Download Top 10
The Download Top Ten lists the albums which have proved most popular in the last month and might give you some good ideas for your next purchase.
1 Dunedin Consort - J.S. Bach: Christmas Oratorio
Anticipation is high since the Magnificat was named 'Choice' by Gramophone, topped the critics' Christmas recommendation lists and received multiple five stars reviews. Fans will once again be thrilled, 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.' The Guardian
2 Julienne Taylor - When We Are One
Hailed as 'Scotland's best female voice since Annie Lennox', Julienne has kept fans waiting for five years for a new studio album. Julienne has teamed up with Italian guitarist and songwriter Daniele Ferretti for this album, resulting in a collection of original songs and fresh interpretations of classic ballads. Highlights include the Celtic influenced arrangement of 'A Thousand Years' featuring the border pipes and low whistles of Fraser Fifield and the epic new track 'Dancing With The Oceans'.
3 Barb Jungr - Come Together
Barb Jungr and GRAMMY Award-winning arranger John McDaniel deliver revelatory renditions of Beatles classics. Building on the runaway success of her celebrated interpretations of Bob Dylan songs, 'Come Together' sees Jungr take on and lovingly revitalise yet another sacred cow of rock and pop: The Beatles.
'From within the most seemingly trivial love song, she uncovered a stunning depth and complexity of feeling.' New York Times
4 Pete Alderton - Something Smooth
'Cover My Blues' singer Pete Alderton continues to tell the story of his life through masterly crafted songs on his new album 'Something Smooth'. Once again the singer, guitarist and songwriter proves that he is one of the best and most versatile blues artists of his generation. The smooth vibe of the title is present in the romantic opening track, 'Man On The Run' and 'Never', a jazzy piano ballad. These original compositions are accompanied by a touching version of 'I Hope That I Don't Fall In Love With You' by Tom Waits, whilst Pete's love of Delta-blues inspires 'Revelation Blues' by the legendary Robert Johnson.
5 RSNO Junior Chorus - A Christmas Festival
This new recording captures the magic of the season as the RSNO and its Junior Chorus deliver a perfect selection of classic festive favourites in A Christmas Festival. The well-chosen programme finds traditional favourites sitting harmoniously alongside contemporary tunes. At turns rousing, sentimental, cheering and familiar this is the perfect present this Christmas.
6 Phantasm - Dowland: Lachrimae and Seven Tears
John Dowland's Lachrimae or Seven Tears has cast a remarkable spell on early music. Dowland's exceptional melodies combined with Phantasm's luxuriantly rich sound really is a match made in heaven.
'This set of seven pieces still sounds as sensuous and beguiling as it must have done then. The melancholy of the music touches a nerve. Phantasm and lutenist Elizabeth Kenny offer heartfelt playing.' Financial Times
7 Robin Ticciati & SRSO - Berlioz: Romeo et Juliette
Robin Ticciati's deserved reputation as one of the great Berliozian's of our age is evident on this, his second recording with the award-winning Swedish Radio Symphony Orchestra.
'Robin Ticciati has proved to be a special Berlioz interpreter, and offers an individual, youthful reading driven by crisp detail and translucent textures and Berlioz's vital rhythmic spring.' BBC Music Magazine
8 Dunedin Consort - J.S. Bach: Magnificat & Christmas Cantata
Dunedin Consort recreates Bach's first Christmas at Leipzig delivering a refreshing outlook on this masterpiece which shows the Magnificat in a completely new light. This recording marks the return of Dunedin Consort's star-studded cast.
'Another bull's-eye hit from John Butt's Dunedin Consort... brilliantly done.' The Observer
9 Susan Wong - Woman In Love
'Woman In Love' features romantic songs, old and new from Olivia Newton-John's 'I Honestly Love You' and Barbra Streisand's classic 'Woman in Love' to Rihanna's hit 'Stay' and Adele's 'Make You Feel My Love'. The album bears Susan's signature sultry vocal, accompanied by fresh and brilliant arrangements and features Susan's original song 'Can't You See (I'm Falling In Love)', a heartfelt declaration of love.
10 Barb Jungr - Every Grain of Sand
Barb Jungr's first album of Bob Dylan songs has deservedly become known as a cult classic and has won her a dedicated fan base around the world. One of Dylan's biggest champions, Barb's revelatory interpretations get right to the heart of Dylan's poetry, finding new depths and emotion in his work.
'Jungr can squeeze more juice out of a Dylan song than just about anybody.' New York Times