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During the past month, our reviewers covered the usual symphonic hits and themed choral programs. But, what wasn't expected was the number of releases focused on brass and percussion instruments. These included a new recording of Reich's Drumming, which has become standard rep for percussionists; a new percussion concerto, Dreamachine, by Michael Daugherty; recent Grammy winners Giancarlo Guerrero and the Nashville Symphony performing new wind concertos; and an entire disc of fanfares by Onyx Brass. All offering music to brighten up your listening hours.

Blair Sanderson
Marin Alsop, Baltimore Symphony Orchestra - Prokofiev: Romeo and Juliet - Complete ballet
Artea Quartet - Schubert: Quartet 15 - String Quartet in G major, D. 887
Rémy Ballot, Altomonte Orchester St. Florian - Anton Bruckner: Symphonie V
Lukasz Borowicz, RIAS Kammerchor, Akademie für Alte Musik Berlin - Anton Bruckner: Missa Solemnis
Jörg-Andreas Bötticher, Abendmusiken Basel - In Convertendo: Sacred Music from the Düben Collection
Lucille Chung - Liszt>
Barry Douglas - Schubert: Works for Solo Piano, Vol. 3
Adam Fischer, Düsseldorf Symphony - Mahler: Symphony No. 1
Gustavo Gimeno, Miah Persson, Orchestre Philharmonique du Luxembourg - Mahler: Symphony No. 4; Nicht zu schnell
Owain Park, The Gesualdo Six - English Motets
Jukka-Pekka Saraste, WDR Sinfonieorchester Köln - Johannes Brahms: Symphony No. 2; Haydn-Variations
Jukka-Pekka Saraste, WDR Sinfonieorchester Köln - Johannes Brahms: Symphony No. 4; Academic Festival Overture; Tragic Overture
Masaaki Suzuki, Bach Collegium Japan - Beethoven: Missa Solemnis
Robin Ticciati, Scottish Chamber Orchestra - Brahms: The Symphonies
Roderick Williams, Christopher Glynn - Schubert: Winter Journey

James Manheim
L'Achéron, François Joubert-Caillet - Orlando Gibbons: Fancies for the Viols
Pierre-Laurent Aimard - Olivier Messiaen: Catalogue d'Oiseaux
Ariel Quartet - Brahms: String Quartet No. 2; Bartók: String Quartet No. 1
Attacca Quartet, Jeanne Golan - Weinberg: Piano Quintet; Cello Sonata No. 2; Piano Sonatine
Paul Bateman, Royal Philharmonic Orchestra - Oliver Davis: Liberty
Martyn Brabbins, BBC Symphony Orchestra, Exaudi. James Weeks, Ensemble Recherche - Brian Ferneyhough: La Terre Est un Homme
Iain Burnside - Medtner: Songs
Central Washington University Wind Ensemble - Alan Hovhaness: Suite for Band; October Mountain; The Ruins of Ani
William Christie, Les Arts Florissants - J.S. Bach: Mass in B minor
Colin Currie Group, Synergy Vocals - Steve Reich: Drumming
Doric String Quartet - Haydn: String Quartets, Op. 64
Escher String Quartet - Dvořák: American Quartet; Tchaikovsky: Quartet No. 1; Borodin: Quartet No. 2
Fretwork - John Jenkins: Complete Four-Part Consort Music
Francisco Fullana - Through the Lens of Time
Janna Gandelman, Kiev Virtuosi Symphony Orchestra, Dmitry Yablonsky - Kara Karayev: Symphony No. 1; Violin Concerto
Evelyn Glennie, Amy Porter, Carol Jantsch, David Alan Miller - Michael Daugherty: Dreamachine; Trail of Tears; Reflections on the Mississippi
Giancarlo Guerrero, Nashville Symphony - Wind Concertos: Ticheli, Warnaar, Ranjbaran
Ruby Hughes - Handel's Last Prima Donna: Giulia Frasi in London
Mariss Jansons, Chor und Symphonieorchester des Bayerischen Rundfunks - Sergey Rachmaninov: The Bells; Symphonic Dances
Natalia Kawalek, Jakub Józef Orlinski - Enemies in Love: Handel
The Choir of Keble College, Oxford, Instruments of Time & Truth, Matthew Martin - Ceremonial Oxford: Music for the Georgian University by William Hayes
King's College Choir, Cambridge, Stephen Cleobury- Byrd: Motets
Patricia Kopatchinskaja, Polina Leschenko - Deux
Piers Lane, The Orchestra Now, Leon Botstein - The Romantic Piano Concerto, Vol. 75: Ries
Paul Lewis - Haydn: Piano Sonatas
Andrew Manze, Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra - Vaughan Williams: Symphony No. 5; Symphony No. 6
Jun Märkl, Euskadiko Orkestra Sinfonikoa - Saint-Saëns: Orchestral Works
Det Norske Jentekor, Anne Karin Sundal-Ask - Folketoner
Garrick Ohlsson - Manuel de Falla: Fantasia Baetica; Piezas Españolas; El Amor Brujo; El Sombrero de Tres Picos
Onyx Brass / John Wilson - Fanfares
Sakari Oramo, BBC Symphony Orchestra - Schmitt: Suites from "Antoine et Cléopâtre"; Symphony No. 2
Santa Fe Desert Chorale, Joshua Habermann, Jeff Lankov - The Road Home
Matthew Sharp, English Symphony Orchestra, Kenneth Woods - Hans Gal: Concertino for Cello & Strings; Solo Cello Sonata; Solo Cello Suite
The Sixteen, Harry Christophers - Sacred and Profane: Benjamin Britten, William Cornysh
Stile Antico - Tomás Luis de Victoria: Tenebrae Responsories
Yevgeny Sudbin - Rachmaninov: Piano Concertos 2 & 3
Karim Sulayman, Apollo's Fire, Jeannette Sorrell- Songs of Orpheus
Tenebrae - Symphonic Psalms & Prayers: Bernstein, Schoenberg, Stravinsky, Zemlinsky
Lars Vogt - Beethoven: Piano Concertos Nos. 2 & 4
Orion Weiss - Presentiment