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.   

         

Robin TicciatiRobin Ticciati - Ravel & Duparc: Aimer et mourir

Robin Ticciati conducts his second recording of French music with the DSO Berlin. All the Ticciati specialities are present: his flair for highlighting intricacies of detail and colour are showcased in the suite from 'Daphnis et Chloé' and he creates an Impressionist swirl with shimmering orchestral colours in 'Valses nobles et sentimentales'.

'The album’s finale is good too: it’s Duparc’s orchestral morsel Aux étoiles, evanescent but twinkling...' 4 stars The Times  

           

Robin TicciatiRobin Ticciati - Brahms: The Symphonies

To mark Robin Ticciati's 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  

           

Thomas SondergardThomas Søndergård - Sibelius: Finlandia

In the year in which BBC National Orchestra of Wales celebrates ninety years since its inception, Principal Conductor Thomas Søndergård leads the orchestra in a performance of six of Sibelius’ most famous masterpieces.

'These are performances of immense sensitivity and (where required) dramatic forcefulness – The Oceanides in particular is given one of the most striking readings it has enjoyed in recent years.' CD Choice

    

Francesco PiemontesiFrancesco Piemontesi - Mozart: Piano Concertos 25 & 26

This recording couples consecutive yet contrasting works from Mozart’s Vienna period: K. 503 represents the longest and most substantial of his concert masterpieces and K. 537 provides the soloist with an audience-pleasing cadenza. Soloist Francesco Piemontei, conductor Andrew Manze and the Scottish Chamber Orchestra are a Mozart dream team.

Benchmark Recording: 'Surprises, twists, virtuoso exchanges and a miraculous vitality.' France Musique

   

Dunedin ConsortDunedin Consort - J.S. Bach: Six Brandenburg Concertos

Bach's Six Brandenburg Concertos are essential and enduringly popular works in the Baroque orchestral repertory, full of interesting instrumentation choices and dancing melodies. 

'Melodic ideas are beautifully punctuated and phrased, vibrato is used strictly ornamentally, and tempos strike my sensibilities as pretty well ideal.' 5 stars BBC Music Magazine

 

Jonathan Freeman-AttwoodJonathan Freeman-Attwood - An English Sett for Trumpet

Trumpeter Jonathan Freeman-Attwood and pianist Daniel-Ben Pienaar continue their ‘ear-ticklingly imaginative’ series of musical reinventions with a celebration of the golden era of English music.

'There's no doubting the technical prowess of these two crack performers, and it's hard not to share their guilty delight in this stolen booty: intonation and ensemble are spot-on...' BBC Music Magazine

  

Boston BaroqueBoston Baroque - Biber: The Mystery Sonatas

Heinrich Biber's astonishingly powerful and deeply emotional Mystery Sonatas represent a triumph of Baroque invention. Boston Baroque's Christina Day Martinson delivers a technical tour de force, as she navigates the virtuosic challenges presented by the fiendishly demanding changing scordatura.

'Christina Day Martinson makes light of the virtuosity of this deeply profound music...The recorded sound and balance are exemplary.' The Strad

  

Robin TicciatiRobin Ticciati - Debussy: La mer & Ariettes oubliées

Robin Ticciati and the Deutsches Symphonie-Orchester Berlin present Debussy’s La mer, Fauré’s Pelléas et Mélisande and the premiere recording of composer Brett Dean’s arrangements of Debussy’s Ariettes oubliées featuring Magdalena Ko┼żená.

‘I was won over within seconds…La mer is outstanding. The orchestral playing is superb…’ The Arts Desk  

           

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 and entered the Top 10 in Tower Records' 2017 Classical Chart.

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

   

Sollazzo Ensemble10 Sollazzo Ensemble - Parle qui veut

Sollazzo Ensemble makes its recording debut following its prize-winning performance at the highly respected biennial York Early Music International Young Artists Competition. It was named on the Early Music Shortlist at the 2018 Gramophone Awards.

Diapason d'Or: 'The musicians led by Anna Danilevskaia bring a bold freshness to these songs, which, driven by their passion, reveal a bright and picturesque Middle Ages.' Diapason