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 Awards, Recordings of the Year 2017 - Our Top 100

After many hours of listening and discussion, the Presto editorial team have finally decided on our top 100 Recordings of the Year.

You can browse through all the finalists below, and our top 10 recordings will be announced on 8th December.

Alexandre Kantorow (piano)

Available Formats: SACD, MP3, CD Quality FLAC, Hi-Res FLAC

London Symphony Orchestra, Thomas Adès

Available Formats: SACD + Blu-ray, MP3, CD Quality FLAC, Hi-Res FLAC

Beatrice Rana (piano)

Available Formats: CD, MP3, CD Quality FLAC, Hi-Res FLAC, Hi-Res+ FLAC

Heath Quartet

Available Formats: 2 CDs, MP3, CD Quality FLAC, Hi-Res FLAC

Evgeny Kissin (piano)

Available Formats: 2 CDs, MP3, CD Quality FLAC

Evgeny Kissin (piano)

Available Format: 2 Vinyls

Quatuor Mosaïques

Available Format: 3 CDs

Sonya Yoncheva (Norma), Joseph Calleja (Pollione), Sonia Ganassi (Adalgisa), Brindley Sherratt (Oroveso); Orchestra of the Royal Opera House, Antonio Pappano, Àlex Ollé (dir.)

Available Format: DVD Video

Sonya Yoncheva (Norma), Joseph Calleja (Pollione), Sonia Ganassi (Adalgisa), Brindley Sherratt (Oroveso); Orchestra of the Royal Opera House, Antonio Pappano, Àlex Ollé (dir.)

Available Format: Blu-ray

Stéphanie d’Oustrac (Béatrice), Paul Appleby (Bénédict), Philippe Sly (Claudio), Sophie Karthäuser (Hero), London Philharmonic Orchestra & The Glyndebourne Chorus, Antonello Manacorda, Laurent Pelly (dir.)

Available Format: DVD Video

Stéphanie d’Oustrac (Béatrice), Paul Appleby (Bénédict), Philippe Sly (Claudio), Sophie Karthäuser (Hero), London Philharmonic Orchestra & The Glyndebourne Chorus, Antonello Manacorda, Laurent Pelly (dir.)

Available Format: Blu-ray

Joyce DiDonato (Didon), Michael Spyres (Énée), Marie-Nicole Lemieux (Cassandre), Stéphane Degout (Chorèbe); Orchestre philharmonique de Strasbourg, John Nelson

Available Formats: 4 CDs + DVD Video, MP3, CD Quality FLAC, Hi-Res FLAC

Diana Damrau (Leïla), Matthew Polenzani (Nadir), Mariusz Kwiecien (Zurga), Nicolas Teste (Nourabad); The Metropolitan Opera Orchestra and Chorus, Gianandrea Noseda, Penny Woolcock (dir.)

Available Format: DVD Video

Diana Damrau (Leïla), Matthew Polenzani (Nadir), Mariusz Kwiecien (Zurga), Nicolas Teste (Nourabad); The Metropolitan Opera Orchestra and Chorus, Gianandrea Noseda, Penny Woolcock (dir.)

Available Format: Blu-ray

Boston Symphony Orchestra, Andris Nelsons

Available Format: 3 CDs

Gewandhausorchester Leipzig, Andris Nelsons

Available Formats: CD, MP3, CD Quality FLAC, Hi-Res FLAC

Bojan Čičić (violin), The Illyria Consort

Available Formats: CD, MP3, CD Quality FLAC, Hi-Res FLAC

Cecilia Bartoli (mezzo), Sol Gabetta (cello), Cappella Gabetta, Andres Gabetta

Available Formats: CD, MP3, CD Quality FLAC, Hi-Res FLAC

Cecilia Bartoli (mezzo), Sol Gabetta (cello), Cappella Gabetta, Andres Gabetta

Available Format: 2 Vinyls

Cecilia Bartoli (mezzo), Sol Gabetta (cello), Cappella Gabetta, Andres Gabetta

Available Format: 2 Vinyls

Daniil Trifonov (piano), Sergei Babayan (piano), Mahler Chamber Orchestra, Mikhail Pletnev

