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.
       

William CarterWilliam Carter - Bach Reimagines Bach

William Carter's exemplary musicianship is showcased to its fullest on this new recording of Bach's own transcriptions for the lute.

Choice: 'William Carter brings a remarkable depth of artistry to whichever member of the early plucked string family - and whichever composer - he's playing: here it's the lute, and Bach, and it's a beautiful listen.' Gramophone

 

Retrospect EnsembleRetrospect Ensemble - J.S. Bach: Easter and Ascension Oratorios

This dynamic recording highlights the skill and brilliance of Bach's writing through the inspired story telling of its star soloists and the passion of the Ensemble. Featuring Carolyn Sampson, Iestyn Davies, James Gilchrist, Peter Harvey this is a spectacular performance of Bach's choral music led by Matthew Halls.

'Fielding an excellent group of singers and players, and with soloists of such calibre, this is a landmark Bach recording.' Early Music Review 

 

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    

 

Dunedin ConsortDunedin Consort - J.S. Bach: John Passion

For the first time on record, listeners can experience Bach's gripping John Passion within its original liturgical context. Featuring Nicholas Mulroy, Matthew Brook, Robert Davies, Joanne Lunn and Clare Wilkinson.

Critics' Choice 2013: 'John Butt's limitless wit and invention with Bach create an immediacy that makes it feel completely new. Hearing one of Bach's greatest masterworks for the "first time", again, is the most joyous experience.' Gramophone        

  

Dunedin ConsortDunedin Consort - J.S. Bach: Matthew Passion

John Butt and the Dunedin Consort recreate the instrumentation and vocal scoring that Bach employed to deliver a unique and historically informed recording. Gramophone named the recording 'Disc of the Month' and it was named the 'First Choice Recommendation' by Record Review's Building a Library on BBC Radio 3.

'There's no doubt that this one is the pick of this year's crop...tinglingly vivid.' 5 stars The Guardian      

  

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

Dunedin Consort's first instrumental release demonstrates its collective experience and historical knowledge in a fresh performance under the direction of Bach specialist John Butt.

'...a profoundly expressive study in texture and articulation, with the string lines effortlessly and naturally interlaced.' 5 stars The Guardian        

 

Avison EnsembleAvison Ensemble - Handel: Concerti Grossi, Op. 6

One of our most popular Handel recordings is the Avison Ensemble's performance of the Concerti Grossi, music widely regarded as the composer's greatest contribution to the Baroque period. These highly innovative works demonstrate his inexhaustible ability for invention and variation.

'The ensemble playing is simply electrifying, crackling and sparking with the kind of head-on accents and lilting rhythmic lift that this music requires but rarely enjoys.' 5 stars Classics Today

          

Benjamin ZanderBenjamin Zander - Mahler: Symphony No. 2

Benjamin Zander conducts Mahler's hugely popular 'Resurrection' Symphony; exceptionally challenging and thrillingly powerful it is the perfect showcase for Zander's distinctive balance of insightful musicianship and emotional intensity.

'...it is a truly insightful, inspiring and engaging reading from a Mahler interpreter of considerable and honest musicality.' 5 stars Choir & Organ 

 

Theatre of the AyreTheatre of the Ayre - The Masque of Moments

Elizabeth Kenny's Theatre of the Ayre reveals some of the most extraordinary music of the seventeenth century on 'The Masque of Moments', their debut recording for Linn.

'...there are exquisite sounds from Kenny's plucked-instrument ensemble, and beautiful numbers from masques...with nicely refined singing.' The Observer
     

Oliver Knussen10 Oliver Knussen - Stravinsky: The Soldier's Tale

For his debut recording with Linn, conductor Oliver Knussen has assembled an impressive cast of contemporary composers for The Soldier's Tale: Harrison Birtwistle as the soldier and George Benjamin as the Devil, with actress Dame Harriet Walter as the narrator.

'...this new account goes straight to the top of the pile...a dazzling account of a modern classic.' Europadisc