I've read through the November/December issue of Fanfare, in particular the Christmas Want Lists, as I do every year. These are the new releases which appear on more than one list:
1. Stephen Hough and Osmo Vanska, playing the Tchaikovsky piano concerti. This was the only item selected by three critics.
2. John Butt, conducting J.S. Bach, Mass in B Minor, Joshua Rifkin style. This is the recording which is supposed to convert the unpersuaded to the minimalist vocal approach.
3. Dennis Russell Davies, conducting Haydn's complete symphonies. Elevated for the sake of completeness, no one is saying it is better than Dorati.
4. Volkmar Andreae, conducting the Bruckner symphonies and Te Deum. Remastered mono from the 1950s, supposed to be perfection.
I have found Fanfare Christmas lists to be a very reliable source of excellent music.