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 Awards, Recordings of the Year 2018 - Our Top 100

RotY100After 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 Friday 7th December. In the interim, stay tuned for the shortlists for our new special category awards (including Rising Star, Conductor of the Year, and Premiere Recording), which we'll reveal next week...

Special prices on the top 100 titles will run until 28th January 2019.

Gerald Finley (Robert Oppenheimer), Julia Bullock (Kitty Oppenheimer), Brindley Sherratt (Edward Teller), Samuel Sakker (James Nolan), Andrew Staples (Robert Wilson), Jennifer Johnston (Pasqualita); BBC Singers, BBC Symphony Orchestra, John Adams

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

Jean-Guihen Queyras (cello), Ensemble Resonanz, Riccardo Minasi

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

Six Evolutions

Yo-Yo Ma (cello)

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

Kim Kashkashian (viola)

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

Hilary Hahn (violin)

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

Isabelle Faust (violin), Kristian Bezuidenhout (harpsichord)

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

Víkingur Ólafsson (piano)

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

Joélle Harvey (soprano), Olivia Vermeulen (mezzo), Thomas Walker (tenor), Iestyn Davies (countertenor), Thomas Bauer (baritone); Arcangelo, Jonathan Cohen

Available Format: CD

Vilde Frang (violin), Erik Schumann (violin), Gabriel Le Magadure (violin), Roseanne Philippens (violin), Lawrence Power (viola), Lily Francis (viola), Nicolas Altstaedt (cello), Jan-Erik Gustavsson (cello); Orchestre de Radio France, Mikko Franck

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

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

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

Ann-Helen Moen (soprano), Roxana Constantinescu (mezzo-soprano), James Gilchrist (tenor) & Benjamin Bevan (baritone); Bach Collegium Japan, Masaaki Suzuki

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

Murray Perahia (piano)

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

Alec Frank-Gemmill (horn), Swedish Chamber Orchestra, Nicholas McGegan

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

Matthias Goerne (Wozzeck), Asmik Grigorian (Marie), John Daszak, (Tambourmajor), Mauro Peter (Andres), Gerhard Siegel (Hauptmann), Jens Larsen (Doktor), Frances Pappas (Margret); Wiener Philharmoniker, Vladimir Jurowski, William Kentridge

Available Format: DVD Video + Blu-ray

Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra, Christian Lindberg

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

Krystian Zimerman (piano), Berliner Philharmoniker, Sir Simon Rattle

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

Orchestra dell’Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia, Sir Antonio Pappano

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

Danielle de Niese (Eileen), Alysha Umphress (Ruth), Nathan Gunn (Bob Baker), Duncan Rock (Wreck), David Butt Philip (Lonigan), Ashley Riches (Guide/First Editor/Frank); London Symphony Orchestra, London Symphony Chorus, Sir Simon Rattle

Available Format: SACD

Emily Birsan (soprano), Ben Johnson (tenor), BBC Symphony Orchestra, BBC Symphony Chorus, Sir Andrew Davis

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

Alfred Brendel (piano), Wiener Philharmoniker, Sir Simon Rattle

Available Formats: CD, MP3, CD Quality FLAC

Gewandhausorchester, Andris Nelsons

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

Vox Luminis & Ensemble Masques, Lionel Meunier

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

Sandrine Piau (soprano), Susan Manoff (piano)

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

Steven Isserlis (cello), Dénes Várjon (piano)

Available Format: CD

Renaud Capuçon (violin), Brussels Philharmonic, Stéphane Denève

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

Symphony No. 3, Letter from Home, Down a Country Lane & Connotations

BBC Philharmonic, John Wilson

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

Allan Clayton (Hamlet), Sarah Connolly (Gertrude), Barbara Hannigan (Ophelia), Rod Gilfry (Claudius), Kim Begley (Polonius), John Tomlinson (Ghost of Old Hamlet/Grave-Digger), Jacques Imbrailo (Horatio), David Butt Philip (Laertes), Rupert Enticknap (Rosencrantz), Christopher Lowrey (Guildenstern); London Philharmonic Orchestra, The Glyndebourne Chorus, Vladimir Jurowski, Neil Armfield (director)

Available Format: DVD Video

Allan Clayton (Hamlet), Sarah Connolly (Gertrude), Barbara Hannigan (Ophelia), Rod Gilfry (Claudius), Kim Begley (Polonius), John Tomlinson (Ghost of Old Hamlet/Grave-Digger), Jacques Imbrailo (Horatio), David Butt Philip (Laertes), Rupert Enticknap (Rosencrantz), Christopher Lowrey (Guildenstern); London Philharmonic Orchestra, The Glyndebourne Chorus, Vladimir Jurowski, Neil Armfield (director)

