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.   

 

Francesco PiemontesiFrancesco Piemontesi - Mozart: Piano Concertos 25 & 26

Francesco Piemontesi performs two contrasting works from Mozart’s Vienna period, alongside Mozart specialists the Scottish Chamber Orchestra and HIP pioneer Andrew Manze, making this a Mozart dream team.

Choice: 'Here again, his sympathy with the style and ethos of the Salzburger's music simply sings from the speakers.' Gramophone

 

KUNIKOKUNIKO - J.S. Bach: Solo Works for Marimba

The Japanese percussionist turns to the cello suites and violin sonatas of J.S. Bach for her fourth studio recording with Linn. This album debuted at #2 on Japan's Classical Billboard Chart. Arranged for solo marimba, Kuniko gives a unique perspective of these hugely famous and intellectually challenging works.

'An excellent performance which lets us hear the chords inherent in Bach's unaccompanied works.' Audio Accessory       

 

Various ArtistsVarious Artists - Super Audio Collection Vol. 10

Having reached its ten year milestone, Linn's Super Audio Collection series remains as popular as ever. Vol. 10 comprises tracks from across the award-winning label's most recent releases. Artists who have contributed tracks include Joe Stilgoe Gothic Voices, Chiyan Wong, Oliver Knussen, Phantasm, Dunedin Consort, Sean Shibe, Irish Baroque Orchestra, Robin Ticciati and Thomas Søndergård. Whether you are discovering Linn for the first time or compiling your 2017 wish list, this collection is for you.

  

Ensemble MarsyasEnsemble Marsyas - Edinburgh 1742

The popular Ensemble Marsyas returns with a diverse programme of concerti, wind music and Scottish songs by composers Francesco Barsanti and George Frideric Handel, centred around the music composed for The Edinburgh Musical Society.

'The performances by Ensemble Marsyas...are consistently bracing.' 5 stars The Irish Times

 

Scottish Chamber OrchestraScottish 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.' 5 stars The Times    

 

Dunedin ConsortDunedin Consort - J.S. Bach: John Passion

For the first time on record, listeners can experience Bach's gripping John Passion within its original liturgical context. This recording gives listeners a refreshing outlook, shining a new light into one of the best known pieces of the choral repertoire.

'...their recordings are among the best Bach, which is saying something...the Dunedin Consort and Choir blazed intensity from the start...' 5 stars The Arts Desk

  

Emily BarkerEmily Barker - Sweet Kind of Blue

'Sweet Kind of Blue' is an intoxicating blend of self penned songs about loves lost, heartrending humanity and the rush of the road trip. The making of the album was a love story in itself, between Emily Barker and Memphis. It marks a new sound for Barker as she returns to the soul and blues influences that first inspired her to become a songwriter and musician.

8/10 '...the sweltering funk of Sunrise and the title track sound like lost Muscle Shoals gems.' UNCUT 

   

Aldeburgh Strings & WindsAldeburgh Strings & Winds - R. Strauss: Metamorphosen

Violinist Markus Däunert and oboist Nicholas Daniel lead the Aldeburgh Strings and Aldebirgh Winds respectively on this engaging new recording of chamber music by Richard Strauss. Includes the great masterpiece Metamorphosen, the Mozartian Serenade and the cheerful Symphony for wind instruments.

'Daniel's feeling for Strauss's longrange ebb and flow is one of the great attractions of this disc...' Gramophone

  

Robin Ticciati & SCORobin Ticciati & SCO - Schumann: The Symphonies

'Schumann: The Symphonies' sees Robin Ticciati and the Scottish Chamber Orchestra embark upon their first symphonic cycle together in a programme that they performed in concerts across Scotland.

''The Adagio of Symphony No. 2 is beautifully done, with a coda that really tugs at the heartstrings...the interpretations...will reward repeated hearing.' 5 stars BBC Music Magazine

 

Barb Jungr10 Barb Jungr - Every Grain of Sand (Fifteenth Anniversary Edition)

Originally released in 2002 this insightful album established Jungr as one of the leading interpreters of the Bob Dylan songbook. Barb's revelatory interpretations get right to the heart of Dylan's lyrics, finding new depths and emotion in his work.

Records of the Year: #7 'Barb Jungr's bold reworking of his songs makes a fascinating journey.' The Sunday Times