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 Presto Chart, The Presto Chart - January 2019

January 2019 ChartAn exceptionally high number of new entries this month, with sixteen titles making their first appearance in the Presto Chart, and – for the first time ever – last month’s No. 1 recording disappearing from view altogether. (Given the seasonal nature of December’s best-seller, perhaps that’s not altogether surprising!).

Our 2018 Conductor of the Year, François-Xavier Roth, takes the January top spot for his revelatory accounts of Harold en Italie and Les nuits d’été with Tabea Zimmermann, Stéphane Degout, and the period instruments of Les Siècles, which Katherine described as ‘compelling, nay essential listening’ for this year’s Berlioz anniversary when it featured as Recording of the Week a fortnight ago; the same orchestra’s nuanced, transparent accounts of Debussy’s Nocturnes and Jeux from late 2018 are still sitting pretty in the Top 10. Meanwhile, the annual New Year's Day Concert from Vienna (conducted this year by Christian Thielemann) remains as popular as ever, occupying the No. 4 spot.

No. 1 (new entry)

Tabea Zimmermann (viola), Stéphane Degout (baritone), Les Siècles, François-Xavier Roth

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

No. 2 (new entry)

Diana Damrau (soprano), Jonas Kaufmann (tenor), Helmut Deutsch (piano)

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

No. 3 (No. 3 last month)

Víkingur Ólafsson (piano), Siggi String Quartet

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

No. 4 (new entry)

Wiener Philharmoniker, Christian Thielemann

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

Wiener Philharmoniker, Christian Thielemann

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Available Format: DVD Video

Wiener Philharmoniker, Christian Thielemann

Available Format: Blu-ray

No. 5 (new entry)

Stile Antico

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

No. 6 (new entry)

Maurizio Pollini (piano)

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

No. 7 (No. 5 last month)

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. 8 (No. 2 last month)

Les Siècles, François-Xavier Roth

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

No. 9 (No. 14 last month)

Mitsuko Uchida (piano), Berliner Philharmoniker, Sir Simon Rattle

Available Format: 3 CDs + Blu-ray Audio + Blu-ray Video

No. 10 (No. 8 last month)

Rachel Podger (violin), Brecon Baroque

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

No. 11 (new entry)

Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra, Kirill Karabits

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

No. 12 (No. 4 last month)

MusicAeterna, Teodor Currentzis

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

No. 13 (new entry)

Les Talens Lyriques, Christophe Rousset

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

No. 14 (No. 7 last month)

Hilary Hahn (violin)

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

No. 15 (No. 13 last month)

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

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

No. 16 (new entry)

BBC Philharmonic, John Storgårds

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

No. 17 (new entry)

Federico Colli (piano)

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

No. 18 (new entry)

Hespèrion XXI, Jordi Savall

Available Format: 2 SACDs

No. 19 (new entry)

Boris Giltburg (piano)

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

No. 20 (new entry)

Gautier Capuçon (cello), Martha Argerich (piano), Renaud Capuçon (violin), Chamber Orchestra of Europe, Bernard Haitink

Available Formats: CD, MP3, CD Quality FLAC

No. 21 (new entry)

Fort Smith Symphony, John Jeter

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

No. 22 (No. 6 last month)

Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra, Vasily Petrenko

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

No. 23 (new entry)

Orchestre de Paris, Paavo Järvi

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

No. 24 (new entry)

Jennifer Pike (violin), Petr Limonov (piano)

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

No. 25 (new entry)

Vilde Frang (violin), WDR Sinfonieorchester Köln, Thomas Søndergård

Available Formats: CD, MP3, CD Quality FLAC