christmas-giftsThe host of The Evening Program is here to steer your holiday shopping in the right direction. View Jim’s recommendations below.

Tchaikovsky: The Nutcracker
Amsterdam Concertgebouw Orchestra, Antal Dorati
Philips 442 562-2 (2 CDs) (M)

Handel: Messiah
Soloists, London Symphony Choir and Orchestra, Sir Colin Davis
Philips 438 356-2 (2 CDs) (M)

The Chanukkah Story
Western Wind Vocal Ensemble
available at westernwind.com

Sir Neville Marriner
The Argo Years
Decca 478 6883 (28CDs) (M)

Dvořák: Slavonic Dances
Czech Philharmonic, Jiří Bělohlávek
Decca 478 9458

Tchaikovsky: Symphonies 1, 2 and 5
Royal Liverpool Philharmonic, Vassily Petrenko
Onyx 4150 (2 CDs)

Bruckner: Symphony No. 8
Boston Symphony, Klaus Tennstedt
St. Laurent Studio 332

Britten, Korngold: Violin Concertos
Vilde Frang, violin
Frankfurt Radio Symphony, James Gaffigan
Warner Classics 2564 60092-1

Pollini and Abbado: The Complete Deutsche Grammophon Recordings
DG 482 1358 (8 CDs) (M)

Gabrieli
National Brass Ensemble
Oberlin Music 15-04

Bach: Goldberg Variations
Mahan Esfahani, harpsichord
DG B00253790-2

Bach, Beethoven, Rzewski
Igor Levit, piano
Sony 88875 06096-2 (3 CDs)

Chopin: Mazurkas
Pavel Kolesnikov, piano
Hyperion 68137

Transcendental: Daniil Trifonov Plays Franz Liszt
Daniil Trifonov, piano
DG 479 5529 (2 CDs)

Emerson String Quartet: The Complete Deutsche Grammophon Recordings
DG 479 5982 (52 CDs) (M)

Néère; Véronique Gens, soprano
Susan Manoff, piano
Alpha Classics 215

Ernst Krenek: Travel Book of the Austrian Alps
Florian Boesch, baritone; Roger Vignoles, piano
Hyperion 68158

Maximilian Steinberg: Passion Week
The Clarion Choir, Steven Fox
Naxos 8.573665 (B)

Herbert Howells: Collegium Regale
Choir of Trinity College, Cambridge, Stephen Layton
Hyperion 68105

Arnold Schoenberg: Gurrelieder
Soloists, Choruses, Gürzenich-Orchester Köln, Markus Stenz
Hyperion 68081/2 (2 CDs)

Ferenc Fricsay: Complete Recordings on Deutsche Grammophon, Volume 2
DG 479 4641 37 CDs) (M)

Gilbert and Sullivan: HMS Pinafore
Scottish Opera, Richard Egarr
Linn 522

Verdi: Aida
Soloists, Santa Cecilia Chorus and Orchestra, Sir Antonio Pappano; Warner Classics 2564 610066-3

Charles Munch: The Complete RCA Album Collection
RCA/Sony 88875 169792 (86 CDs) (M)

(M) = Medium-priced recording
(B) = Budget recording

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