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,; and Bruckner 7 from Roth gets the job done in under an hour, without haste,

A collection of ‘Slatkinana’ on Naxos includes Leonard’s setting of Poe’s The Raven,*; Edgar Moreau does revelations,; and Mendelssohn’s String Quintets are equally revealing,

Finally, despite a few reservations, Klaus Mäkelä’s Sibelius Symphonies, music that will no doubt be a constant throughout his career. He starts here,, 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 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.