier, Audrey Vigoureux - Bach: Concertos for 2, 3 & 4 Pianos
Edward Gardner, City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra - Schubert: Symphonies, Vol. 1 - Nos. 3, 5, and 8
Boris Giltburg - Liszt: Études d'exécution transcendante; La leggierezza; Rigoletto Paraphrase
Philippe Graffin, Claire Désert - Fiddler's Blues: Ysaÿe, Ravel, Debussy, Enescu
Steven Isserlis, Olli Mustonen - Shostakovich & Kabelevsky: Cello Sonatas; Prokofiev: Ballade
Mariss Jansons, Symphonieorchester des Bayerischen Rundfunks - Bruckner: Symphonie Nr. 9
Leonore Piano Trio - Parry: Piano Trios Nos 1 & 3; Partita for Violin and Piano
Paul Lewis - Weber, Schubert: Sonatas
Juanjo Mena, BBC Philharmonic - Arriaga: Overture to 'Los esclavos felices'; Herminie; Symphony in D minor; Air from 'Médée'; Overture in D major
Kent Nagano, Philharmonisches Staatsorchester Hamburg - Jörg Widmann: Arche
Natasha Paremski - Mussorgsky: Pictures at an Exhibition; Hersch: Tchaikovsky Variations
Jennifer Pike, Petr Limonov - The Polish Violin
Prisma - The Seasons: Works by Castello, Marinai, Merula, Uccellini...
Li-Wei Qin, Czech Chamber Philharmonic Orchestra, Michael Halász - Russian Cello Concertos: Tchaikovsky, Rimsky-Korsakov, Glazunov
RIAS Kammerchor, Justin Doyle - Benjamin Britten: Hymn to St Cecilia
Santtu-Matias Rouvali, Gothenburg Symphony Orchestra - Sibelius: Symphony No. 1; En Saga
Jordi Savall, Hespèrion XXI - Ibn Battuta: Le Voyaguer d'Islam, 1304-1377
The Sixteen, Harry Christophers - Handel: Acis and Galatea
Les Talens Lyriques, Christophe Rousset - François Couperin: Les Nations
Will Todd, St. Martin’s Voices, The Will Todd Ensemble - Will Todd: Passion Music; Jazz Missa Brevis
Trio Carducci - Arensky: Piano Trios
Osmo Vänskä, Minnesota Orchestra - Mahler: 2 Resurrection
Anne Sofie von Otter, Bengt Forsberg - A Simple Song
Gottfried von der Goltz, Freiburger Barockorchester - Corelli: Concerti Grossi; Sinfonia to Santa Beatrice d'Este
Yuja Wang - The Berlin Recital
Katherine Watson, Karine Deshayes, Hervé Niquet - L'Opéra des Opéras
Thomas Zehetmair, Musikkollegium Winterthur - Bruckner: Symphony No. 3 D minor (Version 1877)