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 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.
Recording of the Month: ‘Purely on grounds of performance alone, this is one of the finest Mozart Requiems of recent years...a thrilling performance.' Gramophone
2 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
3 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
4 Dougie MacLean - Till Tomorrow
Originally famed for writing the song Caledonia, Dougie has teamed up with conductor John Logan and the Royal Scottish National Orchestra to bring a new and beautiful symphonic dimension to his best-loved songs on his debut recording with Linn Records.
'Of course Caledonia is here, in what may well be its definitive version - and alongside the title track, it is one of the highlights of an excellent disc.' The Herald
5 Gottlieb Wallisch - Haydn: The London Sonatas
Famed for his clarity of line and purity of tone, Gottlieb Wallisch moves from Mozart to his contemporary Haydn for his fourth Linn recording. Wallisch has long been a fan of the music of Haydn, having launched his international career by winning the ‘Joseph Haydn Prize' (as well as first prize) at the prestigious Stravinsky Awards at the age of just sixteen. He then celebrated Haydn's anniversary year in 2009 by giving a critically acclaimed cycle of concerts in the Musikverein, Vienna dedicated to the composer. Wallisch brings his considerable skills to bear as he perfectly captures Haydn's characteristic humour, energy and spiritedness.
6 Ensemble Marsyas - Fasch: Quartets and Concertos
Ensemble Marsyas' recording of Johann Fasch's finest chamber music demonstrates why the man and his music were so appreciated in his own lifetime. Founding member Peter Whelan and ‘the queen of the recorder' (BBC Radio 3) Pamela Thorby are the soloists challenged with meeting the virtuoso demands of this engaging music.
'Dip anywhere into this CD and you can expect to be delighted by the distinctive colours as well as the often gutsy brio of the playing...an experience not to be missed.' The Irish Times
7 Scottish 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).
'The finest versions of Mozart's greatest symphonies to have appeared on disc in years.' The Guardian
8 Dunedin Consort - Bach: Mass in B minor
Bach's Mass in B Minor is undoubtedly his most spectacular choral work and the Dunedin Consort's soloist-led performance enables a level of clarity and expression that is not traditionally a feature of modern choral performance.
'No performance could better justify small-scale Bach than this convincing marriage of scholarship and inspiration.' BBC Music Magazine
9 Benjamin Zander - Mahler: Symphony No. 2
Benjamin Zander and Linn launch their new partnership with 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.' Choir & Organ
10 Dunedin Consort - Handel: Messiah
This superb 2-disc set, which features the Messiah as premiered by Handel in Dublin in 1742, was named the winner of Baroque Vocal Album of the Year at the 2007 Gramophone Awards. What makes this Messiah so special is that it is the first recording to seriously explore the version and performing forces that Handel used for his legendary Dublin premiere. This unique recording signifies an exciting and historically considered representation of Messiah, which recaptures something of the freshness of the first public performances.
Album of the Day: 'One of the most compelling and engaging Messiahs on disc.' Allmusic.com