Kate Molleson's Top 20 Of 2017 Includes Three Linn Recordings

13 December 2017

Kate Molleson has included three Linn recordings in her list of the Top 20 classical recordings of 2017.

The Royal Academy of Music Manson Ensemble under Oliver Knussen performed Stravinsky's The Soldier's Tale: ‘There’s a fun tradition of venerable composers playing the speaking roles in Stravinsky’s Faustian fable The Soldier’s Tale. The custom was honoured this year with Oliver Knussen conducting Harrison Birtwistle as a superbly laconic Soldier and George Benjamin as a deliciously supercilious Devil. Bizarre and brilliant.’

Dunedin Consort honoured Monteverdi in his 450th anniversary year with a wonderful performance of the 1610 Vespers: ‘…we got the glorious 1610 Vespers as given the Dunedin treatment for Linn: stripped back performances under John Butt that are fresh and luminous, lithe and alive.’

Ensemble Marsyas and Peter Whelan took listeners on a trip back through time with their recording of Barsanti and Handel: ‘With great style and charisma, Peter Whelan and his excellent Ensemble Marsyas reconstructed a typical Society concert in Edinburgh 1742.’

Read the full list here.

Dunedin ConsortDunedin Consort
Ensemble MarsyasEnsemble Marsyas
John ButtJohn Butt
Oliver KnussenOliver Knussen
Peter WhelanPeter Whelan
Royal Academy of MusicRoyal Academy of Music
Edinburgh 1742: Barsanti & HandelEdinburgh 1742: Barsanti & Handel
Monteverdi: Vespers 1610Monteverdi: Vespers 1610
Stravinsky: The Soldier's TaleStravinsky: The Soldier's Tale