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Schubert: Piano Trios (Ondine)

Ideal performances of great works – and a fitting memorial to Lars Vogt [RMo]

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van Helmont: Leçons de Ténèbres (Ricercar)

Van Helmont’s Leçons fully deserve to be recorded, and Scherzi Musicali has done a great job of performing them [JV]

Ténèbres et Abysse (Château de Versailles Spectacles)

Excellent and often exciting performances of partly little-known music [JV]

Bruckner: Symphony No 8 (Capriccio)

Anyone wanting to hear the original version of Bruckner’s monumental Eighth Symphony given the best possible advocacy need look no further [RMo]

Janácek, Brahms, Bartók: Violin Sonatas (Alpha Classics)

Two firecracker performers strike a storm of sparks off one another [DMD]

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Music for Strings (Chandos)

An absolutely outstanding disc containing some of the best of English string music [EJW]

The Monteverdi Organ (Brilliant Classics)

Groundbreaking from the perspective of performance practice [JV]

Havergal Brian: Symphonies No. 8, 9, 22, 24 (Heritage)

Brilliant re-masterings of superb, and possibly definitive, recordings [JF]

Haydn: 2032 Project, Vol. 13: Horn Signal (Alpha)

Recommended for a most enjoyable experience [SG]

Enescu: Piano Sonatas (Prospero Classical)

Enescu’s finest piano works in superb performances by a newcomer [SB]

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Handel: Keyboard Suites (Deutsche Grammophon)

Moves the Korean into the elite group of pianists [DMD]

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MacMillan: Christmas Oratorio (LPO)

A tremendous performance of an important new work by James MacMillan [JQ]

Verdi: Aïda (Pristine Audio)

A superlative transfer of an Aida which should be in every serious opera collection [PSt]

Mozart: Requiem (Rondeau)

A vivacious, thoroughly enjoyable, smaller-scale “period” account of Mozart’s inspired but incomplete liturgical masterpiece [RMo]

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Beethoven: Christus am Ölberge (PHI)

A rewarding version of Beethoven’s only oratorio [SB]

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Mozart: Piano Sonatas Vol. 5 (SOMM)

Sometimes monumental, sometimes impish, invariably engaging [MG]

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Lutyens: Piano Works Vol. 2 (Resonus Classics)

Another chance to discover little known works by a significant but often derided figure of twentieth century British music [GH]

Sibelius: Symphonies 5-7 (Pristine Audio)

The finest Fifth I know, and an excellent Sixth and Seventh, all given a new lease of life by Pristine as XR Remastered Ambient Stereo [RMo]

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Adriatic Voyage (Delphian)

A compelling survey of Croatia’s musical past [JV]

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Rachmaninov: All Night Vigil (Pentatone)

The famous Vespers, beautifully sung and more intimate than usual but with no lack of gravitas [RMo]

Gideon Klein: Don’t forget about me (Toccata Press)

The life of a young genius tragically ended by a cruel and evil regime [SG]

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Bruckner: Symphony 4 (Exton)

Yet another superb Bruckner recording from a flawless Tokyo orchestra [RMo]

Dmitri Hvorostovsky (baritone): The Philips Recitals (Eloquence)

This is a glorious collection that should be a source for delight for many years to come [GF]

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Schubert Revisited (Deutsche Grammophon)

A revelatory album [JQ]