The famous 1950 Paris recording of Bizet's Carmen with Solange Michel, Raoul Jobin and Michel Dens, with André Cluytens conducting, (NAXOS)

Herbert von Karajan's 1951 live recording of Wagner's Die Meistersinger from Bayreuth with Otto Edelmann, Hans Hopf and Elisabeth Schwarzkopf (NAXOS)

Premiere recording of Edward Thomas's opera Desire Under the Elms with a cast headed by Jerry Hadley, James Morris and Victoria Livengood, with the London Symphony Orchestra conducted by George Manahan (NAXOS)

The 2003 New Year's Concert from Vienna with Nikolas Harnoncourt and the Vienna Philharmonic, on CD and DVD - and the mystery of the missing applause (DG) (TDK)

Mstislav Rostropovich's live recording with the London Symphony Orchestra of Shostakovich's Symphony No. 11 (LSO LIVE)

The remarkable 1953 live performance of Verdi's La forza del destino with Renata Tebaldi and Mario del Monaco, Dimitri Mitropoulos conducting, in fine mono sound - if your playback equipment can be adjusted so you hear the left channel only (ARCHIPEL)

Tenor Nicolai Gedda in a live 1966 performance of Wagner's Lohengrin from Stockholm, his only appearance in the role, with Silvio Varviso conducting (PONTO)

A recital of operatic arias of Donizetti and Bellini sung by tenor Juan Diego Flórez (LONDON)

Three CDs of music of John Philip Sousa, "On Stage," "At the Symphony" and "On Wings of Lightning," with the Razumovsky Symphony Orchestra conducted by Keith Brion (NAXOS)

DVD issues of a fine performance of Erich Wolfgang Korngold's opera Die Tote Stadt from Opéra National du Rhin, and a detailed documentary on the composer's life as well as concert performances of concertos for cello and violin (ARTHAUS )

Chamber works of Arnold Rosner: Sextet for Strings, Op. 47, Besos sin cuento, Op. 86 and Sonata for Trombone and Piano performed by Sesto Agosto, Julia Bentley, voice, Pinotage, Gregory Erickson, trombone, and Angelina Tallaj, piano (ALBANY TROY)

Music of Villa-Lobos: Uirapurœ, Bachianas Brasileiras No. 4 and The Emperor Jones performed by the Odense Symphony Orchestra conducted by Jan Wagner (BRIDGE)