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 Presto Chart, The Presto Chart - May 2021

May 2021 ChartAlina Ibragimova's Paganini Caprices on Hyperion occupies pride of place in the May chart - recorded during lockdown last summer, the accounts were praised in this month's Gramophone for her 'all-facilitating technique' and 'amazing imagination', and in The Guardian for the 'addictive variety, grace and insouciance' which she brings to these formidable pieces. You can read David's full review of the recording here.

No. 1 (No. 7 last month)

Alina Ibragimova (violin)

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

No. 2 (No. 1 last month)

Alexandra Whittingham (guitar)

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

No. 3 (new entry)

Lucy Crowe (Rodelinda), Iestyn Davies (Bertarido), Joshua Ellicott (Grimoaldo), Brandon Cedel (Garibaldo), Jess Dandy (Eduige), Tim Mead (Unulfo)

The English Concert, Harry Bicket

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

No. 4 (new entry)

Leif Ove Andsnes (piano), Mahler Chamber Orchestra, Matthew Truscott (violin), Joel Hunter (viola), Frank-Michael Guthmann (cello)

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

No. 5 (new entry)

Mozart Concert Arias

Lisette Oropesa (soprano), Il Pomo d'Oro, Antonello Manacorda

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

No. 6 (No. 2 last month)

London Symphony Orchestra, Antonio Pappano

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

No. 7 (new entry)

Boris Giltburg (piano), Rhys Owens (trumpet), Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra, Vasily Petrenko

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

No. 8 (new entry)

Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra, Vasily Petrenko

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

No. 9 (new entry)

Oslo Philharmonic Orchestra, Vasily Petrenko

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

No. 10 (No. 5 last month)

Steven Osborne (piano), Paul Lewis (piano)

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

No. 11 (No. 4 last month)

Les Siècles, François-Xavier Roth

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

No. 12 (new entry)

Amy Beach - Florence Price - Samuel Barber

Matthew Rose (bass), Kaleidoscope Chamber Collective

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

No. 13 (new entry)

Guitar Concertos by Joby Talbot and Howard Shore

Miloš Karadaglić (guitar), BBC Symphony Orchestra, Ben Gernon (Talbot); National Arts Centre Orchestra, Alexander Shelley (Shore)

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

No. 14 (No. 14 last month)

Sinfonia of London, John Wilson

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

No. 15 (new entry)

Jean Rondeau (harpsichord)

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

No. 16 (No. 9 last month)

Hercules Dux Ferrarie, D'ung aultre amer & Missa Faysant regretz

The Tallis Scholars, Peter Phillips

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

No. 17 (new entry)

Isabelle Faust (violin), Alexander Melnikov (fortepiano)

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

No. 18 (new entry)

Bejun Mehta (countertenor), Freiburger Barockorchester, René Jacobs

Available Format: CD

No. 19 (No. 13 last month)

Theotime Langlois de Swart (violin), Tanguy de Williencourt (piano)

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

No. 20 (new entry)

Hesperion XXI, La Capella Reial de Catalunya, Jordi Savall

Available Format: 3 SACDs

No. 21 (new entry)

James Ehnes (violin)

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

No. 22 (No. 18 last month)

Danny Driver (piano)

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

No. 23 (new entry)

Jonathan Plowright (piano), BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra, Łukasz Borowicz

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

No. 24 (new entry)

Yukari Nonoshita & Aki Matsui (soprano), Damien Guillon (counter-tenor), Satoshi Mizukoshi (tenor) & Dominik Wörner (bass)

Bach Collegium Japan, Masaaki Suzuki

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

No. 25 (new entry)

Wind Serenades K. 361 & 375

Akademie für Alte Musik Berlin

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