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: Magnificat
This is the premiere recording of J.S. Bach's Magnificat heard for the first time within its original liturgical context, alongside the beautiful Christmas Cantata. Dunedin Consort re-create the Nikolaikirche Christmas Day service from Bach's first Christmas at Leipzig in 1723. John Butt has given listeners an interpretation that will provide a refreshing outlook on this masterpiece and will show the Magnificat in a completely new light.
'Another bull's-eye hit from John Butt's Dunedin Consort... brilliantly done.'
2 Phantasm - Lawes: The Royal Consort
Phantasm's vibrant performance of Lawes' viol music was selected by critics in Australia, America and the UK as one of the top recordings of 2015. This sublime collection of premiere recordings features guest musician Elizabeth Kenny.
Chamber Music Recording of the Year 2015: 'The rhythmic vivacity and pungent push-pull swing of their playing rocks, while their ear for authentic period non-tempered tunings is exquisite.' Limelight Magazine
3 Sir Charles Mackerras - Mozart: Symphonies 29, 31 (Paris), 32, 35 (Haffner) & 36 (Linz)
The multi-award-winning partnership of the Scottish Chamber Orchestra and Sir Charles Mackerras is reunited in this second collection of Mozart Symphonies. This recording was named a Finalist at the 2010 Gramophone Awards and was acclaimed across the media.
'These are the best of the best and should not be missed on any account.' hi-fi+
4 Sir Charles 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).
'...among the very best recordings of these four symphonies on disc.' The Times
5 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
6 Robin Ticciati - Haydn: Symphonies Nos. 31, 70 & 101
Having first performed these popular symphonies with the Scottish Chamber Orchestra at the beginning of 2015 to rave reviews, there has been a real sense of anticipation ahead of this release which includes No. 31 'Hornsignal', No. 70 and No. 101 'The Clock'.
'These are all gems...the SCO revel in the brio, dash and pathos of this life-enhancing music.' The Sunday Times
7 Fitzwilliam String Quartet - Bruckner: Quintet & Quartet
Having first tackled the Quintet in F Major nearly forty years ago, the Fitzwilliam's starting point was achieving the famous 'Bruckner Sound' by using custom made gut strings as near as possible to those used in Vienna in 1879. They have a full, rounded, rather smoky sound and are capable of wonderful resonance and sonority. The Quintet is full of warm and generous lyricism and features many great moments.
Recording of the Month: '...their hushed close to the Adagio of the Quintet is exquisite.' MusicWeb International
8 KUNIKO - Xenakis: IX
Kuniko's much-anticipated third studio recording features the works of Iannis Xenakis; although classified by many as unplayable Kuniko's unrivalled prowess sees her perfectly realize the composer's vision.
This albums was nominated in the Contemporary Music and Recording categories at Japan's Record Academy Awards.
'...an impressive multi-tracked performance of Xenakis' four-movement Pleaides...Kuniko passes this rite triumphantly.' Gramophone
9 Dunedin Consort - J.S. Bach: Six Brandenburg Concertos
Under the direction of Bach specialist John Butt, Dunedin Consort demonstrates its collective experience and historical knowledge in an exceptionally insightful and fresh performance.
'Melodic ideas are beautifully punctuated and phrased, vibrato is used strictly ornamentally, and tempos strike my sensibilities as pretty well ideal.'
BBC Music Magazine
10 Dunedin Consort - Handel: Messiah
The Dunedin Consort's Dublin version of Messiah was Linn's fastest selling album of 2006 and was described in many publications as the top choice Messiah for 2006. This sought-after recording was also a winner at the 2007 Gramophone Awards.
'The freshest, most natural, revelatory and transparently joyful Messiah I have heard for a very long time.' Gramophone