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 Ensemble Marsyas - Handel: Apollo e Dafne
Handel's ambitious early cantata 'Apollo e Dafne' receives a vibrant new performance from Ensemble Marsyas in a sparkling programme which includes the 'most masterly and pleasing' overture, 'Il pastor fido', and two recital pieces for wind ensemble.
'Mhairi Lawson, as Dafne, and Callum Thorpe, as Apollo, are in complete command of all this glorious music, and bring it to life with enormous dramatic energy.' Early Music Review
2 SCO & Sean Shibe - Maxwell Davies: An Orkney Wedding, With Sunrise
The Scottish Chamber Orchestra's new recording pays a beautiful tribute to Sir Peter Maxwell Davies, the orchestra's much-loved Composer Laureate who sadly passed away earlier this year.
'...it makes a worthy and deeply felt portrait of Max's Orkney...conjuring the wild spaces and often bleak weather of the islands that Max loved.' The Observer
3 Robin Ticciati & SRSO - Berlioz: Romeo et Juliette
Robin Ticciati's deserved reputation as one of the great Berliozian's of our age is evident on this, his second recording with the award-winning Swedish Radio Symphony Orchestra.
'Robin Ticciati has proved to be a special Berlioz interpreter, and offers an individual, youthful reading driven by crisp detail and translucent textures and Berlioz's vital rhythmic spring.' BBC Music Magazine
4 Gothic Voices - Mary Star Of The Sea
For over 30 years Gothic Voices has been world-renowned for the excellence, refinement and spirituality of its performances of medieval music. From its groundbreaking and award-winning first recording, 'A Feather On The Breath Of God', to its brand new recording, 'Mary Star Of The Sea', the wonderfully evocative soundworld remains as enticing as ever.
'The mood throughout is one of serenity and grace.' Financial Times
5 Ingrid Fliter -
Schumann & Mendelssohn Piano Concertos
Ingrid Fliter brings the lyrical romanticism of Schumann's iconic Piano Concerto to life whilst a live performance of the Mendelssohn concerto caused one critic to comment: 'In the beautiful second movement, time stood still.'
Drive Discovery: 'The wait was worth it. She brilliantly tackles Schumann's shifting colours...and she brings out all of Mendelssohn's melodic genius.' Classic FM
6 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.'
7 Trevor Pinnock - Mozart: Gran Partita
Trevor Pinnock adds to his hugely impressive Mozart discography with his first recording of the composer's great wind masterpiece. It is performed here on modern instruments with the very best of the next generation of wind players: the Royal Academy of Music Soloists Ensemble.
'Pinnock knows a thing or two about Mozart and imparts to his youthful charges from the Royal Academy of Music all his enthusiasm for the Salzburger's greatest serenade...a rather winning disc.' Gramophone
8 Claire Martin & Ray Gelato - We've Got A World That Swings
'We've Got A World That Swings' is a tour de force: Ray's jumpin' vocals and sax provide an ideal foil for Claire's velvety voice. The song selection is a delicious serving of some of the most sumptuous morsels in the Great American Songbook.
Album Choice: 'This is [Gelato's] second pairing with Ms Martin, an audiophile poster child, and the results are irresistible...perfection.' Hi-Fi News
9 Irish Baroque Orchestra - Concerti Bizarri
Monica Huggett's IBO is an ensemble with a profound knowledge of historical performance practice. This programme combines innovative instrumentation and unusual repertoire to reveal little known jewels of 18th century concerto repertoire.
'The music is always ear-catching and the captivating performances (and the bright recording) abound with verve and energy....' Early Music Review
10 Phantasm - Dowland: Lachrimae and Seven Tears
John Dowland's Lachrimae or Seven Tears has cast a remarkable spell on early music. Dowland's exceptional melodies combined with Phantasm's luxuriantly rich sound really is a match made in heaven.
'This set of seven pieces still sounds as sensuous and beguiling as it must have done then. The melancholy of the music touches a nerve. Phantasm and lutenist Elizabeth Kenny offer heartfelt playing.' Financial Times