Available Formats: MP3, CD Quality FLAC, Hi-Res FLAC

Daniil Trifonov (piano), Sergei Babayan (piano), Mahler Chamber Orchestra, Mikhail Pletnev

Available Format: 3 Vinyls

Music by Gershwin, Berg and Berio

Barbara Hannigan (soprano/conductor), Ludwig Orchestra

Available Format: CD + DVD Video

Christian Gerhaher (Pelléas), Magdalena Kožená (Mélisande), Gerald Finley (Golaud); London Symphony Orchestra, Sir Simon Rattle

Available Format: 3 SACDs + Blu-ray Audio

Bertrand Chamayou (piano), Emmanuel Pahud (flute), Renaud Capuçon (violin), Gerard Caussé (viola), Edgar Moreau (cello), Marie-Pierre Langlame (harp)

Available Formats: CD, MP3, CD Quality FLAC, Hi-Res FLAC

Renée Fleming (soprano), Royal Stockholm Philharmonic Orchestra, Sakari Oramo

Available Formats: CD, MP3, CD Quality FLAC, Hi-Res FLAC

Dmitry Masleev (piano), Tatarstan National Symphony Orchestra, Alexander Sladkovsky

Available Formats: CD, MP3, CD Quality FLAC, Hi-Res FLAC

English Music for Solo Guitar

Sean Shibe (guitar)

Available Formats: CD, MP3, CD Quality FLAC, Hi-Res FLAC

Boris Giltburg (piano), Pavel Nikl (viola), Pavel Haas Quartet

Available Format: CD

Eri Nakamura (soprano), Elisabeth Kulman (contralto), Michael Spyres (tenor), Jongmin Park (bass); Czech Philharmonic Orchestra, Prague Philharmonic Choir, Jiří Bělohlávek

Available Formats: 2 CDs, MP3, CD Quality FLAC, Hi-Res FLAC

Lawrence Power (viola), Takács Quartet

Available Format: CD

Jean Rondeau (harpsichord), Sophie Gent, Louis Creac'h (violin), Fanny Paccoud (viola), Antoine Touche (cello), Thomas de Pierrefeu (contrabass), Evolène Kiener (bassoon)

Available Format: CD

Jean Rondeau (harpsichord), Sophie Gent, Louis Creac'h (violin), Fanny Paccoud (viola), Antoine Touche (cello), Thomas de Pierrefeu (contrabass), Evolène Kiener (bassoon)

Available Formats: MP3, CD Quality FLAC, Hi-Res FLAC

Jean Rondeau (harpsichord), Sophie Gent, Louis Creac'h (violin), Fanny Paccoud (viola), Antoine Touche (cello), Thomas de Pierrefeu (contrabass), Evolène Kiener (bassoon)

Available Format: Vinyl

Andrew Staples (Gerontius), Catherine Wyn-Rogers (Angel), Thomas Hampson (Priest/Angel of the Agony); Staatskapelle Berlin, Staatsopernchor, RIAS Kammerchor, Daniel Barenboim

Available Formats: 2 CDs, MP3, CD Quality FLAC, Hi-Res FLAC

Pierre-Laurent Aimard (piano), Colin Currie (percussion), Isabelle Faust (violin), Jean-Guihen Queyras (cello), BBC Symphony Orchestra, Birmingham Contemporary Music Group, Oliver Knussen

Available Formats: CD, MP3, CD Quality FLAC, Hi-Res FLAC

Isabelle Faust (violin), Alexander Melnikov (piano), Salagon Quartet

Available Formats: CD, MP3, CD Quality FLAC, Hi-Res FLAC

George Li (piano)

