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.
        

KUNIKOKUNIKO - J.S. Bach: Solo Works for Marimba

The Japanese percussionist turns to the cello suites and violin sonatas of J.S. Bach for her fourth studio recording with Linn. This album debuted at #2 on Japan's Classical Billboard Chart. Arranged for solo marimba, Kuniko gives a unique perspective of these hugely famous and intellectually challenging works.

'An excellent performance which lets us hear the chords inherent in Bach's unaccompanied works.' Audio Accessory        

   

Aldeburgh Strings & WindsAldeburgh Strings & Winds - R. Strauss: Metamorphosen

Violinist Markus Däunert and oboist Nicholas Daniel lead the Aldeburgh Strings and Aldebirgh Winds respectively on this engaging new recording of chamber music by Richard Strauss. Includes the great masterpiece Metamorphosen, the Mozartian Serenade and the cheerful Symphony for wind instruments.

'Daniel's feeling for Strauss's longrange ebb and flow is one of the great attractions of this disc...' Gramophone

  

Thomas Sondergard & BBC NOWThomas Sondergard & BBC NOW - Sibelius: Symphonies 1 & 6

This eagerly awaited recording is the second in Thomas Søndergård's Sibelius series with the BBC National Orchestra of Wales. Søndergård reveals both Sibelius' wistful romanticism for his homeland and his defiant nationalism in a performance brimming with energy.

'There is a transparency, too, with the prominence of inner parts illuminating the harmony in interesting ways...It’s a uniquely Sibelian sound.' Gramophone

 

José Serebrier, Eliot Fisk & RSNOJosé Serebrier, Eliot Fisk & RSNO - Beaser: Guitar Concerto

Conducting legend José Serebrier, together with the RSNO, performs the premiere recording of four works by contemporary American composer Robert Beaser. Opening the programme is the dazzling Guitar Concerto written for, and performed here by, Eliot Fisk

'[A] fascinating disc...Fisk is right on it every second.' Classical Guitar Magazine        

       

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

 

Chiyan WongChiyan Wong - Liszt Transfigured: Operatic Fantasies for Piano

The hugely talented pianist makes his recording debut with the phenomenally difficult Liszt transcriptions of well-known opera melodies. A broad and thoughtful musician, Chiyan Wong's special interest in the music of Franz Liszt, has led to him perfecting his own editions of these popular operatic fantasies

Recording of the Month: 'I have run out of superlatives here as this really is a stupendous recording.'' MusicWeb International

 

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: Violin Concertos

Dutch-Italian violinist Cecilia Bernardini takes a break from leader duties as she steps into the spotlight to deliver a virtuoso performance.

'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.' 5 stars The Guardian        

       

Thomas Sondergard & BBC NOWThomas Sondergard & BBC NOW - Sibelius: Symphonies 2 & 7

Sibelius has been a major feature of Søndergård's relationship with the BBC NOW since their concert debut; their first recording together reveals Søndergård to have a profound understanding of the great Finnish composer.

'I can only welcome, with fast-beating heart, one of the great new Sibelian teams into the record business...Sondergard's Sibelius Two is breathtaking...Their flawless performance of the Seventh Symphony, if you love this music, will break your heart.' The Herald

     

The Avison Ensemble10 The Avison Ensemble - Handel: Concerti Grossi Opus 6

The Avison Ensemble, directed by Pavlo Beznosiuk, present George Frideric Handel's complete Opus 6 Concerti Grossi. This work is widely regarded as the composer's greatest contribution to the Baroque period.

'Where the Avison Ensemble really triumphs...is in conveying a sense of occasion and musical opulence...Magnificent!' International Record Review