For me, one of the best classical releases of 2012 is a performance of Gabriel Faure's works for cello and piano by Cecile Licad and Alban Gerhardt.
This record recently won an "Editor's Choice" from Gramophone Magazine as well as lots of fine review. It includes both his cello sonatas and a number of brief works, including his famous (and beautiful) Sicilienne.
By the way, this record and the whole Hyperion label is on sale for a few weeks on ArkivMusic. Here is the link to Hyperion sale:
In recent years, Hyperion has put out some of my absolute favorite classical records, including The Florestan Trio's performance of the piano trios of Debussy, Faure, and Ravel, the Takacs Quartet's performance of Schubert's Death and Maiden Quartet (2006), Steven Osborne's performance of Rachmaninov's 24 Preludes (2009), Steven Hough's performance of Rachmaninov's 5 Piano Concertos (2004), Marc-Andre Hamelin's performance of Liszt's Piano Sonata in B minor (2011), and Steven Osborne's performance of Ravel's complete piano music (2011).