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

Looking back at the standout new releases of 2017 gives me a chance to think about what music had a big impact on CPR Classical this year.

Music by living composers is an important part of our daily playlist, with groups like the Jasper Quartet and ACME bringing fascinating new music into being. Other small chamber ensembles like the Dover Quartet generate a big impact when they make a risky yet rewarding record like "Voices of Resistance."

The period ensemble Acronym puts a different spin on new music by making premiere recordings of pieces from the 17th century. Big orchestras playing warhorses are no less important when Gustavo Dudamel and the Vienna Philharmonic bring new revelations to familiar scores like "Pictures at an Exhibition." 

And we are fortunate to have the Colorado Symphony commission and record unusual pieces like Bela Fleck’s "Juno" Concerto. I can’t wait to share more new discoveries with you in 2018.