Classical Top 10
The Classical Top Ten reflects what other classical fans are buying now and might give you some good ideas for your next purchase.
1 Dunedin Consort - Mozart: Requiem
We cannot wait for you to hear this brand new version of Mozart's great unfinished choral masterpiece. John Butt's Dunedin Consort are in spectacular form as they perform David Black's edition of Süssmayr's completion of Mozart's Requiem.
2014 Gramophone Award Winner: ‘Purely on grounds of performance alone, this is one of the finest Mozart Requiems of recent years...a thrilling performance.' Gramophone
2 Scottish Chamber Orchestra - Mozart: Opera Arias & Overtures
Christian Baldini conducts a hand-picked selection of arias from six of Mozart's much-loved operas, alongside their respective overtures in an attractive programme featuring award-winning soprano Elizabeth Watts.
'Her bright and flexible voice is wonderful in Mozart, and the clarity of her diction makes her singing easy to follow... This disc invites repeated listening and is highly recommended.' AllMusic.com
3 KUNIKO - Xenakis: IX
Kuniko's much-anticipated third studio recording features the works of Iannis Xenakis; although classified by many as unplayable Kuniko's unrivalled prowess sees her perfectly realize the composer's vision.
'Her thrilling performance of this remarkable piece [Pléïades] is astonishingly confident and absolutely hypnotic.' SA-CD.net
4 Phantasm - Lawes: The Royal Consort
Phantasm celebrates William Lawes with a sublime collection of premier recordings with guest musician Elizabeth Kenny. Described as 'one of the greatest collections of ensemble dance music ever composed', Lawes' Royal Consort is full of astounding moments of striking musical invention.
Choice: 'Award-winners, category finalists on many other occasions, Phantasm continue to excel. This Royal Consort, the first complete performance of the original versions, confirms that status.' Gramophone
5 John Butt and Lucy Russell - J.S. Bach: Sonatas for violin & harpsichord
Lucy Russell's performance explores the colours and emotions present in the music as well as highlighting Bach's good humour and quirkiness. The duo relish the energetic dialogue and astonishingly diverse moods and characters present in Bach's music.
'Harpsichordist John Butt...revels in the invention of the contrapuntal lines and fully embraces the keyboard's emancipation from accompanying role to sparring partner.' The Guardian
6 The Avison Ensemble - Vivaldi: Concerti Opus 8
Directed by Pavlo Beznosiuk, Britain's foremost Baroque violin virtuosi, the ensemble presents an insightful performance of the masterpiece that is brimming with energy. An insightful performance of Antonio Vivaldi's complete Opus 8, including the famous 'Four Seasons'.
'...offering up performances which are as entertaining, compelling and colourful as they are authoritative and polished.' International Record Review
7 Scottish Chamber Orchestra Wind Soloists - Mozart: Divertimenti
With several award-winning Mozart recordings to its name, the Scottish Chamber Orchestra's Mozart credentials are impeccable. Here the orchestra's wind soloists take centre stage: Maximiliano Martin and William Stafford on clarinet, Peter Whelan and Alison Green on bassoon and Alec Frank-Gemmill and Harry Johnstone on horn.
Choice: 'I fancy Mozart would have smiled in approval.' Gramophone
8 Thomas Sondergard - Sibelius: Symphonies 2 and 7
With their nationalist themes Symphonies 2 & 7 are perfect repertoire for Søndergård and his orchestra to make their symphonic recording debut. The Second Symphony marked a major step in Sibelius' development as a composer, and remains one of his most popular works.
'Sondergard's Sibelius Two is breathtaking...Their flawless performance of the Seventh Symphony, if you love this music, will break your heart.' The Herald
9 Scottish Ensemble - Tchaikovsky and Shostakovich for strings
The dynamic Scottish Ensemble is back after a decade away with the premiere arrangement of director Jonathan Morton's 2013 transcription of Shostakovich's Quartet No. 2. Morton's arrangement of this epic scale masterpiece adds to SE's enviable reputation for Shostakovich transcriptions established by the late Rudolf Barshai.
'Jonathan Morton's Scottish Ensemble reveal new spectrums of colour in Tchaikovsky and Shostakovich.'
10 Ingrid Fliter - Chopin: Preludes
For her second recital the award-winning pianist performs Chopin's Op. 28, a poetic collection of great emotional power and unrivalled artistic quality which demands high virtuosity. Ingrid has also recorded a selection of mazurkas, nocturnes and ecossaises to accompany the preludes, of which the 3 ecossaises are exclusively available to download for free from LinnRecords.com.
'...a torrential account of the B flat minor prelude, as exciting as any I've ever heard.' The Guardian