Available Formats: CD, MP3, CD Quality FLAC, Hi-Res FLAC

Music by Pisenel, Tartini, Verachini & Vivaldi

Rachel Podger (violin), Brecon Baroque

Available Formats: SACD, MP3, CD Quality FLAC, Hi-Res FLAC

Max Emanuel Cenčić (Ottone), Lauren Snouffer (Teofane), Pavel Kudinov (Emireno), Ann Hallenberg (Gismonda), Xavier Sabata (Adalberto), Anna Starushkevych (Matilda); Il Pomo d’Oro, George Petrou

Available Formats: 3 CDs, MP3, CD Quality FLAC, Hi-Res FLAC

Steven Isserlis (cello/director), Deutsche Kammerphilharmonie Bremen

Available Format: CD

Kammerorchester Basel, Giovanni Antonini

Available Formats: CD, MP3, CD Quality FLAC, Hi-Res FLAC

Kammerorchester Basel, Giovanni Antonini

Available Format: 2 Vinyls

Chiaroscuro Quartet

Available Formats: SACD, MP3, CD Quality FLAC, Hi-Res FLAC

Carolyn Sampson (soprano), Jeremy Ovenden (tenor), Andrew Foster-Williams (bass); Wrocław Baroque Orchestra, Wrocław Philharmonic Choir, Gabrieli Consort & Players, Paul McCreesh

Available Formats: 2 CDs, MP3, CD Quality FLAC, Hi-Res FLAC

Christopher Yates (viola), Roderick Williams (baritone), Birmingham Contemporary Music Group, Martyn Brabbins

Available Formats: CD, MP3, CD Quality FLAC, Hi-Res FLAC

Songs by Sibelius

Gerald Finley (bass-baritone), Bergen Philharmonic Orchestra, Edward Gardner

Available Formats: SACD, MP3, CD Quality FLAC, Hi-Res FLAC

Mark Padmore (tenor), Charles Owen (piano), Sacconi Quartet

Available Formats: CD, MP3, CD Quality FLAC, Hi-Res FLAC

Matthias Goerne (baritone), Freiburger Barockorchester, Gottfried von der Goltz

Available Formats: CD, MP3, CD Quality FLAC, Hi-Res FLAC

James Gilchrist (Evangelist), Stephan Loges (Jesus), English Baroque Soloists, Monteverdi Choir

Available Formats: 2 CDs, MP3, CD Quality FLAC, Hi-Res FLAC

Music by Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky & Bohuslav Martinů

Natalia Osipova (Anastasia/Anna Anderson), Marianela Nuñez (Mathilde Kschessinska), Federico Bonelli (Kschessinska’s Partner), Edward Watson (The husband), Thiago Soares (Rasputin), Christina Arestis (Tsarina Alexandra Feodorovna), Christopher Saunders (Tsar Nicholas II); Orchestra of the Royal Opera House, Simon Hewett, Kenneth Macmillan (chor.)

Available Format: DVD Video

Natalia Osipova (Anastasia/Anna Anderson), Marianela Nuñez (Mathilde Kschessinska), Federico Bonelli (Kschessinska’s Partner), Edward Watson (The husband), Thiago Soares (Rasputin), Christina Arestis (Tsarina Alexandra Feodorovna), Christopher Saunders (Tsar Nicholas II); Orchestra of the Royal Opera House, Simon Hewett, Kenneth Macmillan (chor.)

Available Format: Blu-ray

Jonas Kaufmann (tenor), Ludovic Tézier (baritone), Sonya Yoncheva (soprano), Bayerisches Staatsorchester, Bertrand de Billy

Available Formats: CD, MP3, CD Quality FLAC, Hi-Res FLAC

Jonas Kaufmann (tenor), Ludovic Tézier (baritone), Sonya Yoncheva (soprano), Bayerisches Staatsorchester, Bertrand de Billy

Available Formats: CD, MP3, CD Quality FLAC, Hi-Res FLAC

Jonas Kaufmann (tenor), Ludovic Tézier (baritone), Sonya Yoncheva (soprano), Bayerisches Staatsorchester, Bertrand de Billy

