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 - J.S. Bach: Christmas Oratorio
Anticipation is high since the Magnificat was named 'Choice' by Gramophone, topped the critics' Christmas recommendation lists and received multiple five stars reviews. Fans will once again be thrilled, as John Butt delivers another revelatory performance
'It's surely one of the finest accounts now available of Bach's Christmas Oratorio. The choral sound is pert, sinewy, unforced; the instrumental playing is punchy, broad and charismatic.' The Guardian
2 RSNO Junior Chorus - A Christmas Festival
This new recording captures the magic of the season as the RSNO and its Junior Chorus deliver a perfect selection of classic festive favourites in A Christmas Festival. The well-chosen programme finds traditional favourites sitting harmoniously alongside contemporary tunes. At turns rousing, sentimental, cheering and familiar this is the perfect present this Christmas.
3 Phantasm - Dowland: Lachrimae and Seven Tears
John Dowland's Lachrimae or Seven Tears has cast a remarkable spell on early music. Dowland's exceptional melodies combined with Phantasm's luxuriantly rich sound really is a match made in heaven.
'This set of seven pieces still sounds as sensuous and beguiling as it must have done then. The melancholy of the music touches a nerve. Phantasm and lutenist Elizabeth Kenny offer heartfelt playing.' Financial Times
4 Robin Ticciati & SRSO - Berlioz: Romeo et Juliette
Robin Ticciati's deserved reputation as one of the great Berliozian's of our age is evident on this, his second recording with the award-winning Swedish Radio Symphony Orchestra.
'Robin Ticciati has proved to be a special Berlioz interpreter, and offers an individual, youthful reading driven by crisp detail and translucent textures and Berlioz's vital rhythmic spring.' BBC Music Magazine
5 Dunedin Consort - J.S. Bach: Magnificat & Christmas Cantata
Dunedin Consort recreates Bach's first Christmas at Leipzig delivering a refreshing outlook on this masterpiece which shows the Magnificat in a completely new light. This recording marks the return of Dunedin Consort's star-studded cast.
'Another bull's-eye hit from John Butt's Dunedin Consort... brilliantly done.' The Observer
6 SCO & Sean Shibe - Maxwell Davies: An Orkney Wedding, With Sunrise
The Scottish Chamber Orchestra's new recording pays a beautiful tribute to Sir Peter Maxwell Davies, the orchestra's much-loved Composer Laureate who sadly passed away earlier this year.
'...it makes a worthy and deeply felt portrait of Max's Orkney...conjuring the wild spaces and often bleak weather of the islands that Max loved.' The Observer
7 Ingrid Fliter -
Schumann & Mendelssohn Piano Concertos
Ingrid Fliter brings the lyrical romanticism of Schumann's iconic Piano Concerto to life whilst a live performance of the Mendelssohn concerto caused one critic to comment: 'In the beautiful second movement, time stood still.'
Drive Discovery: 'The wait was worth it. She brilliantly tackles Schumann's shifting colours...and she brings out all of Mendelssohn's melodic genius.' Classic FM
8 Dunedin Consort - Mozart: Requiem
The Dunedin Consort presents the premiere recording of Mozart scholar David Black's new 2013 edition of Süssmayr's completion of Mozart's Requiem. It was named winner of the 'Choral' category at the 2014 Gramophone Awards.
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
9 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).
'...among the very best recordings of these four symphonies on disc.' The Times
10 Ensemble Marsyas - Handel: Apollo e Dafne
Handel's ambitious early cantata 'Apollo e Dafne' receives a vibrant new performance from Ensemble Marsyas in a sparkling programme which includes the 'most masterly and pleasing' overture, 'Il pastor fido', and two recital pieces for wind ensemble.
'Mhairi Lawson, as Dafne, and Callum Thorpe, as Apollo, are in complete command of all this glorious music, and bring it to life with enormous dramatic energy.' Early Music Review