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 Scottish Opera - HMS Pinafore
This live recording of an acclaimed one-off, sold-out performance at the 2015 Edinburgh International Festival captures the wit and fun of Gilbert & Sullivan's HMS Pinafore. Richard Egarr directs a cast that reads like a 'who's who' of the opera world including John Mark Ainsley, Elizabeth Watts and Toby Spence.
Disc of the Week: '...for my money Egarr and Co. get the balance between tradition and freshness absolutely spot-on...Egarr brings out some wonderful orchestral detail.' Presto
2 Ingrid Fliter -
Schumann & Mendelssohn Piano Concertos
Ingrid Fliter brings the lyrical romanticism of Schumann's iconic Piano Concerto to life whilst a live performance of the Mendelssohn concerto caused one critic to comment: 'In the beautiful second movement, time stood still.'
Drive Discovery: 'The wait was worth it. She brilliantly tackles Schumann's shifting colours...and she brings out all of Mendelssohn's melodic genius.' Classic FM
3 Irish Baroque Orchestra - Concerti Bizarri
Monica Huggett's IBO is an ensemble with a profound knowledge of historical performance practice. This programme combines innovative instrumentation and unusual repertoire to reveal little known jewels of 18th century concerto repertoire.
'...what really makes the IBO so worth hearing is the unified artistry and joyous, focused energy of its music-making under Huggett.' The Sunday Times
4 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.
'There are so many things to marvel at: her husky, shapely tone, her earthy way with rhythm, how she tugs playfully the top of phrases, her ability to dart in and out of ensemble textures and make the whole thing so joyously convivial.'
5 Trevor Pinnock - Mozart: Gran Partita
Trevor Pinnock adds to his hugely impressive Mozart discography with his first recording of the composer's great wind masterpiece. It is performed here on modern instruments with the very best of the next generation of wind players: the Royal Academy of Music Soloists Ensemble.
'Pinnock knows a thing or two about Mozart and imparts to his youthful charges from the Royal Academy of Music all his enthusiasm for the Salzburger's greatest serenade...a rather winning disc.' Gramophone
6 Magnificat - Scattered Ashes
Magnificat's 25th anniversary recording features Latin settings by eight great vocal composers of the 16th century; the works display a variety of scoring, textures and harmonic language that is mirrored in their intensity and attention to detail.
'Beautifully balanced singing, super-smooth and refined.'
Choir & Organ
7 Dunedin Consort - J.S. Bach: Brandenburg Concertos
Dunedin Consort demonstrates its collective experience and historical knowledge in an exceptionally insightful and fresh performance. Bach's 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.'
8 Ingrid Fliter - Chopin: Piano Concertos
Award-winning pianist Ingrid Fliter makes her Linn debut with a distinctive performance of Chopin's notoriously difficult piano concertos, featuring the Scottish Chamber Orchestra conducted by Jun Märkl.
'Ingrid Fliter was born to play Chopin with power and passion and is completely at one with the music's demands of agility, vim and vigour.' The Telegraph
9 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).
'I listened to all four symphonies straight through at a first hearing, mesmerised by the variety and intensity of the music itself, sounding here completely fresh, and the virtually flawless renderings.' BBC Music
10 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