As for January, it’s a four-way tie, and a Faustian pact between Goethe and Brian.

So, in alphabetical order of composer: intriguing piano music by Grażyna Bacewicz from Peter Jablonski for Ondine,; compelling Harrison Birtwistle Chamber Music played by the Nash Ensemble for BIS,; the first recording of Havergal Brian’s amazing Faust conducted by Martyn Brabbins for Dutton,; and Sakari Oramo’s superb Ravel collection for BIS, Riches!