Editors' Choice for December, 2018

A fine entry in Hyperion's complete cycle of Liszt songs, with poetry squarely in the mainstream of the composer's song production.
- James Manheim
Like the title says, this collects the brilliant run of mid-'60s singles Fuller cut for Mustang, all in mono, along with a few other treats.
- Tim Sendra
Wonderful, appropriately chamber-sized performances of Handel's early Italian cantatas.
- James Manheim
This collection of the band's Downtown Records output traces their evolution from quirky blues-punkers to chart-friendly rockers.
- Heather Phares
Coldplay cap their Head Full of Dreams era with this live CD/DVD set filmed in Argentina and Brazil.
- Neil Z. Yeung
Grace Davidson sings John Dowland's First Book of Songes or Ayres with a pure, unaffected delivery, accompanied on lute by David Miller.
- Blair Sanderson
Filled with stark atmospheres, compelling vocals, and dry feminist wit, the producer's third solo album is one of her most complete statements.
- Heather Phares
Star tenor Ian Bostridge achieves a very strong entry in the string of releases marking the centenary of the end of World War I.
- James Manheim
Not children's music but youthful melodies realized in adulthood; fun for all ages!
- James Manheim
A superbly constructed Christmas program, beautifully executed by this small choir.
- James Manheim
Released a year after guitarist Larry Ray's death, the band's final album is a warm, joyous last hurrah.
- Heather Phares
The Tallis Singers present two of Josquin's masses -- Missa Gaudeamus and Missa L'ami Baudichon -- in Gimell's clear and focused recordings.
- Blair Sanderson
Super fun and frolicsome collection of rarities, single mixes, and unreleased tracks, mostly from the mid-'90s.
- Tim Sendra
The McDonald brothers gleefully romp through a selection of covers, burying their recent punk past in heavy metal and bubblegum, now reissued with bonus tracks.
- Tim Sendra
A delightful holiday collection applying early music settings to American folk music.
- James Manheim
This essential 21-disc box examines not only the Chicago innovators' recordings for ECM, but their solo and associated works, and tangential projects.
- Thom Jurek
On his fourth album in 18 months, the Celtic soulman re-teams with Joey DeFrancesco's quartet in a joyous set of originals and vintage blues tunes.
- Thom Jurek
Vasily Petrenko and the Oslo Philharmonic Orchestra complete their Scriabin cycle with the First Symphony and Prometheus: The Poem of Fire.
- Blair Sanderson