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 Presto Chart, The Presto Chart - June 2021

June 2021 ChartOut in front by a country mile last month were Sir András Schiff and the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment's period-instrument accounts of the Brahms piano concertos (directed from the keyboard, in this case an 1859 Blüthner). Released on ECM at the beginning of June, the disc was Recording of the Month in the latest issue of Gramophone as well as a Presto Recording of the Week, with James observing that the project 'strips away performance traditions to present refreshingly original accounts of both works, full of detail and character'.

You can read James's full review here, and watch Schiff's extensive video-discussion of the project here.

No. 1 (new entry)

András Schiff (piano/director), Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment

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

No. 2 (new entry)

Daniel Barenboim (piano), Michael Barenboim (violin), Kian Soltani (cello), Martha Argerich (piano), Staatskapelle Berlin

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

No. 3 (new entry)

Boston Symphony Orchestra, Andris Nelsons

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

No. 4 (No. 4 last month)

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 (No. 2 last month)

Alexandra Whittingham (guitar)

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

No. 6 (No. 3 last month)

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. 7 (new entry)

Barnabás Kelemen (violin), Nicolas Altstaedt (cello), Alexander Lonquich (piano)

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

No. 8 (new entry)

Matthew Rose (bass), Kaleidoscope Chamber Collective

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

No. 9 (new entry)

Alice Coote (mezzo), Burkhard Fritz (tenor), Netherlands Philharmonic, Marc Albrecht

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

No. 10 (new entry)

Thomas Trotter (organ)

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

No. 11 (new entry)

Chicago Symphony Orchestra, Rafael Kubelík

Available Format: 10 CDs

No. 12 (new entry)

Budapest Festival Orchestra, Iván Fischer

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

No. 13 (new entry)

Beethoven: Cello Sonatas

Yo-Yo Ma (cello), Emanuel Ax (piano)

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

No. 14 (new entry)

Wiener Philharmoniker, Rafael Kubelik

Available Format: 12 CDs

No. 15 (No. 1 last month)

Alina Ibragimova (violin)

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

No. 16 (No. 8 last month)

Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra, Vasily Petrenko

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

No. 17 (new entry)

Gothic Voices

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

No. 18 (No. 21 in April)

Ronald Brautigam (fortepiano), Kölner Akademie, Michael Alexander Willens

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

No. 19 (new entry)

Les Siècles, François-Xavier Roth

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

No. 20 (No. 10 last month)

Steven Osborne (piano), Paul Lewis (piano)

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

No. 21 (new entry)

Lise Davidsen (soprano), Bergen Philharmonic Orchestra, Edward Gardner

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

No. 22 (No. 25 last month)

Wind Serenades K. 361 & 375

Akademie für Alte Musik Berlin

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

No. 23 (new entry)

Bayerisches Staatsorchester, Kirill Petrenko

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

No. 24 (new entry)

Adam Walker (flute), Juliana Koch (oboe), Jonathan Davies (bassoon), Sinfonia of London, John Wilson

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

No. 25 (new entry)