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 Awards, Recordings of the Year 2019 - Our Top 100

2019 Top HundredAfter many hours of listening and discussion, the Presto editorial team have finally decided on our top 100 Recordings of the Year: you can browse through the finalists below, and until 27th January 2020 we're offering special discounts on all featured titles. Our top 10 recordings will be announced on Friday 6th December, and in the interim do stay tuned for the shortlists for our special category awards (including Emerging Artist, Conductor of the Year, and Premiere Recording), which we'll reveal next week...

Ed Lyon (tenor), Theatre of the Ayre

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

Audrey Luna, Amanda Echalaz, Sally Matthews, Sophie Bevan, Alice Coote, Christine Rice, Iestyn Davies, Joseph Kaiser, Frédéric Antoun, David Portillo, Rod Gilfry, John Tomlinson

Metropolitan Opera, Thomas Adès, Gary Halvorson

Available Format: DVD Video

Audrey Luna, Amanda Echalaz, Sally Matthews, Sophie Bevan, Alice Coote, Christine Rice, Iestyn Davies, Joseph Kaiser, Frédéric Antoun, David Portillo, Rod Gilfry, John Tomlinson

Metropolitan Opera, Thomas Adès, Gary Halvorson

Available Format: Blu-ray

Gabrieli, Paul McCreesh

Available Format: 2 CDs

BBC Philharmonic, John Storgårds

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

Rachel Podger (violin)

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

Vox Luminis, Lionel Meunier

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

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

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

Concerto Italiano, Rinaldo Alessandrini

Available Format: 2 CDs

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

Olivier Latry (organ)

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

Mahan Esfahani (harpsichord)

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

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

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

Emma Bell (Vanessa), Virginie Verrez (Erika), Edgaras Montvidas (Anatol), Rosalind Plowright (The Old Baroness)

The Glyndebourne Chorus & London Philharmonic Orchestra, Jakub Hrůša, Keith Warner (director)

Available Format: DVD Video

Emma Bell (Vanessa), Virginie Verrez (Erika), Edgaras Montvidas (Anatol), Rosalind Plowright (The Old Baroness)

The Glyndebourne Chorus & London Philharmonic Orchestra, Jakub Hrůša, Keith Warner

Available Format: Blu-ray

Budapest Festival Orchestra, Iván Fischer

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

Ann-Helen Moen (soprano), Marianne Beate Kielland (mezzo), Allan Clayton (tenor), Neal Davies (bass)

Bach Collegium Japan, Masaaki Suzuki

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

Igor Levit (piano)

Available Formats: 9 CDs, MP3, FLAC, Hi-Res FLAC

Ronald Brautigam (fortepiano), Die Kölner Akademie, Michael Alexander Willens

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

Marlis Petersen (Leonore), Maximilian Schmitt (Florestan), Dimitry Ivashchenko (Rocco), Johannes Weisser (Pizarro), Robin Johannsen (Marzelline), Johannes Chum (Jaquino), Tareq Nazmi (Don Fernando), Florian Feth (First Prisoner), Julian Popken (Second Prisoner)

Freiburger Barockorchester, René Jacobs

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

Danish Chamber Orchestra, Danish National Concert Choir, Ádám Fischer

Available Formats: 5 CDs, MP3, FLAC, Hi-Res FLAC

Stéphane Degout (King), Barbara Hannigan (Isabel), Gyula Orendt (Gaveston/Stranger), Peter Hoare (Mortimer), Samuel Boden (Boy/Young King)

Orchestra of The Royal Opera House, George Benjamin, Katie Mitchell

Available Format: DVD Video

téphane Degout (King), Barbara Hannigan (Isabel), Gyula Orendt (Gaveston/Stranger), Peter Hoare (Mortimer), Samuel Boden (Boy/Young King)

Orchestra of The Royal Opera House, George Benjamin, Katie Mitchell

Available Format: Blu-ray

Michael Spyres (Faust), Joyce DiDonato (Marguerite), Nicolas Courjal (Méphistophélès), Alexandre Duhamel (Brander)

