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 Presto Chart, The Presto Chart - December 2019

December 2019As December is a comparatively lean time in terms of new releases, this month’s chart sees plenty of reappearances from albums released earlier in the autumn, including award-winners such as Mirga Gražinytė-Tyla’s Weinberg symphonies with the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra, John Wilson’s Korngold triptych with Sinfonia of London, and András Schiff’s mesmerising late Schubert recital on ECM (all of which featured in our Top 10 Recordings of the Year). Pride of place, though, goes to Gautier Capuçon and Yuja Wang’s fresh-sounding, vital accounts of cello sonatas by Franck and Chopin, released on Erato on 6th December – you can read David’s full review of the album here.

No. 1 (new entry)

Gautier Capuçon (cello), Yuja Wang (piano)

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

No. 2 (No. 16 last month)

James Ehnes (violin), Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra, Andrew Manze

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

No. 3 (new entry)

Marlis Petersen (Leonore), Maximilian Schmitt (Florestan), Dimitry Ivashchenko (Rocco), Johannes Weisser (Pizarro), Robin Johannsen (Marzelline), Johannes Chum (Jaqino), Tareq Nazmi (Don Fernando), Florian Feth, Julian Popken (Two Prisoners)

Freiburger Barockorchester, René Jacobs

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

No. 4 (No. 9 last month)

Stile Antico

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

No. 5 (No. 8 last month)

The Choir of King's College, Cambridge, Stephen Cleobury

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

No. 6 (No. 6 last month)

Les Siècles, François-Xavier Roth

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

No. 7 (No. 3 last month)

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

No. 8 (No. 5 last month)

Beatrice Rana (piano)

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

No. 9 (No. 15 in June chart)

András Schiff (fortepiano)

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

No. 10 (No. 21 last month)

Sinfonia of London, John Wilson

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

No. 11 (No. 17 in August chart)

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

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

No. 12 (No. 1 last month)

Masters of the German & Italian Baroque

La Serenissima, Adrian Chandler

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

No. 13 (No. 15 last month)

Jakub Józef Orliński (countertenor), Il Pomo d’Oro, Maxim Emelyanychev

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

No. 14 (new entry)

Cecilia Bartoli (mezzo), Il Giardino Armonico, Giovanni Antonini

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

No. 15 (No. 12 in September chart)

Mahan Esfahani (harpsichord)

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

No. 16 (new entry)

Mahler Chamber Orchestra, Pablo Heras-Casado

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

No. 17 (new entry)

Derek Jacobi (narrator), Septura

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

No. 18 (new entry)

Berliner Philharmoniker, Seiji Ozawa, Paavo Järvi, Herbert Blomstedt, Bernard Haitink, Mariss Jansons, Christian Thielemann, Zubin Mehta, Sir Simon Rattle

Available Formats: 9 CDs + 1 Blu-ray Audio + 3 Blu-ray Videos, MP3, FLAC, Hi-Res FLAC

No. 19 (No. 10 last month)

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

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

No. 20 (No. 17 in June chart)

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

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

No. 21 (No. 24 last month)

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

No. 22 (No. 12 last month)

Bertrand Chamayou (piano), Orchestre National de France, Emmanuel Krivine

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

No. 23 (new entry)

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

Dunedin Consort, John Butt

Available Format: 3 CDs

No. 24 (new entry)

Angela Hewitt (piano)

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

No. 25 (No. 2 last month)