You know it's getting closer to the holidays when the crossover and compilation recordings start coming in, with new ones from baritone Bryn Terfel and pianist Lang Lang leading the way last month. There was also the usual diversity of releases from which our reviewers could choose. You have a choice of Bach on the guitar (by Thibault Garcia) or violin (by Hilary Hahn); keyboard music of the English virginalists (by Mahan Esfahani) or Domenico Scarlatti (by Jean Rondau); American string quartets (by the American String Quartet) or French orchestral music (by the Orchestre Symphonique de Québec) among the rest.




Blair Sanderson
Herbert Blomstedt, Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra - Mozart: Symphonies Nos. 40 & 41
Mahan Esfahani - The Passinge Mesures
JoAnn Falletta, London Symphony Orchestra - Kenneth Fuchs: Piano Concerto "Spiritualist"; Poems of Life; Glacier; Rush
Vilde Frang - Bartók: Violin Concerto No. 1; Enescu: Octet
Fabien Gabel, Orchestre Symphonique de Québec - Gaîté Parisienne: Ravel, Poulenc, Offenbach
Valery Gergiev, Mariinsky Orchestra - Stravinsky: Petrushka; Jeu de cartes
Vladimir Lande, Siberian State Symphony Orchestra - Weinberg: Symphony No. 13; Serenade for Orchestra
Vasily Petrenko, Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra - Stravinsky: The Firebird; Rimsky-Korsakov: Le Coq d'Or
Stephen Rice, Brabant Ensemble - Antoine de Févin: Missa Ave Maria & Salve sancta parens
Jean Rondeau - Scarlatti: Sonatas
Paul Watkins, Louis Lortie, Andrew Davis - Finzi: Cello Concerto; Eclogue; New Year Music; Grand Fantasia and Toccata

James Manheim
American String Quartet - American Romantics
Leif Ove Andsnes - Chopin: Ballades & Nocturnes
Pieter-Jan Belder - Fitzwilliam Virginal Book, Vol. 6: Bull, Inglott, Warrock, Gibbons, Tisdall
Jiří Bělohlávek, Czech Philharmonic - Janáček: Glagolitic Mass; Sinfonietta; Taras Bulba; The Fiddler's Child
Renaud Capuçon - Cinema
Christ Church Cathedral Choir, Oxford; Lanyer Ensemble, Stephen Darlington - Howard Goodall: Invictus - A Passion
Anthony Roth Costanzo - ARC: Glass, Handel
Dante Quartet - Charles Villiers Stanford: String Quartets Nos. 3, 4 & 7
Joyce DiDonato - Into the Fire
Elsa Dreisig - Miroir(s): Opera Arias
Ex Cathedra, Jeffrey Skidmore, Milapfest - Roxanna Panufnik: Celestial Bird
Goran Filipec, Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, Álvaro Cassuto - Joly Braga Santos: Piano Concerto; Symphonic Overtures Nos. 1 and 2
Rumon Gamba, BBC National Orchestra of Wales - Ruth Gipps: Symphonies Nos. 2 and 4; Song for Orchestra; Knight in Armour
Thibaut Garcia - Bach Inspirations
Hélène Grimaud - Memory
Hilary Hahn - Hilary Hahn Plays Bach: Sonatas 1 & 2; Partita 1
Antonio Iturrioz - Gottschalk and Cuba
Kantos Chamber Choir - Rebecca Dale: Requiem for My Mother
Magdalena Kožená, Stuart Skelton, Symphonieorchester des Bayerischen Rundfunks, Simon Rattle - Mahler: Das Lied von der Erde
Lang Lang - Piano Magic
Igor Levit- Life
Costantino Mastroprimiano - Hummel: Complete Piano Sonatas
Joseph Nolan - Organ of St. Bavo, Haarlem
Daniele Roccato, Ludus Gravis Ensemble - Stefano Scodanibbio: Alisei
Christophe Rousset, Les Talens Lyriques - Antonio Salieri: Les Horaces
Nadine Sierra - There's a Place for Us
Andrew Staples, Pauline Cheviller, Finnish National Opera Orchestra, Esa-Pekka Salonen - Stravinsky: Perséphone
Bryn Terfel - Dreams and Songs
Sara Trobäck, Gothenburg Symphony Orchestra, Neeme Järvi - Stenhammar: Sången, Symphonic Cantata; Reverenza; Romeo and Julia; Two Sentimental Romances
Emmanuel Villaume, Andrew Von Oeyen, Prague Philharmonia - Ravel: Ma Mère l'Oye; Debussy: Fantasie; Bizet: Symphony in C
Barry Wordsworth, BBC Concert Orchestra - Elgar: The Hills of Dreamland - Orchestral Songs
Krystian Zimerman, Berliner Philharmoniker, Simon Rattle - Bernstein: Symphony No. 2 "The Age of Anxiety"