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.

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 


Sollazzo EnsembleSollazzo Ensemble - Parle qui veut

This 'landmark debut' has been awarded a Diapason d'Or and a Gramophone Editor's Choice, and been named a Critics' Choice Disc of 2017 by The Arts Desk and De Standaard.

'The musicians led by Anna Danilivskaia bring a bold freshness to these songs, which, driven by their passion, reveal a bright and picturesque Middle Ages.' Diapason 


William CarterWilliam Carter - Bach Reimagines Bach

William Carter's exemplary musicianship is showcased to its fullest on this new recording of Bach's own transcriptions for the lute. Gramophone named it a 'Choice' in the May 2017 issue and also a 'Top 10 Recent Bach Recording'.

'Carter joins an increasing number of lutenists, who have also recorded the pieces, and sets high expectations for a continuation of his exceptional work...' 4.5 stars  All Music


Dunedin ConsortDunedin Consort - Monteverdi: Vespers 1610

The sonic grandeur of Monteverdi’s spectacular masterpiece is expertly realized in this recording by John Butt and Dunedin Consort.

'Any recording by Butt is an event. And this one, recorded with a small, hand-picked choir of ten voices, is special even by his elevated standards.' 5 stars The Mail on Sunday 'Event Magazine'


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


Ensemble MarsyasEnsemble Marsyas - Edinburgh 1742

This diverse programme of concerti, wind music and Scottish songs by composers Francesco Barsanti and George Frideric Handel, centres around the music composed for The Edinburgh Musical Society.

Top 20 Classical Albums of 2017: 'With great style and charisma, Peter Whelan and his excellent Ensemble Marsyas reconstructed a typical Society concert in Edinburgh 1742.' The Herald


Corinne MorrisCorinne Morris - Chrysalis

Corinne Morris’s debut concerto recording is a landmark in a career shaped by extraordinary talent and remarkable determination. Chrysalis marks Corinne’s return to form, as she takes centre stage in concertos by Monn and Haydn plus Couperin’s Pièces en Concert.

'In Morris's hands, these miniatures spring to life and have a sparkle that is attractive and well-recorded programme of Baroque and Classical repertory.' The Strad


Dunedin ConsortDunedin Consort - J.S. Bach: Christmas Oratorio

This was the must-have Christmas recording of 2016 and one year on this seasonal favourite remains as popular as ever as John Butt delivers another revelatory performance.

'It's surely one of the finest accounts now available of Bach's Christmas Oratorio. The choral sound is pert, sinewy, unforced; the instrumental playing is punchy, broad and charismatic.' 5 stars The Guardian


Patricia KopatchinskajaPatricia Kopatchinskaja - Schubert: Death and the Maiden

Patricia Kopatchinskaja performs a pillar of chamber music repertoire, Schubert’s String Quartet No. 14 in D minor, known as Death and the Maiden. This album won the 'Best Chamber Music' award at the 60th annual GRAMMY Awards. 

'The whole makes for thought-provoking, refreshing listening – and what impresses most, as ever, is the sheer aliveness of Kopatchinskaja’s music-making.' 4 stars The Guardian


Robin Ticciati & DSO Berlin10 Robin Ticciati & DSO Berlin - Debussy: La mer & Ariettes oubliees

Robin Ticciati and the DSO present Debussy’s La mer, Fauré’s Pelléas et Mélisande and the premiere recording of composer Brett Dean’s arrangements of Debussy’s Ariettes oubliées featuring Magdalena Ko┼żena.

Recording of the Month: '...this quite outstanding album of Fauré and Debussy works certainly whets the appetite for future releases from Robin Ticciati with the DSO Berlin.' Musicweb International