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 Robin Ticciati - Schumann: The Symphonies
'Schumann: The Symphonies' sees Robin Ticciati and the Scottish Chamber Orchestra embark upon their first symphonic cycle together in a landmark recording.
‘...the finest set on disc [in] a decade...and perhaps the most impressive thing that Ticciati has done on disc so far... hearing these symphonies in such superbly played, convincingly Schumannesque performances is irresistible.' The Guardian
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.
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
3 Claire Martin - Time and Place
'Time & Place' perfectly sums up Claire Martin's jazz roots and the inventive, forward-thinking repertoire choices that have framed her enviable career. With guests including The Montpellier Cello Quartet and Joe Stilgoe, Claire performs stunning new arrangements of songs from an eclectic group of songwriters.
'Time & Place is one of those rare things: an album of standouts...' Jazzwise
4 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.
5 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
6 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
7 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 in years.' The Guardian
8 Maeve O'Boyle - All My Sins
Produced by Calum Malcolm (The Blue Nile), 'All My Sins' is a master class in melodic, folk-tinged pop and features co-writes with, among others, Ricky Ross (Deacon Blue) and Francis Macdonald (Teenage Fanclub). 'All My Sins' demonstrates Maeve's natural lyricism and exceptional voice that suggest maturity beyond her 21 years.
Album of the Month: '...the best album of the year so far.' The Music Critic
9 Magnificat - Tallis: Spem in alium
Magnificat's tribute to Thomas Tallis, the Father of English Church Music, offers music from four to forty singers ranging from the transcendent simplicity of Te lucis ante terminum to the incomparable tour-de-force Spem in alium for forty voices.
Choice: 'An outstanding performance of Thomas Tallis's Spem in alium provides a powerful cornerstone for a superbly conceived and executed programme.' Gramophone
10 The Avison Ensemble - Corelli: Opus 1 & 3: Church Sonatas
This is the final recording in The Avison Ensemble's welcome undertaking to record Corelli's complete chamber music in celebration of the 300th anniversary of the composer's death.
Choice: 'I have enjoyed every one of the discs in this series from Linn Records so far, and this last set more than lives up to expectations. These are, in sum, sincere and poised accounts, a fitting tribute to the 'chaste and faultless' character of the composer and his music.' BBC Music Magazine