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, http://www.colinscolumn.com/peter-jablonski-records-piano-music-by-grazyna-bacewicz-for-ondine/; compelling Harrison Birtwistle Chamber Music played by the Nash Ensemble for BIS, http://www.colinscolumn.com/nash-ensemble-records-chamber-works-by-harrison-birtwistle-for-bis/; the first recording of Havergal Brian’s amazing Faust conducted by Martyn Brabbins for Dutton, http://www.colinscolumn.com/martyn-brabbins-conducts-the-premiere-recording-of-havergal-brians-faust-for-dutton-epoch/; and Sakari Oramo’s superb Ravel collection for BIS, http://www.colinscolumn.com/released-today-february-4-sakari-oramo-and-the-royal-stockholm-philharmonic-record-music-by-maurice-ravel-for-bis/. Riches!