An occasional tally of memorable things Steve Smith has stuck in his ears lately.

Richard WagnerDie Walküre – Matthias Goerne, Michelle DeYoung, Stuart Skelton, Heidi Melton, Petra Lang, Hong Kong Philharmonic Orchestra/Jaap van Zweden (Naxos)

Skylark QuartetLark City (Tonkatsu)

David FirstSame Animal, Different Cages Vol. 2: Solomonos for Analog Synthesizer (Fabrica)

Gil SansónUntitled (for Pierre Boulez) (Rhizome.s)

Günter SchlienzRestrangements (Grumpy’s Third Eye)

Christophe BailleauPorcelaine (Cosmic Winnetou)

Ichtyor TidesAntapices Qadrant (Cosmic Winnetou)

MarehelmMarehelm (Cosmic Winnetou)

Claude DebussyPréludes, Vols. 1 & 2 – Paul Jacobs (Nonesuch)

Eve Risser White Desert Orchestra – Les deux versants se regardent (Clean Feed)

Karel HusaMusic for Prague 1968 – North Texas Wind Symphony/Eugene Migliaro Corporon (GIA Publications)

Karel HusaApotheosis of This Earth: Music of Karel Husa – Ithaca College Wind Ensemble/Rodney Winther (Mark Custom Recording Service)
> Smetana Fanfare; Al fresco; Divertimento for Brass and Percussion; Percussion Concerto; Piano Concertino – Matthew Baram; Alto Saxophone Concerto – David Bristol; Apotheosis of This Earth

Sanam MarviFolk Gitan Ji Rani, Vol. 1 (Barkha Enterprises)

Franz Schubert – Symphony No. 2 – Cologne Radio Symphony Orchestra/Günter Wand (RCA Red Seal)

Olivier MessiaenDes canyons aux etoiles – Santa Fe Chamber Music Festival/Alan Gilbert (eOne)

David Van TieghemFRKWYS Vol. 10: David Van Tieghem x Ten – Fits & Starts (RVNG Intl.)

Robert CurgenvenClimata (Dragon’s Eye; remastered/expanded edition)

Alex ClineSparks Fly Upward (Cryptogramophone)

Alex ClineFor People in Sorrow (Cryptogramophone)

David BowieNo Plan (ISO/Columbia)

Rudy Royston TrioRise of Orion (Greenleaf Music)

Tim Berne’s BloodcountLowlife: The Paris Concert I (JMT)

Tim Berne’s BloodcountPoisoned Minds: The Paris Concert II (JMT)

Tim Berne’s BloodcountMemory Select: The Paris Concert III (JMT)

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