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

 December brings with it many holiday traditions like candy canes, gingerbread, and annual "best of" lists. 

We listen to hundreds of new releases all year long so we can present the best new recordings for you every day on CPR Classical. Each month, we spotlight outstanding new discs that we are especially excited to share with you. With the year coming to a close, we've taken another look back to choose our favorite releases from 2016.

CPR Classical's staff and I put together a list that looks back across centuries but also introduces new compositions. Once again, many Colorado musicians made the list with superb performances.

Bringing the best classical music to our listeners is our privilege each day of the year. We hope you enjoy these discs as much as we do.