Aaron Rosand (violin) The First Recordings (Biddulph)

Rosand’s first Vox recordings are restored for a new generation [JW]

Balakirev: Orchestral Works (MDG)

Attractive but undemanding scores performed with care and well recorded [NB]

Rastrelli Effect (Solo Musica)

Pleasant, with many different styles, but little to arouse much excitement [DJB]

Tomasi: Complete Violin Works (Naxos)

I have nothing but praise for this splendid disc [SG]

Adams: Sila (Cantaloupe)

Almost impossible to evaluate, but this has opened my eyes, ears and mind to something quite new [WH]

The Splendour of Florence (Linn)

In this annual release, Gothic Voices will not disappoint, even if other ensembles often cover the same musical territory [GH]

Jascha Heifetz: The Heifetz Collection Vol 35 (RCA-BMG)

Vivid and admirable shorter pieces but a Mendelssohn that has a heart of jagged tin [RB]

Beethoven & Mozart: Piano Transcriptions (BIS)

Sensational pianism, inspiration, and exuberant pianism in every track [MM]

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Bruckner Spectrum (Berlin)

A compelling and superbly performed programme [WH]

Dieren piano PC10241

van Dieren: Piano (Piano Classics)

Challenging, but satisfying [SG]

Verdi rarities CDS7941

Verdi: French Rarities (Dynamic)

One new Verdi discovery combined with some previously released material, all neatly performed [MP]

Rauchenecker Sym1 5554162

Rauchenecker: Symphony No 1 (CPO)

Forgotten works by a forgotten composer may not be masterpieces but certainly worth a listen [NB]

Telemann suites DUX1761

Telemann: Suites (Dux)

Stylish and refined recordings of Telemann orchestral works in French and Polish character [CRo]

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Sir Adrian Boult: Decca Legacy Vol. 1 (Eloquence)

The mono VW cycle offers the spine of Eloquence’s handsome Boult box [JW]

Aguilera organ 96180

Aguilera: Organ Music (Brilliant)

Another fine contribution to the Brilliant Classics keyboard music catalogue [JV]

Montgeroult etudes BIS2603

Montgeroult: Etudes (BIS)

Superb performances and recording of piano studies which should rank alongside the very best [GH]

Pfitzner Christ Elflein Orfeo

Pfitzner: Das Christ-Elflein (Orfeo)

Probably the most recommendable of the three recordings of Pfitzner’s Christmas tear-jerker despite its drawbacks [PCG]

Illustrazioni 20th Century Italian Piano Stradivarius STR37214

Illustrazioni (Stradivarius)

A fine recording explores the renewal and variety of Italian twentieth-century piano repertoire [JW]

Still Summerland Naxos 8559867

Still: Summerland (Naxos)

Idiomatic performances from a mother and daughter combination [WK]

Mayer Symphonies 3 and 7 CPO 5555511-2

Mayer: Symphonies Nos 3 and 7 (CPO)

Two little-known symphonies prove to be interesting but not essential listening [NB]

Bruckner Symphony No 4 1876 version Poschner Capriccio C8084

Bruckner: Symphony No 4 (Capriccio)

Bruckner’s ‘Romantic’ Symphony in its original version from Poschner is solely for Brucknerian aficionados [GT]

The Psalms St Johns College Nethsinga Signum SIGDCD721

The Psalms (Signum Classics)

A fine addition to the discography of Andrew Nethsingha and the Choir of St John’s College, Cambridge [JQ]

Werner Salve Reginas La Festa Musicale AUDITE97799

Werner: Salve Reginas, Pastorellas (Audite)

An impressive testimony to Werner’s skills in composition [JV]

Stravinsky Le Sacre Franck ALPHA894

Stravinsky: Le Sacre du Printemps (Alpha)

A superb Stravinsky collection [WH]