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.

Francesco PiemontesiFrancesco Piemontesi - Mozart: Piano Concertos 25 & 26

Francesco Piemontesi performs two contrasting works from Mozart’s Vienna period, alongside Mozart specialists the Scottish Chamber Orchestra and HIP pioneer Andrew Manze, making this a Mozart dream team.

Choice: 'Here again, his sympathy with the style and ethos of the Salzburger's music simply sings from the speakers.' Gramophone


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. Arranged for solo marimba, Kuniko gives a unique perspective of these hugely famous and intellectually challenging works.

'An excellent performance which lets us hear the chords inherent in Bach's unaccompanied works.' Audio Accessory


Ensemble MarsyasEnsemble Marsyas - Edinburgh 1742

The popular Ensemble Marsyas returns with a diverse programme of concerti, wind music and Scottish songs by composers Francesco Barsanti and George Frideric Handel, centred around the music composed for The Edinburgh Musical Society.

'The performances by Ensemble Marsyas...are consistently bracing.' 5 stars The Irish Times


Scottish Chamber OrchestraScottish Chamber Orchestra - Mozart: Symphonies 38-41

A multi-award winning double album of some of Mozart's finest symphonic works. 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.' 5 stars The Times    


Dunedin ConsortDunedin Consort - J.S. Bach: John Passion

For the first time on record, listeners can experience Bach's gripping John Passion within its original liturgical context. This recording gives listeners a refreshing outlook, shining a new light into one of the best known pieces of the choral repertoire.

'...their recordings are among the best Bach, which is saying something...the Dunedin Consort and Choir blazed intensity from the start...' 5 stars The Arts Desk


Aldeburgh Strings & WindsAldeburgh Strings & Winds - R. Strauss: Metamorphosen

Violinist Markus Däunert and oboist Nicholas Daniel lead the Aldeburgh Strings and Aldebirgh Winds respectively on this engaging new recording of chamber music by Richard Strauss. Includes the great masterpiece Metamorphosen, the Mozartian Serenade and the cheerful Symphony for wind instruments.

'Daniel's feeling for Strauss's longrange ebb and flow is one of the great attractions of this disc...' Gramophone


Robin Ticciati & SCORobin Ticciati & SCO - Schumann: The Symphonies

'Schumann: The Symphonies' sees Robin Ticciati and the Scottish Chamber Orchestra embark upon their first symphonic cycle together in a programme that they performed in concerts across Scotland.

''The Adagio of Symphony No. 2 is beautifully done, with a coda that really tugs at the heartstrings...the interpretations...will reward repeated hearing.' 5 stars BBC Music Magazine


Richard TunnicliffeRichard Tunnicliffe - J.S. Bach: Cello Suites

Experience, virtuosity and individuality are all required when tackling J.S. Bach's popular Cello Suites; Richard Tunnicliffe brings a lifetime of study to his debut solo recording.

'Tunnicliffe's tone is rich and deep across the range of his cello...and his technique is more than up to the demands.' Fanfare



Full of challenges, from the pioneering mathematical influences, to unusual notation and virtuosic performance requirements, many classify Xenakis' compositions as unplayable, but KUNIKO's unrivalled prowess sees her perfectly realize the composer's vision.

'These are meticulous and muscular performances, at once elemental and elegant. Brilliant.' The Sunday Times


José Serebrier, Eliot Fisk & RSNO10 José Serebrier, Eliot Fisk & RSNO - Beaser: Guitar Concerto

Conducting legend José Serebrier, together with the RSNO, performs the premiere recording of four works by contemporary American composer Robert Beaser. Opening the programme is the dazzling Guitar Concerto written for, and performed here by, Eliot Fisk

'[A] fascinating disc...Fisk is right on it every second.' Classical Guitar Magazine