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 Presto Chart, The Presto Chart - April 2020

April Chart 2020 For the first time in the Presto Chart’s history, we have an album maintaining its foothold at No. 1 from the previous month – namely Víkingur Ólafsson’s beguiling recital of Debussy and Rameau on Deutsche Grammophon, which was one of our March Recordings of the Week and received five stars in The Times as well as a rave review in this month’s Gramophone. If you missed it first time round, you can read James’s in-depth interview with Vikingur about what he describes as ‘a conversation between two composers across almost two hundred years’ here. The runaway success of this latest album seems to have also given a new lease of life to the Icelandic pianist’s previous release, an all-Bach programme which was BBC Music Magazine’s 2019 Recording of the Year and is currently sitting pretty at No. 6.

No. 1 (No. 1 last month)

Víkingur Ólafsson (piano)

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

No. 2 (new entry)

Les Siècles, François-Xavier Roth

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

No. 3 (new entry)

Carolyn Sampson (soprano), Anna Dennis (soprano), Mhairi Lawson (soprano), Ashley Riches (bass-baritone), Roderick Williams (baritone), Gabrieli, Paul McCreesh

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

No. 4 (new entry)

Andrew Haveron (violin), RTE Concert Orchestra, John Wilson, Sinfonia of London Chamber Ensemble

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

No. 5 (new entry)

Véronique Gens (soprano), I Giardini

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

No. 6 (No. 24 last month)

Víkingur Ólafsson (piano)

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

No. 7 (new entry)

(currently download-only - due for physical release on 12th June)

MusicAeterna, Teodor Currentzis

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

No. 8 (new entry)

(currently download-only - due for physical release on 8th May)

Daniel Barenboim (piano/conductor), Anne-Sophie Mutter (violin), Yo-Yo Ma (cello), West-Eastern Divan Orchestra

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

No. 9 (No. 2 last month)

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

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

No. 10 (No. 5 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. 11 (new entry)

Jean-Guihen Queyras (cello), Isabelle Faust (violin) & Alexander Melnikov (piano)

Prague Philharmonia, Jirí Belohlávek

Available Formats: CD, MP3, FLAC

No. 12 (new entry)

Alisa Weilerstein (cello)

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

No. 13 (new entry)

Yuja Wang (piano), Los Angeles Philharmonic Orchestra, Gustavo Dudamel

Available Formats: MP3, FLAC, Hi-Res FLAC

No. 14 (No. 21 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. 15 (new entry)

Lars Vogt (piano), Northern Sinfonia

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

No. 16 (No. 12 last month)

Works by Grisey, Nono & Haydn

Ludwig Orchestra, Barbara Hannigan

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

No. 17 (No. 6 last month)

French Orchestral Works

Sinfonia of London, John Wilson

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

No. 18 (No. 16 last month)

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

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

No. 19 (new entry)

Mary Bevan (soprano), The Sixteen, Britten Sinfonia, Genesis Sixteen, Harry Christophers

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

No. 20 (No. 9 last month)

Estonian Festival Orchestra, Paavo Järvi

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

No. 21 (No. 17 last month)

Choir of Clare College Cambridge, Dmitri Ensemble, Graham Ross

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

No. 22 (new entry)

No. 23 (new entry)

Cuarteto Casals

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

No. 24 (new entry)

Clandestine Catholic Music by William Byrd

Marian Consort, Rory McCleery

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

No. 25 (new entry)

Rachel Mahon (organ)

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