CD HotList: New Releases for Libraries is usually published on the first Monday of each month. It’s a free service, and it is exactly what its title suggests: a monthly list of recently-released compact discs that I believe are worthy of the attention of my fellow librarians. I’m not suggesting that all of them will be appropriate for every collection, only that all of them have something special that makes them worth considering — some are simply unusually good, and others might represent a little-known repertoire or musical tradition. Another recommended release might be a reissue of an important recording or a historically significant boxed set. Etcetera.
Each entry indicates composer (for classical recordings), title, artist, label, distributor, and catalog number. In each case, the title is a hyperlink that leads the reader to a website from which the recording may be ordered. Where possible, I direct the reader to Amazon, since most libraries have accounts with Amazon and can order there more easily than from independent or third-party vendors.
Obviously, the reader is free to order from any source. The links are provided for convenience only, and do not imply any endorsement of the companies or services to which they lead.
CD HotList is unlike most review publications in that it is primarily a recommendation service. You will find very few negative reviews here; in virtually every case, an album is here precisely because it is recommended.
In each issue, a few releases are designated as Rick’s Picks. These are entries that strike me as particularly special for one reason or another.
I hope you enjoy. If you have suggestions or comments, I would be very happy to hear from you.