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 - Haydn: Symphonies Nos. 31, 70 & 101

Having first performed these popular symphonies with the Scottish Chamber Orchestra at the beginning of 2015 to rave reviews, there has been a real sense of anticipation ahead of this release which includes No. 31 'Hornsignal', No. 70 and No. 101 'The Clock'.

'These are all gems...the SCO revel in the brio, dash and pathos of this life-enhancing music.' The Sunday Times


Robin TicciatiRobin Ticciati - Schumann: The Symphonies

Under Ticciati, the symphonies achieve a sense of movement and clarity that no previous recording has captured. The First Symphony is a blazing joy whilst the Fourth is magnificent and exhilarating. This is a landmark recording from the Scottish Chamber Orchestra and its dynamic Principal Conductor.

'...the finest set on disc [in] a decade... irresistible.' 5 stars The Guardian


Katherine BryanKatherine Bryan - Silver Bow

For her third recording with the Royal Scottish National Orchestra, Katherine Bryan moves away from concerto repertoire into a new world of music originally written for the violin. Employing a wealth of tricks and techniques only a flautist would know, Katherine has created fresh transcriptions of captivating melodies.

'Beautiful playing. Absolutely stunning...A wonderful range of repertoire. And it's all music people would know and love.' BBC Scotland 'Classics Unwrapped'


Scottish Chamber OrchestraScottish Chamber Orchestra - Mozart: Opera Arias & Overtures

Christian Baldini conducts a hand-picked selection of arias from six of Mozart's much-loved operas, alongside their respective overtures in an attractive programme featuring award-winning soprano Elizabeth Watts.

'Her bright and flexible voice is wonderful in Mozart, and the clarity of her diction makes her singing easy to follow... This disc invites repeated listening and is highly recommended.'


Ingrid FliterIngrid 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.

Choice: 'Fliter plays with such grace and heartfelt sincerity...that, again, I was quickly won over. The point is, if an artist cannot engage your emotions in the oft-recorded, oft-heard music then they might as well go away and breed chickens. Fliter, by whatever magical means, touches the heart.' Gramophone


Scottish Chamber OrchestraSir 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).

'...among the very best recordings of these four symphonies on disc.' 5 stars The Times


Sivan MagenSivan Magen - French Reflections

For his second recital harpist Sivan Magen performs some of the greatest French masterpieces written for harp at the turn of the last two centuries. From bold pedal glissandi to dreamy impressionist colours, Sivan perfectly demonstrates a breathtaking spectrum of techniques in a programme bursting with variety.

'...pure may feel the poetic "mysteriousness" of the instrument is inseparable from sheer meatiness of technique.' The Sunday Times


Scottish Chamber OrchestraSir Charles Mackerras - Mozart: Symphonies 29, 31 (Paris), 32, 35 (Haffner) & 36 (Linz)

The multi-award-winning partnership of the Scottish Chamber Orchestra and Sir Charles Mackerras is reunited in this second collection of Mozart Symphonies. This recording was named a Finalist at the 2010 Gramophone Awards and was acclaimed across the media.

'These are the best of the best and should not be missed on any account.' 5 stars hi-fi+


Scottish Chamber Orchestra Wind Soloists9 Scottish Chamber Orchestra Wind Soloists - Mozart: Divertimenti

With several award-winning Mozart recordings to its name, the Scottish Chamber Orchestra's Mozart credentials are impeccable. Here the orchestra's wind soloists take centre stage: Maximiliano Martin and William Stafford on clarinet, Peter Whelan and Alison Green on bassoon and Alec Frank-Gemmill and Harry Johnstone on horn.

Choice: 'I fancy Mozart would have smiled in approval.' Gramophone  


Dunedin Consort10 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