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 Emily Barker - The Toerag Sessions
Emily's new album is an engrossing collection of intimate solo versions of songs from across her career. Recorded at the legendary Toerag Studios in London, notable for its vintage recording gear, live to tape with no edits or overdubs, 'The Toerag Sessions' features songs going all the way back to Emily's first UK band.
'...seduces you with its sumptuous sound, but rewards further listening with the unfolding of the performer's heart.' HiFi Choice
2 Scottish Chamber Orchestra - Mozart: Opera Arias & Overtures
Christian Baldini conducts a hand-picked selection of arias from six of Mozart's much-loved operas, alongside their respective overtures in an attractive programme featuring award-winning soprano Elizabeth Watts.
'Her bright and flexible voice is wonderful in Mozart, and the clarity of her diction makes her singing easy to follow... This disc invites repeated listening and is highly recommended.' AllMusic.com
3 Phantasm - Lawes: The Royal Consort
Phantasm celebrates William Lawes with a sublime collection of premier recordings with guest musician Elizabeth Kenny. Described as 'one of the greatest collections of ensemble dance music ever composed', Lawes' Royal Consort is full of astounding moments of striking musical invention.
Choice: 'Award-winners, category finalists on many other occasions, Phantasm continue to excel. This Royal Consort, the first complete performance of the original versions, confirms that status.' Gramophone
4 Alison McGillivray - Geminiani: Sonatas for Violoncello & Basso Continuo, Op. 5
This is the debut solo release by versatile cellist Alison McGillivray who is joined by a trio of Baroque specialists. The Financial Times named McGillivray's eloquent Geminiani recording one of the ‘Best Classical CD of 2005' for its 'scholarship and style'.
‘McGillivray is an imaginative and stylish interpreter of Geminiani's six cello sonatas.' The Strad
5 Various Artists - Linn 40th Anniversary Collection
Linn celebrates its 40th anniversary with a special double album bursting with stand-out music from across the decades. This limited edition CD features specially designed artwork with an audiophile twist!
Re-discover what makes this independent label great and enjoy the artistry for which it became famous.
6 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
7 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
8 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
9 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
10 John Butt and Lucy Russell - J.S. Bach: Sonatas for violin & harpsichord
Lucy Russell's performance explores the colours and emotions present in the music as well as highlighting Bach's good humour and quirkiness. The duo relish the energetic dialogue and astonishingly diverse moods and characters present in Bach's music.
'Harpsichordist John Butt...revels in the invention of the contrapuntal lines and fully embraces the keyboard's emancipation from accompanying role to sparring partner.' The Guardian