Try some of the hi-res download shops for 24bit/96 (and other resolutions) of great recordings from any time, for something new you could start with "Nordic sound" compilation of L2 label
- they seem to be Grammy nominated on a regular basis
: https://www.hdtracks.com/index.php?f...D7041888513520 2L - the Nordic Sound
// actually you can't go wrong with anything from that label: http://www.klicktrack.com/2l/search?...1&order=&desc=
These are sonically probably the best recordings today (for my taste).
I also like almost everything (sound wise) from the labels enja and ECM (their "New series" especially for classical)
Try Absolute Ensemble
on enja, "Absolution" album maybe for some fresh sounds... Arvo Part's "Symphony No.4"
was recently (2010) released on ECM and it doesn't sound too bad
also "In principio" that I just checked recently
These Gyorgy Ligeti albums in "The Ligeti Project
" were recorded rather recently and immaculately for Teldec ("supervised by the composer" which is something I cherish a lot in classical recording projects - only then I believe that the original intent of the composer was really captured, all the rest are more or less successful interpretations): Amazon.com: The Ligeti Project III: Cello Concerto / Clocks & Clouds / Violin Concerto / Síppal, Dobbal, Nádihegedüvel: Gyorgy Ligeti, Siegfried Palm, Frank Peter Zimmerman, ASKO/Schonberg Ensemble, Capella Amsterdam, Amadinda Percussion Group: Music
This No.III album is good for testing - especially the dramatic percussive last work on the CD, but I have the whole series and they are all great (if you like Ligeti of course)
I also like a lot of Harmonia mundi releases - try their compilation of Early music
: harmonia mundi
Great artists and great recordings.
This John Adams recording of "Naive and sentimental music"
is very dramatic and I like the music - not typical minimalism at all: Naive and Sentimental Music | Nonesuch Records
Or his very recent release: Son of Chamber Symphony / String Quartet | Nonesuch Records
I think that all suggestions are at least from 2000 and some even fairly recent.