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 - 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
2 Belcea Quartet - Brahms: String Quartets & Piano Quintet
The Belcea Quartet's complete Beethoven won it a wealth of fans, all of whom are sure to enjoy this new recording of Brahms.
'...this new set offers sufficient insight and delight to be worthy of any devoted Brahmsian's attention.' Gramophone
3 Dunedin Consort - Handel: Messiah
This superb 139 minute recording, which features the Messiah as premiered by Handel in Dublin in 1742, was named the winner of Baroque Vocal Album of the Year in the 2007 Gramophone Awards.
'The result is remarkably and refreshingly intimate. In every aspect, this is one of the most compelling and engaging Messiahs on disc.' All Music
4 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
5 Julienne Taylor - When We Are One
Hailed as 'Scotland's best female voice since Annie Lennox', Julienne has kept fans waiting for five years for a new studio album. Julienne has teamed up with Italian guitarist and songwriter Daniele Ferretti for this album, resulting in a collection of original songs and fresh interpretations of classic ballads. Highlights include the Celtic influenced arrangement of 'A Thousand Years' featuring the border pipes and low whistles of Fraser Fifield and the epic new track 'Dancing With The Oceans'.
6 RSNO Junior Chorus - A Christmas Festival
This new recording captures the magic of the season as the RSNO and its Junior Chorus deliver a perfect selection of classic festive favourites in A Christmas Festival. The well-chosen programme finds traditional favourites sitting harmoniously alongside contemporary tunes. At turns rousing, sentimental, cheering and familiar this is the perfect present this Christmas.
7 Dunedin Consort - J.S. Bach: Magnificat & Christmas Cantata
Dunedin Consort recreates Bach's first Christmas at Leipzig delivering a refreshing outlook on this masterpiece which shows the Magnificat in a completely new light. This recording marks the return of Dunedin Consort's star-studded cast.
'Another bull's-eye hit from John Butt's Dunedin Consort... brilliantly done.' The Observer
8 Laurence Hobgood - Honor Thy Fathers
Known for his work with Kurt Elling, Laurence Hobgood looks to the men he admires for inspiration on his trio album 'Honor Thy Fathers'. With tracks dedicated to his mentors and musical inspirations (Wayne Shorter, Bill Evans, Oscar Peterson and Charlie Haden) Laurence has created a memorable album.
'It's easy to hear similarities between Laurence Hobgood's piano and that of Brad Mehldau...The album is a sublime statement-perhaps the first of 2016.' JazzTimes
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).
'...among the very best recordings of these four symphonies on disc.' The Times
10 Susan Wong - Woman In Love
'Woman In Love' features romantic songs, old and new from Olivia Newton-John's 'I Honestly Love You' and Barbra Streisand's classic 'Woman in Love' to Rihanna's hit 'Stay' and Adele's 'Make You Feel My Love'. The album bears Susan's signature sultry vocal, accompanied by fresh and brilliant arrangements and features Susan's original song 'Can't You See (I'm Falling In Love)', a heartfelt declaration of love.