Bach: Gottes Zeit is die allerbeste Zeit 'Actus tragicus' BWV 106; Himmelskönig, sei willkommen BWV 182; Komm, Jesu, komm BWV 229
Intimate, impressively precise performances in well-known Bach cantatas and a motet.
Intimate, small-group performances of English music honoring a now-little-known saint.
Scott Metcalfe and Blue Heron present the first of a two-volume set of the complete chansons of Renaissance master Johannes Ockeghem.
Pathbreaking rethinking of the early American repertory by the Boston Camerata.
Tobias Picker's comic opera Fantastic Mr. Fox receives a crisp and lively performance by Gil Rose and the Boston Modern Orchestra Project.
Impressively versatile thematic recital by soprano Carolyn Sampson covering English and French songs depicting famous madwomen.
Christian Thielemann / Krassimira Stoyanova / Charles Castronovo / Dresden State Opera Chorus / Marina Prudenskaya / Staatskapelle Dresden / Georg Zeppenfeld
Christian Thielemann conducts a well-balanced, intense Verdi Requiem, recorded live in Dresden.
Unique and vivid performance of this Tudor mass, with separate choirs in the full- and reduced-scoring sections.
The Requiem and other sacred works of Portuguese composer Manuel Cardoso are performed by the eight-member vocal ensemble, Cupertinos.
One of a pair of strong new albums from Naïve's Vivaldi edition, with unknown sacred arias beautifully sung.
Sacred music of the high Renaissance is offered by early music authority Peter Phillips and the 33-voice chamber choir El León de Oro.
A variety of Baroque vocal and instrumental music from the Leufsta collection at Uppsala University is offered by the period ensemble Rebaroque.
A strong collection of recent MacMillan works that could work well as an introduction to his music.
An exceptional historical-instrument performance of Beethoven's notoriously troublesome late mass.
Paul McCreesh and the Gabrieli Consort and Players perform Purcell's King Arthur in the edition by McCreesh and Christopher Suckling.
Guy Cutting / Emma Tring / Benjamin Nicholas / Choir of Merton College, Oxford / Oxford Contemporary Sinfonia
A powerful Passion setting, with unusual text interpolations, that is both specific to its place and time, and universal.
Warm, American-flavored Duruflé performances with fine acoustics capturing a remarkable organ.
Third time's a charm as Bostridge's third Winterreise has a wonderful detailed, burnished quality.
Beautifully rendered early Verdi arias augur well for Abdrazakov's new tenure at Deutsche Grammophon.
Savall presents a lean and athletic interpretation of Handel's Messiah with La Capella Reial de Catalunya and Le Concert des Nations.
Gerald Finley and Julius Drake perform a compelling program of Schubert's Schwanengesang and Brahms' Vier ernste Gesänge.
An anthology opera, or a collection of tunes, of a sort that the French monarchs might have heard often.
Lush collection of English Romantic works lightened by Renaissance and contemporary pieces.
A wonderful sleeper of a Schumann recording, with the real star a 1841 Viennese piano by Franz Rausch.
Highly unorthodox Monteverdi Vespers that will be thrilling for all but traditionalists.
Splendid performances of Tchaikovsky's relatively rare sacred music, in a spirit the composer would have loved.
Superb Arvo Pärt performances from a small Renaissance-oriented vocal group.
Gorgeous, emotionally intense renditions of Schütz's small-scale motets.
For this 2019 Naïve album, Mariana Flores and Hopkinson Smith explore the full range of emotions in John Dowland's lute songs.
A delightful song recital with obscurities from both composers, capturing their mutual influence.
The Baroque opera stars Faustina Bordoni and Francesca Cuzzoni are celebrated on this Signum Classics album of arias by Handel and others.
Matthias Goerne / Christiane Karg / Daniel Harding / Swedish Radio Choir / Swedish Radio Symphony Orchestra
Daniel Harding leads the Swedish Radio Symphony Orchestra and Chorus in a traditional reading of Brahms' Ein deutsches Requiem.
Superb Schumann from a vocalist at the very top of his powers.
John Nelson leads combined choirs and the Philharmonia Orchestra in a resonant performance of Berlioz's Grande Messe des morts.
Vocally gorgeous rendering of a rarely heard piece of English-language music by Byrd.
An impressive realization of an original idea on the part of this hot British choir.
The Orlando Consort continues its Machaut Edition with vocal music influenced by the medieval allegory Le Roman de la Rose.
Paul O'Dette / Stephen Stubbs / Boston Early Music Festival Chamber Ensemble / Boston Early Music Festival Vocal Ensemble
The Boston Early Music Festival adds to its growing discography of operas by the French Baroque composer Marc-Antoine Charpentier.
Famed countertenor Jaroussky ventures into new territory with a survey of middle 17th century composer Cavalli.
Chansons of loss and regret by Josquin des Prez are presented in Renaissance style by the baritone and lute duo Dulces Exuviae.
Sublime recording from Piau of French mélodies, familiar and new, with period instruments.
Fine release from the Choir of St. John's College, showcasing its richness and diversity of repertory at its best.
Unusually deep treatment of music from the core of the English collegiate tradition, with gorgeous sound from Signum.
Fine performances that pair works by Debussy, Fauré, and Satie with a modern work.
The choir of Hampton Court Palace returns with music by one of its former members.
The fast-rising vocal sextet the Gesualdo Six present an original and gorgeous holiday album.
Gorgeous performances of a Josquin mass of disputed authenticity and one by the little-known Noel Bauldeweyn.
A superb collection of Finzi's choral music, beautifully sung and beautifully structured.
Vladimir Fedoseyev / Irina Arkhipova / Natalia Dazko / Dmitri Hvorostovsky / Moscow Radio Symphony Orchestra / Vitaly Tarashchenko
Fine version of the Tchaikovsky opera, featuring a young Dmitri Hvorostovsky.
Warm, sensuous readings of cantatas by pre-Sebastian members of the Bach family bring alive their influence.