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.
         

Robin TicciatiRobin Ticciati - Brahms: The Symphonies

As Robin Ticciati enters his final season with the Scottish Chamber Orchestra, Linn celebrates his memorable tenure as Principal Conductor with a recording of four of the most sublime orchestral masterpieces ever written.

CD of the Week: 'What stands out is the sheer range of sound and colour Ticciati has at his disposal...the playing is unfailingly vivid.' 5 stars The Guardian

 

Royal Academy of Music and Juilliard School BrassRoyal Academy of Music and Juilliard School Brass - Gabrieli for Brass: Venetian Extravaganza

This fascinating transatlantic musical collaboration between the brass players of London’s Royal Academy of Music and New York’s Juilliard School presents enduring masterpieces by Giovanni Gabrieli and his Venetian contemporaries.

'Isn’t that a gorgeous sound? The result is a richly rewarding blend of ancient and modern, the recording itself is deeply satisfying as I hope you can tell.' BBC Radio 3 'Record Review'

 

SCO Wind SoloistsSCO Wind Soloists - Beethoven: Music for Winds

Continuing to explore the Harmoniemusik repertoire, the Wind Soloists’ new recording features youthful, entertaining and brilliant music by a young man who took Vienna by storm in the 1790s: Ludwig van Beethoven.

'...a showstopper, where the very stuff of theatre – its tensions and releases, its compelling narrative vitality and emotional nuances – is played out in scintillating musical terms.' 5 stars The Scotsman

 

Patricia KopatchinskajaPatricia Kopatchinskaja - Deux

For her third album on Alpha Classics, Kopatchinskaja is joined by a hugely talented pianist whose approach to music is as boundary-pushing as hers: Polina Leschenko.

Editor's Choice: 'In the moments before pressing play on any new recording from Patricia Kopatchinskaja, the only thing you can be absolutely certain of is that you’re about to hear something brimming with personality, individuality and panache... this album is a properly exciting, life affirming box of delights.'  Gramophone

   

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

John Butt's historic recreation of the Good Friday vesper liturgy during Bach's time at Leipzig was instantly established as a 'landmark' recording. The recording was named a Gramophone Award Finalist, ‘Recording of the Month’ by three separate publications and topped the UK Specialist Chart upon its release in 2013. 

Critics' Choice 2013: 'Butt's limitless wit and invention with Bach create an immediacy that makes it feel completely new.' Gramophone

          

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'

  

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

Matthew Passion, one of Bach’s most celebrated choral masterpieces, is an emotional and challenging musical experience delivered with style and insight by the Dunedin Consort.

'...eight remarkable singers...match spine-tingling tone with astonishing maturity. Nicholas Mulroy as Evangelist has a powerful dramatic sense...my new benchmark. ' 5 stars BBC Music Magazine

          

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.

'A deeply felt and perfectly realized expression of Bach solo works on marimba.' 5 stars Audiophile Audition

 

Francesco PiemontesiFrancesco Piemontesi - Mozart: Piano Concertos 25 & 26

Described as a ‘stellar Mozartian’ Francesco Piemontesi finds a perfect partner in the Scottish Chamber Orchestra whose impeccable credentials are widely acknowledged.

Excepcional: ''In short, an absolutely delicious album, interpreted in a masterly way and recorded superbly. I really hope that these artists offer us more Mozart. Do not miss it.' Scherzo 

   

Various Artists10 Various Artists - Adler: One Lives but Once: A 90th Birthday Celebration

March 4th 2018 marks the 90th birthday of one of today's most influential and prolific composers: Samuel Adler. This three-disc boxed set provides a cohesive overview of his output and includes many premiere recordings. With contributions from Brandenburgisches Staatsorchester Frankfurt, violinist Siwoo Kim, pianist Michael Brown, guitarist Nicholas Goluses and the Eastman School of Music.