Coro Gulbenkian, Strasbourg Philharmonic Orchestra, John Nelson

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

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

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

Dame Sarah Connolly (mezzo-soprano), James Platt (bass), BBC Symphony Orchestra, BBC Symphony Chorus, Sir Andrew Davis

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

Kirill Gerstein (piano), Hagen Quartett

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

Alina Ibragimova (violin), Cédric Tiberghien (piano)

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

BBC Philharmonic, Rumon Gamba

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

Gewandhausorchester Leipzig, Andris Nelsons

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

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

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

Francesco Cavalli Opera Arias

Philippe Jaroussky (countertenor), Artaserse

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

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

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

BBC Philharmonic, John Wilson

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

Marc-André Hamelin (piano), Takács Quartet

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

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

Magdalena Kožená (mezzo), Deutsches Symphonie-Orchester Berlin, Rundfunkchor Berlin, Robin Ticciati

Available Format: CD

Mahler Chamber Orchestra, Pablo Heras-Casado

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

Filarmonica della Scala, Riccardo Chailly

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

Trinity College Choir Cambridge, Stephen Layton

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

Gautier Capuçon (cello), Yuja Wang (piano)

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

Alina Ibragimova (violin), Cédric Tiberghien (piano)

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

Benjamin Bernheim (Faust), Véronique Gens (Marguerite), Andrew Foster-Williams (Méphistophélès), Jean-Sébastien Bou (Valentin), Juliette Mars (Siebel), Ingrid Perruche (Marthe), Anas Séguin (Wagner/Un mendiant)

Les Talens Lyriques, Flemish Radio Choir, Christophe Rousset

Available Formats: 3 CDs + Book, MP3, FLAC, Hi-Res FLAC

Denis Kozhukhin (piano)

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

Robert Murray, Cody Quattlebaum, Elizabeth Watts, Ruby Hughes, Tim Mead, Gwilym Bowen, Nicky Spence

Academy of Ancient Music, Richard Egarr

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

Joshua Ellicott, Sophie Bevan, Fflur Wyn, Mary Bevan, Jess Dandy, Hugo Hymas, Matthew Brook, Vitali Rozynko

Dunedin Consort, John Butt

Available Format: 3 CDs

The London Haydn Quartet

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

Belcea Quartet

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

Nicky Spence (tenor), Julius Drake (piano), Václava Housková (mezzo), VOICE, Victoria Samek (clarinet)

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

Seattle Symphony, Ludovic Morlot

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

Malmö Symphony Orchestra, Darrell Ang

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

Sinfonia of London, John Wilson

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

Sabine Devieilhe (soprano), Siobhan Stagg (soprano), Serena Malfi (mezzo), Linard Vrielink (tenor), John Chest (baritone), Nahuel di Pierro (bass-baritone)

Pygmalion, Raphaël Pichon

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

Joyce El-Khoury (Mirra), Airam Hernández (King), Oleksandr Pushniak (Beleso)

Weimar Staatskapelle, Kirill Karabits

Available Formats: CD, MP3, FLAC

Cyrille Dubois (tenor), Tristan Raës (piano)

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

Les Siècles, François-Xavier Roth

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

Nicola Benedetti (violin), Philadelphia Orchestra, Cristian Măcelaru

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

Johannes Moser (cello), Alasdair Beatson (piano)

Available Formats: SACD, MP3, FLAC

Marie-Nicole Lemieux (contralto), Orchestre National Bordeaux Aquitaine, Paul Daniel

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

Daniel Behle (tenor), L'Orfeo Barockorchester, Michi Gaigg

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

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

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

Jodie Devos (soprano), Münchner Rundfunkorchester, Laurent Campellone

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

Aude Extrémo (La Périchole), Stanislas de Barbeyrac (Piquillo), Alexandre Duhamel (Don Andrès de Ribeira), Eric Huchet (Le comte de Panatellas), Marc Mauillon (Don Pedro de Hinoyosa)

Les Musiciens du Louvre, Chœur de l'Opéra National de Bordeaux, Marc Minkowski

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

Fort Smith Symphony, John Jeter

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

Ermonela Jaho (Anna), Arsen Soghomonyan (Roberto), Brian Mulligan (Guglielmo)