Available Format: 2 Vinyls

Christian Poltéra (cello), Joonas Ahonen (piano), BIT20 Ensemble, Baldur Brönnimann

Available Formats: SACD, MP3, CD Quality FLAC, Hi-Res FLAC

The Sixteen, Britten Sinfonia, Harry Christophers

Available Formats: CD, MP3, CD Quality FLAC, Hi-Res FLAC

Jonas Kaufmann (tenor), Wiener Philharmoniker, Jonathan Nott

Available Formats: CD, MP3, CD Quality FLAC, Hi-Res FLAC

Alice Coote (mezzo), Netherlands Philharmonic Orchestra, Marc Albrecht

Available Formats: SACD, MP3, CD Quality FLAC, Hi-Res FLAC

Gerhild Romberger (alto), Budapest Festival Orchestra, Cantemus Children's Choir, Chor des Bayerischen Rundfunks, Iván Fischer

Available Formats: 2 SACDs, MP3, CD Quality FLAC, Hi-Res FLAC

Gerhild Romberger (alto), Symphonieorchester des Bayerischen Rundfunks, Augsburger Domsingknaben, Frauenchor des Bayerischen Rundfunks,Bernard Haitink

Available Formats: 2 CDs, MP3, CD Quality FLAC, Hi-Res FLAC

Minnesota Orchestra, Osmo Vänskä

Available Formats: SACD, MP3, CD Quality FLAC, Hi-Res FLAC

Various artists

Available Format: 6 DVD Videos

Karine Deshayes (Malvina), Yann Beuron (Uthal), Jean-Sébastien Bou (Larmor); Les Talens Lyriques, Christophe Rousset

Available Format: CD + Book

London Symphony Orchestra, The Monteverdi Choir, Sir John Eliot Gardiner

Available Formats: SACD + Blu-ray, MP3, CD Quality FLAC, Hi-Res FLAC

Isabelle Faust (violin), Freiburger Barockorchester, Pablo Heras-Casado

Available Formats: CD, MP3, CD Quality FLAC, Hi-Res FLAC

Sabine Devieilhe (soprano), Alexandre Tharaud (piano), Les Siècles, François-Xavier Roth

Available Formats: CD, MP3, CD Quality FLAC, Hi-Res FLAC

I Fagiolini, Robert Hollingworth

Available Formats: CD, MP3, CD Quality FLAC, Hi-Res FLAC

Dunedin Consort, His Majestys Sagbutts & Cornetts, John Butt

Available Format: 2 CDs

Juan Diego Flórez (tenor), Orchestra La Scintilla, Riccardo Minasi

Available Formats: CD, MP3, CD Quality FLAC, Hi-Res FLAC

Grigory Sokolov (piano), Mahler Chamber Orchestra, BBC Philharmonic Orchestra, Trevor Pinnock, Yan Pascal Tortelier

Available Format: CD + DVD Video

Francesco Piemontesi (piano), Scottish Chamber Orchestra, Andrew Manze

Available Format: CD

Sophie Karthauser (soprano), Marie-Claude Chappuis (mezzo), Maximilian Schmitt (tenor), Johannes Weisser (baritone); Freiburger Barockorchester, RIAS Kammerchor, René Jacobs

Available Formats: CD, MP3, CD Quality FLAC, Hi-Res FLAC

Sophie Karthauser (soprano), Marie-Claude Chappuis (mezzo), Maximilian Schmitt (tenor, Johannes Weisser (baritone); Freiburger Barockorchester, RIAS Kammerchor, René Jacobs

Available Format: Vinyl

Alina Ibragimova (violin), Cédric Tiberghien (piano)

Available Format: 2 CDs

Christiane Karg (soprano), Bamberger Symphoniker, David Afkham

Available Formats: CD, MP3, CD Quality FLAC, Hi-Res FLAC

Víkingur Ólafsson (piano), Siggi String Quartet

Available Formats: CD, MP3, CD Quality FLAC, Hi-Res FLAC

Víkingur Ólafsson (piano), Siggi String Quartet

Available Format: 2 Vinyls

Marion Ralincourt (flute), Les Siècles & Ensemble Aedes, François-Xavier Roth

Available Formats: CD, MP3, CD Quality FLAC, Hi-Res FLAC

Steven Osborne (piano), BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra, Ludovic Morlot

