The year has gotten off to a great start with the release of some terrific new CDs. This list is a diverse sampling of some of the top choices of AllMusic's classical editors and writers. Click on the links below to read the reviews and listen to the music samples, which should whet your appetite for checking out these outstanding albums.
Blair Sanderson
Angela Hewitt, piano - Bach
Marcus Bosch, conductor - Bruckner: Symphony No. 2
Andrew Litton, conductor - Stravinsky: The Rite of Spring; Petrushka (1911)
Colin Davis, conductor - Nielsen: Symphonies Nos. 4 & 5
David Zinman, conductor - Mahler: Symphony No. 10
Emmanuel Krivine, conductor - Beethoven: Complete Symphonies
Icicle Trio
Jim Manheim
Yevgeny Sudbin, piano - Beethoven: Piano Concertos Nos. 4 & 5
Szymanowski Quartet; Matthias Kirschnereit, piano - Dmitry Shostakovich, Mieczyslaw Weinberg: Piano Quintets
Trio Wanderer - Smetana: Piano Trio; Liszt: Elegies
Marie Kuijken & Veronica Kuijken, piano - Mozart: Sonatas for Four Hands
Icicle Creek Piano Trio - Haydn, Shostakovich, Turina
Mike D. Brownell
Jamie Walton, cello - Walton, Shostakovich: Cello Concertos
Tabea Zimmermann, viola; Kirill Gerstein, piano - Brahms, Clarke, Vieuxtemps: Sonatas for Viola & Piano
Peter Martens, cello; Luis Magalhaes, piano - Beethoven: Sonatas for Cello and Piano
Charles Dutoit, conductor - Rimsky-Korsakov: Scheherazade; Russian Easter Festival
Lawrence Power, viola - Hindemith: Music for Viola and Orchestra
Stephen Eddins
Leonardo García Alarcón, conductor - Henry Purcell: Dido and Aeneas
Toby Twining, conductor - Toby Twining: Eurydice
Robert Hollingworth, conductor - Alessandro Striggio: Mass in 40 Parts
Rebecca Miller, conductor - Aaron Jay Kernis: Goblin Market
Mark Elder, conductor - The Debussy Preludes, orchestrated by Colin Matthews
Iarla Ó Lionáird, Dawn Upshaw, vocals - Donnacha Dennehy: Grá Agus Bás
V. Vasan
Jan Willem de Vriend, conductor - Ludwig van Beethoven: Symphonies Nos. 1 & 5
Richard Rosenberg, conductor - Jazz Nocturne: American Concertos of the Jazz Age
Kirill Karabits, conductor - Khachaturian: Spartacus; Gayaneh Highlights
Angelika Kirchschlager, mezzo-soprano -- Gustav Mahler: Lieder
Andrew von Oeyen, piano - Liszt: Sonata in B minor; Waldesrauschen; Rigoletto; etc.
New Year's Eve Concert
Patsy Morita
Renée Fleming, soprano - New Year's Eve Concert 2010
Jin Ju, piano - Schumann: Piano Sonata No. 1 Op. 11; Fantasia Op. 17
Christoph Deluze, piano - Kabalevsky: Piano Sonatas Nos. 1-3
Sigure Slåttebrekk, piano - Chasing the Butterfly