Another tie, six (of the best) choices; more this month than any previous ones.
To begin is the latest in Christian Thielemann’s Vienna Phil/Sony Classical Bruckner Symphony Cycle, http://www.colinscolumn.com/christian-thielemann-the-vienna-philharmonic-record-bruckners-second-symphony-for-sony-classical/; and Bruckner 7 from Roth gets the job done in under an hour, without haste, http://www.colinscolumn.com/gurzenich-orchester-koln-francois-xavier-roth-records-anton-bruckners-seventh-symphony-for-myrios/.
A collection of ‘Slatkinana’ on Naxos includes Leonard’s setting of Poe’s The Raven, http://www.colinscolumn.com/slatkin-conducts-slatkin-on-naxos/*; Edgar Moreau does revelations, http://www.colinscolumn.com/edgar-moreau-with-lucerne-symphony-orchestra-michael-sanderling-record-transmission-for-erato-music-by-bloch-bruch-korngold-ravel/; and Mendelssohn’s String Quintets are equally revealing, http://www.colinscolumn.com/doric-string-quartet-timothy-ridout-record-mendelssohns-string-quintets-for-chandos/.
Finally, despite a few reservations, Klaus Mäkelä’s Sibelius Symphonies, music that will no doubt be a constant throughout his career. He starts here, http://www.colinscolumn.com/released-today-march-25-klaus-makela-the-oslo-philharmonic-record-sibeliuss-seven-symphonies-tapiola-for-decca/, a reference for the future recordings of this repertoire that he will surely make over the next few decades.
*There are three tracks not included on Naxos’s Slatkin CD. Go to https://www.naxos.com and, using the following catalogue numbers, you can listen for a few seconds and decide if you’d like to download these digital-only choices: 9.70333; 9.70334; 9.70333.