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.
       

Scottish Chamber OrchestraScottish Chamber Orchestra - Mozart: Symphonies 38-41

A multi-award winning double album of some of Mozart's finest symphonic works. This recording was named BBC Music Magazine's one of '5 Essential Works by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart' by BBC Music Magazine in 2012 as well as being a winner at the 2009 Classical BRIT Awards (Critics' Award 2009) and the 2009 BBC Music Magazine Awards (Disc of the Year Award and Orchestral Award).

'...among the very best recordings of these four symphonies on disc.' 5 stars The Times  

 

Scottish Chamber OrchestraScottish Chamber Orchestra - Mozart: Symphonies 29-36

Sir Charles Mackerras returns to conduct the Scottish Chamber Orchestra in a definitive performance of five of Mozart's finest symphonies. This recording was named a Finalist at the 2010 Gramophone Awards and was acclaimed across the media.

'This is some of the best Mozart I have ever heard...The Scots are true Mozart-heroes...Essential.' 5 stars Audiophile Audition  

 

GothicGothic Voices - Mary Star Of The Sea

A Gothic Voices, the world-famous early music ensemble, makes its Linn debut with a recording celebrating the biblical matriarch Mary. Pieces from contemporary composers Joanne Metcalf and Andrew Smith sit alongside settings of Marian texts from the 13th and 14th centuries.

'This welcome revitalisation of an iconic group is characterised by warmth of tone and beautiful blend. A thoroughly engaging recording of impeccable clarity.' 5 stars Choir & Organ  

     

Dunedin ConsortDunedin Consort - J.S. Bach: Six Brandenburg Concertos

Dunedin Consort's first foray into instrumental music proved very successful. Under the direction of Bach specialist John Butt these are exceptionally insightful and fresh performances.

'Melodic ideas are beautifully punctuated and phrased, vibrato is used strictly ornamentally, and tempos strike my sensibilities as pretty well ideal.' 5 stars BBC Music Magazine
     

Ingrid FliterIngrid Fliter - Chopin: Piano Concertos

Ingrid Fliter's distinctive performance of Chopin's notoriously difficult piano concertos cemented her reputation as a first-rate Chopin interpreter. Here she performs with the Scottish Chamber Orchestra.

'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.' 5 stars The Telegraph

 

Dunedin ConsortDunedin Consort - J.S. Bach: Christmas Oratorio

Anticipation is high since the Magnificat was named 'Choice' by Gramophone, topped the critics' Christmas recommendation lists and received multiple five stars reviews. Fans will once again be thrilled as John Butt delivers another revelatory performance.

'It's surely one of the finest accounts now available of Bach's Christmas Oratorio. The choral sound is pert, sinewy, unforced; the instrumental playing is punchy, broad and charismatic.' 5 stars The Guardian
   

Artur PizarroArtur Pizarro - Beethoven: Piano Concertos 3, 4 & 5

Following perfect takes of Concertos 3 and 4 on day one of the recording sessions, the 'Emperor' was a last minute addition to the schedule. The result? Three fantastic performances by Pizarro and the Scottish Chamber Orchestra led by Charles Mackerras.

'...these are not performances lacking in explosive voltage, as Pizarro's lightening dexterity in the Emperor proves conclusively.' 5 stars The Scotsman 

 

Dunedin ConsortDunedin 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.

'This is a fabulous recording of some of my favourite music; I have yet to hear a recording by John Butt that is not utterly convincing; with his Dunedins, he has struck gold once again - this goes straight to the top of my pile for rainy days when I need cheering up!' 5 stars Early Music Review  


Dunedin ConsortDunedin Consort - Handel: Messiah

This superb 139 minute recording, which features the Messiah as premiered by Handel in Dublin in 1742, was named the winner of Baroque Vocal Album of the Year in the 2007 Gramophone Awards.

'The result is remarkably and refreshingly intimate. In every aspect, this is one of the most compelling and engaging Messiahs on disc.' 5 stars All Music
 
 

Belcea Quartet10 Belcea Quartet - Brahms: String Quartets & Piano Quintet

The Belcea Quartet's complete Beethoven won it a wealth of fans, all of whom are sure to enjoy this new recording of Brahms.

'...this new set offers sufficient insight and delight to be worthy of any devoted Brahmsian's attention.' Gramophone