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 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
2 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.
‘The Requiem had plenty of Dunedin hallmarks: crystal-clear counterpoint in the Lux Aeterna, pure vocal lines in the Lacrimosa, ferocious drive in the Dies Irae.' The Guardian
3 Agnes Obel - Aventine
Well known in her native Denmark, Agnes Obel is a multi-award winning singer whose original song writing is at the heart of ‘Aventine', her sophomore album. A beautiful and cohesive collection ‘Aventine' is intriguingly unhurried and possesses an ethereal quality. Agnes has created a cinematographic feel throughout the album with songs that are filmic in their evocation of stories, images and moods.
‘...exquisite arrangements...a wonderful album.' The Guardian
4 Mike Oldfield - Man On The Rocks
Mike Oldfield's first album of new material since 2008 features eleven brand new tracks; 'Man On The Rocks' is a deeply personal song-based album that reflects many of Mike's different influences. It is, as you would expect from the man who gave the world ‘Tubular Bells' and so much more besides, an album of great variance and contrast; from the commercial punch of opening track, ‘Sailing', to the beautiful folk-influenced ‘Dreaming In The Wind' to the emotional gravitas of its closer, a cover of William McDowell's gospel song, ‘I Give Myself Away'.
5 Elton 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
6 Various Artists - Linn 40th Anniversary Collection
Bursting with great music, our anniversary collections read like a who's who, with all the greats old and new, represented: Sir Charles Mackerras and the Scottish Chamber Orchestra, Claire Martin, Maeve O'Boyle, Dunedin Consort, Martin Taylor, Kuniko, Barb Jungr and many more. Rediscover what makes Linn great and enjoy the artistry for which it became famous.
7 Barb Jungr - Hard Rain
On her new album Barb Jungr has deliberately chosen Bob Dylan's hardest hitting political songs and Leonard
Cohen's most extraordinary songs of conscience and given them her own unique interpretation. With songs that resonate as strongly today as when they were originally written, Jungr's thought-provoking delivery and richly emotional vocals are an unbeatable combination. ‘Hard Rain' is exclusive to Linn in Studio Master.
8/10: 'Superlative arrangements...to give such standards precious new life is quite some achievement.' Uncut
8 Jean-Efflam Bavouzet - Prokofiev: Piano Concertos Nos. 1-5
Jean-Efflam Bavouzet performs all five of Prokofiev's formidable piano concertos in partnership with Gianandrea Noseda conducting the BBC Philharmonic. Prokofiev wrote these concertos to showcase his immense skills as a pianist of considerable talent - talent Bavouzet clearly shares.
Recording of the Month: ‘Throughout, Bavouzet displays a light touch and laudable levels of physical stamina, with a firm grip of the very different personalities of each piece.' Gramophone
9 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
10 Trevor Pinnock - Bruckner: Symphonie No. 2
Returning with a brand new arrangement by Anthony Payne (famed for his completion of Elgar's Third Symphony), the Royal Academy of Music Soloists Ensemble adds Bruckner and Strauss to its growing chamber series. Adopting the principals that Schoenberg introduced for his prestigious private performances, the arrangements are revealing, intimate and fresh. Upon hearing the recording Anthony Payne remarked that ‘the arrangement exceeded my most extravagant expectation...performed magnificently under Trevor Pinnock's direction by one of the finest chamber groups I've heard.'