A four-way tie between Jonathan Nott’s Pelleas double, http://www.colinscolumn.com/claude-debussy-arnold-schoenberg-pelleas-et-melisande-pelleas-und-melisande-jonathan-nott-records-both-for-pentatone-with-orchestre-de-la-suisse-romande/, a selection of chamber music by Harrison Birtwistle (Feb 4 release), http://www.colinscolumn.com/nash-ensemble-records-chamber-works-by-harrison-birtwistle-for-bis/, and Paul Lewis’s survey of Brahms’s final piano music, http://www.colinscolumn.com/paul-lewis-records-brahmss-late-piano-works-opuses-116-119-for-harmonia-mundi/. Sticking with the piano, I wouldn’t want to be without Imogen Cooper’s latest release, http://www.colinscolumn.com/imogen-cooper-records-le-temps-perdu-for-chandos/.

Many Happy Returns (and Christmas Greetings) to Jonathan Nott, 59 today. Conducts Brahms’s Fourth Symphony with Suisse Romande Orchestra; March 22, 2017; Victoria Hall, Geneva.