I have noticed that, unlike our sister music forum, Talk Classical, we have no thread dedicated solely to our recent acquisitions of classical music. Rather, this genre is "lumped together" with others under the more generic "latest purchases" thread.
Thus, in order to bring more clarity to this situation, I would like to start such a dedicated thread this evening.

My first contribution are these beauties, traversed by Bernstein and the Chicago Symphony Orchestra;even if the music performed inside were not fantastic, the cover art alone--and the mood it evokes of the harsh Russian winter--is worth the admission price: