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 - 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.
‘The Requiem had plenty of Dunedin hallmarks: crystal-clear counterpoint in the Lux Aeterna, pure vocal lines in the Lacrimosa, ferocious drive in the Dies Irae.' The Guardian
3 Jean-Efflam Bavouzet - Prokofiev: Piano Concertos Nos. 1-5
Jean-Efflam Bavouzet performs all five of Prokofiev's formidable piano concertos in partnership with Gianandrea Noseda conducting the BBC Philharmonic. Prokofiev wrote these concertos to showcase his immense skills as a pianist of considerable talent - talent Bavouzet clearly shares.
Recording of the Month: ‘Throughout, Bavouzet displays a light touch and laudable levels of physical stamina, with a firm grip of the very different personalities of each piece.' Gramophone
4 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
5 Trevor Pinnock - Bruckner: Symphonie No. 2
Returning with a brand new arrangement by Anthony Payne (famed for his completion of Elgar's Third Symphony), the Royal Academy of Music Soloists Ensemble adds Bruckner and Strauss to its growing chamber series. Adopting the principals that Schoenberg introduced for his prestigious private performances, the arrangements are revealing, intimate and fresh. Upon hearing the recording Anthony Payne remarked that ‘the arrangement exceeded my most extravagant expectation...performed magnificently under Trevor Pinnock's direction by one of the finest chamber groups I've heard.'
6 Yuja Wang - Rachmaninov: Piano Concerto No.3 / Prokofiev: Piano Concerto No.2
Yuja Wang, the young Chinese virtuoso, takes on a challenge substantial enough to make any pianist flinch by performing two of the most demanding piano concertos in the repertoire: Prokofiev's second and Rachmaninov's third. Venezuela's dynamic superstar conductor Gustavo Dudamel and his orchestra are perfect partners on this recording. Sit back and enjoy!
Choice: ‘...real musical charisma.' Gramophone
7 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
8 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
9 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
10 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