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 Mark Knopfler - Privateering
Privateering is Mark Knopfler's first double album in a 35-year recording career. These 20 tracks of consummately crafted folk, blues, country and rock originals reflect the creative exuberance of an artist whose exceptional abilities were recognised with a Lifetime Achievement Award at the 2012 Ivor Novellos.
2 Eric Clapton - Old Sock
‘Old Sock' is a heartfelt and highly autobiographical release, detailing Clapton's favourite songs from his childhood to the present day; this album is a celebration of his musical life.
'He not only rips out a solo but also plays some of the tastiest fills this side of the Cook County Jail.' PremiereGuitar.com
3 The Rolling Stones - GRRR!
GRRR! tells the fascinating ongoing story of the Greatest Rock'n'Roll Band In The World, from their high octane version of Chuck Berry's ‘Come On', their first single issued in June 1963, via the thrilling chart-toppers ‘The Last Time', ‘(I Can't Get No) Satisfaction' all the way to the present day with the inclusion of two new studio recordings recently completed by the group in Paris, France in August 2012.
4 Susan Wong - My Live Stories
Recorded live at the world famous Ocean Way Studios, Nashville, USA, Susan describes 'My Live Stories' as her ‘best recording yet'. Her delicate, charming vocals and sensitive covers are delightful throughout. Highlights include the bossa nova influenced Billie Jean, the blues tinged Cry Me A River, an up tempo version of Perfect and a spine tingling performance of Desperado.
5 Dunedin Consort - J.S. Bach: John Passion, Reconstruction of Bach's Passion Liturgy
For the first time on record, listeners can experience Bach's gripping John Passion within its original liturgical context. This recording marks the return of Dunedin Consort's star-studded cast including, Nicholas Mulroy, Matthew Brook, Robert Davies, Joanne Lunn and Clare Wilkinson.
Recording of the Month: '...[a] perfectly paced ensemble Passion.' Gramophone
6 Bob Marley - Legend
The best selling reggae album of all-time and one of Rolling Stone's '50 Greatest Albums of All Time'. A compilation where you may recognise more songs than you'd first expect. With so many great tracks to choose from, there is no shortage of familiar and timeless reggae numbers.
'The beauty and simplicity of Marley's music [is] captured particularly well here.' AllMusic.com
7 Amy Duncan - Cycles of Life
Amy Duncan is an Edinburgh-based singer-songwriter whose ambient, folk-inspired music is charming crowds across the country with its emotive, ethereal allure. With beautiful harmonies and haunting melodies she weaves stories deeply familiar to us all.
‘Like other talented female vocalists from Joni Mitchell to Patti Smith, the sheer range and power of Duncan's vocal apparatus are breathtaking.' Folk & Acoustic Music Exchange
8 Gottlieb Wallisch - Mozart Piano Concertos
Master Mozartian Gottlieb Wallisch serves up a stunning performance of his fellow Austrian's own rarely-heard chamber orchestrations on his new album ‘Mozart: Piano Concertos Nos. 12, 13 & 14, The Chamber Version'. He is joined on this recording by one of the UK's leading young string quartets, the Piatti Quartet.
‘Wallisch's readings contain many attractive qualities: immaculately clean fingerwork, fine phrase-characterisation and sense of balance.' BBC Music Magazine
9 Avison Ensemble - Corelli: Opus 5 Violin Sonatas
Opus 5: Violin Sonatas' follows on from 'Opus 6: Concerti Grossi', which MusicWeb International named a ‘Recording Of The Year 2012'. This collection brings together twelve sonatas which sees Pavlo Beznosiuk take centre stage to showcase his polished playing which is thrilling in its virtuosity
'[The playing] has enough audacity, daring and originality to make these astounding performances something truly special.' International Record Review
10 Robin Ticciati - Berlioz: Les nuits d'ete
Building on the colour, energy and sheer visceral power of Robin Ticciati's first collaborative release with the Scottish Chamber Orchestra, it is clear that this is a partnership set to last. Ticciati coaxes immense expressiveness and subtle turns of phrase from the orchestra and soloist Karen Cargill with a familiarity and effortlessness that is thoroughly irresistible.
Performance / Sound BBC Music Magazine