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Best of the Year Discs for 2015

* = The 12 Multichannel Discs of the Month, all in Classical


The Complete Bee Hive Sessions – (12 CD box set) – Mosaic MD-261

Charlie Haden & Gonzalo Rubalcaba – Tokyo Adagio – Impulse B0023543-02

John Clayton/Hank Jones – Parlor Series Vol. II : The Negro Spirituals Dialogue – ArtistShare AS0140

Al Cohn & Jimmy Rowles – Heavy Love – Elemental/Xanadu/Elemental

Terell Stafford – BrotherLee Love: Celebrating Lee Morgan – Capri 74138-2

Maria Schneider – The Thompson Fields – ArtistShare ASO 137

Dan Brubeck Quartet – Live from the Cellar: Celebrating the Music and Lyrics of Dave and Iola Brubeck – Blue Forest BFR DB 15001

Steve Davis – Say When – Smoke Sessions SCR 1505

Dave Stryker – Messin’ with Mr. T – Strikestone 8812

The Complete Dial Modern Sessions (9 CD) – Mosaic MD9-260

Joey Alexander – My Favorite Things – Motema MTA-CD-171

Mose Alison – American Legend – Ibis Recording 1754

Christian McBride Trio Live at the Village Vanguard – Mack Avenue MAC 1096

This Happy Madness- Cory Weeds & The Jeff Hamilton Trio – CellarLive CL042015

Fred Hersch Solo – Palmetto Records PM 2180

Denny Zeitlib & George Marsh Riding The Moment – Sunnyside Records SSC 1408

Simon And Garfunkel – The Complete Columbia Albums Collection – Sony/Legacy 88875049671 (6-Disc Vinyl Box)

Duke Ellington – Ellington At Newport – Columbia’ Mobile Fidelity Sound Lab MOFI-035 Vinyl

Bob Dylan – The Best Of Cutting Edge 1965/1966/The Bootleg Series Vol. 12 – Columbia/Legacy 88875124431 (3 Vinyl + 2 CD Box Set)

Bill Evans – The Complete Fantasy Recordings – Fantasy/Concord FAN- 37012-02 9-CD Box Set

Jerry Garcia/ David Grisman – Mobile Fidelity Sound Lab UDSACD 2140  

The Henry Gray/Bob Corritore Sessions Vol. 1 Delta Groove DGPCD 169


BARTOK:  Music for Strings, Percussion & Celesta; The Miraculous Mandarin –  London Sym. Orch. /Sir Georg Solti – Decca twofer CD 000710902 or HDTT hi-res download
BERNARD HERRMANN: Music from Citizen Kane etc. – Nat. Philharmonic Orch. / Charles Gerhardt – RCA Red Seal 88697 81264 2 or HDTT 4.0 hi-res download
SIR HUBERT PARRY: I was Glad & other choral works – Westminster Abbey Choir / Onyx Brass / Daniel Cook (organ) / James O’Donnell – Hyperion CD CDA 69089 or hi-res 24-96 download from Hyperion
MAGNE AMDAHL:  Astrognosia (1991); Aesop (2012) – Dennis Storhøi/ Norwegian Radio Orch./ Ingar Heine Bergby – 2L Pure Audio Blu-ray 2L-110-SABD + multichannel SACD [Distrib, by Naxos]
JOHN LUTHER ADAMS: Become Ocean – CD+DVD – Seattle Sym./ Ludovic Morlot – Cantaloupe CA21101(DVD video: Audio PCM 2.0 and DD 5.1)

MAHLER: Symphony No. 9 – Budapest Festival Orch./ Ivan Fischer –  Channel Classics multichannel SACD 36115

VILLA-LOBOS: Symphony No. 12; Uirapuru; Mandu-çarará – Sao Paulo Sym. and Children’s Choir/ Isaac Karabtchevsky – Naxos 8.573451 (CD)

SHOSTAKOVICH: Passacaglia from the Lady Macbeth of Mtsensk / Symphony No. 10 in e minor – Boston Sym. Orch. / Andris Nelsons – DGG 479 5059 (CD)

MAHLER: Symphony No. 7 cond. by Chailly, Blu-ray (2015) 
Performers: Gewandhaus Orch./ Riccardo Chailly Studio: Accentus Music ACC10309 (9/1/15) 

GORDON GETTY: The Little Match Girl, A Prayer for My Daughter, Poor Peter, Joan and the Bells – Nikolai Schukoff (tenor), Melody Moore (sop.), Lester Lynch (bar.)  / Bavarian Radio Choir, Munich Radio Orch. / Asher Fisch; Ulf Schirmer – PentaTone multi-channel SACD -PTC 5186 480

The Magics of Music + Castelfranco Veneto Recital (2015) – Two films by Christopher Nupen with pianist Daniil Trifonov – Studio: Allegro Films A19CND (DVD)

“Scrapyard Exotica” – Sono Luminus DSL-921934

ANNA THORVALDSDOTTIR: “In the Light of Air” – Sono Luminus DSL-92192

MAURICE RAVEL, “Orchestal Works” – Pentatone SACD PTC 5186 204

JULIA WOLFE: Anthracite Fields – Cantaloupe Music CA21111

KRZYSZTOF PENDERECKI: A Sea of Dreams Did Breathe on Me – Naxos 8.573062

DEREK CHARKE: Tundra Songs – Centrediscs CMCCD 21015

“Balance”– Capitol Quartet – Blue Griffin Records BGR367

Bang on a Can All-Stars, “Field Recordings” – Cantaloupe Music CA21108

GIYA KANCHELI, “Chiaroscuro” – ECM New Series 2442ER092252

BRUNO MADERNA: Requiem – Capriccio C5231

“BEETHOVEN, BRAHMS, WEBER” – Jon Manasse, clarinet/ Jon Nakamatsu, piano/ Clive Greensmith, cello – Harmonia Mundi SACD HMU 807618

“Music from the Reign of Francis I” – Doulce Mémoire/ Denis Raisin Dadre –
Zig Zag Térritoires ZZT357

“Amaryllis” – Nina Stern, recorders and chalumeau/ Glen Velez, frame drums and percussion – MSR Classics MSR1577

HANDEL: Rinaldo, from the Ludwigsburg Palace Theatre – Singers with the Lautten Compagney Berlin and Compagnia Marionettistica Carlo Colla e Figli/  Wolfgang Katschner – Arthaus Musik 102207 (Blu-ray and DVD)

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