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 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
2 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
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 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
5 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
6 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
7 Scottish Chamber Orchestra - Mozart Symphonies
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.
Classical CD of the Week: 'Those who bought the last instalment will not want to miss this outstandingly well-engineered sequel.' The Sunday Times
8 The Avison Ensemble - Corelli: Opus 1 & 3: Church Sonatas
This is the final recording in The Avison Ensemble's welcome undertaking to record Corelli's complete chamber music in celebration of the 300th anniversary of the composer's death.
Choice: 'I have enjoyed every one of the discs in this series from Linn Records so far, and this last set more than lives up to expectations. These are, in sum, sincere and poised accounts, a fitting tribute to the 'chaste and faultless' character of the composer and his music.' BBC Music Magazine
9 Dunedin Consort - Handel: Messiah (Dublin Version, 1742)
The Dunedin Consort's Dublin version of Messiah was Linn's fastest selling album of 2006 and was described in many publications as the top choice Messiah for 2006. This sought-after recording was also a winner at the 2007 Gramophone Awards. This unique recording signifies an exciting and historically considered representation of Messiah, which recaptures something of the freshness of the first public performances.
'One of the most compelling and engaging Messiahs on disc.'
10 Scottish Chamber Orchestra - 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