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.

Robin TicciatiRobin Ticciati - Brahms: The Symphonies

As Robin Ticciati enters his final season with the Scottish Chamber Orchestra, Linn celebrates his memorable tenure as Principal Conductor with a recording of four of the most sublime orchestral masterpieces ever written.

CD of the Week: 'What stands out is the sheer range of sound and colour Ticciati has at his disposal...the playing is unfailingly vivid.' 5 stars The Guardian


Royal Academy of Music and Juilliard School BrassRoyal Academy of Music and Juilliard School Brass - Gabrieli for Brass: Venetian Extravaganza

This fascinating transatlantic musical collaboration between the brass players of London’s Royal Academy of Music and New York’s Juilliard School presents enduring masterpieces by Giovanni Gabrieli and his Venetian contemporaries.

'Isn’t that a gorgeous sound? The result is a richly rewarding blend of ancient and modern, the recording itself is deeply satisfying as I hope you can tell.' BBC Radio 3 'Record Review'


Boston BaroqueBoston Baroque - Biber: The Mystery Sonatas

Heinrich Biber's astonishingly powerful and deeply emotional Mystery Sonatas represent a triumph of Baroque invention. Boston Baroque's Christina Day Martinson delivers a technical tour de force, as she navigates the virtuosic challenges presented by the fiendishly demanding changing scordatura

'...a flourish of technical complexity and musical wizardry.' Boston Classical Review


Richard EgarrRichard Egarr - One Byrde in Hande

In his debut solo recording for Linn, Richard Egarr charts the extraordinary breadth of invention at play in works by William Byrd. One of English music’s most influential figures, Byrd’s innovative style is evident throughout this well-chosen program of preludes, grounds and fantasies. 

'Some might think Byrd’s keyboard music to be all stately Elizabethan pavanes and galliards. Not’s breathtakingly inventive music, and played accordingly.'  The Sunday Times


Dunedin ConsortDunedin Consort - Monteverdi: Vespers 1610

The sonic grandeur of Monteverdi’s spectacular masterpiece is expertly realized in this recording by John Butt and Dunedin Consort.

'Any recording by Butt is an event. And this one, recorded with a small, hand-picked choir of ten voices, is special even by his elevated standards.' 5 stars The Mail on Sunday 'Event Magazine'


Gothic VoicesGothic Voices - The Dufay Spectacle

Gothic Voices enter the world of a grand New Year's Day wedding feast, full of optimism and vision, tempered by playful emotional hardship, the music teasingly exploring the relationship between both, solemnised with some of Guillaume Dufay's greatest motets and a festive use of instruments to mark the splendour of the occasion.  

CD-Tipp: 'For all the clarity of the presentation - and this is exemplary, even when instruments are added - the expression always comes first.' BR Klassik


John ButtJohn Butt - J.S. Bach: Das wohltemperierte Klavier

Prize-winning Bach specialist John Butt performs Bach's famous Das wohltemperierte Klavier for his debut solo recording on Linn. His performance benefits from the highly insightful historical knowledge that has shaped his hugely successful work with Dunedin Consort. 

'...splash out on John Butt's landmark traversal, which is in every way a tour de force.' International Record Review


Charles Mackerras & SCOCharles Mackerras & SCO - Mozart: Symphonies 38-41

This recording was named 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).

'Mozart's last four symphonies...have rarely shone as luminously as in these uplifting accounts.' The Observer 


Francesco PiemontesiFrancesco Piemontesi - Mozart: Piano Concertos 25 & 26

Described as a ‘stellar Mozartian’ Francesco Piemontesi finds a perfect partner in the Scottish Chamber Orchestra whose impeccable credentials are widely acknowledged.

Excepcional: 'In short, an absolutely delicious album, interpreted in a masterly way and recorded superbly. I really hope that these artists offer us more Mozart. Do not miss it.' Scherzo 


SCO Wind Soloists10 SCO Wind Soloists - Beethoven: Music for Winds

Continuing to explore the Harmoniemusik repertoire, the Wind Soloists’ new recording features youthful, entertaining and brilliant music by a young man who took Vienna by storm in the 1790s: Ludwig van Beethoven.

'...a showstopper, where the very stuff of theatre – its tensions and releases, its compelling narrative vitality and emotional nuances – is played out in scintillating musical terms.' 5 stars The Scotsman