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 - 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
2 Martin Taylor - Change of Heart
Recorded in 1991, the same year Martin was named 'Best Guitarist' for the fifth time at the British Jazz Awards, 'Change of Heart' features his quartet of David Newton, Brian Shiels and John Rae. This jazz favourite is now available in 192k Studio Master.
'Taylor's bluesy guitar and Newton's soulful piano make this extended performance a treat.' AllMusic.com
3 Various Artists - Super Audio Collection Vol. 8
Featuring symphonic repertoire from hotshot conductors Robin Ticciati and Thomas Sondergard, stylish pianism from Ingrid Fliter and Gottlieb Wallisch, it is bookended with jazz; an original song by the charismatic Joe Stilgoe to start, whilst Big Screen trio is followed by the inimitable Claire Martin, who signs off this highly enjoyable collection.
'...you do get an excellent window into the company's recording philosophy, which is natural with a capital N.'
4 Claire Martin - Take My Heart
Claire Martin takes a rare, and brilliant, side-step from her traditional jazz roots in her 1999 album 'Take My Heart' released for the first time in 192k Studio Master. Claire Martin's eclectic taste, originality and flair, plus a guest appearance from Oasis' Noel Gallagher, ensured this foray into pop-crossover territory was highly successful.
'Martin's leisurely, smoky voice never dodges a syllable or blurs a meaning as it sends slow, lingering chills up the back of the neck.' All About Jazz
5 Barb Jungr - Chanson: The Space In Between
Barb's original take on the songs of Jacques Brel marked her Linn debut and the beginning of a decade-long recording partnership. Barb opted to use specially commissioned translations for her English language renditions which allowed her to fully explore and explain the emotions within the songs. Now in 192k Studio Master.
'I say, light that Gaullloise, sip a Ricard and go for it.' Hi-Fi+
6 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
7 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
8 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
9 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
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