Beyond the standard new releases and slew of year-end holiday releases we covered in December, we did some catching up just so listeners would be prepared when the Grammy awards are presented in February. Two of those nominated albums, Derek Bermel: Migrations and Michael Torke: Sky, feature the Albany Symphony led by David Alan Miller. There were also two nominations for the choral group The Crossing and its conductor Donald Nally, whose Kile Smith: The Arc in the Sky we reviewed recently. Other new releases of note: The Nutcracker arranged by the brass ensemble Septura and narrated by actor Derek Jacobi; the Bach Collegium Japan doing Beethoven's Symphony No. 9; and Schubert's Symphony No. 9 with Maxim Emelyanychev conducting the Scottish Chamber Orchestra.

Rachel Barton Pine, Royal Scottish National Orchestra, Teddy Abrams - Dvor¨¢k, Khachaturian: Violin Concertos
Benjamin Bernheim - Benjamin Bernheim
Ronald Brautigam, Die K?lner Akademie, Michael Alexander Willens - Beethoven: The Piano Concertos
Cinquecento - Palestrina: Lamentations
Sarah Connolly, James Platt, Andrew Davis - Bliss: Mary of Magdala; The Enchantress; Meditations on a Theme by John Blow
Conspirare, Craig Hella Johnson - The Hope of Loving: Choral Music of Jake Runestad
Stephen Costello - A Te, O Cara: Stephen Costello sings Bel Canto
The Crossing, Donald Nally - Kile Smith: The Arc in the Sky
Thomas Dausgaard, BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra - Bart¨®k: Orchestral Works, Vol. 1 - Concerto for Orchestra, Suite No. 1
Lucas Debargue - Scarlatti: 52 Sonatas
Alma Deutscher - From My Book of Melodies
Joyce DiDonato - Songplay
Vincent Dumestre, Le Po¨¨me Harmonique - Anamorfosi: Allegri, Monteverdi
Dunedin Consort, John Butt - Handel: Samson
Maxim Emelyanychev, Scottish Chamber Orchestra - Franz Schubert: Symphony No. 9 in C major, 'The Great'
The Gesualdo Six, Owain Park - Christmas
Uwe Grodd, Gould Piano Trio - Beethoven: Grand Symphonies, Vol. 1, Arr. Hummel for Flute, Violin, Cello and Piano
Hall¨¦, Mark Elder - Debussy: Nocturnes
Hermitage Piano Trio - Rachmaninoff
Houston Chamber Choir, Robert Simpson - Durufl¨¦: Complete Choral Works
Iceland Symphony Orchestra, Dan¨ªel Bjarnason - Concurrence
Philippe Jaroussky - Passion
Fran?ois Joubert-Caillet, L'Ach¨¦ron - Marin Marais: Deuxi¨¨me Livre de Pi¨¨ces de Viole
Jupiter, Thomas Dunford - Vivaldi
Choir of King's College, Cambridge; Stephen Cleobury - The Centenary Service: A Festival of Nine Lessons & Carols
Gidon Kremer, Giedre Dirvanauskaite, Yulianna Avdeeva - Mieczyslaw Weinberg: Chamber Music
Louis Langr¨¦e, Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra - Transatlantic: Gershwin, Var¨¨se, Stravinsky
Jenny Lin - The Etudes Project, Vol. 1: Iceberg
Paul McCreesh, Gabrieli Consort & Players - Purcell: King Arthur, 1691
David Alan Miller, Albany Symphony Orchestra - Derek Bermel: Migrations
David Alan Miller, Albany Symphony Orchestra - Michael Torke: Sky
Nash Ensemble, Martyn Brabbins - Julian Anderson: Poetry Nearing Silence
Vikingur Olafsson - J.S. Bach: Works & Reworks
Pavel Haas Quartet - Shostakovich: String Quartets 2, 7, 8
Javier Perianes, Josep Pons, Orchestre de Paris - Ravel: Jeux de Miroirs
Vasily Petrenko, Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra - Mussorgsky: Pictures at an Exhibition; Khachaturian: Spartacus Suite; Kabalevsky, Shchedrin, Rachmaninov
Daniel Pioro - J.S. Bach: Partita No. 2 in D minor
Beatrice Rana - Ravel: Miroirs; La Valse; Stravinsky: Petrushka; The Firebird
Gil Rose, Boston Modern Orchestra Project, Odyssey Opera Orchestra - Tobias Picker: Fantastic Mr. Fox
John Morris Russell, Cincinnati Pops Orchestra - American Originals: 1918
Carolyn Sampson, Osmo V?nsk?, Minnesota Orchestra - Mahler 4
Jordi Savall, La Capella Reial de Catalunya, Le Concert des Nations - Georg Friderich H?ndel: Messiah
Septura, Derek Jacobi - Tchaikovsky: The Nutcracker arranged for Brass Septet
Nadia Shpachenko - The Poetry of Places
Choir of St John's Cambridge, Andrew Nethsingha - Magnificat
Choir of St George's Chapel Windsor Castle, James Vivian, Luke Bond - Christmas at St George's, Windsor
Stile Antico - A Spanish Nativity
Luka Sulic - Antonio Vivaldi: The Four Seasons
Masaaki Suzuki, Bach Collegium Japan - Beethoven: Symphony No. 9
Tak¨¢cs Quartet, Marc-Andr¨¦ Hamelin - Dohn¨¢nyi: Piano Quintets; String Quartet No. 2
Various Artists - Harold Meltzer: Songs and Structures
Various Artists - Zosha di Castri: Tachitipo
Arcadi Volodos - Schubert: Piano Sonata D 959; Minuets D 334, D 335, D 600
Paul Wee - Alkan: Symphony for Solo Piano; Concerto for Solo Piano
Wild Up, Christopher Rountree, Lindsay Kesselman, Theo Bleckmann - Christopher Cerrone: The Pieces That Fall to Earth