In North America, September means children returning to school and learning new things. Anyone interested in learning about the classical music canon will find many of the standard works among our most recent reviews. Vivaldi's Four Seasons, a set of violin concertos, represent music of the Baroque era and are here in two new recordings. For the Classical era, there are some of Haydn's London Symphonies by the Cappella Coloniensis led by Bruno Weil. There are Beethoven piano sonatas, Brahms' Ein deutsches Requiem, Schubert songs, and Schumann's chamber music for examples of the vast legacy of the Romantic composers. For more modern classics, there's Stravinsky's Le Sacre du printemps in both an orchestral and a piano duet version, and guitarist Massimo Menotti performing the music of Philip Glass and Steve Reich.

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Blair Sanderson
Amadeus Quartet - The RIAS Amadeus Quartet Recordings Vol. 1: Beethoven
Matthew Bengtson - Alexander Scriabin: Piano Sonatas, Vol. 2
Blue Chamber Quartet - Rhapsody in Blue
Stefan Blunier, Beethoven Orchester Bonn, Speidel-Trenkner Piano Duo - Stravinsky: Le Sacre du Printemps - Version for Piano 4 hands and for Orchestra
Carducci String Quartet, Cian O'Duill, Gemma Rosefield - Philip Glass: String Quartet No. 5; Suite from Dracula; String Sextet
Douglas Bostock, Argovia Philharmonic - Fantastique
David Deveau - Siegfried Idyll
Anne Gastinel - Romantique
Daniel Harding, Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra - Mahler: Symphonie Nr. 6
Mariss Jansons, Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra - Brahms: Ein deutsches Requiem
Daniel Justin - Elgar: Complete Original Organ Music
Evgeni Koroliov - Beethoven: Sonatas Op. 109, 110 & 111
Marko Letonja, Sinfonieorchester Basel - Felix Weingartner: Complete Symphonies
Eric Lebrun, Marie-Ange Leurent - Dietrich Buxtehude: Phantasticus - Intégrale des oeuvres pour orgue
Sivan Magen - French Reflections
Yury Martynov - Beethoven/Liszt: Symphonies Nos. 4 & 5
Sabine Meyer - Klarinettenkonzerte (Clarinet Concertos)
Timo Nuoranne, Finnish Radio Chamber Choir - Rautavaara: Choral Works
Ursula Oppens, Jerome Lowenthal - Frederic Rzewski: The People United Will Never Be Defeated; Four Hands
Itzhak Perlman - Itzhak Perlman: Complete Recordings on Deutsche Grammophon
Mikhail Pletnev, Russian National Orchestra - Tchaikovsky: The Symphonies; Manfred
Gil Rose, Boston Modern Orchestra Project - Irving Fine: Complete Orchestral Works
Gustavo Sánchez, Camerata Antonio Soler - Gaetano Brunetti: Sinfonías
Daniil Trifonov, Yannick Nézet-Séguin, Philadelphia Orchestra - Rachmaninov Variations
Jos van Immerseel, Anima Eterna Orchestra - Janácek: Sinfonietta; Dvorák: Symphony “From the New World”
Tamsin Waley-Cohen, Huw Watkins - Works for Violin & Piano by Hahn & Szymanowski
Gerard Willems - Morning Mood: Solo Piano Music of Edvard Grieg

James Manheim
Lucile Boulanger, Arnaud de Pasquale - C.P.E. Bach, Graun, Hesse: Trios for Fortepiano & Viola da Gamba
Brodsky Quartet - Benjamin Britten: The Complete String Quartets
Conspirare, Craig Hella Johnson - Pablo Neruda: The Poet Sings
Dunedin Consort, John Butt - Bach: Magnificat
Duo Arnicans - Chopin & Dohnányi: Sonatas for Cello & Piano
James Gaffigan, Netherlands Radio Philharmonic Orchestra - Sergei Prokofiev: Symphonies Nos. 3 and 4
Stephan Genz, Michel Dalberto - Schubert: Winterreise
Werner Güra, Christoph Berner - Ludwig van Beethoven: Lieder & Bagatellen
Hiromi Ikei - J.S. Bach: Aspekte
Christiane Karg - Scene!
Jonas Kaufmann - Nessun Dorma: The Puccini Album
Roby Lakatos, Brussels Chamber Orchestra - Antonio Vivaldi: The Four Seasons
Lutoslawski Quartet - Grażyna Bacewicz: Complete String Quartets, Vol. 2
Yo-Yo Ma, Kathryn Stott - Songs from the Arc of Life
Alexander Melnikov - Robert Schumann
Massimo Menotti - Minimalist Guitar Music: Works by Philip Glass and Steve Reich
El Mundo, Richard Savino - What Artemisia Heard
Anne-Sophie Mutter - Club Album: Live from Yellow Lounge
Maristella Patuzzi, Floraleda Sacchi - Astor Piazzolla: Intimamente Tango
Olga Peretyatko - Rossini!
Roberto Plano, Quartetto Noferini - Sgambati: Piano Quintets; String Quartets
Le Poème Harmonique, Vincent Dumestre - Pergolesi: Stabat Mater; Marian Music from Naples
Michael Riesman - Philip Glass: Beauty and the Beast
John Morris Russell, Cincinnati Pops Orchestra - American Originals
Ursula Schoch, Marcel Worms - Arvo Pärt: Complete Works for Violin and Piano and for Piano Solo
The Chapel Choir of Selwyn College, Cambridge/Sarah MacDonald - Eternal Ecstasy: Music of Visionary Transcendence
La Serenissima, Adrian Chandler - Vivaldi: The Four Seasons
DJ Spooky, Kronos Quartet - Rebirth of a Nation
Kathryn Stott - Solitaires
Joseph Tong - Jean Sibelius: Piano Works, Vol. 1
Pablo Villegas - Americano
Bruno Weil, Cappella Coloniensis - Joseph Haydn: Londoner Symphonien Nr. 102, 103, 104