The second pick is "Rios" by Dion Saluzzi, Anthony Cox, and David Friedman. I must admit this is one of those CD I picked mainly for the cover art. I've heard Dino Saluzzi play on several projects with Al DiMeola, so it wasn't a total shot in the dark. It's nice to heard different instruments exploring world music for change of pace. The combination of bandoneon, marimba, vibraphone, and bass has a Old World favor, but is very hauntingly timeless in a way.
My third selection is perhaps straddles the Classical / New Age catagories. The Turtle island String Quartet "Skylife" CD. There are no strictly classical tunes on the CD, the two that were most known to me were "Senor Mouse" by Chick Corea, and "Crossroads", by famed bluesman Robert Johnson. A tune most remember from Cream (Eric Clapton, Ginger Baker, & Jack Bruce) Wheels of Fire album. They have a full CD of Jimi Hendrix covers also, but I haven't picked that up yet.
Turtle Island String Quartet is worth checking out, as are this week's other picks. Enjoy.