Create your own history of music timeline with the discs we reviewed this past month. It may vary geographically and stylistically, but it will still convey highlights of each era along with some more obscure samples. From the Renaissance period, check out the songs of Guillaume Machaut or the St. Matthew Passion by Orlande de Lassus. The Baroque is well represented by music of Vivaldi, Bach, and others, but also by pieces from 18th century Mexico. Beethoven, Schubert, Verdi, and Wagner are just a few of the composers of the Romantic era to sample in this list. From the 20th century, you'll find music by Prokofiev, Copland, and Vaughan Williams among the more familiar names, while the string quartets of Elena Ruehr among the newest compositions.

Blair Sanderson
Andrew Carwood, The Cardinall's Musick - Tallis: The Votive Antiphons
Laurence Cummings, Harmony of Nations Baroque Orchestra - Bach: Tripl3s
Philippe Entremont - Schubert: Sonata No. 21 D. 960; Fantasie D. 940; Marche Militaire No. 1
JoAnn Falletta, Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra - Wagner: Orchestral Music from Der Ring des Nibelungen
Reinhold Friedrich, Royal Academy of Music Brass, Juilliard School Brass - - Gabrieli for Brass: Venetian Extravaganza
Marc-André Hamelin - Schubert: Piano Sonata in B flat major D60; Four Impromptus D935
Martin Helmchen - Beethoven: Diabelli Variations
Il Giardino d'Amore - The Heart of Europe
Mariss Jansons, Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra - Mahler: Symphony No. 7
La Fontegara México - Arca de Música: Instrumental Music in New Spain, Vol. 1
La Fontegara México - Arca de Música: Instrumental Music in New Spain, Vol. 2
Nikolai Lugansky - Sergei Rachmaninov: 24 Preludes
Orlando Consort - Machaut: Fortune's Child
Andrés Orozco-Estrada, Houston Symphony - Music of the Americas
Rachel Podger, Brecon Baroque - Vivaldi: Le Quattro Stagioni; Il Grosso Mogul; Il Riposo; L'Amoroso
Sylvie Proulx - Les Tendres Plaintes: Works by Jean-Philippe Rameau
Signum Quartett - Schubert: Aus der Ferne
Krzysztof Urbański, NDR Elbphilharmonie Orchester - Stravinsky: Le Sacre du printemps

James Manheim
Piotr Anderszewski, Chamber Orchestra of Europe - Mozart: Piano Concertos 25 & 27
Daniel Barenboim - Claude Debussy: Estampes; Clair de lune; La plus que lente; Élégie; Préludes I
Lisa Batiashvili, Chamber Orchestra of Europe, Yannick Nézet-Séguin - Visions of Prokofiev
Jean-Efflam Bavouzet, Bergen Philharmonic Orchestra and Choirs, Edward Gardner - Grieg: Piano Concerto; Incidental Music to "Peer Gynt"
Jiří Bělohlávek, Czech Philharmonic Orchestra - Smetana: Má Vlast
Joseph Calleja - Verdi
Anna Caterina Antonacci, Orchestre Philharmonique Royal de Liège, John Neschling - Respighi: Vetrate di Chiesa; Il Tramonto; Trittico botticelliano
Max Emanuel Cencic, Capella Cracoviensis, Jan Tomasz Adamus - Nicola Porpora: Germanico in Germania
Riccardo Chailly, Lucerne Festival Orchestra - Stravinsky: Chant Funèbre; Le Sacre de Printemps
Cypress String Quartet, Borromeo String Quartet, Stephen Salters - Elena Ruehr: Six String Quartets
Andrew Davis, BBC Symphony Orchestra Sir Arthur Bliss: The Beatitudes; Introduction and Allegro; God Save the Queen
Ernst Senff Choir of Berlin, Kirill Karabits - Prokofiev: Cantata for the 20th Anniversary of the October Revolution
Franco Fagioli - Handel Arias
Freiburger Barockorchester, Gottfried von der Goltz, Petra Müllejans - Handel: Concerti a Due Cori
Rumon Gamba, Iceland Symphony Orchestra - Dag Wirén: Sinfonietta; Serenade for Strings; Symphony No. 3; Divertimento
Christian Gerhaher, Gerold Huber - Franz Schubert: Die Schöne Müllerin
James Gilchrist, Philip Dukes, Anna Tilbrook - Vaughan Williams: Songs of Travel
Paavo Järvi, Estonian Festival Orchestra - Shostakovich: Symphony No. 6; Sinfonietta
Martinů Voices, Lukáš Vasilek - Martinů: Madrigals
Filippo Mineccia, Raffaele Pe, La Venexiana, Claudio Cavina - A due alti: Chamber duets by Bononcini, Steffani, Marcello et al.
Musica Ficta, Bo Holten - Lassus: St. Matthew Passion
Seiji Ozawa, Martha Argerich, Mito Chamber Orchestra - Beethoven: Symphony 1; Piano Concerto 1
Simon Rattle, London Symphony Orchestra - Haydn: An Imaginary Orchestral Journey
Christophe Rousset, Les Talens Lyriques - Jean-Baptiste Lully: Alceste
Scottish Chamber Orchestra Wind Soloists - Ludwig van Beethoven: Music for Winds
The Sixteen, Harry Christophers - Vivaldi: Gloria; Bach: Mass in G major
Laura van der Heijden, Petr Limonov - 1948: Prokofiev, Myaskovsky, Shaporin, Lyadov
Vienna Philharmonic, Riccardo Muti - 2018 New Year's Concert
Voces8 - Equinox
The Choir of Westminster Abbey, James O'Donnell - Ludford: Ave Maria, ancilla Trinitatis; Missa Videte miraculum
John Wilson, BBC Philharmonic Orchestra - Copland: Orchestral Works, Vol. 3 – Symphonies
Sonya Yoncheva - The Verdi Album