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 Presto Chart, The Presto Chart - May 2018

April ChartOut in front by a country mile this month is Keith Warner’s 2017 production of Verdi’s Otello on Sony, starring Jonas Kaufmann in his debut as the jealousy-wracked Venetian general; the DVD and Blu-ray release of the opera also appears to have generated a resurgence of interest in Martin Kušej’s Forza del destino from Munich, which stars the German tenor as Alvaro (a role he’ll reprise at Covent Garden next spring).

Next in line is Philippe Jaroussky as a decidedly more model husband in the title-role of Gluck’s Orfeo (given in its 1774 Naples version, under Diego Fasolis), which was our most recent Recording of the Week, and in third place is last month’s No. 1 – Rachel Podger’s pared-down but supremely colourful Four Seasons with Brecon Baroque on Channel Classics.

19 year old cellist Sheku Kanneh-Mason’s debut album Inspiration (released in January on Decca) jumps in at Number 9 in the wake of his assured performance at the wedding of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle earlier this month – the BBC Young Musician of the Year also became the highest-charting cellist ever after reaching No. 11 in the Official UK Album Chart. (You can read Katherine's interview with Sheku about the recording here if you missed it first time round!).

No. 1 (No. 4 last month)

Jonas Kaufmann, Marco Vratogna, Maria Agresta; Royal Opera House Covent Garden, Sir Antonio Pappano, Keith Warner

Available Format: 2 DVD Videos

Jonas Kaufmann, Marco Vratogna, Maria Agresta; Royal Opera House Covent Garden, Sir Antonio Pappano, Keith Warner

Available Format: Blu-ray

No. 2 (new entry)

Philippe Jaroussky, Amanda Forsythe, Emőke Baráth; Coro della Radiotelevisione Svizzera & I Barocchisti, Diego Fasolis

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

No. 3 (No. 1 last month)

Rachel Podger (violin), Brecon Baroque

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

No. 4 (new entry)

Federico Colli (piano)

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

No. 5 (No. 2 last month)

Paul Lewis (piano)

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

No. 6 (new entry)

Jerusalem Quartet

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

No. 7 (new entry)

Isabelle Faust (violin), Anne Katharina Schreiber (violin), Danusha Waskiewicz (viola), Kristin von der Goltz (cello), Lorenzo Coppola (clarinet), Javier Zafra (bassoon), Teunis van der Zwart (horn), James Munro (double bass)

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

No. 8 (new entry)

Yuja Wang (piano), Seong-Jin Cho (piano); Berliner Philharmoniker, Sir Simon Rattle

Available Format: 5 SACDs + Blu-ray

No. 9 (new entry)

Sheku Kanneh-Mason (cello)

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

No. 10 (new entry)

Trio Wanderer

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

No. 11 (new entry)

No. 12 (No. 5 last month)

Les Siècles, François-Xavier Roth

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

No. 13 (new entry)

Petra Müllejans, Freiburger Barockorchester, Gottfried von der Goltz

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

No. 14 (No. 6 last month)

Gerhild Romberger (contralto), Symphonieorchester des Bayerischen Rundfunks, Bernard Haitink

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

No. 15 (new entry)

Choir of St John’s College, Cambridge, Andrew Nethsingha

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

No. 16 (No. 3 last month)

Gewandhausorchester, Andris Nelsons

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

No. 17 (new entry)

Pierre-Laurent Aimard (piano), London Symphony Orchestra, Sir Simon Rattle

Available Format: DVD Video + Blu-ray

No. 18 (new entry)

Anja Harteros, Jonas Kaufmann, Ludovic Tézier, Nadia Krasteva; Bayerischen Staatsoper, Asher Fisch, Martin Kušej

Available Format: 2 DVD Videos

Anja Harteros, Jonas Kaufmann, Ludovic Tézier, Nadia Krasteva; Bayerischen Staatsoper, Asher Fisch, Martin Kušej

Available Format: Blu-ray

No. 19 (new entry)

Michael Collins (clarinet/conductor), Swedish Chamber Orchestra

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

No. 20 (No. 8 last month)

Scottish Chamber Orchestra, Robin Ticciati

Available Format: 2 CDs

No. 21 (new entry)

Christian Tetzlaff (violin), Finnish Radio Symphony Orchestra, Hannu Lintu

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

No. 22 (new entry)

Minnesota Orchestra, Osmo Vänskä

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

No. 23 (new entry)

Doric String Quartet, Royal Scottish National Orchestra, Peter Oundjian

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

No. 24 (No. 7 last month)

Ann-Helen Moen, Roxana Constantinescu, James Gilchrist, Benjamin Bevan; Bach Collegium Japan, Masaaki Suzuki

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

No. 25 (No. 17 last month)

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

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