Symphonies and Sonatas. High-bred music that communicates vividly, certainly in the following choices, such as Shostakovich’s Twelfth & Fifteenth Symphonies as recorded by the BBC Phil & John Storgårds for Chandos,; or Vaughan Williams’s Seventh & Ninth with Martyn Brabbins & the BBCSO for Hyperion, Both are indispensable. So too Garrick Ohlsson’s magnificent versions of two Schubert Piano Sonatas,, and there’s an impressive Sonata (his Third) by Robert Matthew-Walker entitled ‘Hamlet’ on a Somm release of his ear-tickling and varied piano music played by Mark Bebbington,

To Austria to complete this ‘six of the best’ survey, two of Mozart’s String Quintets are relished by Quatuor Ébène & Antoine Tamestit,, and the Vienna Phil’s New Year’s Concert proved a winner conducted by Franz Welser-Möst,

In fact, it’s seven, although I am remaining silent on the matter,