With major anniversaries for Debussy, John Cage, Glenn Gould and Georg Solti, and Wagner’s 200th just around the corner, 2012 was the year of the boxed set. But there’s plenty more to celebrate as we choose classical Christmas gifts to suit every musical taste.

FOR THE NEWCOMER TO CLASSICAL…

Beethoven For All 
Symphonies, piano concertos,
piano sonatas (excerpts) 

West-Eastern Divan Orchestra/Barenboim 
DECCA 4783513 (2 CD) 

With major anniversaries for Debussy, John Cage, Glenn Gould and Georg Solti, and Wagner’s200th just around the corner, 2012 was the year of the boxed set. But there’s plenty more to celebrate as we choose classical Christmas gifts to suit every musical taste.With major anniversaries for Debussy, John Cage, Glenn Gould and Georg Solti, and Wagner’s 200th just around the corner, 2012 was the year of the boxed set. But there’s plenty more to celebrate as we choose classical Christmas gifts to suit every musical taste.With major anniversaries for Debussy, John Cage, Glenn Gould and Georg Solti, and Wagner’s 200th just around the corner, 2012 was the year of the boxed set. But there’s plenty more to celebrate as we choose classical Christmas gifts to suit every musical taste.

FOR THE TEENAGE REBEL…

Anthony Pateras                  
Collected Works 2002-2012 
Anthony Pateras, Timothy Munro, ANAM 
Ensemble, ANAM Orch/Brett Dean et al 
IMMEDIATA IMM001 (5 CD)

With major anniversaries for Debussy, John Cage, Glenn Gould and Georg Solti, and Wagner’s 200th just around the corner, 2012 was the year of the boxed set. But there’s plenty more to celebrate as we choose classical Christmas gifts to suit every musical taste.With major anniversaries for Debussy, John Cage, Glenn Gould and Georg Solti, and Wagner’s 200th just around the corner, 2012 was the year of the boxed set. But there’s plenty more to celebrate as we choose classical Christmas gifts to suit every musical taste.With major anniversaries for Debussy, John Cage, Glenn Gould and Georg Solti, and Wagner’s 200th just around the corner, 2012 was the year of the boxed set. But there’s plenty more to celebrate as we choose classical Christmas gifts to suit every musical taste.

FOR CHRISTMAS DAY MORNING…

JS Bach 
Christmas Cantatas 
Monteverdi Choir, English  
Baroque Soloists/John Eliot Gardiner 
SOLI DEO GLORIA SDG178 (6 CD) 

With major anniversaries for Debussy, John Cage, Glenn Gould and Georg Solti, and Wagner’s 200th just around the corner, 2012 was the year of the boxed set. But there’s plenty more to celebrate as we choose classical Christmas gifts to suit every musical taste.With major anniversaries for Debussy, John Cage, Glenn Gould and Georg Solti, and Wagner’s 200th just around the corner, 2012 was the year of the boxed set. But there’s plenty more to celebrate as we choose classical Christmas gifts to suit every musical taste.With major anniversaries for Debussy, John Cage, Glenn Gould and Georg Solti, and Wagner’s 200th just around the corner, 2012 was the year of the boxed set. But there’s plenty more to celebrate as we choose classical Christmas gifts to suit every musical taste.

FOR THE COMPLETIST…

Karajan: 1960s 
Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra/Karajan 
DG 4790055 (82 CD)

With major anniversaries for Debussy, John Cage, Glenn Gould and Georg Solti, and Wagner’s 200th just around the corner, 2012 was the year of the boxed set. But there’s plenty more to celebrate as we choose classical Christmas gifts to suit every musical taste.With major anniversaries for Debussy, John Cage, Glenn Gould and Georg Solti, and Wagner’s 200th just around the corner, 2012 was the year of the boxed set. But there’s plenty more to celebrate as we choose classical Christmas gifts to suit every musical taste.With major anniversaries for Debussy, John Cage, Glenn Gould and Georg Solti, and Wagner’s 200th just around the corner, 2012 was the year of the boxed set. But there’s plenty more to celebrate as we choose classical Christmas gifts to suit every musical taste.

FOR THE CHOIR NERD…

Pärt 
Adam’s Lament 
Latvian Radio Choir, Vox  
Clamantis, Sinfonietta Riga 
ECM 2225

With major anniversaries for Debussy, John Cage, Glenn Gould and Georg Solti, and Wagner’s 200th just around the corner, 2012 was the year of the boxed set. But there’s plenty more to celebrate as we choose classical Christmas gifts to suit every musical taste.With major anniversaries for Debussy, John Cage, Glenn Gould and Georg Solti, and Wagner’s 200th just around the corner, 2012 was the year of the boxed set. But there’s plenty more to celebrate as we choose classical Christmas gifts to suit every musical taste.With major anniversaries for Debussy, John Cage, Glenn Gould and Georg Solti, and Wagner’s 200th just around the corner, 2012 was the year of the boxed set. But there’s plenty more to celebrate as we choose classical Christmas gifts to suit every musical taste.

FOR THE LIGHT MUSIC LOVER…

Rodgers & Hammerstein at the Movies 
Joyce DiDonato, Maria Ewing, 
John Wilson Orchestra, Maida Vale Singers 
EMI 3193012 

With major anniversaries for Debussy, John Cage, Glenn Gould and Georg Solti, and Wagner’s 200th just around the corner, 2012 was the year of the boxed set. But there’s plenty more to celebrate as we choose classical Christmas gifts to suit every musical taste.With major anniversaries for Debussy, John Cage, Glenn Gould and Georg Solti, and Wagner’s 200th just around the corner, 2012 was the year of the boxed set. But there’s plenty more to celebrate as we choose classical Christmas gifts to suit every musical taste.With major anniversaries for Debussy, John Cage, Glenn Gould and Georg Solti, and Wagner’s 200th just around the corner, 2012 was the year of the boxed set. But there’s plenty more to celebrate as we choose classical Christmas gifts to suit every musical taste.

FOR THE EARLY MUSIC NUT…

The Enchanted Island 
Joyce DiDonato, David Daniels,  
Danielle de Niese, Met Opera/Christie 
VIRGIN 4042499 (2 DVD) 

With major anniversaries for Debussy, John Cage, Glenn Gould and Georg Solti, and Wagner’s 200th just around the corner, 2012 was the year of the boxed set. But there’s plenty more to celebrate as we choose classical Christmas gifts to suit every musical taste.With major anniversaries for Debussy, John Cage, Glenn Gould and Georg Solti, and Wagner’s 200th just around the corner, 2012 was the year of the boxed set. But there’s plenty more to celebrate as we choose classical Christmas gifts to suit every musical taste.With major anniversaries for Debussy, John Cage, Glenn Gould and Georg Solti, and Wagner’s 200th just around the corner, 2012 was the year of the boxed set. But there’s plenty more to celebrate as we choose classical Christmas gifts to suit every musical taste.

FOR THE OPERA BUFF…

FOR THE PIANOPHILE…

FOR THE UNDER-12…

FOR THE COLLECTOR WHO HAS EVERYTHING…

FOR THE NEW MUSIC LOVER…

FOR THE HOME LISTENER…

FOR THE TRAVELLER…