Shostakovich's Violin Concerto No. 1 and a suite from the opera Lady Macbeth von Menzsk with violinist Vladimir Spivakou the Gürzenic and Kölner Philharmonic Orchestras conducted by James Conlon (CAPRICCIO)

All of Arturo Toscanini's recordings with the New York Philharmonic Symphony Orchestra (1926-1936): works of Gluck, Mendelssohn, Brahms, Rossini, Mozart, Haydn, Verdi, Wagner, Dukas and Beethoven (Symphony No. 7 and two recordings of Symphony No. 5) in superb comprehensive transfers - at budget price (NAXOS)

Karl Muck's Wagner orchestral recordings with the Berlin State Opera Orchestra in new transfers - at budget price (NAXOS)

A wide-ranging collection of piano music by eight English composers played by Stephen Hough (HYPERION)

Paderewski's Piano Concerto in A Minor and Polish Fantasy played by Ian Hobson with Sinfonia Varsovia conducted by Jerzy Maksymiuk (ZEPHYR)

Mahler's Symphonies 1 and 6 in concert performances with Michael Tilson Thomas and the San Francisco Symphony Orchestra (SFSO RECORDS)

Roy Harris's Symphonies 7 and 9 and Profiles in Courage - J.F.K.  with the National Symphony Orchestra of Ukraine conducted by Theodore Kuchar (NAXOS)

Katarzyna Mycka plays marimba concertos of Koppel, Kopetzki, Abe and Köper's Samba Classique with the Saarbrücken RSO conducted by Dominique Fanal (AUDITE)

A collection of "exotic" concertos for Steelpan and Orchestra (Jan Bach), Tap Dancer (Morton Gould), Maracas (Lorenz) and Harp (Leone) with soloists and the Czech National SO/Paul Freeman, cond. (ALBANY TROY)

Premiere recordings of Symphony No. 2 by Roy Harris and Symphony No. 3 by Morton Gould with the Albany Symphony Orchestra conducted by David Alan Miller, and Grofé's Hollywood, Hudson River and Death Valley suites with the Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra conducted by William Stromberg (ALBANY TROY/NAXOS)

Holmboe's Requiem for Nietzsche performed by tenor Helge Rönnig and baritone Johann Reuter with the Danish National Orchestra & Chorus conducted by Michael Sch¿nwandt (DA CAPO)

A feature discussing Dolby Digital vs. Digital Surround/Theater Sound and some reviews of DVD Audio disks written by audio authority Howard Ferstler

Rachmaninoff''s four piano concertos and Paganini Rhapsody played by Oleg Marshev with the Aarhus SO/James Loughran (DANACORD)

Beethoven's Piano Sonata No. 23 and Liszt's Sonata in B Minor played by Stanley Babin, and Liszt's Sonata in B Minor and Stravinsky's Rite of Spring arranged for organ and played by Bernhard Haas (SOUND DYNAMICS/FERMATE)

Concertos for Orchestra by Gregson, Hoddinott and McCabe with the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra conducted by Douglas Bostock (CLASSICO)

A 3-CD set of Carl Nielsen's six symphonies played by the Danish National Radio Orchestra conducted by Michael Sch¿nwandt (DA CAPO)

Toch's Concerto for Cello and Chamber Orchestra, Op. 35 and Dance Suite, Op. 30 with cellist Susanne Müller-Hornbath and the Mutare Ensemble conducted by Gerhard Müller-Hornbath (cpo)

Kurka's opera The Good Soldier Schweik performed by the Chicago Opera Theater conducted by Alexander Platt (CEDILLE)

A collection of music of Peter Lieberson: Drala, Concerto for Four Groups of Instruments, Accordance, Ziji, Raising the Gaze, Fire, Free and Easy and Wanderer, with soprano Rosemary Hardy and Oliver Knussen conducting (DGG)