A new year, a new batch of classical recordings: there’s the Vienna Philharmonic‘s New Year’s Day concert, fresh off the presses, full of good cheer, and always a favorite. There were several operas that we reviewed last month, with most being new or rarely heard. The latter include Rossini‘s Matilde di Shabran; an opera bouffe by Offenbach, Maître Péronilla; and Norman Dello Joio‘s opera about Joan of Arc, written for television. Joseph C. Phillips, Jr. has written a monopera, The Grey Land, addressing the theme of racism in America, while Carlisle Floyd, now in his nineties, writes about gender identity in Prince of Players.

Ars Nova Copenhagen, Paul Hillier – … And …
Alison Balsom – Magic Trumpet
Rudolf Buchbinder, Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra, Christian Thielemann – Beethoven: Piano Concerto No. 1; Piano Variations, Op. 34
Heather Buck, Stephen Powell, Boston Modern Orchestra Project, Gil Rose – Norman Dello Joio: The Trial at Rouen
Kevin Cole, National Orchestral Institute, David Alan Miller – Gershwin: Concerto in F; Tower: Sequoia; Piston: Symphony No. 5; Harbison: Remembering Gatsby
Alexandra Conunova – Vivaldi: Le Quattro Stagioni
The Crossing, Donald Nally – Rising w/ The Crossing
Alan Curtis, Il Complesso Barocco – Gluck: Demofoonte
Jan Willem de Vriend, Residentie Orkest den Haag – Franz Schubert: The Complete Symphonies, Vol. 3 – Symphony No. 9, D. 94
James Ehnes, Andrew Armstrong – Beethoven: Violin Sonatas Nos. 7 & 10
Eighth Blackbird – Singing in the Dead of Night
Veronique Gens, Éric Huchet, Markus Poschner – Offenbach: Maître Péronilla
Brian Giebler, Steven McGhee – A Lad’s Love
Matt Haimovitz, Mari Kodama – Mon Ami, Mon Amour
Holst-Sinfonietta, Klaus Simon – Reich: Eight Lines; City Life; Music for Two or More Pianos; Vermont Counterpoint; New York Counterpoint
Marek Janowski, Lester Lynch, Melody Moore – Puccini: Il Tabarro
Paavo Järvi, Tonhalle-Orchester Zürich – Tchaikovsky: Symphony No. 5; Francesca da Rimini
Thomas Kotcheff – Songs of Insurrection by Frederic Rzewski
Christian-Pierre la Marca – Cello 360
Hannu Lintu, Finnish Radio Symphony Orchestra – Witold Lutoslawski: Symphonies Nos. 2 & 3
Choir of Magdalen College, Oxford, Mark Williams – Sing, Precious Music: Five Centuries of Music at Magdalen
Riccardo Muti, Wiener Philharmoniker – New Year’s Concert 2021
Nicolas Namoradze – York Bowen: Fragments from Hans Andersen Op. 58 & 61; 12 Studies Op. 46; 2 Concert Studies
James Newby, Joseph Middleton- I Wonder as I Wander
Numinous, Joseph C. Phillips Jr. – The Grey Land
Orlando Consort – Machaut: The Lion of Nobility
Emmanuel Pahud – Beethoven
PaTRAM Institute Singers, Peter Jermihov – Blessed Art Thou Among Women
José Miguel Pérez-Sierra, Michele Angelini, Sara Blanch – Rossini: Matilde di Shabran (Original Rome Version)
Nicholas Phan, Myra Huang – Clairières: Songs by Lili & Nadia Boulanger
Keith Phares, Kate Royal, William Boggs – Carlisle Floyd: Prince of Players
Raphaël Pidoux, Tanguy de Williencourt – Beethoven: Cello Sonatas, Op. 5
Christine Rice, Stuart Skelton, Edward Gardner – Verklärte Nacht: Schoenberg, Fried, Lehár, Korngold
Roomful of Teeth – Michael Harrison: Just Constellations
Roomful of Teeth – Wally Gunn: The Ascendant
Pablo Sainz-Villegas – Soul of Spanish Guitar
Jordi Savall, Le Concert des Nations – J.S. Bach: Weihnachts-Oratorium
Howard Shelley, Tasmanian Symphony Orchestra – Romantic Piano Concerto, Vol. 82: Elmas
Michael Stern, Kansas City Symphony – Holst: The Planets; The Perfect Fool
Michael Stern, Stephen Powell, Joyce Yang – Leshnoff: Symphony No. 3; Piano Concerto
Alexandre Tharaud – Le Poète du Piano
Third Coast Percussion, Devonté Hynes – Devonté Hynes: Fields
Michael Tilson Thomas, San Francisco Symphony – Aaron Copland: Symphony No. 3
Trio Sōra – Beethov3n: Trios avec Piano
United Strings of Europe – In Motion
Various Artists – Bound for the Promised Land: Songs and Words of Equality and Freedom
Alastair Willis, Laura Strickling, Catherine Cook – Tom Cipullo: The Parting – Music of Remembrance
Tabea Zimmermann – Solo II: Tabea Zimmermann plays Bach & Kurtág

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