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 - Haydn: Symphonies Nos. 31, 70 & 101
Having first performed these popular symphonies with the Scottish Chamber Orchestra at the beginning of 2015 to rave reviews, there has been a real sense of anticipation ahead of this release which includes No. 31 'Hornsignal', No. 70 and No. 101 'The Clock'.
'These are all gems...the SCO revel in the brio, dash and pathos of this life-enhancing music.' The Sunday Times
2 Robin Ticciati - Schumann: The Symphonies
Under Ticciati, the symphonies achieve a sense of movement and clarity that no previous recording has captured. The First Symphony is a blazing joy whilst the Fourth is magnificent and exhilarating. This is a landmark recording from the Scottish Chamber Orchestra and its dynamic Principal Conductor.
'...the finest set on disc [in] a decade... irresistible.'
3 Katherine Bryan - Silver Bow
For her third recording with the Royal Scottish National Orchestra, Katherine Bryan moves away from concerto repertoire into a new world of music originally written for the violin. Employing a wealth of tricks and techniques only a flautist would know, Katherine has created fresh transcriptions of captivating melodies.
'Beautiful playing. Absolutely stunning...A wonderful range of repertoire. And it's all music people would know and love.' BBC Scotland 'Classics Unwrapped'
4 Scottish Chamber Orchestra - Mozart: Opera Arias & Overtures
Christian Baldini conducts a hand-picked selection of arias from six of Mozart's much-loved operas, alongside their respective overtures in an attractive programme featuring award-winning soprano Elizabeth Watts.
'Her bright and flexible voice is wonderful in Mozart, and the clarity of her diction makes her singing easy to follow... This disc invites repeated listening and is highly recommended.' AllMusic.com
5 Liane Carroll - Seaside
Liane Carroll's soulful voice has won the award-winning singer a legion of fans. Her new album 'Seaside', designed to evoke memories of hot summer holidays and brisk winter beach walks, is a mix of original songs and covers which broadly follow a seashore theme.
'Liane Carroll doesn't just sing jazz. She is jazz. This is jazz of the highest quality. Believe.'
6 Ingrid Fliter - Chopin: Piano Concertos
Award-winning pianist Ingrid Fliter makes her Linn debut with a distinctive performance of Chopin's notoriously difficult piano concertos, featuring the Scottish Chamber Orchestra conducted by Jun Märkl.
Choice: 'Fliter plays with such grace and heartfelt sincerity...that, again, I was quickly won over. The point is, if an artist cannot engage your emotions in the oft-recorded, oft-heard music then they might as well go away and breed chickens. Fliter, by whatever magical means, touches the heart.' Gramophone
7 Sir Charles Mackerras - Mozart: Symphonies 38 - 41
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
8 Sivan Magen - French Reflections
For his second recital harpist Sivan Magen performs some of the greatest French masterpieces written for harp at the turn of the last two centuries. From bold pedal glissandi to dreamy impressionist colours, Sivan perfectly demonstrates a breathtaking spectrum of techniques in a programme bursting with variety.
'...pure enchantment...one may feel the poetic "mysteriousness" of the instrument is inseparable from sheer meatiness of technique.' The Sunday Times
9 Sir Charles Mackerras - Mozart: Symphonies 29, 31 (Paris), 32, 35 (Haffner) & 36 (Linz)
The multi-award-winning partnership of the Scottish Chamber Orchestra and Sir Charles Mackerras is reunited in this second collection of Mozart Symphonies. This recording was named a Finalist at the 2010 Gramophone Awards and was acclaimed across the media.
'These are the best of the best and should not be missed on any account.' hi-fi+
10 Scottish Chamber Orchestra Wind Soloists - Mozart: Divertimenti
With several award-winning Mozart recordings to its name, the Scottish Chamber Orchestra's Mozart credentials are impeccable. Here the orchestra's wind soloists take centre stage: Maximiliano Martin and William Stafford on clarinet, Peter Whelan and Alison Green on bassoon and Alec Frank-Gemmill and Harry Johnstone on horn.
Choice: 'I fancy Mozart would have smiled in approval.' Gramophone