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.   

 

Dunedin ConsortDunedin Consort - Monteverdi: Vespers 1610

The sonic grandeur of Monteverdi’s spectacular masterpiece is expertly realized in this recording by John Butt and Dunedin Consort.

'Any recording by Butt is an event. And this one, recorded with a small, hand-picked choir of ten voices, is special even by his elevated standards.' 5 stars The Mail on Sunday 'Event Magazine'

  

PhantasmPhantasm - Tye: Complete Consort Music

This recording from the award-winning viol consort focuses on an important 16th century composer and radical thinker Christopher Tye.

'This collection of his complete consort music throws up surprise after surprise – a revelation of a recording that offers a startling perspective on a familiar musical landscape.' Gramophone

   

Francesco PiemontesiFrancesco Piemontesi - Mozart: Piano Concertos 25 & 26

Francesco Piemontesi performs two contrasting works from Mozart’s Vienna period, alongside Mozart specialists the Scottish Chamber Orchestra and HIP pioneer Andrew Manze, making this a Mozart dream team.

Choice: 'Here again, his sympathy with the style and ethos of the Salzburger's music simply sings from the speakers.' Gramophone

 

PhantasmPhantasm - Dowland: Lachrimae

John Dowland's gifts as an exceptional melodist are evident throughout Lachrimae or Seven Tears, an artistic achievement which has cast a remarkable spell on early music.

2017 Early Music Award Winner: 'Phantasm’s performances are totally convincing and absorbing. Drawing richly on their depth, intensity and homogeneity of tone, their acuity to the music’s ever-active emotional flux leaves them unafraid to use forceful gestures of articulation and dynamics to make a point.' Gramophone

  

Robin Ticciati & DSO BerlinRobin Ticciati & DSO Berlin - Debussy: La mer & Ariettes oubliees

Robin Ticciati and the DSO 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┼żena.

Recording of the Month: '...this quite outstanding album of Fauré and Debussy works certainly whets the appetite for future releases from Robin Ticciati with the DSO Berlin.' Musicweb International

 

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. Arranged for solo marimba, Kuniko gives a unique perspective of these hugely famous and intellectually challenging works.

'An excellent performance which lets us hear the chords inherent in Bach's unaccompanied works.' Audio Accessory       

Ensemble MarsyasEnsemble Marsyas - Edinburgh 1742

The popular Ensemble Marsyas returns with a diverse programme of concerti, wind music and Scottish songs by composers Francesco Barsanti and George Frideric Handel, centred around the music composed for The Edinburgh Musical Society.

'The performances by Ensemble Marsyas...are consistently bracing.' 5 stars The Irish Times

 

Various ArtistsVarious Artists - Super Audio Collection Vol. 10

Having reached its ten year milestone, Linn's Super Audio Collection series remains as popular as ever. Vol. 10 comprises tracks from across the award-winning label's most recent releases. Artists who have contributed tracks include Joe Stilgoe Gothic Voices, Chiyan Wong, Oliver Knussen, Phantasm, Dunedin Consort, Sean Shibe, Irish Baroque Orchestra, Robin Ticciati and Thomas Søndergård. Whether you are discovering Linn for the first time or compiling your 2017 wish list, this collection is for you.

  

Scottish Chamber OrchestraScottish Chamber Orchestra - Mozart: Symphonies 38-41

A multi-award winning double album of some of Mozart's finest symphonic works. 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    

 

Robin Ticciati & SCO10 Robin Ticciati & SCO - Schumann: The Symphonies

'Schumann: The Symphonies' sees Robin Ticciati and the Scottish Chamber Orchestra embark upon their first symphonic cycle together in a programme that they performed in concerts across Scotland.

''The Adagio of Symphony No. 2 is beautifully done, with a coda that really tugs at the heartstrings...the interpretations...will reward repeated hearing.' 5 stars BBC Music Magazine