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 Rosanne Cash - The River and The Thread (Deluxe version)
Inspired by swampy delta blues, gospel, Appalachian folk, country and rock, Rosanne Cash has created an impressive and rich contemporary collection of songs. The album richly evokes the Southern landscape - physical, musical, emotional - and examines the indelible impressions it has made on her.
'Mesmerizing...Cash paints her masterpiece.' UNCUT
3 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.
4 The Rolling Stones - GRRR!
GRRR! tells the fascinating ongoing story of the Greatest Rock'n'Roll Band In The World, from their high octane version of Chuck Berry's ‘Come On', their first single issued in June 1963, via the thrilling chart-toppers ‘The Last Time', ‘(I Can't Get No) Satisfaction' all the way to the present day with the inclusion of two new studio recordings recently completed by the group in Paris, France in August 2012.
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 Julia Fischer - Sarasate
Previous Gramophone 'Artist of the Year' winner Julia Fischer has usually confined her more virtuosic repertoire to recital encores. Her new album on Decca however, shows off the extent of her abilities on the violin with a selection of pieces by Pablo de Sarasate.
'Fischer's tone...was burnished and splendid right to the tip of every bow-stroke.' The Telegraph
7 Susan Wong - My Live Stories
Recorded live at the world famous Ocean Way Studios in Nashville, USA, 'My Live Stories' sees Susan re-visit some of her best-loved songs with an ensemble of top-notch session musicians. Enjoying the benefits of a first-class recording environment (a studio within a 100 year old converted church no less!), Susan's soft and sultry vocal style is captured at its best.
8 Ella Fitzgerald - Ella Fitzgerald Sings The George And Ira Gershwin Song Book
‘Ella Fitzgerald Sings The George And Ira Gershwin Song Book' treats the listener to over three hours of Ella singing some of the best popular songs ever written. This extensive collection, recorded with the Nelson Riddle Orchestra, led Ira to say that he had ‘never known how good our songs were until I heard Ella sing them'. Ella's recording of 'But Not for Me' won her the 1960 GRAMMY Award for ‘Best Female Vocal Performance'.
9 Mark Knopfler - Privateering
'Privateering' is Mark Knopfler's first double album in a 35-year recording career. These 20 tracks of consummately crafted folk, blues, country and rock originals reflect the creative exuberance of an artist whose exceptional abilities were recognised with a Lifetime Achievement Award at the 2012 Ivor Novellos. Recorded in Mark's own studio, British Grove, 'Privateering' is a smart, subtle, soulful and utterly superb collection of songs from a class act with an unbeatable band. These are tough tales of real people, living hard lives in difficult times. And it is all carried off with the self-confident bravado of a latter-day privateer.
10 Iestyn Davies - Handel: Your Tuneful Voice
Renowned countertenor Iestyn Davies and The King's Consort present an outstanding programme of arias from Handel oratorios. Davies is joined in two duets by Grammy-nominated soprano Carolyn Sampson and a large and colourful orchestra, who contribute two splendid overtures.
'Album of the Week': ‘Davies's sweet, androgynous tone is near-ideal...Enthusiastically recommended.' The Sunday Times