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 Awards, Recordings of the Year 2021 - Our Top 100

Top 100 2021After many hours of listening and discussion, the Presto editorial team have finally decided on our Top 100 Recordings of the Year: you can browse through the finalists below, and until 24th January 2022 we're offering special discounts on almost all of the featured titles. Our Top 10 recordings will be announced on Friday 10th December.

Seventeenth-Century Music from Venice to Dalmatia

Bojan Čičić (violin), Gawain Glenton (cornet), The Illyria Consort, Marian Consort, Rory McCleery

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

Lea Desandre (mezzo), Jupiter, Thomas Dunford

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

Amy Beach - Florence Price - Samuel Barber

Matthew Rose (bass), Kaleidoscope Chamber Collective

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

Basque National Orchestra, Robert Trevino

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

Jakub Józef Orliński (countertenor), Il Pomo d’Oro, Francesco Corti

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

Philippe Jaroussky (countertenor), Thibaut Garcia (guitar)

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

CPE Bach: Complete String Symphonies

Amandine Beyer, Gli Incogniti

Available Formats: MP3, FLAC, Hi-Res FLAC

Daniil Trifonov (piano)

Available Format: 2 CDs

Isabelle Faust (violin), Antoine Tamestit (viola), Akademie für Alte Musik Berlin

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

Sabine Devieilhe (soprano), Pygmalion, Raphaël Pichon

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

Cantatas BWV 45 & 198 & Motet BWV 118

Dorothee Mields (soprano), Alex Potter (countertenor), Thomas Hobbs (tenor), Peter Kooij (bass)

Collegium Vocale Gent. Philippe Herreweghe

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

Piotr Anderszewski (piano)

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

Michael Spyres (baritenor), Orchestre Philharmonique de Strasbourg, Marko Letonja

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

Krystian Zimerman (piano), London Symphony Orchestra, Sir Simon Rattle

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

Les Siècles, François-Xavier Roth

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

Johannes Pramsohler (violin), Ensemble Diderot

Available Formats: MP3, FLAC, Hi-Res FLAC

Leonardo Capalbo (Candide), Jane Archibald (Cunegonde), Anne Sofie von Otter (Old Lady), Thomas Allen (Dr Pangloss/Narrator)

London Symphony Orchestra & Chorus, Marin Alsop

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

Freiburger Barockconsort, Vox Luminis, Lionel Meunier

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

Nicolas Namoradze (piano)

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

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

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

Antoine Tamestit (viola), Cédric Tiberghien (piano), Matthias Goerne (baritone)

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

Elgar - Britten - Walton - Vaughan Williams

City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra, Mirga Gražinytė-Tyla

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

Peter Donohoe (piano)

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

Psalmes, Sonets & Songs of sadnes and pietie

Alamire, Fretwork, David Skinner

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

Federico Mompou, Maurice Ravel, Manuel de Falla, Erik Satie, Francis Poulenc

Sean Shibe (guitar)

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

Viardot-García - Schumann- Mahler - Kaprálová

Olena Tokar (soprano), Igor Gryshyn (piano)

Available Formats: CD, MP3, FLAC

Beatrice Rana (piano)

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

Strauss - Berg - Zemlinsky

Sandrine Piau (soprano), Orchestre Victor Hugo Franche-Comté, Jean-François Verdier

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

Patricia Kopatchinskaja (violin), Orchestre Philharmonique du Luxembourg, Gustavo Gimeno

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

Nathalie Stutzmann (contralto/director), Orfeo 55

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

Orchestre de l'Opera Royal, Joseph Colaneri

Available Format: 2 CDs + DVD Video + Blu-ray Audio

Huw Watkins (piano), Norwegian Radio Orchestra, Birmingham Contemporary Music Group, National Youth Orchestra of Great Britain, Karen Kamensek, Oliver Knussen

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

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

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

Orchestre de La Suisse Romande, Jonathan Nott

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

Ibert - Bernard - Bartók - Ippolito

C/O Chamber Orchestra

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

Songs by Black Composers

Will Liverman (baritone), Paul Sánchez (piano)

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

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

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

Anna Dennis (Semele), Richard Burkhard (Jupiter), Helen Charlston (Juno), Aoife Miskelly (Ino), William Wallace (Athamas), Héloïse Bernard (Iris)

Academy of Ancient Music, Julian Perkins

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

Gothic Voices

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

Guðnadóttir - Bingen - Snider - Mazzoli

Emily D'Angelo (mezzo), Das Freie Orchester Berlin, Jarkko Riihimäki

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

Britten - Bliss - Bridge - Berkeley

Sinfonia of London, John Wilson

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

Insula Orchestra, Laurence Equilbey

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

The Piano Music of Florence Price

Samantha Ege (piano)

Available Format: CD

Fauré - Poulenc - Stravinsky - Debussy - Ravel

Steven Osborne (piano), Paul Lewis (piano)

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

Colin Currie (percussion), BBC Philharmonic, Juanjo Mena

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

Gewandhausorchester Leipzig, Andris Nelsons

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

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

Les heures du jour

Il Giardino Armonico, Giovanni Antonini

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

Collected songs of Samuel Coleridge-Taylor

Elizabeth Llewellyn (soprano), Simon Lepper (piano)

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

Hans Gál's unpublished Lieder

Christian Immler (baritone), Helmut Deutsch (piano)

