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 Theatre of the Ayre - The Masque of Moments
Elizabeth Kenny's Theatre of the Ayre reveals some of the most extraordinary music of the seventeenth century on 'The Masque of Moments', their debut recording for Linn.
'...there are exquisite sounds from Kenny's plucked-instrument ensemble, and beautiful numbers from masques...with nicely refined singing.' The Observer
2 Avison Ensemble - Handel: Concerti Grossi, Op. 6
One of our most popular Handel recordings is the Avison Ensemble's performance of the Concerti Grossi, music widely regarded as the composer's greatest contribution to the Baroque period. These highly innovative works demonstrate his inexhaustible ability for invention and variation.
'The ensemble playing is simply electrifying, crackling and sparking with the kind of head-on accents and lilting rhythmic lift that this music requires but rarely enjoys.' Classics Today
3 Oliver Knussen - Stravinsky: The Soldier's Tale
For his debut recording with Linn, conductor Oliver Knussen has assembled an impressive cast of contemporary composers for The Soldier's Tale: Harrison Birtwistle as the soldier and George Benjamin as the Devil, with actress Dame Harriet Walter as the narrator.
'...this new account goes straight to the top of the pile...a dazzling account of a modern classic.' Europadisc
4 William Carter - Bach Reimagines Bach
William Carter's exemplary musicianship is showcased to its fullest on this new recording of Bach's own transcriptions for the lute. Almost unplayable in parts many musicians take certain liberties with the music so that it flows more naturally, but Carter's determined approach to authenticity sees the lutenist achieve the near impossible: playing the music as it was originally written.
5 Barb Jungr - Every Grain of Sand (Fifteenth Anniversary Edition)
Originally released in 2002 this insightful album established Jungr as one of the leading interpreters of the Bob Dylan songbook. Barb's revelatory interpretations get right to the heart of Dylan's lyrics, finding new depths and emotion in his work.
Records of the Year: #7 'Barb Jungr's bold reworking of his songs makes a fascinating journey.' The Sunday Times
6 Various Artists - Linn 40th Anniversary Collection
Back in 2010 Linn celebrated its 40th anniversary with a special double album bursting with stand-out music from across the decades. Re-discover what makes this independent label great and enjoy the artistry for which it became famous.
'Incredible variety of beautiful music! An audio treat!' J. Siebel (Linn customer)
7 Dunedin Consort - J.S. Bach: Six Brandenburg Concertos
Dunedin Consort's first instrumental release demonstrates its collective experience and historical knowledge in a fresh performance under the direction of Bach specialist John Butt.
'...a profoundly expressive study in texture and articulation, with the string lines effortlessly and naturally interlaced.' The Guardian
8 Scottish 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.' The Times
9 Chiyan Wong - Liszt Transfigured: Operatic Fantasies for Piano
The hugely talented pianist Chiyan Wong makes his recording debut with the phenomenally difficult Liszt transcriptions of well-known opera melodies. A broad and thoughtful musician, Chiyan's special interest in the music of Franz Liszt, has led to him perfecting his own editions of these popular operatic fantasies. Following Liszt's own advice regarding transcriptions, Chiyan concentrates on communicating the spirit and intention of the music whilst applying his own personal touches.
10 Claire Martin - Too Much In Love To Care
Claire Martin's collection of classic romantic songs and ballads from The Great American Songbook features legendary US pianist Kenny Barron. It was named 'Best New Album' at the 2013 British Jazz Awards.
'...From the stylistic, "cool" jazz of the quartet to the assured, versatile singing, all of the pieces fit intuitively.' Audiophile Audition