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 Thomas Sondergard - Sibelius: Symphonies 2 and 7
With their nationalist themes Symphonies 2 & 7 are perfect repertoire for Thomas Søndergård and his orchestra, the BBC National Orchestra of Wales, to make their symphonic recording debut.
'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
2 Scottish Chamber Orchestra Wind Soloists - Mozart: Divertimenti
With several award-winning Mozart recordings to its name, the Scottish Chamber Orchestra's Mozart credentials are impeccable. Here the orchestra's wind soloists take centre stage: Maximiliano Martin and William Stafford on clarinet, Peter Whelan and Alison Green on bassoon and Alec Frank-Gemmill and Harry Johnstone on horn.
Choice: 'I fancy Mozart would have smiled in approval.' Gramophone
3 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
4 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
5 John Butt - J.S. Bach: Das wohltemperierte Klavier
The prize-winning Bach specialist performs Bach's famous 48 preludes & fugues for his debut solo recording on Linn. Perhaps best known as director of Dunedin Consort, John Butt has won two Gramophone Awards: the 2007 Baroque Vocal Award for Handel: Messiah and the 2014 ‘Choral' Award for Mozart: Requiem
Editor's Choice: 'John Butt's set on Linn warrants attention, not only for being a rarity, but more importantly for the extraordinary quality of his interpretations...Highly recommended.' AllMusic.com
6 Ingrid Fliter - Chopin: Preludes
For her second recital the award-winning pianist performs Chopin's Op. 28, a poetic collection of great emotional power and unrivalled artistic quality which demands high virtuosity. Ingrid has also recorded a selection of mazurkas, nocturnes and ecossaises to accompany the preludes, of which the 3 ecossaises are exclusively available to download for free from LinnRecords.com.
'...a torrential account of the B flat minor prelude, as exciting as any I've ever heard.' The Guardian
7 Robin Ticciati - Schumann: The Symphonies
'Schumann: The Symphonies' sees Robin Ticciati and the Scottish Chamber Orchestra embark upon their first symphonic cycle together in a landmark recording.
‘...the finest set on disc [in] a decade...and perhaps the most impressive thing that Ticciati has done on disc so far... hearing these symphonies in such superbly played, convincingly Schumannesque performances is irresistible.' The Guardian
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 Dunedin Consort - J.S. Bach: Matthew Passion
The award-winning Dunedin Consort give a remarkable performance of the emotive Matthew Passion in J.S. Bach's Final performing version, c. 1742.
This recording was named 'Building a Library: First Choice' by BBC Radio 3 'CD Review' and one of '5 Essential Works by J.S. Bach' by BBC Music Magazine.
'There's no doubt that this one is the pick of this year's crop...tinglingly vivid.' The Guardian
10 Scottish Ensemble - Tchaikovsky and Shostakovich for strings
The dynamic Scottish Ensemble is back after a decade away with the premiere arrangement of director Jonathan Morton's 2013 transcription of Shostakovich's Quartet No. 2 and Tchaikovsky's Serenade.
'...exceptionally lively and fresh, with an opening Andante exuberant rather than stately, and a bright, brisk Allegro...and the Waltz has a freshness and sense of enjoyment matching the general spirit.' Gramophone