Opera Rara Chorus, London Philharmonic Orchestra, Sir Mark Elder

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

Anna Dennis, Mhairi Lawson, Rowan Pierce, Carolyn Sampson (sopranos), Jeremy Budd (high tenor), James Way (tenor), Roderick Williams (baritone), Ashley Riches (bass-baritone)

Gabrieli Players, Paul McCreesh

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

Bruno Philippe (cello) & Jérôme Ducros (piano)

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

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

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

Cecilia Bartoli (Isabella), Edgardo Rocha (Lindoro), Ildar Abdrazakov (Mustafà), Alessandro Corbelli (Taddeo), Rebeca Olvera (Elvira), Rosa Bove (Zulma), José Coca Loza (Haly)

Ensemble Matheus, Jean-Christophe Spinosi, Moshe Leiser & Patrice Caurier

Available Format: 2 DVD Videos

Cecilia Bartoli (Isabella), Edgardo Rocha (Lindoro), Ildar Abdrazakov (Mustafà), Alessandro Corbelli (Taddeo), Rebeca Olvera (Elvira), Rosa Bove (Zulma), José Coca Loza (Haly)

Ensemble Matheus, Jean-Christophe Spinosi, Moshe Leiser & Patrice Caurier

Available Format: Blu-ray

Gerald Finley (bass-baritone), Xavier de Maistre (harp), Finnish Radio Symphony Orchestra, Hannu Lintu

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

Arcadi Volodos (piano)

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

Roderick Williams (baritone) & Iain Burnside (piano)

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

András Schiff (fortepiano)

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

Ian Bostridge (tenor), Thomas Adès (piano)

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

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

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

Markus Maskuniitty (horn), Royal Stockholm Philharmonic Orchestra, Sakari Oramo

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

Christian Gerhaher (baritone), Camilla Tilling (soprano), Gerold Huber (piano)

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

BBC Philharmonic, Rumon Gamba

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

London Symphony Orchestra, Gianandrea Noseda

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

Andrey Gugnin (piano)

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

Sandrine Piau (soprano), Le Concert de la Loge, Julien Chauvin

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

Gothenburg Symphony Orchestra, Santtu-Matias Rouvali

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

BBC Symphony Orchestra, Sakari Oramo

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

Orchestre de Paris, Paavo Järvi

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

BBC Symphony Orchestra and Chorus, Sakari Oramo

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

Louisa Tuck (cello), Oslo Philharmonic Orchestra, Vasily Petrenko

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

Beatrice Rana (piano)

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

Vadim Gluzman (violin), Johannes Moser (cello), Yevgeny Sudbin (piano)

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

Berliner Philharmoniker, Kirill Petrenko

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

Masters of the German & Italian Baroque

La Serenissima, Adrian Chandler

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

and works by Hiller, Herz & Kalkbrenner

Howard Shelley (piano & conductor), Tasmanian Symphony Orchestra

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

Rachel Nicholls (soprano), BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra, Martyn Brabbins

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

Vilde Frang (violin), Barnabás Kelemen (violin), Lawrence Power (viola), Nicolas Altstaedt (cello), Alexander Lonquich (piano)

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

Alexandre Tharaud (piano), Sabine Devieilhe (soprano), Justin Taylor (piano)

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

Lise Davidsen (Agathe), Andreas Schager (Max), Sofia Fomina (Ännchen), Alan Held (Kaspar), Markus Eiche (Ottokar), Franz-Josef Selig (Eremit)

Frankfurt Radio Symphony, MDR Leipzig Radio Choir, Marek Janowski

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

Kremerata Baltica, City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra, Mirga Gražinytė-Tyla

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

Jonas Kaufmann (tenor), Rachel Willis-Sørensen (soprano), Wiener Philharmoniker, Ádám Fischer

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

Anne-Sophie Mutter (violin), The Recording Arts Orchestra of Los Angeles, John Williams

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

Anne-Sophie Mutter (violin), The Recording Arts Orchestra of Los Angeles, John Williams

Available Format: CD + DVD Video

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

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

Hila Baggio (soprano), Jerusalem Quartet

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

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