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

Beethoven: Cello Sonatas

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

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

Songs By Wagner, Pfitzner, Strauss

Matthias Goerne (baritone), Seong-Jin Cho (piano)

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

Anna Lapwood (organ of Ely Cathedral)

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

Helen Charlston (mezzo), Michael Craddock (baritone), Alexander Soares (piano)

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

Beethoven - Schubert - Mahler - Britten

James Newby (baritone), Joseph Middleton (piano)

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

University of Michigan Symphony Orchestra, Kenneth Kiesler

Available Formats: CD, MP3, FLAC

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

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

Jonas Kaufmann (Paul), Marlis Petersen (Marietta), Andrej Filonczyk (Frank/Fritz), Jennifer Johnston (Brigitta), Mirjam Mesak (Juliette), Corinna Scheurle (Lucienne), Manuel Günther (Gaston/Victorin), Dean Power (Graf Albert)

Bayerische Staatsoper, Kirill Petrenko, Simon Stone (director)

Available Format: 2 DVD Videos

Jonas Kaufmann (Paul), Marlis Petersen (Marietta), Andrej Filonczyk (Frank/Fritz), Jennifer Johnston (Brigitta), Mirjam Mesak (Juliette), Corinna Scheurle (Lucienne), Manuel Günther (Gaston/Victorin), Dean Power (Graf Albert)

Bayerische Staatsoper, Kirill Petrenko, Simon Stone (director)

Available Format: Blu-ray

Orchestre de Chambre de Paris, Chœur du Concert Spirituel, Sébastien Rouland

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

Danny Driver (piano)

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

Jonas Kaufmann (tenor), Helmut Deutsch (piano)

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

performing version by Deryck Cooke

Minnesota Orchestra, Osmo Vänskä

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

BBC Philharmonic Orchestra, Jac van Steen

Available Formats: CD, MP3, FLAC

Takács Quartet

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

Víkingur Ólafsson (piano)

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

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

Available Formats: MP3, FLAC, Hi-Res FLAC

Francesca Dego (violin), Royal Scottish National Orchestra, Sir Roger Norrington, Francesca Leonardi (piano)

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

Barber - Rachmaninov

Sheku Kanneh-Mason (cello), Isata Kanneh-Mason (piano)

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

Brahms, Mussorgsky, Bartók

Magdalena Kožená (mezzo), Yefim Bronfman (piano)

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

Mozart Concert Arias

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

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

Igor Levit (piano)

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

Alina Ibragimova (violin)

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

Chausson - Rautavaara - Prokofiev

Hilary Hahn (violin), Orchestre Philharmonique de Radio France, Mikko Franck

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

Lully, Charpentier & Desmarets

Véronique Gens (soprano), Ensemble Les Surprises, Les Chantres du Centre de Musique Baroque de Versailles, Louis-Noël Bestion de Camboulas

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

Freddie De Tommaso (tenor), London Philharmonic Orchestra, Renato Balsadonna

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

Philadelphia Orchestra, Yannick Nézet-Séguin

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

Oslo Philharmonic Orchestra, Vasily Petrenko

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

The Philadelphia Orchestra, Yannick Nézet-Séguin

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

L'art de varier

Ivan Ilić (piano)

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

Randall Goosby (violin), Zhu Wang (piano), Xavier Dubois Foley (double bass)

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

Estonian Philharmonic Chamber Choir, Kaspars Putniņš

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

Patricia Kopatchinskaja (violin/sprechgesang), Meesun Hong (violin), Julia Gallego (flute), Reto Bieri (clarinet), Thomas Kaufmann (cello), Joonas Ahonen (piano), Marko Milenkovic (viola)

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

Marianne Crebassa (mezzo), Orchestre et Choeur du National du Capitole de Toulouse, Ben Glassberg; Thibaut Garcia (guitar), Alphonse Cemin (piano)

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

Baroque Instrumental Music from the Italian States

Tabea Debus (violin), La Serenissima, Adrian Chandler

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

Boston Symphony Orchestra, Andris Nelsons

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

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

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

The Hermes Experiment

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

Mahler - Ives - Grime

Ruby Hughes (soprano), Joseph Middleton (piano)

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

Tabea Zimmermann (viola), Jean-Guihen Queyras (cello), Gürzenich-Orchester Köln, François-Xavier Roth

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

Isabelle Faust (violin), Orchestre de Paris, Pablo Heras-Casado

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

Andrew Matthews-Owen (piano), Rebecca Evans (soprano), Gareth Brynmor John (baritone), Susan Bullock (soprano), Elin Manahan Thomas (soprano), Catrin Finch (harp), Elgan Llŷr Thomas (tenor), Natalya Romaniw (soprano)

Available Formats: CD, MP3, FLAC

Kate Lindsey (mezzo), Arcangelo, Jonathan Cohen

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

A Castrato in Ireland

Tara Erraught (mezzo), Irish Baroque Orchestra, Peter Whelan

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

London Symphony Orchestra, Antonio Pappano

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

Ludovic Tézier (baritone), Orchestra del Teatro Comunale di Bologna, Frédéric Chaslin

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

Stephen Hough (piano)

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

Works by William Byrd & John Bull

Kit Armstrong (piano)

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

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

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

Andrew Watts (countertenor), Roderick Williams (baritone)

BBC Symphony Orchestra, David Robertson, Sir Andrew Davis, Edward Gardner

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

Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra, Vasily Petrenko

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