As usually happens, our reviewers listened to music that covers a wide time span, and that music often reflects when and where it was written. The Gonzaga Band uses a variety of composers to show Italian Baroque style of Venice in 1629 specifically. Shostakovich's Symphony No. 11, subtitled "The Year 1905" is a look back on an earlier Russian revolution from the midst of the Stalin era. More current history is covered by songs utilizing the words of Ruth Bader Ginsburg and by Mason Bates' opera about Steve Jobs. Do some time travelling with us and sample some of these recent recordings.






Blair Sanderson
Cecilia Bernardini, Masumi Nagasawa - Louis Spohr: 3 Sonatas for Harp & Violin
Mark Elder, Hallé Orchestra - Wagner: Das Rheingold
Gonzaga Band - Venice 1629
Enoch zu Guttenberg, Orchester KlangVerwaltung - Franz Schubert: Große Symphonie in C-Dur
Sami Junnonen, Chamber Domaine - Mozart: Flute Quartets
Andrew Kirkman, Binchois Consort - The Lily & the Rose
David Alan Miller, National Orchestral Institute Philharmonic - John Harbison: Symphony No. 4; Carl Ruggles: Sun-Treader; Steven Stucky: Second Concerto for Orchestra
Andris Nelsons, Leipzig Gewandhaus Orchestra - Bruckner: Symphony No. 7; Wagner: Siegfried's Funeral March
Andris Nelsons, Boston Symphony Orchestra - Dmitri Shostakovich: Symphonies Nos. 4 & 11 "The Year 1905"
Jukka-Pekka Saraste, WDR Sinfonieorchester Köln - Beethoven: Symphonies 4/5
Jukka-Pekka Saraste, WDR Sinfonieorchester Köln - Johannes Brahms: Symphonies 1-4; Haydn Variations; Overtures

James Manheim
Giovanni Antonini, Kammerorchester Basel - Haydn 2032, No. 6: Lamentatione
Joshua Bell, Academy of St. Martin-in-the-Fields - Bruch: Scottish Fantasy
Simon Callaghan, BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra, Ben Gernon - Romantic Piano Concerto, Vol. 76: Rheinberger, Scholz
Adrian Chandler, La Serenissima - Vivaldi x2
Ray Chen - The Golden Age
De Profundis, Robert Hollingworth - Sebastián de Vivanco: Missa Assumpsit Jesus
Thomas Dunford - Bach
Duo Noire - Night Triptych
Bjarte Engeset, Royal Norwegian Navy Band - Percy Grainger: Complete Music for Wind Band, Vol. 3
Ivan Fischer, Budapest Festival Orchestra - Mendelssohn: Overture & Incidental Music to A Midsummer Night's Dream
Alexander Gilman, LGT Young Soloists - Nordic Dream: Works for String Orchestra
Evelyn Glennie, Royal Scottish National Orchestra - Out of the Silence: Orchestral Music by John McLeod
Kjell Tore Innervik - Utopias
Wolfgang Katschner, Lautten Compagney - G.F. Händel, Leonardo Vinci: Didone Abbandonata
Celil Refik Kaya - Agustín Barrios: Guitar Music, Vol. 4
Kevin Kenner - Late Chopin Works
Kreutzer Quartet, Roderick Chadwick, CalArts Orchestra, Susan Allen - Gloria Coates: Piano Quintet; Symphony No. 10 'Drones of Druids on Celtic Ruins'
Kelly Markgraf, Edward Parks, Michael Christie - Mason Bates: The (R)evolution of Steve Jobs
Kurt Masur, London Philharmonic Orchestra - Shostakovich: Symphony No. 7
Patrice Michaels, Kuang-Hao Huang - Notorious RBG in Song
Drew Petersen - Barber, Carter, Griffes, Ives, Zaimont
Jonathan Plowright - Suk
Christopher Purves - Handel's Finest Arias for Base Voice, Vol.2
Marion Rampal, Raphaël Imbert, Manfred Quartet - Bye-Bye Berlin
Royal String Quartet - MacMillan: String Quartets
Inbal Segev, Juho Pohjonen - Chopin, Schumann, Grieg
Brinton Averil Smith, Houston Symphony, Kazuki Yamada - Castelnuovo-Tedesco: Cello Concerto
Thomas Søndergård, BBC National Orchestra of Wales - Sibelius: Finlandia; Swan of Tuonela; Oceanides; En saga; Valse triste
Choir of St Mary's Cathedral, Edinburgh,Duncan Ferguson - William Mundy: Sacred Choral Music
Jan Vogler, Mira Wang - Double Concertos: Brahms, Rihm, Harbison
Vox Luminis, Lionel Meunier, Ensemble Masques, Olivier Fortin - Buxtehude: Abendmusiken
Jaap van Zweden, New York Philharmonic - Beethoven: Symphonies Nos. 5 & 7