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

 

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 so...it’s breathtakingly inventive music, and played accordingly.'  The Sunday Times

 

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.  

Editor's Choice: 'What a pleasure, then, to be able to welcome this Dufay recording as matching all the qualities that made Gothic Voices absolute leaders in the field.' Gramophone

 

Chiyan WongChiyan Wong - Liszt Transfigured: Operatic Fantasies for Piano

The hugely talented pianist makes his recording debut with the phenomenally difficult Liszt transcriptions of well-known opera melodies. This recording was named the winner of the Grand Prix, 1st prize, in the Liszt Ferenc Társaság's 40th Grand Prix Competition.

Recording of the Month: 'I have run out of superlatives here as this really is a stupendous recording.' MusicWeb International

              

Thomas SondergardThomas Sondergard - Sibelius: Finlandia

In the year in which BBC National Orchestra of Wales celebrates ninety years since its inception, Principal Conductor Thomas Søndergård leads the orchestra in a performance of six of Sibelius’ most famous masterpieces.

'These are performances of immense sensitivity and (where required) dramatic forcefulness – The Oceanides in particular is given one of the most striking readings it has enjoyed in recent years.' CD Choice

   

KUNIKOKUNIKO - J.S. Bach: Solo Works for Marimba

The Japanese percussionist turns to the cello suites and violin sonatas of J.S. Bach for her fourth studio recording with Linn. This album debuted at #2 on Japan's Classical Billboard Chart and entered the Top 10 in Tower Records' 2017 Classical Chart.

'A deeply felt and perfectly realized expression of Bach solo works on marimba.' 5 stars Audiophile Audition 

 

Dunedin ConsortDunedin Consort - J.S. Bach: Six Brandenburg Concertos

Bach's Six Brandenburg Concertos are essential and enduringly popular works in the Baroque orchestral repertory, full of interesting instrumentation choices and dancing melodies. 

'Melodic ideas are beautifully punctuated and phrased, vibrato is used strictly ornamentally, and tempos strike my sensibilities as pretty well ideal.' 5 stars BBC Music Magazine

 

Dunedin ConsortDunedin Consort - Mozart: Requiem (Reconstruction of first performance)

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 and was nominated for a Grammy Award.

Album Choice: 'Butt’s direction is akin to cleaning an old painting, the colours emerging with a new vividness. An important realisation of a well-loved work.' Hi-Fi News

   

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.

'Christina Day Martinson makes light of the virtuosity of this deeply profound music...The recorded sound and balance are exemplary.' The Strad

 

Dunedin Consort10 Dunedin Consort - J.S. Bach: Violin Concertos

Dutch-Italian violinist Cecilia Bernardini takes a break from leader duties as she steps into the spotlight to deliver a virtuoso performance under the direction of Bach specialist John Butt OBE. This recording peaked at #1 on the UK Specialist Classical Chart.

'...this goes straight to the top of my pile for rainy days when I need cheering up!' 5 stars Early Music Review