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 Presto Chart, The Presto Chart - February 2019

March 2019An all-new Top Ten this month, headed by Volume Four of Andris Nelsons’s marvellous Shostakovich Under Stalin series with the Boston Symphony Orchestra in the top spot (and its predecessor from last July making a comeback at No. 15) – you can read James’s full review of the new recording here.

Following a double win at last month’s Grammys, James Ehnes’s world premiere recording of concertos written for him by Aaron Jay Kernis and James Newton Howard appears at No. 25, whilst Thomas Adès’s thrillingly claustrophobic third opera The Exterminating Angel (the only DVD/Blu-ray release to feature this month) sits at No. 20.

No. 1 (new entry)

Boston Symphony Orchestra, Andris Nelsons

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

No. 2 (new entry)

Steven Isserlis (cello) & Olli Mustonen (piano)

Available Format: CD

No. 3 new entry)

Joyce El-Khoury (Mirra), Airam Hernández (King), Oleksandr Pushniak (Beleso); Weimar Staatskapelle, Kirill Karabits

Available Formats: CD, MP3, FLAC

No. 4 (new entry)

Paul Lewis (piano)

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

No. 5 (new entry)

Kammerorchester Basel, Giovanni Antonini

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

No. 6 (new entry)

Sara Mingardo (contralto), Gürzenich-Orchester Köln, Women's choir of Schola Heidelberg, Young singers of the Kölner Dom, François-Xavier Roth

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

No. 7

Ruby Hughes (soprano), Sasha Cooke (mezzo-soprano); Minnesota Orchestra & Chorale, Osmo Vänskä

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

No. 8 (new entry)

Vox Luminis, Lionel Meunier

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

No. 9 (new entry)

Berliner Philharmoniker, Wilhelm Furtwängler

Available Format: 22 SACDs

No. 10 (new entry)

Jan Lisiecki (piano), Orpheus Chamber Orchestra

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

No. 11 (new entry)

Kirill Gerstein (piano), Boston Symphony Orchestra, Men of the Tanglewood Festival Chorus, Sakari Oramo

Available Format: CD

No. 12 (new entry)

Gothenburg Symphony Orchestra, Santtu-Matias Rouvali

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

No. 13 (No. 1 last month)

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

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

No. 14 (new entry)

City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra, Edward Gardner

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

No. 15 (No. 21 in December 2018)

Boston Symphony Orchestra, Andris Nelsons

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

No. 16 (new entry)

Sofiya Jankovic (Snow Maiden), Militza Miladinovich (Lel), Valeria Heybalova (Kupava), Dushan Popovich (Mizgir), Drago Dimitrievich (Leshiy), Biserka Cvejic (Spring), Valeria Heybalova (Kupava), Miroslav Changalovich (King Frost)

Belgrade National Opera, Kresimir Baranovich

Available Formats: 3 CDs, MP3, FLAC

No. 17 (new entry)

Orchestra of the Eighteenth Century, Frans Brüggen

Available Format: 4 CDs

No. 18 (No. 21 last month)

Fort Smith Symphony, John Jeter

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

No. 19 (new entry)

Leila Josefowicz (violin), Anu Komsi (soprano), Jeni Packalen (soprano), Hilary Summers (contralto), Peter Tantsits (tenor), Ville Rusanen (baritone), Juha Uusitalo (bass)

Finnish Radio Symphony Orchestra, Hannu Lintu

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

No. 20 (new entry)

Audrey Luna (Leticia Maynar), Amanda Echalaz (Lucía de Nobile), Sally Matthews (Silvia de Ávila), Sophie Bevan (Beatriz), Alice Coote (Leonora Palma), Christine Rice (Blanca Delgado), Iestyn Davies (Francisco de Ávila), Joseph Kaiser (Edmundo de Nobile), Frédéric Antoun (Raúl Yebenes), David Portillo (Eduardo), David Adam Moore (Colonel Álvaro Gómez), Rod Gilfry (Alberto Roc), Kevin Burdette (Señor Russell), Christian Van Horn (Julio) & John Tomlinson (Doctor Carlos Conde)

The Metropolitan Opera Orchestra and Chorus; Thomas Adès, Gary Halvorson (director)

Available Format: Blu-ray

Audrey Luna (Leticia Maynar), Amanda Echalaz (Lucía de Nobile), Sally Matthews (Silvia de Ávila), Sophie Bevan (Beatriz), Alice Coote (Leonora Palma), Christine Rice (Blanca Delgado), Iestyn Davies (Francisco de Ávila), Joseph Kaiser (Edmundo de Nobile), Frédéric Antoun (Raúl Yebenes), David Portillo (Eduardo), David Adam Moore (Colonel Álvaro Gómez), Rod Gilfry (Alberto Roc), Kevin Burdette (Señor Russell), Christian Van Horn (Julio) & John Tomlinson (Doctor Carlos Conde)

The Metropolitan Opera Orchestra and Chorus; Thomas Adès, Gary Halvorson (director)

Available Format: DVD Video

No. 21 (No. 18 last month)

Hespèrion XXI, Jordi Savall

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

No. 22 (new entry)

Edgar Moreau (cello), Orchestra Les Forces Majeures, Raphaël Merlin

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

No. 23 (new entry)

London Symphony Orchestra, Gianandrea Noseda

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

No. 24 (No. 6 last month)

Maurizio Pollini (piano)

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

No. 25 (new entry)

James Ehnes (violin), Andrew Armstrong (piano)

Seattle Symphony Orchestra, Detroit Symphony Orchestra, Ludovic Morlot, Cristian Măcelaru

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