Available Format: CD

Rebecca Evans (soprano), Nicky Spence (tenor), Roger Vignoles (piano)

Available Format: CD

Schubert, Britten, Schumann, Bach, Debussy

Mstislav Rostropovich (cello), Benjamin Britten (piano), Peter Pears (tenor)

Available Format: 2 CDs

Ilker Arcayürek (tenor), Simon Lepper (piano)

Available Formats: CD, MP3, CD Quality FLAC

Andreas Staier, Alexander Melnikov (fortepiano Graf)

Available Formats: CD, MP3, CD Quality FLAC, Hi-Res FLAC

Krystian Zimerman (piano)

Available Formats: CD, MP3, CD Quality FLAC, Hi-Res FLAC

Krystian Zimerman (piano)

Available Format: 2 Vinyls

Anne-Sophie Mutter (violin), Daniil Trifonov (piano), Roman Patkoló (double bass), Hwayoon Lee (viola), Maximilian Hornung (cello)

Available Formats: CD, MP3, CD Quality FLAC, Hi-Res FLAC

Anne-Sophie Mutter (violin), Daniil Trifonov (piano), Roman Patkoló (double bass), Hwayoon Lee (viola), Maximilian Hornung (cello)

Available Format: Vinyl

Kirill Gerstein (piano), Oslo Philharmonic Orchestra, Vasily Petrenko

Available Format: CD

Marianne Crebassa (mezzo), Fazil Say (piano)

Available Formats: CD, MP3, CD Quality FLAC, Hi-Res FLAC

Marie-Nicole Lemieux (contralto), Patrizia Ciofi (soprano), Orchestre national de Montpellier Occitanie, Enrique Mazzola

Available Formats: CD, MP3, CD Quality FLAC, Hi-Res FLAC

Leif Ove Andsnes (piano)

Available Formats: CD, MP3, CD Quality FLAC, Hi-Res FLAC, Hi-Res+ FLAC

Anne Sofie von Otter (mezzo), Finnish Radio Symphony Orchestra, Hannu Lintu

Available Formats: SACD, MP3, CD Quality FLAC, Hi-Res FLAC

Renée Fleming (Marschallin), Elīna Garanča (Octavian), Günther Groissböck (Baron Ochs), Erin Morley (Sophie), Markus Brück (Herr von Faninal), Matthew Polenzani (An Italian Singer); The Metropolitan Opera Orchestra & Chorus, Sebastian Weigle, Robert Carsen (dir.)

Available Format: 2 DVD Videos

Renée Fleming (Marschallin), Elīna Garanča (Octavian), Günther Groissböck (Baron Ochs), Erin Morley (Sophie), Markus Brück (Herr von Faninal), Matthew Polenzani (An Italian Singer); The Metropolitan Opera Orchestra & Chorus, Sebastian Weigle, Robert Carsen (dir.)

Available Format: Blu-ray

Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra, Vasily Petrenko

Available Formats: 2 CDs, MP3, CD Quality FLAC, Hi-Res FLAC

Musicaeterna, Teodor Currentzis

Available Formats: CD, MP3, CD Quality FLAC, Hi-Res FLAC

Lauren Cuthbertson (Clara), Federico Bonelli (Prince), Francesca Hayward (Sugar-Plum Fairy), Alexander Campbell (Nutcracker), Gary Avis (Drosselmeyer), The Royal Ballet, Orchestra of the Royal Opera House, Boris Gruzin, Peter Wright (chor.)

