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: 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
2 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
3 Julia Fischer - Sarasate
Previous Gramophone 'Artist of the Year' winner Julia Fischer has usually confined her more virtuosic repertoire to recital encores. Her new album on Decca however, shows off the extent of her abilities on the violin with a selection of pieces by Pablo de Sarasate.
'Fischer's tone...was burnished and splendid right to the tip of every bow-stroke.' The Telegraph
4 Iestyn Davies - Handel: Your Tuneful Voice
Renowned countertenor Iestyn Davies and The King's Consort present an outstanding programme of arias from Handel oratorios. Davies is joined in two duets by Grammy-nominated soprano Carolyn Sampson and a large and colourful orchestra, who contribute two splendid overtures.
'Album of the Week': ‘Davies's sweet, androgynous tone is near-ideal.' The Sunday Times
5 Minnesota Orchestra - Sibelius: Symphonies Nos. 1 and 4
Symphonies Nos. 1 & 4 are poles apart in their musical style and make a highly interesting pairing for this new release which was awarded the 2014 GRAMMY for 'Best Orchestral performance.'
'Exceptional: incredibly tense and energetic, yet teeming with detail. The orchestral sound, lithe and sparse, suits Vänskä's unsentimental approach. Look elsewhere if you want romantic bloom, but I find these crouching-tiger interpretations thrilling.' The Times
6 Scottish Chamber Orchestra - Special 40th Anniversary Edition
This special ‘40th Anniversary Edition' celebrates the Scottish Chamber Orchestra's fortieth year with a brand new recording of Wagner's 'Siegfried Idyll' conducted by Principal Conductor Robin Ticciati. An additional hand-picked
selection of works, conducted by Sir Charles Mackerras and Joseph Swensen, from across its decade-long partnership with Linn completes the programme.
‘Ravishing...from the SCO under Robin Ticciati.' The Independent
7 Scottish Chamber Orchestra / Mackerras - Mozart Symphonies 38-41
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).
‘Virtually flawless renderings by the excellent Scottish Chamber Orchestra, with Sir Charles Mackerras at his most penetrating.' BBC Music Magazine
8 KUNIKO - cantus
cantus' is Kuniko's spellbinding new album. Her eagerly awaited second album includes world premiere recordings of the percussionist's new arrangements of popular works by contemporary composers. It is made even more special as the arrangements and recording have been made with supervision by the original composers: Arvo Part, Steve Reich and Hywel Davies.
'...outstanding. Why can't all records sound this good?' La Scena Musicale
9 Benjamin Zander - Mahler: Symphony No. 2
Mahler's hugely popular ‘Resurrection' Symphony is exceptionally challenging and thrillingly powerful; it is the perfect showcase for Benjamin Zander's distinctive balance of insightful musicianship and emotional intensity. The GRAMMY-nominated conductor is joined by the Philharmonia Orchestra, British mezzo-soprano Sarah Connolly and Swedish soprano Miah Persson.
‘Zander's dynamic direction suffused every pore of the orchestra.' The Guardian
10 Sivan Magen - Fantasien
Dazzling audiences wherever he goes with his formidable virtuosity and demonstrably perfect technique, Sivan demonstrates the powerful expression, dynamic range and sheer excitement this popular instrument can generate in the right hands.
Choice for the Curious: ‘I like Sivan's playing a lot on this...There is lots of interesting new music here.' Classic FM Radio