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: 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, with the string lines effortlessly and naturally interlaced.' The Guardian
2 The Who - Tommy
Memorable from the opening blows of 'Overture' to favourite ‘Pinball Wizard', The Who's classic rock opera 'Tommy' sits along 'Sgt. Pepper's' as one of the great concept albums of the twentieth century. The Who were inducted into the Grammy Hall of Fame in 1990 for ‘historical, artistic and significant value' and their 1969 concept album 'Tommy' went a long way to cementing the band in rock history, selling over twenty million copies worldwide.
3 Emily Barker - Dear River
'Dear River' is the much-anticipated fourth studio album from Bafta and Ivor Novello award winning Emily Barker and her band The Red Clay Halo. The Deluxe version includes The Dog House Sessions Bonus album, an intimate acoustic recording of Dear River, recorded live in one day.
'...amazing...a classic album...' Maverick Magazine
4 Benjamin Zander - Mahler: Symphony No. 2
Mahler's hugely popular ‘Resurrection' Symphony is exceptionally challenging and thrillingly powerful; it is the perfect showcase for Benjamin Zander's distinctive balance of insightful musicianship and emotional intensity.
The GRAMMY-nominated conductor is joined by the Philharmonia Orchestra, British mezzo-soprano Sarah Connolly and Swedish soprano Miah Persson.
‘Zander's dynamic direction suffused every pore of the orchestra.' The Guardian
5 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.
6 Kasia Lins - Take My Tears
'Take My Tears' is the debut album from Evosound's recent signing, Polish jazz songstress Kasia Lins. Filled with compelling, soulful vocals and powerfully honest, self-penned lyrics, 'Take My Tears' is a cool blend of pop and modern jazz with a smooth, laid-back feel.
7 Riccardo Chailly - Brahms: The Symphonies
This comprehensive overview of Brahms's orchestral works includes several rarities, among them world premieres of two piano intermezzi orchestrated by Paul Klengel (brother of the Gewandhaus's long-standing principal cellist Julius Klengel) and the original first performance version of the Andante of Symphony No. 1 and the even rarer revised opening of the Fourth Symphony.
8 Sting - The Last Ship
The songs on this album are taken from Sting's forthcoming Broadway play which opens next autumn. The subject of the play is the decline of the ship building industry which was certainly apparent in Sting's home town of Newcastle. Jimmy Nail, Kathryn Tickell and Brian Johnson are amongst those who appear in this folk flavoured feast of emotion.
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 Katy Perry - PRISM
PRISM is Katy Perry's 4th smash hit album, and with good reason: the Californian starlet emerges reinvented and triumphant following her recent divorce from British comedian Russel Brand. Ranging from raw, heartfelt ballads to synth-driven pop hooks, PRISM is Katy's most viscerally moving and powerful album so far.
'...an array of sonic and lyrical colors, hopping from disco...to rap...to sumptuous pop-rock.' Billboard