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: Violin Concertos
Dutch-Italian violinist Cecilia Bernardini takes a break from leader duties as she steps into the spotlight to deliver a virtuoso performance under the direction of Bach specialist John Butt OBE.
'There are so many things to marvel at: her husky, shapely tone, her earthy way with rhythm, how she tugs playfully the top of phrases, her ability to dart in and out of ensemble textures and make the whole thing so joyously convivial.'
2 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
3 Magnificat - Scattered Ashes
Magnificat's 25th anniversary recording features Latin settings by eight great vocal composers of the 16th century; the works display a variety of scoring, textures and harmonic language that is mirrored in their intensity and attention to detail.
'Magnificat's velvety sound is at its most luxurious. Their interpretations of the post-Josquin generation of continental composers are among the finest on disc.' Gramophone
4 Dunedin Consort - J.S. Bach: Brandenburg Concertos
Dunedin Consort demonstrates its collective experience and historical knowledge in an exceptionally insightful and fresh performance. Bach's Brandenburg Concertos are essential and enduringly popular works in the Baroque orchestral repertory, full of interesting instrumentation choices and dancing melodies.
'Melodic ideas are beautifully punctuated and phrased, vibrato is used strictly ornamentally, and tempos strike my sensibilities as pretty well ideal.'
BBC Music Magazine
5 Barb Jungr - Shelter From The Storm
Barb Jungr celebrates the songs of Bob Dylan, Leonard Cohen, Joni Mitchell, David Bowie and Peter Gabriel on her new album, plus new songs written by Barb and pianist Laurence Hobgood. These 'songs of hope' are a much-needed antidote to today's 'troubled times'; an uplifting message superbly realised by a superb singer.
'Vocalist Barb Jungr pulls off quite a coup on her ninth album for Linn...this fine album possesses a special poignancy.'
6 Pavlo Beznosiuk - J.S. Bach: Complete Sonatas & Partitas for Solo Violin
Celebrated Baroque violinist Pavlo Beznosiuk gives a seemingly effortless performance of one of the most technically and intellectually challenging works in the solo violin repertory. Performing on a period violin with authentic gut stringing, Beznosiuk has succeeded in creating a modern benchmark recording.
'Beznosiuk needs absolutely no recommendation from me...his take on the Bach solo violin music was always going to be worth hearing.' Early Music Review
7 Dunedin Consort - J.S. Bach: Matthew Passion
The award-winning Dunedin Consort give a remarkable performance of the emotive Matthew Passion in J.S. Bach's Final performing version, c. 1742. It was named Building A Library: First Choice on BBC Radio 3 - CD Review and described by The Herald as a 'Critics' Choice Highlight of 2014'.
'There's no doubt that this one is the pick of this year's crop...tinglingly vivid..'
8 Trevor Pinnock - Journey
Take a trip through Trevor Pinnock's enviable career with this new recital charting two incredible musical journeys four hundred years apart. Inspired by the travels of Antonio Cabezon, the sixteenth century organist and composer, diverse repertoire spanning two hundred years is all performed on his favourite harpsichord
'...a quirky and intensely personal collection...let's hope there is more to come from this supremely musical player. ' The Observer
9 Markku Luolajan-Mikkola - J.S. Bach: Complete Sonatas & Partitas, BWV 1001-1006
With two Gramophone Awards to his name and a reputation synonymous with excellence, Markku makes his solo Linn debut in style, tackling what is considered the pinnacle of Bach's output for violinists: the Sonatas and Partitas. Transcribing these hugely popular works for cello, especially one in Baroque set-up, was not without its risks, although performing on Baroque cello also offers compelling advantages, namely creating a whole new sound world.
'Bach with a difference...a darkening of tone and a thickening of textures...' Irish Times
10 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 this is a sure-fire hit!
'...a songwriter of uncommon originality...an album that you just can't stop playing.' The Observer