Available Format: Blu-ray

Jerusalem Quartet

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

Isabelle Faust (violin), Alexander Melnikov (piano), Tanguy de Williencourt (piano), Magali Mosnier (flute), Antoine Tamestit viola), Xavier de Maistre (harp), Jean-Guihen Queyras (cello), Javier Perianes (piano)

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

Les Siècles, François-Xavier Roth

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

Alexander Melnikov, Olga Pashchenko (piano)

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

Piano Concertos Nos. 2 & 4

Daniil Trifonov (piano), Philadelphia Orchestra, Yannick Nézet-Séguin

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

Music for Violin & Piano by Bartók, Poulenc & Ravel

Patricia Kopatchinskaja (violin), Polina Leschenko (piano)

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

Stéphane Degout (baritone), Pygmalion, Raphaël Pichon

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

Paul Watkins (cello), BBC Symphony Orchestra, Sir Andrew Davis

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

Schubert, Chopin, Liszt, Stravinsky

Alexander Melnikov (pianos)

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

Kirill Gerstein (piano), Storm Large (vocals), Gary Burton (vibraphone), St. Louis Symphony Orchestra, David Robertson

Available Format: CD

Piano Concerto No. 1, Variaciones concertantes, Concierto argentino

Xiayin Wang (piano), BBC Philharmonic, Juanjo Mena

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

BBC National Orchestra of Wales, Rumon Gamba

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

1774 Naples version

Philippe Jaroussky (Orfeo), Amanda Forsythe (Euridice), Emőke Baráth (Amore); Coro della Radiotelevisione Svizzera & I Barocchisti, Diego Fasolis

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

Jean-Efflam Bavouzet (piano), Lise Davidsen (soprano), Ann-Helen Moen (soprano), Victoria Nava (soprano), Johannes Weisser (baritone), Håkon Høgemo (Hardanger Fiddle); Bergen Philharmonic Orchestra and Choirs, Edward Gardner

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

Franco Fagioli (countertenor), Il Pomo d'Oro, Zefira Valova

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

Sabine Devieilhe (soprano), Léa Desandre (mezzo), Le Concert d'Astrée, Emmanuelle Haïm

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

Franco Fagioli (Serse), Vivica Genaux (Arsamente), Inga Kalna (Romilda), Francesca Aspromonte (Atalanta), Andrea Mastroni (Ariodate), Delphine Galou (Amastre), Biagio Pizzuti (Elviro); Il Pomo d ́Oro Orchestra, Maxim Emelyanychev

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

Kammerorchester Basel, Giovanni Antonini

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

Paul Lewis (piano)

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

Joyce DiDonato (Arden Scott), Ailyn Pérez (Tatyana Bakst), Frederica von Stade (Winnie Flato), Nathan Gunn (Sid Taylor), Anthony Roth Costanzo (Roane Heckle); Orchestra and Chorus of The Dallas Opera, Patrick Summers

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

WDR Symphony Orchestra, Marek Janowski

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

Sheku Kanneh-Mason (cello)

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

Czech Philharmonic, Jiří Bělohlávek

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

Gaudeamus & L'ami Baudichon

The Tallis Scholars, Peter Phillips

Available Format: CD

Anu Komsi (soprano), Vienna Philharmonic, Sakari Oramo

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

Première année - Suisse & Légende 2

Francesco Piemontesi (piano)

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

Allan Clayton (tenor), Julius Drake (piano)

Available Format: CD

Düsseldorfer Symphoniker, Ádám Fischer

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

MusicAeterna, Teodor Currentzis

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

Momo & Mari Kodama (piano), Sarah & Deborah Nemtanu (violin), Magali Demesse (viola), Orchestre Philharmonique de Marseille, Lawrence Foster

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

Czech Philharmonic, Jiří Bělohlávek

Available Format: CD

Budapest Festival Orchestra & Pro Musica (women's choir), Iván Fischer

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

Pierre-Laurent Aimard (piano)

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

Ana Maria Labin, Rebecca Bottone, Martene Grimson, Eleanor Dennis, Anna Devin (sopranos), Helen Sherman (mezzo), Ben Johnson, Robert Murray (tenors); The Mozartists, Ian Page

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

Ensemble Appassionato, Mathieu Herzog

Available Format: 2 CDs

Alina Ibragimova (violin), Cédric Tiberghien (piano)

