Following the excellent first box-set of Günter Wand and the DSO, a second set is coming soon. It will include Beethoven 5th, Bruckner 6th & 8th, Mozart KV550, Stravinsky Firebird and others. After what was really a surprise from the first set, this second set will be very much eagerly awaited by me.
Another live recording which will be issued, so I heard, is Thielemann conducting the Staatskapelle Dresden in Bruckner 8th. It might just be the concerts he was asked at short notice to stand in for the ailing Fabio Luisi, on 13-15 September, 2009. If it is not the case, the last time he conducted this orchestra was in 2003. Another recording to look out for. He is still using the Haas edition of B8, quite rare among "young" conductors these days.
This year being the 200th birth year of Chopin, many new releases and also old commemorative re-issues will appear sooner or later. We will be spoilt, if not overwhelmed, with choices. It will also be a year when pianists will face the harsh reality of survival of the fittest.
Mary Wang introduced to me this beautiful cover art of a DG compilation disc.
It was designed by Olaf Hajek.