Four issues in the continuing series Great Recordings of the Century featuring music of Poulenc, Britten, Holst, Shostakovich, and a Russian program by soprano Galina Vishnevskaya (EMI CLASSICS)

Rachel Barton is soloist in the Violin Concerto of Brahms and Joseph Joachim's Violin Concerto No. 2 "In the Hungarian Style," with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra conducted by Carlos Kalmar (CEDILLE )

Claudio Abbado conducts the Berlin Philharmonic in music of Debussy: Prelude to the Afternoon of a Faun, Three Nocturnes and Erich Leinsdorf's arrangement of music from Pelléas et Mélisande as arranged by Erich Leinsdorf (DGG)

Four quartets of Mozart, K. 370, 285A, 285B and 496 performed by the American Baroque Ensemble (MUSIC & ARTS)

Sir Simon Rattle conducts the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra in Schoenberg's Five Pieces for Orchestra, Webern's Six Pieces for Orchestra and a suite from Berg's Lulu (with Arlene Auger) (EMI CLASSICS)

A collection of Berlioz cantatas (Herminie, La mort de Cléopâtre, La mort de Sardanapale, La mort d'Orphée, performed by soloists, chorus and the Lille National Orchestra conducted by Jean-Claude Casadesus (NAXOS)

Mariss Jansons conducts piano concertos of Grieg and Schumann with pianist Leif Ove /Andsnes and the Berlin Philharmonic, and Mahler's Symphony No. 6 in a live recording with the London Symphony Orchestra (EMI CLASSICS / LSO LIVE)

Kurt Atterberg's Symphony No. 9, Op. 54 "Sinfonia Visionaria" and symphonic poem Äalven performed by the NDR Radio Philharmonic Orchestra conducted by Ari Rasilainen (cpo)

Two major additions to Eduard van Beinum's discography, Beethoven's Symphonies 2 and 7, in live performances with the Philharmonia Orchestra recorded in Royal Festival Hall November 10, 1958 (BBC LEGENDS)

CDs devoted to historic recordings by Paolo Silveri, Bernardo De Muro, Erich Kunz and Irma Kolassi, and a reissue of a 1951 recording of Puccini's Tosca with Simona dall'Argine, Nino Scattolini and Scipio Colombo, with Argeo Quadri conducting (PREISER / TESTAMENT)

Music of John Corigliano: Piano Concerto, Tournaments Overture, Elegy, Gazebo Dances, performed by pianist James Tocco with the Louisville Orchestra conducted by Sidney Harth and Lawrence Leighton Smith (FIRST EDITION)

Britten's Violin Concerto and Walton's Viola Concerto played by Maxim Vengerov with the London Symphony Orchestra conducted by Mstislav Rostropovich (EMI CLASSICS)

Three super-budget samplers of historic recordings, one Great Singers (including Bjoerling, Caruso, Ponselle, Ferrier, Flagstad, Melchior, Tagliavini), another Great Violinists (including Kreisler, Heifetz, Menuhin, Elman, Szigeti, Thibaud), and Great Pianists (including Horowitz, Lhevinne, Kapell, Rubinstein, Schnabel, Moiseiwitsch and Rachmaninoff) (NAXOS HISTORICAL)

Live concert and commercial recordings by tenor Franco Bonisolli and soprano Mirella Freni mostly recorded during the '70s, with various orchestras and conductors, including music of Verdi, Puccini, Gounod, Leoncavallo and Massenet (ANDY RECORDS)