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 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).
'...among the very best recordings of these four symphonies on disc.' The Times
2 Scottish Chamber Orchestra - Mozart: Symphonies 29-36
Sir Charles Mackerras returns to conduct the Scottish Chamber Orchestra in a definitive performance of five of Mozart's finest symphonies. This recording was named a Finalist at the 2010 Gramophone Awards and was acclaimed across the media.
'This is some of the best Mozart I have ever heard...The Scots are true Mozart-heroes...Essential.' Audiophile Audition
3 Gothic Voices - Mary Star Of The Sea
A Gothic Voices, the world-famous early music ensemble, makes its Linn debut with a recording celebrating the biblical matriarch Mary. Pieces from contemporary composers Joanne Metcalf and Andrew Smith sit alongside settings of Marian texts from the 13th and 14th centuries.
'This welcome revitalisation of an iconic group is characterised by warmth of tone and beautiful blend. A thoroughly engaging recording of impeccable clarity.' Choir & Organ
4 Dunedin Consort - J.S. Bach: Six Brandenburg Concertos
Dunedin Consort's first foray into instrumental music proved very successful. Under the direction of Bach specialist John Butt these are exceptionally insightful and fresh performances.
'Melodic ideas are beautifully punctuated and phrased, vibrato is used strictly ornamentally, and tempos strike my sensibilities as pretty well ideal.' BBC Music Magazine
5 Ingrid Fliter - Chopin: Piano Concertos
Ingrid Fliter's distinctive performance of Chopin's notoriously difficult piano concertos cemented her reputation as a first-rate Chopin interpreter.
Here she performs with the Scottish Chamber Orchestra.
'Ingrid Fliter was born to play Chopin with power and passion and is completely at one with the music's demands of agility, vim and vigour.' The Telegraph
6 Dunedin Consort - J.S. Bach: Christmas Oratorio
Anticipation is high since the Magnificat was named 'Choice' by Gramophone, topped the critics' Christmas recommendation lists and received multiple five stars reviews. Fans will once again be thrilled as John Butt delivers another revelatory performance.
'It's surely one of the finest accounts now available of Bach's Christmas Oratorio. The choral sound is pert, sinewy, unforced; the instrumental playing is punchy, broad and charismatic.' The Guardian
7 Artur Pizarro - Beethoven: Piano Concertos 3, 4 & 5
Following perfect takes of Concertos 3 and 4 on day one of the recording sessions, the 'Emperor' was a last minute addition to the schedule. The result? Three fantastic performances by Pizarro and the Scottish Chamber Orchestra led by Charles Mackerras.
'...these are not performances lacking in explosive voltage, as Pizarro's lightening dexterity in the Emperor proves conclusively.' The Scotsman
8 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.
'This is a fabulous recording of some of my favourite music; I have yet to hear a recording by John Butt that is not utterly convincing; with his Dunedins, he has struck gold once again - this goes straight to the top of my pile for rainy days when I need cheering up!' Early Music Review
9 Claire Martin - Too Much In Love To Care
Claire Martin's collection of classic romantic songs and ballads from The Great American Songbook features legendary US pianist Kenny Barron. 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
10 Maeve O'Boyle - All My Sins
Maeve O'Boyle's unique blend of melodic pop, folk and rock has remained a firm favourite since its release in 2009. Her flair for penning intelligent, captivating songs and exceptional voice won acclaim from the public and critics alike.
'Maeve's mournful, plaintive and utterly beguiling voice ensures there are no misses on this triumphant debut.' The Daily Express