The host of The Evening Program is here to steer your holiday shopping in the right direction. View Jim’s 2018 Favorite Things 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 420 865-2 (2 CDs) (M)

The Chanukkah Story
Western Wind Vocal Ensemble
Available at westernwind.org

Weiner: Five Divertimentos, Serenade
Estonian National Symphony Orchestra, Neeme Järvi
Chandos 10959

Mirror in Mirror
Anne Akiko Meyers, violin
Avie 2386

Fanfares
Onyx Brass
Chandos 5221

Leonard Bernstein: An American in Paris
Orchestre National de France
Warner Classics 689544 (7 CDs) (M)

Bernstein: The 3 Symphonies
Orchestra of the Santa Cecilia Academy, Sir Antonio Pappano
Warner Classics 66158 (3 CDs)

Tchaikovsky: Symphony No. 6 “Pathétique”
MusicAeterna, Theodor Currentzis
Sony 404352

Vaughan Williams: A Sea Symphony
BBC Symphony and Chorus, Martyn Brabbins
Hyperion 68254

Light Eternal – The Choral Music of Morten Lauridsen
Chamber Choir of Europe, I Virtuosi Italiani, Nicol Matt
DG 483 5058

Handel: Ode for St. Cecilia’s Day
Soprano Carolyn Sampson, Tenor Ian Bostridge, Dunedin Consort, John Butt
Linn 578

The Passinge Mesures
Mahan Esfahani, harpsichord
Hyperion 68249

Bartók: Violin Concertos Nos 1 & 2
Christian Tetzlaff, violin; Finnish Radio Symphony, Hannu Lintu
Ondine 1317

Mozart: Piano Concertos 25 & 27
Piotr Anderszewski, piano; Chamber Orchestra of Europe
Warner Classics 724221

Shostakovich: String Quartets 3 & 9
Goldmund Quartet
Berlin Classics 301068

Dvořák: Quintets, Op. 81 & 97
Pavel Haas Quartet, Boris Giltberg, piano
Supraphon 4195

Volodos Plays Brahms
Arcadi Volodos, piano
Sony 30192

Stravinsky: The Rite of Spring
Marc-Andre Hamelin, Leif Ove Andsnes, pianos
Hyperion 68189

Secrets
Marianne Crebassa, soprano, Fazil Say, piano
Erato 76897

Berlioz: Les Troyens
Soloists, Strasbourg Philharmonic and Chorus, John Nelson
Warner Classics 57622 (4 CDs)

Alicia de Larrocha: Complete Decca Recordings
Alicia de Larrocha
Decca 483 4120 (41 CDs) (B)

Rafael Kubelik: Complete Recordings on Deutsche Grammophon
Rafael Kubelik
Deutsche Grammophon 4799959 (64 CDs) (B)

George Szell: The Complete Columbia Album Collection
George Szell
Sony 547185 (106 CDs) (B)

(M) = Medium-priced recording

(B) = Budget recording

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