Beethoven, L. van: Symphony No. 9, "Choral" (Oelze, Danz, Strehl, Wilson-Johnson, Collegium Vocale Gent, Royal Flemish Philharmonic, Herreweghe)
This recording of Beethoven's Ninth Symphony combines the fleet tempos of the period performance movement, but is performed here on modern instruments, providing the full sound that today's listeners often expect. This fine performance is exceptionally captured by the audio experts at PentaTone, and is also available as a lossless FLAC download.
Bloch, E.: Symphony in C-Sharp Minor / Poems of the Sea (London Symphony, Atlas)
Ernest Bloch's richly scored Symphony in C sharp minor fits within the romantic tradition of Richard Strauss, Mahler and Bruckner, revealing his complex talents through rhapsodic forms and exceptional polyphony. Inspired by Walt Whitman, the Poems of the Sea depict the oceans with striking clarity, including flavours of Irish folk music.
Guitar Quartets - Bach / Handel / Purcell / Fink / Telemann, (For Thy Pleasure) (Los Angeles Guitar Quartet)
This all-baroque program, arranged and performed by the Los Angeles Guitar Quartet includes Bach's Brandenburg Concerto No. 6, music from Handel, Monteverdi, Purcell, and a spirited and unusual version of Pachelbelís Canon in D.