courtesy of the artist
Soprano Sondra Radvanovsky.
The first official days of summer are heating up. And that, of course, signals an annual ritual: It's time to turn up the air-conditioning, pop a cold brew and consider the great classical CDs released in the past six months. From the soaring voice of Sondra Radvanovsky to the turbulent sounds of the Berlin Philharmonic in full cry to hypnotic chants from Kiev, hear a few of the many terrific new recordings, made mostly on small, independent labels.