Although studio recordings can be great, many people say hearing artists in person is even better. This month several new releases capture the excitement and energy of live performances for you. For many years now, Martha Argerich has hosted a chamber music festival near her home in Switzerland, and last year's recitals can be found on the two-disc set, Live from Lugano 2015. Another festival from 2015, the Edinburgh International Festival, found Richard Egarr conducting a historically informed concert version of Gilbert and Sullivan's HMS Pinafore. Other live recordings include Andris Nelsons leading the Boston Symphony Orchestra in Shostakovich, Valery Gergiev and the London Symphony Orchestra in Scriabin, and Marek Janowski's complete Ring Cycle, recorded in concert in 2012 and 2013.

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Blair Sanderson
Martha Argerich - Martha Argerich & Friends: Live from Lugano 2015
David Bernard, Park Avenue Chamber Symphony - Stravinsky: The Rite of Spring; Bartok: Concerto for Orchestra
David Bernard, Park Avenue Chamber Symphony - Bartók: Dance Suite; Copland: Appalachian Spring; Stravinsky: Firebird Suite; Vaughan Williams: Fantasia on a Theme by Thomas Tallis
Thomas Dausgaard, Seattle Symphony - Mahler: Symphony No. 10
Christoph von Dohnányi, Philharmonia Orchestra - Schubert: Symphony No. 9 - Live in Concert
Richard Egarr, Scottish Opera - Gilbert & Sullivan: HMS Pinafore
Valery Gergiev, London Symphony Orchestra - Scriabin: Symphonies Nos. 1 & 2
Steven Isserlis, Paavo Järvi , Philharmonia Orchestra - Elgar & Walton: Cello Concertos
Marek Janowski, Berlin Radio Symphony Orchestra - Richard Wagner: Der Ring des Nibelungen
Mariss Jansons, Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra - Prokofiev: Symphony No. 5
Fabio Luisi, Philharmonia Zurich - Bruckner: Symphony No. 8
Quatuor Diotima - Schoenberg, Berg, Webern: Complete Works for String Quartet
Trevor Pinnock, Marieke Spaans, Marcus Mohlin, Katy Bircher, Manfredo Kraemer - Johann Sebastian Bach: Harpsichord Concertos, Vol. 3
James Rutherford, Eugene Asti - Schubert: Schwanengesang
Ingrid Schmithüsen - Arnold Schönberg, Max Kowalski: Pierrot Lunaire
Stanislaw Skrowaczewski, London Philharmonic Orchestra - Bruckner: Symphony No. 5
Various Artists - Erik Satie and Friends
Various Artists - For Queen and Country: Music for a Royal Celebration
Yuja Wang/Ray Chen/Tonhalle-Orchester Zürich/Lionel Bringuier - Ravel: Complete Orchestral Works
Joshua Weilerstein, Orchestre de Chambre de Lausanne - Igor Stravinsky: Apollo Musagete; Concerto in D; Pulcinella

James Manheim
Aldeburgh Strings - Britten: Serenade for Tenor, Horn and Strings
Frank Almond, William Wolfram - Violin's Life, Vol. 2: Music for the 'Lipinski' Stradivari
Nicholas Angelich - Dedication
Martha Argerich - Early Recordings
Armonico Consort, Christopher Monks - Greensleeves: Folk Music of the British Isles
Alison Balsom, Tom Poster - Légende: Works for Trumpet and Piano
Maya Beiser - TranceClassical
David Braid, Epoque Quartet - David Braid: Flow
Sarah Beth Briggs - Gál: Piano Concerto; Mozart: Piano Concerto No. 22 K.482
Cameron Carpenter - All You Need is Bach
Sasha Cooke, Julius Drake- Liszt: The Complete Songs, Vol. 4
Wolfgang Dörner, Orchestre de Cannes- Joseph Lanner: Viennese Dances
Rumon Gamba, BBC National Orchestra of Wales - Overtures from the British Isles, Vol. 2
James Kallembach Kallembach: Passion
Dinara Klinton - Franz Liszt: Études d'exécution transcendante
Anja Lechner, Tallinn Chamber Orchestra, Tõnu Kaljuste- Tõnu Kõrvits: Mirror
Rolf Lislevand - La Mascarade
Andris Nelsons, Boston Symphony Orchestra - Shostakovich Under Stalin's Shadow: Symphonies Nos. 5, 8 & 9
Martin Roscoe, BBC Philharmonic Orchestra, Juanjo Mena- Albéniz: Piano Concerto No. 1 "Concierto fantástico"
Septura - Music for Brass Septet, Vol. 4
Ksenija Sidorova - Carmen
Smetana Trio - Bohuslav Martinu: The Complete Piano Trios
Choir of St John's, Cambridge, Andrew Nethsingha - Harvey: Deo
Mark Suozzo - Love & Friendship [Original Motion Picture Soundtrack]
Tenebrae, Nighel Short - Alexander L'Estrange: On Eagles' Wings
Rosemary Tuck, English Chamber Orchestra, Richard Bonynge - Carl Czerny: Grand Concerto in A minor
Various Artists - Iain Hamilton: The Bermudas; Piano Concerto No. 1; Cantos
Les Violons du Roy, Mathieu Lussier - Vivaldi
Jan Vogler - Tchaikovsky
Kenneth Woods - Elgar: Piano Quintet; Sea Pictures - Orchestrated
Dmitry Yablonsky, Russian Philharmonic Orchestra - Khachaturian: Symphony No. 2 "The Bell"; Lermontov Suite
Tianwa Yang, Virginia Arts Festival Orchestra, JoAnn Falletta - Stravinsky: The Soldier's Tale