In January, our Classical reviewers found a number of recital albums with intriguing programs: Gil Shaham playing violin concertos from the 1930s, pianist Anna Gourari in an intimate setting, soprano Suzie LeBlanc and the ensemble Constantinople improvising with Baroque music, the vocal group Ensemble Clément Janequin giving a taste of the holidays in 16th century France, and more.



Blair Sanderson
Akademie für Alte Musik Berlin - Antonio Vivaldi: Le Quattro Stagioni; Rebel: Les Éléments
Tanja Becker-Bender, Péter Nagy - Hindemith: Violin Sonatas
Diana Damrau - Forever
Adam Fischer, Danish National Chamber Orchestra - Mozart: 45 Symphonies
Sascha Goetzel, Borusan Istanbul Philharmonic Orchestra - Rimsky-Korsakov: Scheherazade
Gould Piano Trio - Hummel: Piano Trios, Vol. 2 - Nos. 1, 4 and 5
Clare Hammond - Étude
Mariss Jansons, Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra - Strauss: Don Juan; Ein Heldenleben
Herbert von Karajan - Karajan: Sibelius, 1976-1981
Susanne Lang - Evgenij Gunst: Wanderer zwischen den Welten
Fabio Luisi, Philharmonia Zurich - Berlioz: Symphonie fantastique
Anna Netrebko - Tchaikovsky: Iolanta
Sakari Oramo - Carl Nielsen: Symphonies Nos. 1 & 3 "Sinfonia Espansiva"
Anna Paradiso - J.H. Roman: The 12 Keyboard Sonatas
Gil Shaham - 1930s Violin Concertos, Vol. 1
Christophe Sirodeau - Viktor Ullmann: The Complete Works for Piano Solo
Marc Soustrot, Malmö Symphony Orchestra - Saint-Saëns: Symphonies, Vol. 1
Masaaki Suzuki, Bach Collegium Japan - Mozart: Requiem
Vincent Warnier, Leonard Slatkin, Orchestre National de Lyon - Saint-Saëns: Symphony No. 3 "Organ"; Danse macabre; Cyprès et Lauriers
Simone Young, Philharmoniker Hamburg - Bruckner: Symphony No. 6

James Manheim
Anderson & Roe Piano Duo - The Art of Bach
Zuill Bailey, Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra, Jun Märkl - Nico Muhly: Cello Concerto; Ernest Bloch: Schelomo ; Three Jewish Poems
Tanja Becker-Bender - Romantic Violin Concerto Vol. 16: Busoni, Strauss
Calefax Reed Quintet, Cora Burggraaf - Roaring Twenties
Bart Coen, La Petite Bande, Sigiswald Kuijken - Telemann: Concertos & Suites
Constantinople, Suzie Leblanc - Metamorfosi Musicali
Del Sol String Quartet, Stephen Kent - Peter Sculthorpe: The Complete String Quartets with Didjeridu
Pip Eastop, Hanover Band, Eroica Quartet - Mozart: Horn Concertos; Horn Quintet
James Ehnes, Seattle Chamber Music Society - American Chamber Music
Ensemble Clément Janequin, Dominique Visse - Au Sainct Nau
Florilegium, Ashley Solomon - Bach: Brandenburg Concertos
Christian Gerhaher - Nachtviolen: Schubert Lieder
Anna Gourari - Visions fugitives
Philippe Graffin, Royal Flemish Philharmonic, Martyn Brabbins - Romantic Violin Concerto, Vol. 18: Jongen, Lazzari
David Hansen - Rivals: Arias for Farinelli & Co.
JACK Quartet - John Luther Adams: The Wind in High Places
Bruce Levingston - Heavy Sleep
Choir of Merton College, Oxford, Benjamin Nicholas, Peter Phillips - The Marian Collection
La Nuova Musica, David Bates - Charpentier, Carissimi: Sacrifices
Orlando Consort - Machaut: Songs from Le Voir Dit
Maria João Pires, Swedish Radio Symphony Orchestra, Daniel Harding - Beethoven: Piano Concertos 3 & 4
Maurizio Pollini - Beethoven: Sonatas, Opp. 31 & 49
Jake Schepps Quintet - Entwined
Steffen Schleiermacher - Teachers, Friends, Colleagues: New Piano Music from Eastern Germany
Howard Shelley, Ulster Orchestra - Classical Piano Concerto Vol. 1: Dussek
Charlie Siem - Under the Stars
Sistine Chapel Choir - Habemus Papam
Sitkovetsky Trio - Brahms: Piano Trio in C minor, Op. 101; Schubert: Piano Trio in E flat major, D. 929
St. Paul's Cathedral Choir, Andrew Carwood - Canticles from St. Paul's Cathedral, London
Swedish Radio Choir, Peter Dijkstra - Brahms: Mass; Motets
Turtle Island Quartet - Confetti Man
Roland Wood, Matthew Trusler, Iain Burnside - Stars of the Night: Songs and Violin Works by Ralph Vaughan Williams