Ravel: ''Orchestral Works Vol.1.'' Orchestre National de Lyon. Naxos CD.
Young Austrian pianist Wunder was about to make his 300th appearance in concert, so decided to celebrate 300 years of piano music in this disc release.
''Not another recording of The Four Seasons'', some will cry, as discs of the evergreen masterpiece abound.
> Brahms: Violin Concerto in D major. Lisa Batiashvili (violin), Staatskapelle Dresden. Deutsche Grammophon CD.
Outstanding German pianist Michael Endres joined the University of Canterbury in 1999 as professor of piano. He performs worldwide as soloist and a chamber music partner, having gained his master's degree at the Juilliard School in New York and also studied in London.
An excellent oddity but with some flaws, this could be the best opera that Handel and Vivaldi never wrote! Jeremy Sams has devised a ''baroque pastiche'' in two acts combining music by them, Rameau, Purcell, Ferrandini and others.
> ''Bohemian Rhapsody''. Benaud Trio. Melba CD. Following its earlier release on this label, this fine Australian piano trio plays Smetana's Piano Trio in G minor, Op.15 and Dvorak's ''Dumky'' Piano Trio in E Minor Op.90 B166. The two Czech composers were great Bohemians and these romantic works are masterpieces, but the disc really awards its title to its closing brevity that is a world premiere recording.
> Mahler: Symphony No.1. Baltimore Symphony Orchestra. Naxos CD. Marin Alsop conducts the US orchestra in this famous symphony - just under an hour's enjoyable listening. The eerie slow...
> Asian Music for String Quartet. NZ String Quartet. Naxos CD. Recorded in Toronto's St John's Church, five composers are featured, combining aesthetic and musical elements of East and West.
> Drama Queens. Joyce DiDonato (mezzo-soprano), I Complesso Barocco (Alan Curtis, conductor). Virgin CD.
>Maxwell Davies: Symphony No.3, Cross Lane Fair. BBC Philharmonic. Naxos CD Conducted by Britain's modernist composer Sir Peter Maxwell Davies, the orchestra conjures up a thrilling seascape...