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: Magnificat
This is the premiere recording of J.S. Bach's Magnificat heard for the first time within its original liturgical context, alongside the beautiful Christmas Cantata. Dunedin Consort re-create the Nikolaikirche Christmas Day service from Bach's first Christmas at Leipzig in 1723. John Butt has given listeners an interpretation that will provide a refreshing outlook on this masterpiece and will show the Magnificat in a completely new light.
'Another bull's-eye hit from John Butt's Dunedin Consort... brilliantly done.'
2 Fitzwilliam String Quartet - Bruckner: Quintet & Quartet
Having first tackled the Quintet in F Major nearly forty years ago, the Fitzwilliam's starting point was achieving the famous 'Bruckner Sound' by using custom made gut strings as near as possible to those used in Vienna in 1879. They have a full, rounded, rather smoky sound and are capable of wonderful resonance and sonority. The Quintet is full of warm and generous lyricism and features many great moments.
Recording of the Month: '...their hushed close to the Adagio of the Quintet is exquisite.' MusicWeb International
3 Robin 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
4 Pamela Thorby - Telemann: Recorder Sonatas and Fantasias
Having previously won praise for her recordings of Baroque greats such as Handel and Vivaldi, Pamela Thorby completes her anthology of eighteenth century favourites with 'Telemann: Recorder Sonatas and Fantasias', a double album overflowing with warmth and conviviality
'...a light touch and conversational spark...her solo Fantasias are breathtaking.'
5 Robin 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.'
6 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
7 Sir 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.' The Times
8 Sir 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.' hi-fi+
9 Liane Carroll - Seaside
Liane Carroll's soulful voice has won the award-winning singer a legion of fans. Her new album 'Seaside', designed to evoke memories of hot summer holidays and brisk winter beach walks, is a mix of original songs and covers which broadly follow a seashore theme.
'Liane Carroll doesn't just sing jazz. She is jazz. This is jazz of the highest quality. Believe.'
10 Katherine 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'