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 San Francisco Symphony - West Side Story
Michael Tilson Thomas and the San Francisco Symphony's new live recording of the first-ever concert performances of Bernstein's complete score for 'West Side Story' features a stellar Broadway cast. The Studio Master download includes a 100-page digital booklet featuring a new interview with Tilson Thomas, notes from Rita Moreno and Jamie Bernstein, as well as archival photographs, complete lyrics photos.
'The performance deserves, and demands, tumultuous applause.' BBC Music Magazine
2 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.
Recording of the Month: ‘Purely on grounds of performance alone, this is one of the finest Mozart Requiems of recent years...a thrilling performance.' Gramophone
3 Ingrid Fliter - Chopin: Piano Concertos
Chopin specialist Ingrid Fliter makes her Linn debut with an effortless performance of Chopin's notoriously difficult piano concertos, featuring the Scottish Chamber Orchestra conducted by Jun Märkl. Fliter is a breathtaking performer whose performance of Chopin's commanding chords and lightening speed runs are effortless.
‘Choice': ‘Fliter plays with such grace and heartfelt sincerity...[she] touches the heart.' Gramophone
4 Pavel Haas Quartet - Schubert: Death and the Maiden, String Quintet in C Major
As previous Gramophone 'Recording of the Year' winner, the Pavel Haas Quartet's recording of Schubert's 'Death and the Maiden' and the C major string quintet was hugely anticipated. The maturity and depth of emotion of this recording saw the album named 'Editor's Choice' by Gramophone.
'If CDs had grooves I would already have worn out these marvellous recordings...' The Times
5 Ensemble Marsyas - J.F. Fasch: Quartets and Concertos
Ensemble Marsyas return with an album full of catchy tunes and contrapuntal ingenuity. The sparkling performances of the chamber music of Johann Friedrich Fasch perfectly demonstrate why the man and his music were so popular in his own lifetime. This engaging repertoire calls for the highest levels of virtuosity; founding member Peter Whelan and guests Pamela Thorby and Alec Frank-Gemmill are the soloists that accept the challenge with style and aplomb.
6 LSO - Berlioz: Grande Messe des morts
This recording of 'Grande Messe des morts' confirmed Sir Colin's status as one of the greatest conductors of Berlioz's music. Recorded in St Paul's Cathedral, the London Symphony Orchestra deliver a superb and energetic performance.
'There's some lovely orchestral detail...The chorus is excellent...Colin Davis is a must-have.' Gramophone
7 The King's Consort - Purcell: Ten Sonatas in Four Parts
The King's Consort has championed the music of Henry Purcell for three decades winning numerous awards along the way. Purcell's extraordinarily inventive and individual music combines Italian vigour, French elegance and English melancholy with harmonic daring, extraordinary contrapuntal technique and unique melodic creativity.
'...superbly played...Purcell's inventiveness is consistent throughout the programme, and its spirit is alive in these performances.' The Daily Telegraph
8 Dunedin Consort - J.S. Bach: Six Brandenburg Concertos
Dunedin Consort, the team that brought you ‘John Passion', is back with its first instrumental release, which has already been named Gramophone 'Choice'. Under the direction of Bach specialist John Butt, Dunedin Consort demonstrates its collective experience and historical knowledge in an exceptionally joyful and fresh performance.
'...a profoundly expressive study in texture and articulation.' The Guardian
9 Gottlieb Wallisch - Haydn: The London Sonatas
Famed for his clarity of line and purity of tone, Gottlieb Wallisch moves from Mozart to his contemporary Haydn for his fourth recording with Linn. Wallisch has long been a fan of the music of Haydn, having launched his international career by winning the ‘Joseph Haydn Prize' (as well as first prize) at the prestigious Stravinsky
Awards at the age of just sixteen. He then celebrated Haydn's anniversary year in 2009 by giving a critically acclaimed cycle of concerts in the Musikverein, Vienna dedicated to the composer. Wallisch brings his considerable skills to bear as he perfectly captures Haydn's characteristic humour, energy and spiritedness.
10 Jennifer Pike - Sibelius: Violin Concerto - Karelia Suite
Andrew Davis continues his relationship with the Bergen Philharmonic Orchestra in this their third recording together on Chandos. They are joined in the Violin Concerto by Jennifer Pike, one of the brightest young violinists performing today.
'...this enjoys one of the finest ever actual recordings...giving Jennifer Pike's violin a tremendous sense of presence. This is a marvellously warm, flowing and passionate performance.' BBC Music Magazine