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 Presto Chart, The Presto Chart - March 2019

March Chart An almost entirely new top 25 this month, with only three titles making a re-appearance from the February chart; there’s a healthy proportion of re-issues and historical recordings in amongst the mix, however, including Reginald Goodall’s 1981 Tristan and the first-ever CD release of Øivin Fjeldstad’s 1956 Götterdämmerung with Kirsten Flagstad and Set Svanholm on Australian Eloquence.

No. 1 (new entry)

Isabelle Faust (violin), Bernhard Forck, (violin), Xenia Loeffler (oboe); Akademie für Alte Musik Berlin

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

No. 2 (new entry)

Alina Ibragimova (violin), Cédric Tiberghien (piano)

Available Format: CD

No. 3 (new entry)

Budapest Festival Orchestra, Iván Fischer

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

No. 4 (No. 1 last month)

Boston Symphony Orchestra, Andris Nelsons

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

No. 5 (new entry)

Philippe Jaroussky (countertenor), Artaserse

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

No. 6 (new entry)

Joyce El-Khoury (Countess Sylvia de Linarès), David Junghoon Kim (Leone de Casaldi), Laurent Naouri (Don Gaspar), Vito Priante (Don Fernand d’Aragon), Evgeny Stavinsky (The Monk / Father Superior)

Royal Opera Chorus & Orchestra of the Royal Opera House, Sir Mark Elder

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

No. 7 (No. 12 last month)

Gothenburg Symphony Orchestra, Santtu-Matias Rouvali

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

No. 8 (new entry)

Kirsten Flagstad (Brünnhilde), Set Svanholm (Siegfried), Egil Nordsjo (Hagen), Per Gronnenberg (Alberich), Waldemar Johnsen (Gunther), Ingrid Bjoner (Gutrune), Eva Gustavson (Waltraute), Oslo Philharmonic Orchestra, Olvin Fjeldstad

Available Formats: 4 CDs, MP3, FLAC

No. 9 (new entry)

No. 10 (new entry)

Concertgebouw Orchestra, Bernard Haitink

Available Formats: 10 CDs + Blu-ray Audio, MP3, FLAC, Hi-Res FLAC

No. 11 (new entry)

John Mitchinson (Tristan), Linda Esther Gray (Isolde), Anne Wilkens (Brangaene), Gwynne Howell (Marke), Phillip Joll (Kurwenal), Nicholas Folwell (Melot), Welsh National Opera Orchestra & Chorus, Reginald Goodall

Available Formats: 4 CDs, MP3, FLAC

No. 12 (new entry)

Valentina Lisitsa (piano), Alexei Kuznetsoff (piano)

Available Formats: 10 CDs, MP3, FLAC, Hi-Res FLAC

No. 13 (new entry)

Tasmin Little (violin) & John Lenehan (piano)

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

No. 14 (new entry)

Véronique Gens (soprano), Orchestre National de Lille, Alexandre Bloch

Available Format: CD

No. 15 (No. 5 last month)

Kammerorchester Basel, Giovanni Antonini

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

No. 16 (new entry)

Elizabeth Llewellyn (Eigen), Elgan Llŷr Thomas (Orbin), Roland Wood (Caractacus), Christopher Purves (Arch-Druid, A Bard) & Alastair Miles (Claudius)

Huddersfield Choral Society, Orchestra of Opera North, Martyn Brabbins

Available Format: CD

No. 17 (new entry)

Madeleine Mitchell (violin), London Chamber Ensemble

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

No. 18 (new entry)

Janet Baker (mezzo), James King (tenor), Heather Harper (soprano), Norma Procter (contralto), Werner Hollweg (tenor), John Shirley-Quirk (bass), Jessye Norman (soprano), Hermann Prey (bass-baritone)

Concertgebouw Orchestra, Bernard Haitink

Available Formats: 12 CDs + Blu-ray Audio, MP3, FLAC, Hi-Res FLAC

No. 19 (new entry)

Howard Shelley (piano & conductor), Tasmanian Symphony Orchestra

Available Format: CD

No. 20 (new entry)

Kristian Bezuidenhout (fortepiano)

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

No. 21 (new entry)

Karen Cargill (mezzo-soprano), Bryan Hymel (tenor), Christopher Purves (baritone), Gábor Bretz (bass)

London Symphony Orchestra & Chorus, Guildhall School Singers, Tiffin Children's Chorus, Tiffin Girls' Choir, Tiffin Boys' Choir, Sir Simon Rattle

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

No. 22 (new entry)

Khatia Buniatishvili (piano)

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

No. 23 (new entry)

Andreas Ottensamer (clarinet), Yuja Wang (piano), Berliner Philharmoniker, Mariss Jansons

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

No. 24 (new entry)

Artists include Sir Roger Norrington, Sir Adrian Boult, André Previn, Louis Frémaux, Jean Martinon, Leonard Bernstein, Michel Plasson, Louis Langrée, John Eliot Gardiner, Michel Plasson, Sir John Barbirolli, Charles Dutoit, John Nelson, André Cluytens

Available Formats: 27 CDs, MP3, FLAC

No. 25 (new entry)

Yo-Yo Ma (cello), Los Angeles Philharmonic Orchestra, Esa-Pekka Salonen

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