Available Format: 2 CDs

Sounds of Hansa Europe

In Echo, Gawain Glenton

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

NFM Wroclaw Philharmonic, Tonu Kaljuste

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

Max Emanuel Cencic (countertenor), Armonia Atenea, George Petrou

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

Martha Argerich (piano), Sergei Babayan (piano)

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

Symphonieorchester und -chor des Bayerischen Rundfunks, Chor des Bayerischen Rundfunks, Mariss Jansons

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

Danses et Mélodies

Magdalena Kožená (mezzo), Deutsches Symphonie-Orchester Berlin, Robin Ticciati

Available Format: CD

Les Siècles, François-Xavier Roth

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

Mahler – Stephan – Butterworth – Weill

Ian Bostridge (tenor), Sir Antonio Pappano (piano)

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

Anna Caterina Antonacci (soprano), John Neschling

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

Albina Shagimuratova (Semiramide), Daniela Barcellona (Arsace), Mirco Palazzi (Assur), Barry Banks (Idreno), Gianluca Buratto (Oroe), Susana Gaspar (Azema), David Butt Philip (Mitrane), James Platt (L’ombra di Nino); Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment & Opera Rara Chorus, Sir Mark Elder

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

Bertrand Chamayou (piano), Orchestre National de France, Emmanuel Krivine

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

The Power of Illusion

Federico Colli (piano)

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

BBC Symphony Orchestra, Sakari Oramo

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

Christian Gerhaher (baritone), Gerold Huber (piano)

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

Andrew Staples (tenor), Pauline Cheviller (Perséphone); Finnish National Opera, Esa-Pekka Salonen

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

Estonian Philharmonic Chamber Choir, Kaspars Putniņš

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

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

Available Format: CD

Boston Symphony Orchestra, Andris Nelsons

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

In memoriam Jiří Bělohlávek

Czech Philharmonic, Jiří Bělohlávek

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

Music for Acoustic & Electric Guitars

Sean Shibe (guitars)

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

Lucerne Festival Orchestra, Sophie Koch (mezzo), Riccardo Chailly

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

Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra, Vasily Petrenko

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

& other works for two pianos four hands

Marc-André Hamelin (piano), Leif Ove Andsnes (piano)

Available Format: CD

Haydn & Schoenberg

Alisa Weilerstein (cello), Trondheim Soloists

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

Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra, Andrew Manze

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

Joseph Calleja (tenor), with Vittorio Vitelli (baritone), Angela Gheorghiu (soprano); Orquestra de la Comunitat Valenciana, Ramón Tebar

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

Jonas Kaufmann (Otello), Marco Vratogna (Iago), Maria Agresta (Desdemona); Royal Opera House Covent Garden, Sir Antonio Pappano (conductor), Keith Warner (director)

Available Format: 2 DVD Videos

Jonas Kaufmann (Otello), Marco Vratogna (Iago), Maria Agresta (Desdemona); Royal Opera House Covent Garden, Sir Antonio Pappano (conductor), Keith Warner (director)

Available Format: Blu-ray

Barbara Hannigan (soprano), Reinbert De Leeuw (piano)

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

Lisa Batiashvili (violin), Chamber Orchestra of Europe, Yannick Nézet-Séguin

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

Cecilia Bartoli (mezzo), Ensemble Matheus, Jean-Christophe Spinosi

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

Delphine Galou (Giustino), Emöke Barath (Arianna), Silke Gäng (Anastasio), Ana Maria Labin (Leocasta), Ariana Vendittelli (Amantio), Emiliano Gonzalez Toro (Vitaliano), Alessandro Giangrande (Andronico/Polidarte); Accademia Bizantina, Ottavio Dantone

Available Format: 3 CDs

Adrian Chandler (violin/director), La Serenissima

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

Rachel Podger (violin), Brecon Baroque

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

Michael Volle (Hans Sachs), Klaus Florian Vogt (Walther von Stolzing), Johannes Martin Kränzle (Beckmesser), Anne Schwanewilms (Eva), Daniel Behle (David), Wiebke Lehmkuhl (Magdalene), Günther Groissböck (Pogner); Bayreuth Festival, Philippe Jordan, Barrie Kosky

Available Format: 2 DVD Videos

Michael Volle (Hans Sachs), Klaus Florian Vogt (Walther von Stolzing), Johannes Martin Kränzle (Beckmesser), Anne Schwanewilms (Eva), Daniel Behle (David), Wiebke Lehmkuhl (Magdalene), Günther Groissböck (Pogner); Bayreuth Festival, Philippe Jordan, Barrie Kosky

Available Format: Blu-ray

James Ehnes (viola), BBC Symphony Orchestra, Edward Gardner

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