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 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
2 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
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 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 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
7 Phantasm - Ward: Fantasies & Verse Anthems
Winners of two Gramophone Awards, Phantasm are in fine form as they pay a fitting tribute to composer John Ward on their new album. The four-part viol fantasies complement Phantasm's previous recording of Ward's five- and six-part works and show an equally fluent and skilful style exemplifying Jacobean consort fantasy at its best. The Choir of Magdalen College, Oxford join Phantasm to perform Ward's verse anthems which contain an ever-shifting kaleidoscope of textures and generous word painting amidst a polyphonic swirl of viols.
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 Ensemble Marsyas - Fasch: Quartets and Concertos
Ensemble Marsyas return with an album full of catchy tunes and contrapuntal ingenuity. The sparkling performances of the chamber music of Johann Friedrich Fasch perfectly demonstrate why the man and his music were so popular in his own lifetime.
Choice: 'Full of playful contrapuntal ideas and energetic passagework...this music positively flourishes in the hands of the Ensemble Marsyas.' BBC Music Magazine
10 Various - Tavener: Ypakoe
'Ypakoë' celebrates the music of John Tavener featuring the extraordinarily moving '...Depart in Peace...' performed by the Scottish Ensemble featuring Patricia Rozario and Clio Gould, the 'unplayable' 'Trisagion' performed by the Wallace Collection, the captivatingly haunting 'Two Hadiths' performed by Canty and the title work 'Ypakoë'.
'Ypakoë is an extraordinary work of great power and spirituality...Elena Riu gives us an exceptionally fine and beautifully meditative performance.' Gramophone