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 Ingrid Fliter -
Schumann & Mendelssohn Piano Concertos
Ingrid Fliter brings the lyrical romanticism of Schumann's iconic Piano Concerto to life whilst a live performance of the Mendelssohn concerto caused one critic to comment: 'In the beautiful second movement, time stood still.'
Drive Discovery: 'The wait was worth it. She brilliantly tackles Schumann's shifting colours...and she brings out all of Mendelssohn's melodic genius.' Classic FM
2 Dunedin Consort - J.S. Bach: Violin Concertos
Dutch-Italian violinist Cecilia Bernardini takes a break from leader duties as she steps into the spotlight to deliver a virtuoso performance under the direction of Bach specialist John Butt OBE.
'There are so many things to marvel at: her husky, shapely tone, her earthy way with rhythm, how she tugs playfully the top of phrases, her ability to dart in and out of ensemble textures and make the whole thing so joyously convivial.'
3 Trevor Pinnock - Mozart: Gran Partita
Trevor Pinnock adds to his hugely impressive Mozart discography with his first recording of the composer's great wind masterpiece. It is performed here on modern instruments with the very best of the next generation of wind players: the Royal Academy of Music Soloists Ensemble.
'Pinnock knows a thing or two about Mozart and imparts to his youthful charges from the Royal Academy of Music all his enthusiasm for the Salzburger's greatest serenade...a rather winning disc.' Gramophone
4 Aldeburgh Strings - Britten: Serenade for Tenor, Horn and Strings
This international ensemble of crack musicians reveals the next generation's star soloists; led by violinist Markus Däunert (leader of the Mahler Chamber Orchestra), they deliver fresh and energetic performances of some of Britten's finest music for string ensemble.
'One is struck by the beauty and security of their quiet playing - a virtue which comes to the fore also in the gorgeously lyrical Prelude.' MusicWeb International
5 Ingrid Fliter - Chopin: Preludes
Award-winning pianist Ingrid Fliter performs Chopin's Op. 28, a poetic collection of great emotional power and unrivalled artistic quality which demands high virtuosity.
Recording of the Month: 'Ingrid Fliter seems to be able to achieve individuality seemingly effortlessly, with cherishable and memorable results. She is a virtuoso of the first order but she holds this in reserve, so when she does unleash her full technical armoury, it's extraordinarily potent. A gem of a disc.' Gramophone
6 Magnificat - Scattered Ashes
Magnificat's 25th anniversary recording features Latin settings by eight great vocal composers of the 16th century; the works display a variety of scoring, textures and harmonic language that is mirrored in their intensity and attention to detail.
'Beautifully balanced singing, super-smooth and refined.'
Choir & Organ
7 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
8 Ingrid Fliter - Chopin: Piano Concertos
Award-winning pianist Ingrid Fliter makes her Linn debut with a distinctive performance of Chopin's notoriously difficult piano concertos, featuring the Scottish Chamber Orchestra conducted by Jun Märkl.
'Ingrid Fliter was born to play Chopin with power and passion and is completely at one with the music's demands of agility, vim and vigour.' The Telegraph
9 Dunedin Consort - J.S. Bach: Brandenburg Concertos
Dunedin Consort demonstrates its collective experience and historical knowledge in an exceptionally insightful and fresh performance. Bach's Brandenburg Concertos are essential and enduringly popular works in the Baroque orchestral repertory, full of interesting instrumentation choices and dancing melodies.
'Melodic ideas are beautifully punctuated and phrased, vibrato is used strictly ornamentally, and tempos strike my sensibilities as pretty well ideal.'
BBC Music Magazine
10 Trevor Pinnock - Journey
Take a trip through Trevor Pinnock's enviable career with this new recital charting two incredible musical journeys four hundred years apart. Inspired by the travels of Antonio Cabezon, the sixteenth century organist and composer, diverse repertoire spanning two hundred years is all performed on his favourite harpsichord
'...a quirky and intensely personal collection...let's hope there is more to come from this supremely musical player. ' The Observer