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.
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
2 Ingrid 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
3 Various - Linn 40th Anniversary Collection
Linn celebrates its 40th anniversary with a special double album bursting with stand-out music from across the decades. Discover what makes this independent label great and enjoy the artistry for which it became famous. There is bestselling music from Sir Charles Mackerras, Dunedin Consort, Claire Martin, Carol Kidd, Maeve O'Boyle, Fiona Mackenzie, Amy Duncan, Hue & Cry, Ray Gelato Giants, Martin Taylor, Jon Strong, the Palladian Ensemble, Magnificat, Katherine Bryan, Kuniko and Richard Tunnicliffe.
4 Dunedin Consort - J.S. Bach: Six Brandenburg Concertos
Dunedin Consort, the team that brought you ‘John Passion', is back with its first instrumental release, which has already been named Gramophone 'Choice'. Under the direction of Bach specialist John Butt, Dunedin Consort demonstrates its collective experience and historical knowledge in an exceptionally joyful and fresh performance.
'...a profoundly expressive study in texture and articulation.' The Guardian
5 Dougie 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
6 Gottlieb Wallisch - Haydn: The London Sonatas
Famed for his clarity of line and purity of tone, Gottlieb Wallisch moves from Mozart to his contemporary Haydn for his fourth Linn recording. Wallisch has long been a fan of the music of Haydn, having launched his international career by winning the ‘Joseph Haydn Prize' (as well as first prize) at the prestigious Stravinsky Awards at the age of just sixteen. He then celebrated Haydn's anniversary year in 2009 by giving a critically acclaimed cycle of concerts in the Musikverein, Vienna dedicated to the composer. Wallisch brings his considerable skills to bear as he perfectly captures Haydn's characteristic humour, energy and spiritedness.
7 Emily Barker and The Red Clay Halo - Dear River
'Dear River' is the much-anticipated fourth studio album from Bafta and Ivor Novello award winning Emily Barker and her band The Red Clay Halo. Full of contrasting dynamics and a broad cavalcade of emotions 'Dear River' is a fascinating exploration of self, place and people.
'...amazing...a classic album...' Maverick Magazine
8 Ensemble Marsyas - Fasch: Quartets and Concertos
Ensemble Marsyas' recording of Johann Fasch's finest chamber music demonstrates why the man and his music were so appreciated in his own lifetime. Founding member Peter Whelan and ‘the queen of the recorder' (BBC Radio 3) Pamela Thorby are the soloists challenged with meeting the virtuoso demands of this engaging music.
'Dip anywhere into this CD and you can expect to be delighted by the distinctive colours as well as the often gutsy brio of the playing...an experience not to be missed.' The Irish Times
9 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).
'The finest versions of Mozart's greatest symphonies to have appeared on disc in years.' The Guardian
10 Claire Martin - Too Much In Love To Care
‘Too Much in Love to Care' is Claire Martin's first US studio recording for fifteen years and guest stars Kenny Barron, 'one of the top jazz pianists in the world' (LA Times). 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