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 KUNIKO - Xenakis: IX
Kuniko's much-anticipated third studio recording features the works of Iannis Xenakis; although classified by many as unplayable Kuniko's unrivalled prowess sees her perfectly realize the composer's vision.
'Her thrilling performance of this remarkable piece [Pléïades] is astonishingly confident and absolutely hypnotic.' SA-CD.net
2 Joe Stilgoe - New Songs For Old Souls
Joe Stilgoe's seamless ability to mix contemporary style with a fond nostalgia for the Golden Era of Gene Kelly and Louis Prima means his 'old soul' finds a perfect match in these 'new songs'.
Featuring an energetic big band, exceptional rhythm section and a guest spot from singer Liane Caroll, 'New Songs For Old Souls' has all the ingredients of a sure-fire hit!
'...a songwriter of uncommon originality...an album that you just can't stop playing.' The Observer
3 Boston Baroque - Monteverdi: Il ritorno d'Ulisse in patria
'Il ritorno d'Ulisse' is unquestionably one of the three pillars that place Monteverdi among the greatest of all opera composers. Based on Homer's Odyssey the drama is rich and engaging throughout. This recording marks the premiere of a new performing version by conductor Martin Pearlman.
Classical Album of the Week: 'The strength of this issue is in its strong, youthful cast...Fernando Guimaraes's Ulysses is heartbreaking...' The Sunday Times
4 Big Screen - Take One
Pianist David Newton is joined by Empirical's Tom Farmer (bass) and Matt Skelton (drums) for the impressive new Big Screen trio line up. Opening with a playful rendition of the small-screen theme 'Bewitched', most of the action takes place on the big screen; Toy Story 2's 'When She Loved Me' is hauntingly simple.
'When it comes to bold originality and delicacy of touch, Newton is unbeatable...You'll be amazed by the transformations that emerge.' The Observer
5 Ingrid Fliter - Chopin: Preludes
For her second recital the award-winning pianist performs Chopin's Op. 28, a poetic collection of great emotional power and unrivalled artistic quality which demands high virtuosity. Ingrid has also recorded a selection of mazurkas, nocturnes and ecossaises to accompany the preludes, of which the 3 ecossaises are exclusively available to download for free from LinnRecords.com.
'...a torrential account of the B flat minor prelude, as exciting as any I've ever heard.' The Guardian
6 Thomas Sondergard - Sibelius: Symphonies 2 and 7
With their nationalist themes Symphonies 2 & 7 are perfect repertoire for Thomas Søndergård and his orchestra, the BBC National Orchestra of Wales, to make their symphonic recording debut.
'I can only welcome, with fast-beating heart, one of the great new Sibelian teams into the record business...Sondergard's Sibelius Two is breathtaking...Their flawless performance of the Seventh Symphony, if you love this music, will break your heart.' The Herald
7 KUNIKO - Cantus
'Cantus' features six pieces arranged for five octave marimba or vibraphone, each chosen to fully demonstrate the colours, depth and dynamics of the instrument. The arrangements and recording have been made with supervision by the original composers: Arvo Pärt, Steve Reich and Hywel Davies.
'...this thoroughly engaging, fastidiously produced recording casts the marimba in an entirely new light.' International Record Review
8 Scottish Chamber Orchestra Wind Soloists - Mozart: Divertimenti
With several award-winning Mozart recordings to its name, the Scottish Chamber Orchestra's Mozart credentials are impeccable. Here the orchestra's wind soloists take centre stage: Maximiliano Martin and William Stafford on clarinet, Peter Whelan and Alison Green on bassoon and Alec Frank-Gemmill and Harry Johnstone on horn.
Choice: 'I fancy Mozart would have smiled in approval.' Gramophone
9 Dunedin Consort - J.S. Bach: Six Brandenburg Concertos
Dunedin Consort, the team that brought you ‘John Passion', is back with its first instrumental release, which has already been named Gramophone 'Choice'. Under the direction of Bach specialist John Butt, Dunedin Consort demonstrates its collective experience and historical knowledge in an exceptionally joyful and fresh performance.
'...a profoundly expressive study in texture and articulation.' The Guardian
10 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