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. 

 

San Francisco SymphonySan Francisco Symphony - West Side Story

Michael Tilson Thomas and the San Francisco Symphony's new live recording of the first-ever concert performances of Bernstein's complete score for 'West Side Story' features a stellar Broadway cast.  The Studio Master download includes a 100-page digital booklet featuring a new interview with Tilson Thomas, notes from Rita Moreno and Jamie Bernstein, as well as archival photographs, complete lyrics photos.

 'The performance deserves, and demands, tumultuous applause.' BBC Music Magazine

 

Made In JapanDeep Purple - Made In Japan

The deluxe edition of Deep Purple's classic live album is now on sale and includes a remastered version as well as the original 1972 mix, both in Studio Master. Frequently cited as one of the greatest live albums of all time, 'Made In Japan' captures Deep Purple at their entertaining best. The relentless energy of 'Highway Star' and 'Space Truckin'' is all the more apparent on the remastered version while passages of improvisation on 'Lazy' show how great a live band Deep Purple were in their prime.

 

Norah JonesNorah Jones - Feels Like Home

Norah Jones' tasteful blend of jazz, folk and Americana styles in 'Feels Like Home' has been a great success, selling over 12 million copies worldwide with the opening track, 'Sunrise' winning her a Grammy for 'Best Female Pop Vocal Performance' in 2004. Her memorable collaboration with Glastonbury crowd-pleaser Dolly Parton on 'Creepin'' won a Grammy nomination for 'Best Country Collaboration With Vocals'. Fans of Jones' folky, jazz style will enjoy songs like 'In The Morning' and 'Above Ground'.

 

Dunedin ConsortDunedin 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.

Recording of the Month: ‘Purely on grounds of performance alone, this is one of the finest Mozart Requiems of recent years...a thrilling performance.' Gramophone 

 

Dougie MacLeanDougie MacLean - Till Tomorrow

Originally famed for writing the song Caledonia, Dougie has teamed up with conductor John Logan and the Royal Scottish National Orchestra to bring a new and beautiful symphonic dimension to his best-loved songs on his debut recording with Linn Records.

'Of course Caledonia is here, in what may well be its definitive version - and alongside the title track, it is one of the highlights of an excellent disc.' The Herald 

 

GRRR!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.   

 

Ingrid FliterIngrid Fliter - Chopin: Piano Concertos

Chopin specialist Ingrid Fliter makes her Linn debut with an effortless performance of Chopin's notoriously difficult piano concertos, featuring the Scottish Chamber Orchestra conducted by Jun Märkl.  Fliter is a breathtaking performer whose performance of Chopin's commanding chords and lightening speed runs are effortless.

‘Choice': ‘Fliter plays with such grace and heartfelt sincerity...[she] touches the heart.' Gramophone 

 

Pavel Haas Quartet8 Pavel Haas Quartet - Schubert: Death and the Maiden, String Quintet in C Major

As previous Gramophone 'Recording of the Year' winner, the Pavel Haas Quartet's recording of Schubert's 'Death and the Maiden' and the C major string quintet was hugely anticipated. The maturity and depth of emotion of this recording saw the album named 'Editor's Choice' by Gramophone.

 'If CDs had grooves I would already have worn out these marvellous recordings...' The Times 

 

Elton JohnElton John - Goodbye Yellow Brick Road

Originally released at the end of 1973 'Goodbye Yellow Brick Road' was the crowning moment of an upward trajectory marking the unstoppable rise of Elton John. It gave the world the global smashes 'Candle In The Wind', 'Bennie & The Jets', 'Saturday Night's Alright For Fighting', and the soaring title track. Having already sold more than 30 million copies worldwide this celebrated album has now been re-released to mark its 40th Anniversary.  

‘A small masterpiece and a strong contender for the coveted title of John's finest song ever.' AllMusic.com

Ensemble Marsyas10 Ensemble Marsyas - J.F. Fasch: Quartets and Concertos

Ensemble Marsyas return with an album full of catchy tunes and contrapuntal ingenuity. The sparkling performances of the chamber music of Johann Friedrich Fasch perfectly demonstrate why the man and his music were so popular in his own lifetime. This engaging repertoire calls for the highest levels of virtuosity; founding member Peter Whelan and guests Pamela Thorby and Alec Frank-Gemmill are the soloists that accept the challenge with style and aplomb. This programme, which includes the recently discovered Recorder Concerto in F Major, makes it easy to see why Fasch was able to count the great J.S. Bach among his many fans.