Available Format: DVD Video

Lauren Cuthbertson (Clara), Federico Bonelli (Prince), Francesca Hayward (Sugar-Plum Fairy), Alexander Campbell (Nutcracker), Gary Avis (Drosselmeyer), The Royal Ballet, Orchestra of the Royal Opera House, Boris Gruzin, Peter Wright (chor.)

Available Format: Blu-ray

Akademie für Alte Musik Berlin

Available Formats: CD, MP3, CD Quality FLAC, Hi-Res FLAC

Philippe Jaroussky (countertenor/director), Ensemble Artaserse

Available Formats: CD, MP3, CD Quality FLAC, Hi-Res FLAC

Stephen Cleobury (Harrison & Harrison organ)

Available Formats: SACD, MP3, CD Quality FLAC, Hi-Res FLAC

Beach, Chaminade & Howell

Danny Driver (piano), BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra, Rebecca Miller

Available Format: CD

Matthias Goerne (baritone), Swedish Radio Symphony Orchestra, Daniel Harding

Available Formats: 2 CDs, MP3, CD Quality FLAC, Hi-Res FLAC

Arrangements for string ensemble and baritone by David Matthews

Thomas Hampson (baritone), Candida Thompson (violin), Amsterdam Sinfonietta, Netherlands Female Youth Choir

Available Formats: CD, MP3, CD Quality FLAC, Hi-Res FLAC

Mari Eriksmoen (soprano), Louis Lortie, Hélène Mercier (pianos), Roderick Williams (baritone), Bergen Philharmonic Orchestra, Sir Andrew Davis

Available Formats: SACD, MP3, CD Quality FLAC, Hi-Res FLAC

Hallé, Sir Mark Elder

Available Formats: CD, MP3, CD Quality FLAC, Hi-Res FLAC

Véronique Gens (soprano), Münchner Rundfunkorchester, Hervé Niquet

Available Format: CD

Arcadi Volodos (piano)

Available Formats: CD, MP3, CD Quality FLAC, Hi-Res FLAC

Olivier Latry (organ)

Available Formats: CD, MP3, CD Quality FLAC, Hi-Res FLAC, Hi-Res+ FLAC

Samuel Youn (Der Holländer), Ingela Brimberg (Senta ), Kwangchul Youn (Daland), Nikolai Schukoff (Erik), Kai Rüütel (Mary), Benjamin Bruns (Der Steuermann Dalands); Teatro Real de Madrid, Pablo Heras-Casado, Àlex Ollé (dir.)

Available Format: DVD Video + Blu-ray

Klaus Florian Vogt (Parsifal), Elena Pankratova (Kundry), Ryan McKinny (Amfortas), Georg Zeppenfeld (Gurnemanz), Karl-Heinz Lehner (Titurel), Gerd Grochowski (Klingsor); Bayreuth Festival Orchestra, Hartmut Haenchen, Uwe Eric Laufenberg (dir.)

Available Format: 2 DVD Videos

Klaus Florian Vogt (Parsifal), Elena Pankratova (Kundry), Ryan McKinny (Amfortas), Georg Zeppenfeld (Gurnemanz), Karl-Heinz Lehner (Titurel), Gerd Grochowski (Klingsor); Bayreuth Festival Orchestra, Hartmut Haenchen, Uwe Eric Laufenberg (dir.)

Available Format: Blu-ray

Simon O’Neill (Siegfried), Matthias Goerne (The Wanderer), David Cangelosi (Mime), Werner Van Mechelen (Alberich), Heidi Melton (Brünnhilde); Hong Kong Philharmonic Orchestra, Jaap van Zweden

Available Formats: 4 CDs, MP3, CD Quality FLAC, Hi-Res FLAC

Simon O’Neill (Siegfried), Matthias Goerne (The Wanderer), David Cangelosi (Mime), Werner Van Mechelen (Alberich), Heidi Melton (Brünnhilde); Hong Kong Philharmonic Orchestra, Jaap van Zweden

Available Format: Blu-ray Audio

Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra, Kirill Karabits

Available Formats: CD, MP3, CD Quality FLAC, Hi-Res FLAC