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 Presto Chart, The Presto Chart - 2018

Presto Chart 2018As a postscript to the December chart, we’ve decided to share details of our fifty best-selling titles across the board for the whole of last year – it will likely come as no great surprise to regular followers of the monthly charts that Rachel Podger’s small-but-perfectly-formed Four Seasons with Brecon Baroque on Channel Classics (No. 1 in our very first chart back in April, and a regular in the Top 25s for much of the year) takes the top spot, followed by an eleventh-hour contender from The Choir of King’s College Cambridge, which notched up an impressive number of sales in just six weeks after its release in November.

Roughly three-quarters of the top fifty are 2018 releases, but we’ve also seen a resurgence of interest in several high-profile titles from the past couple of years – including John Nelsons’s Les Troyens on Erato (thanks in part to its winning Gramophone, Opus Klassik, BBC Music Magazine and International Opera Awards last year), and Daniil Trifonov’s Rachmaninov Variations from 2015, which enjoyed a new lease of life after the release of the same composer’s Second and Fourth Piano Concertos from the same artists this October.

No. 1

Rachel Podger (violin), Brecon Baroque

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

No. 2

King’s College Cambridge, Stephen Cleobury

Available Formats: 2 CDs, MP3, CD Quality FLAC

No. 3

Murray Perahia (piano)

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

No. 4

Bach: Cello Suites

Yo-Yo Ma (cello)

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

No. 5

Boston Symphony Orchestra, Andris Nelsons

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

No. 6

MusicAeterna, Teodor Currentzis

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

No. 7

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

No. 8

Adrian Chandler (violin/director), La Serenissima

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

No. 9

Piano Concertos Nos. 2 & 4

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

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

No. 10

Paul Lewis (piano)

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

No. 11

Isabelle Faust (violin), Kristian Bezuidenhout (harpsichord)

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

No. 12

Musicaeterna, Teodor Currentzis

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

No. 13

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

Available Format: CD

No. 14

Krystian Zimerman (piano)

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

No. 15

Schubert, Chopin, Liszt, Stravinsky

Alexander Melnikov (pianos)

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

No. 16

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

No. 17

Joyce DiDonato (Didon), Michael Spyres (Énée), Marie-Nicole Lemieux (Cassandre), Orchestre et Choeur philharmonique de Strasbourg, Badischer Staatsopernchor, Choeur de l’Opéra du Rhin, John Nelson

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

No. 18

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

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

No. 19

Isabelle Faust (violin), Il Giardino Armonico, Giovanni Antonini

Available Formats: 2 CDs, MP3, CD Quality FLAC

No. 20

Víkingur Ólafsson (piano)

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

No. 21

Vox Luminis & Ensemble Masques, Lionel Meunier

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

No. 22

& other works for two pianos four hands

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

Available Format: CD

No. 23

Igor Levit (piano)

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

No. 24

Music for Violin & Piano by Bartók, Poulenc & Ravel

Patricia Kopatchinskaja (violin), Polina Leschenko (piano)

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

No. 25

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

No. 26

Les Siècles, François-Xavier Roth

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

No. 27

Sheku Kanneh-Mason (cello)

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

No. 28

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

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

No. 29

Alexander Melnikov (piano), with Olga Pashchenko (piano)

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

No. 30

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

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

No. 31

Arcadi Volodos (piano)

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

No. 32

Hilary Hahn (violin)

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

No. 33

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. 34

Jerusalem Quartet

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

No. 35

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

Available Formats: CD, MP3, CD Quality FLAC

No. 36

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

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

No. 37

Gewandhausorchester, Andris Nelsons

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

No. 38

Czech Philharmonic, Jiří Bělohlávek

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

No. 39

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

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

No. 40

Lisa Batiashvili (violin), Staatskapelle Berlin, Daniel Barenboim

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

No. 41

Haydn & Schoenberg

Alisa Weilerstein (cello), Trondheim Soloists

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

No. 42

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

No. 43

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

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

No. 44

Boston Symphony Orchestra, Andris Nelsons

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

No. 45

In memoriam Jiří Bělohlávek

Czech Philharmonic, Jiří Bělohlávek

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

No. 46

Marie-Nicole Lemieux (mezzo-soprano), Beatrice Rana (piano), Nadine Sierra (soprano), Dame Josephine Barstow (narrator), Alessandro Carbonare (clarinet); Orchestra dell’Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia, Sir Antonio Pappano

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

No. 47

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

No. 48

The Power of Illusion

Federico Colli (piano)

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

No. 49

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

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

No. 50

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