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 Presto Chart, The Presto Chart - March 2020

March ChartOne of our clearest winners ever for Best-Seller of the Month here, with Icelandic pianist Víkingur Ólafsson’s mesmerising new album of Rameau and Debussy (released last Friday on Deutsche Grammophon) selling almost as many copies as the rest of the Top Five combined! You can read James’s very insightful interview with him about how the project took shape here. Víkingur’s previous album, an all-Bach programme released in September 2018 and crowned Recording of the Year at the 2019 BBC Music Magazine Awards, has also acquired something of a new lease of life and makes a reappearance at No. 24.

No. 1 (new entry)

Víkingur Ólafsson (piano)

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

No. 2 (No. 15 last month)

Isabelle Faust (violin), Swedish Radio Symphony Orchestra, Daniel Harding

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

No. 3 (new entry)

Concerto for Piano and Orchestra & Totentanz

Mark Stone (baritone), Kirill Gerstein (piano), Christianne Stotijn (mezzo-soprano), Boston Symphony Orchestra, Thomas Adès

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

No. 4 (No. 5 last month)

Benjamin Grosvenor (piano), Royal Scottish National Orchestra, Elim Chan

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

No. 5 (No. 1 in overall 2019 chart)

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

Akademie für Alte Musik Berlin

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

No. 6 (No. 1 last month)

French Orchestral Works

Sinfonia of London, John Wilson

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

No. 7 (new entry)

Chen Reiss (soprano), Academy of Ancient Music, Richard Egarr

Available Formats: CD, MP3, FLAC

No. 8 (new entry)

Ailyn Pérez, Christianne Stotijn, Michael Spyres, Jan Martínik, Kateřina Kněžíková, Svatopluk Sem; Czech Philharmonic, Prague Philharmonic Choir, Jiří Bělohlávek, Jakub Hrůša

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

No. 9 (new entry)

Estonian Festival Orchestra, Paavo Järvi

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

No. 10 (No. 10 last month)

Steven Osborne (piano)

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

No. 11 (new entry)

Matthias Goerne (baritone), Jan Lisiecki (piano)

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

No. 12 (new entry)

Works by Grisey, Nono & Haydn

Ludwig Orchestra, Barbara Hannigan

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

No. 13 (new entry)

Federico Colli (piano)

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

No. 14 (No. 4 last month)

Isabelle Faust (violin), Alexander Melnikov (fortepiano)

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

No. 15 (No. 8 last month)

Stephen Hough (piano)

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

No. 16 (new entry)

Chouchane Siranossian (violin), Venice Baroque Orchestra, Andrea Marcon

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

No. 17 (new entry)

Choir of Clare College Cambridge, Dmitri Ensemble, Graham Ross

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

No. 18 (No. 9 last month)

Sarah Fox (soprano), Kathryn Rudge (mezzo), Toby Spence (tenor), Henry Waddington (bass-baritone)

Crouch End Festival Chorus, London Mozart Players, William Vann

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

No. 19 (No. 2 last month)

Joyce DiDonato (Agrippina), Elsa Benoit (Poppea), Luca Pisaroni (Claudio), Franco Fagioli (Nerone), Jakub Józef Orliński (Ottone), Andrea Mastroni (Pallante), Carlo Vistoli (Narciso), Biagio Pizzuti (Lesbo), Marie-Nicole Lemieux (Giunone)

Il Pomo d'Oro, Maxim Emelyanychev

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

No. 20 (new entry)

Dante Quartet

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

No. 21 (No. 14 last month)

Benjamin Bruns (Evangelist), Carolyn Sampson (soprano), Aki Matsui (soprano), Damien Guillon (counter-tenor), Clint van der Linde (baritone), Makato Sakurada (tenor), Zachary Wilder (tenor), Christian Immler (baritone), Toru Kaku (bass)

Bach Collegium Japan, Masaaki Suzuki

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

No. 22 (No. 21 last month)

Leonore Piano Trio

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

No. 23 (No. 6 last month)

London Symphony Orchestra, Sir John Eliot Gardiner

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

No. 24 (No. 4 in overall 2019 chart)

Víkingur Ólafsson (piano)

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

No. 25 (No. 17 last month)

Dorothee Mields (soprano), Robin Tritschler, Krešimir Stražanac, Damien Guillon (counter-tenor), Stephan Gähler, Maximilian Schmitt (tenor), Philipp Kaven, Magdalena Podkościelna, Peter Kooij (bass)

Collegium Vocale Gent, Philippe Herreweghe

Available Formats: MP3, FLAC, Hi-Res FLAC