(Album cover images: Courtesy of the artists; Photo illustration: CPR/Brad Turner)

Santa isn't the only one making a list this time of year. You also see "Best of 2015" lists popping up everywhere. 

We looked at hundreds of releases in 2015 to find the best new recordings to play for you on CPR Classical each day, and shared highlights online each month. Here are the releases that stuck around in our minds, our hearts, and our ears as our favorites. 

Each one of our staff members has picked a highlight CD and I've chosen 10 more for a list that includes new compositions alongside established masterworks. Several very impressive Colorado performances are rightfully here alongside international superstars, too. 

We hope you've enjoyed discovering some of these excellent new discs with us this year, and we look forward to new exciting discoveries in 2016.