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 Presto Chart, The Presto Chart - May 2020

May Chart 2020Grigory Sokolov’s live recordings of Beethoven, Brahms and Mozart (captured at recitals across Europe over the course of 2019, and released on Deutsche Grammophon at the beginning of last month) takes the top spot for May – you can read James’s full review of the album here.

The winners of last month’s BBC Music Magazine Awards also feature prominently, with Paul McCreesh and Gabrieli’s King Arthur (Recording of the Year) making a reappearance at No. 10, John Wilson and Sinfonia of London’s Korngold Symphony sitting at No. 9, and the wonderful young Russian pianist Andrey Gugnin’s Shostakovich album on Hyperion at No. 18; until 13th July, we're offering discounts of up to 30% off the winning titles (please note that discounts do not currently apply to downloads).

No. 1 (new entry)

Grigory Sokolov (piano)

Available Format: 2 CDs + DVD Video

No. 2 (new entry)

Sean Shibe (guitar)

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

No. 3 (new entry)

Stephen Hough (piano), Finnish Radio Symphony Orchestra, Hannu Lintu

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

No. 4 (new entry)

Alina Ibragimova (violin), State Academic Symphony Orchestra of Russia 'Evgeny Svetlanov', Vladimir Jurowski

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

No. 5 (No. 1 last month)

Víkingur Ólafsson (piano)

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

No. 6 (new entry)

Helena Dix (soprano), Christine Rice (mezzo), Benjamin Hulett (tenor), Roderick Williams (baritone)

BBC Concert Orchestra, Bach Choir, David Hill

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

No. 7 (new entry)

Piotr Beczała (tenor), Orquestra de la Comunitat Valenciana, Marco Boemi

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

No. 8 (new entry)

Nicola Benedetti (violin), London Philharmonic Orchestra, Vladimir Jurowski

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

No. 9 (No. 18 in February)

Sinfonia of London, John Wilson

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

No. 10 (No. 14 in November 2019)

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

No. 11 (No. 3 last month)

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. 12 (No. 5 last month)

Véronique Gens (soprano), I Giardini

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

No. 13 (No. 6 last month)

Víkingur Ólafsson (piano)

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

No. 14 (new entry)

Trevor Pinnock (harpsichord)

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

No. 15 (No. 10 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. 16 (No. 4 last month)

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

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

No. 17 (new entry)

Maxim Rysanov (viola/conductor), Sinfonietta Rīga

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

No. 18 (new entry)

Andrey Gugnin (piano)

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

No. 19 (new entry)

Vox Clamantis, Jaan-Eik Tulve

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

No. 20 (new entry)

Portland State University Chamber Choir, Ethan Sperry

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

No. 21 (No. 17 last month)

French Orchestral Works

Sinfonia of London, John Wilson

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

No. 22 (new entry)

a Will Fraser film

Daniel Moult (organ)

Available Format: 4 DVD Videos + 3 CDs

No. 23 (No. 8 last month)

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. 24 (new entry)

Sandrine Piau (soprano), Christopher Lowrey (countertenor), Les Talens Lyriques, Christophe Rousset

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

No. 25 (new entry)

Martin Fröst (clarinet), Concerto Köln

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