JOHN ADAMS: THE CHAIRMAN DANCES AND OTHER WORKS (Elektra/Nonesuch). Glenn Miller, minimalism and Mao: a lively orchestral gloss on the opera Nixon in China.
BEETHOVEN: SYMPHONY NO. 9 (EMI). Lean and mean on original instruments, the mighty Ninth, brilliantly conducted by Roger Norrington.
GLASS: AKHNATEN (CBS/Masterworks). In the land of the Pharaohs, a radiant perspective on the religious revolutionary.
THE IMMORTAL FRITZ KREISLER (RCA). The fabled Viennese-born violinist in showpieces, bonbons and a quicksilver Beethoven sonata.
CARL NIELSEN: SYMPHONY NO. 1; LITTLE SUITE, OP. 1 (CBS/Masterworks). The neglected First Symphony, sizzling in the hands of the young Finnish conductor Esa-Pekka...