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 Robin Ticciati - Schumann: The Symphonies
'Schumann: The Symphonies' sees Robin Ticciati and the Scottish Chamber Orchestra embark upon their first symphonic cycle together in a landmark recording.
‘...the finest set on disc [in] a decade...and perhaps the most impressive thing that Ticciati has done on disc so far... hearing these symphonies in such superbly played, convincingly Schumannesque performances is irresistible.' The Guardian
2 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.
Recording of the Month: ‘Purely on grounds of performance alone, this is one of the finest Mozart Requiems of recent years...a thrilling performance.' Gramophone
3 Dunedin Consort - J.S. Bach: Six Brandenburg Concertos
Dunedin Consort, the team that brought you ‘John Passion', is back with its first instrumental release, which has already been named Gramophone 'Choice'. Under the direction of Bach specialist John Butt, Dunedin Consort demonstrates its collective experience and historical knowledge in an exceptionally joyful and fresh performance.
'...a profoundly expressive study in texture and articulation.' The Guardian
4 Ingrid Fliter - Chopin: Piano Concertos
Chopin specialist Ingrid Fliter makes her Linn debut with an effortless performance of Chopin's notoriously difficult piano concertos, featuring the Scottish Chamber Orchestra conducted by Jun Märkl. Fliter is a breathtaking performer whose performance of Chopin's commanding chords and lightening speed runs are effortless.
‘Choice': ‘Fliter plays with such grace and heartfelt sincerity...[she] touches the heart.' Gramophone
5 Scottish 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).
'The finest versions of Mozart's greatest symphonies to have appeared in years.' The Guardian
6 Magnificat - Tallis: Spem in alium
Magnificat's tribute to Thomas Tallis, the Father of English Church Music, offers music from four to forty singers ranging from the transcendent simplicity of Te lucis ante terminum to the incomparable tour-de-force Spem in alium for forty voices.
Choice: 'An outstanding performance of Thomas Tallis's Spem in alium provides a powerful cornerstone for a superbly conceived and executed programme.' Gramophone
7 The Avison Ensemble - Corelli: Opus 1 & 3: Church Sonatas
This is the final recording in The Avison Ensemble's welcome undertaking to record Corelli's complete chamber music in celebration of the 300th anniversary of the composer's death.
Choice: 'I have enjoyed every one of the discs in this series from Linn Records so far, and this last set more than lives up to expectations. These are, in sum, sincere and poised accounts, a fitting tribute to the 'chaste and faultless' character of the composer and his music.' BBC Music Magazine
8 Charles Mackerras - Beethoven: Piano Concertos 3,4,5
Double album featuring Piano Concerto No. 3 in C minor Op. 37, Piano Concerto No. 4 in G major Op. 58 and Piano Concerto No. 5 in E flat major Op. 73 - ‘Emperor' performed by Artur Pizarro, Sir Charles Mackerras and the Scottish Chamber Orchestra.
IRR Outstanding: '...nearly two hours of unalloyed delight.' International Record Review
9 Scottish Chamber Orchestra - Mendelssohn: Violin Concerto
This exceptionally beautiful recording of some of Mendelssohn's loveliest music showcases Joseph Swensen's skills as a virtuoso violinist with playing of unusual grace.
'... the best sound yet afforded these works by anyone. The sound has depth and breadth, dimensionality, air, ambiance, you name it.' Classical Candor
10 Artur Pizarro - Chopin: Reminiscences
Renowned pianist Artur Pizarro releases his third disc for Linn which follows on from the success of his two Beethoven Sonatas discs and his recordings of Chopin piano music.
'...a spellbinding array of insights...breath-takingly sensitive playing. Even alongside legendary recordings by such pianists as Rubinstein, this collection features some of the finest Chopin playing on record.' The Herald