Skip to main content

 Presto Chart, The Presto Chart - April 2019

April ChartJS Bach makes up 50% of our top ten this month, with new releases from Rachel Podger, Jordi Savall and Isabelle Faust making an appearance, Icelandic pianist Vikingur Ólafsson’s Bach album on Deutsche Grammophon gaining a second wind after being crowned Recording of the Year at the BBC Music Magazine Awards a few weeks ago, and Olivier Latry’s organ recital from Notre Dame attracting much attention following the sad news of the fire at the cathedral on 15th April. (In a statement on his Facebook page the following day, Latry confirmed that the instrument had escaped serious damage, and ‘will continue to delight us with its magnificence once the building is restored’).

First among equals, though, is András Schiff’s astonishing recording of late Schubert on the Brodmann fortepiano which he purchased in 2010 after ‘falling in love with it at first sight’ – Katherine’s exclusive interview with him (courtesy of Askonas Holt) will be published on our site next week.

No. 1 (new entry)

András Schiff (fortepiano)

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

No. 2 (new entry)

David Szigetvári, Raffaele Pe, Reinoud Van Mechelen, Marta Mathéu, Aina Albajar Sigalés, Konstantin Wolff, Javier Jiménez-Cuevas, Julián Millán, Simón Millán, Víctor Vilca, Víctor Sordo

Le Concert des Nations, La Capella Reial de Catalunya Jordi Savall

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

No. 3 (No. 1 last month)

Isabelle Faust (violin), Bernhard Forck, (violin), Xenia Loeffler (oboe)

Akademie für Alte Musik Berlin

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

No. 4 (No. 3 last month)

Budapest Festival Orchestra, Iván Fischer

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

No. 5 (new entry)

Rachel Podger (violin)

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

No. 6 (No. 3 in December 2018)

Víkingur Ólafsson (piano)

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

No. 7 (new entry)

Olivier Latry plays the Cavaillé-Coll organ of Notre-Dame de Paris

Olivier Latry (organ)

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

No. 8 (new entry)

Matthias Goerne (bass-baritone), Leif Ove Andsnes (piano)

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

No. 9 (new entry)

Evgeny Kissin (piano), Emerson String Quartet

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

No. 10 (new entry)

Boris Giltburg (piano)

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

No. 11 (new entry)

Miah Persson (soprano), Budapest Festival Orchestra, Iván Fischer

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

No. 12 (new entry)

Ensemble Correspondances, Sébastien Daucé

Available Formats: 2 CDs + DVD Video, MP3, FLAC, Hi-Res FLAC

No. 13 (No. 7 in January)

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, FLAC, Hi-Res FLAC

No. 14 (new entry)

Staatskapelle Dresden, Christian Thielemann

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

No. 15 (new entry)

András Schiff (fortepiano)

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

No. 16 (new entry)

Gewandhausorchester Leipzig, Andris Nelsons

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

No. 17 (No. 14 last month)

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

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

No. 18 (No. 19 last month)

Piano Concerto & works by Hiller, Herz & Kalkbrenner

Howard Shelley (piano & conductor), Tasmanian Symphony Orchestra

Available Format: CD

No. 19 (No. 16 last month)

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. 20 (new entry)

Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra, Vasily Petrenko

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

No. 21 (new entry)

Dame Janet Baker (mezzo), Sir John Barbirolli, Sir Adrian Boult, Sir Simon Rattle, Sir Charles Mackerras, Sir Neville Marriner, Raymond Leppard, Gerald Moore, Geoffrey Parsons and others

Available Formats: 5 CDs, MP3, FLAC

No. 22 (new entry)

Düsseldorfer Symphoniker, Ádám Fischer

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

No. 23 (new entry)

Gidon Kremer (violin), Kremerata Baltica, City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra, Mirga Gražinytė-Tyla

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

No. 24 (new entry)

Clare Hammond (piano), Swedish Chamber Orchestra, Nicholas McGegan

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

No. 25 (new entry)

Alexandra Conunova (violin), Natalie Clein (cello) & David Kadouch (piano), Bertrand Chamayou (piano), Sandrine Piau (soprano), Anaïck Morel (mezzo), Stanislas de Barbeyrac (tenor) & Florian Sempey (bass)

Insula Orchestra, Accentus, Laurence Equilbey

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