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Claudio Abbado's live Lucerne recordings of Mahler's Symphony No. 2 and Debussy's La Mer (DGG)

DVD audio releases of chamber works of Schubert, Beethoven, Rachmaninoff and Tchaikovsky performed by Camerata Freden, Abegg Trio, the Auryn Quartet, Poltéra, and a small-scale performance of Handel's Messiah directed by Diego Fasolis (TACET / ARTS )

Quattro Mani plays music for two amplified pianos by George Crumb, Marin Alsop conducts the Bournemouth Symphony in Symphonies 2 and 3 of Philip Glass, and chamber works of Arensky, Harbison and Schnittke performed by the Orion String Quartet and other artists (BRIDGE / NAXOS / KOCH INTERNATIONAL)

Mahler's completion of Weber's opera Die drei Pintos in a Wexford Opera production, and alto Stephanie Blythe singing music of Brahms, Wagner and Mahler with John Nelson conducting (NAXOS / VIRGIN CLASSICS)

Two odd-ball—and fascinating—vocal issues: The Muse Surmounted featuring Florence Foster Jenkins and eleven other equally talented singers, and Orriel Smith's unique Cluckoratura Arias (HOMOPHONE / ORRIEL SMITH)

Multichannel SACD releases of Akiko Suwanai playing music for violin and orchestra with Charles Dutoit conducting, arias of Verdi, Bellini, Donizetti and Puccini sung by soprano Anna Netrebko with Claudio Abbado conducting, Rachmaninoff's works for piano and orchestra played by Stephen Hough with Andrew Litton and the Dallas Symphony, and a Gershwin collection featuring violinist Vesko Eschkenazy and pianist Ludmil Angelov (PHILIPS / DEUTSCHE GRAMMOPHON / HYPERION / PENTATONE)

Sarah Chang with pianist Lars Vogt plays violin sonatas of Franck, Saint-Saëns and Ravel (EMI CLASSICS)

Multi-channel SACD releases of a ballet collection with the Cincinnati "Pops" conducted by Erich Kunzel, eight Vivaldi violin concertos played by Salvatore Accardo with I Musici, Bruckner's Symphony No. 3 in the original version with the Berlin German Radio Orchestra conducted by Kent Nagano, and ballet music of Prokofiev, Khachaturian and Shostakovich played by the Russian National Orchestra conducted by Alexander Vedernikov (TELARC / HARMONIA MUNDI / PENTATONE)

Multi-channel SACD releases of music for oboe and chamber ensemble played by Keisuke Wakao, Corelli's Concerti Grossi, Op. 6 conducted by Simon Murphy, oboe concertos of Lebrun played by Bart Schneemann, and violin concertos of Khachaturian, Prokofiev and Glazunov played by Julia Fischer with Yakov Kreizberg conducting (PENTATONE / CHANNEL CLASSICS)

Reissues of recordings by soprano Zinka Milanov, rare Songs of France sung by Lucie Daullene with the arranger at the piano, and 1927-1928 recordings by tenor Beniamino Gigl; also a superb new recording of music of Grieg and Sibelius with soprano Karita Mattila, and excerpts from Lakmé featuring Mado Robin (PREISER / HAYDN HOUSE / NAXOS / WARNER CLASSICS / DECCA)

Multichannel SACD issues of Popov's Symphony No. 1 and Shostakovich's Theme and Variations, Op. 5 with the LSO conducted by Leon Botstein, choral works of Pärt performed by Elora Festival Singers/Orchestra conducted by Noel Edison, violin concertos of Sibelius and Sinding played by Henning Kraggerud with the Bournemouth SO conducted by Bjarte Engeset, and Steiner's music for The Adventures of Mark Twain with the Moscow SO/William Stromberg (TELARC / NAXOS)

DVD videos of The Callas Conversations, the life of contralto Kathleen Ferrier ("An Ordinary Diva"), a documentary on Igor Stravinsky including his recording his Symphony of Psalms in Canada, and a misguided production from Stuttgart of Wagner's complete Der Ring des Nibelungen (EMI CLASSICS / DECCA / VIDEO ARTISTS INTERNATIONAL / TDK)

Dallapiccola's opera Ulisse in a French Radio performance from 1975 with soloists, chorus and orchestra conducted by Ernest Bour (NAIVE)

DVD videos of Arturo Benedetti Michelangeli in recital playing music of Beethoven, Schubert and Brahms, documentaries on Czech soprano Jarmila Novotna and cellist Jacqueline du Pre, and Stravinsky's Petrushka arranged for two pianos and percussion coupled with Liebeslieder Waltzes of Brahms (EUROARTS / EMI CLASSICS / SUPRAPHON / ARTHAUS MUSIK)

DVD audio releases of six violin concertos of Bach performed by soloists with the Stuttgart Chamber Orchestra conducted by Benjamin Hudson, and Mendelssohn's Quartet in D, Op. 44 No. 1 and Octet in E flat, Op. 20 performed by the Auryn and Minguet Quartets (TACET)

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