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 Presto Chart, The Presto Chart - December 2021

December 2021 ChartAn Elizabethan Christmas from Fretwork and mezzo Helen Charlston proved our most popular title for December: featuring music by Byrd, Holborne, Gibbons, Peerson and Weelkes, the album was released on Signum in October, and was one of our two Christmas Recordings of the Week (the other was Christiane Karg and Gerold Huber's 'Christmas Promenade' Licht der Welt, which sits at No. 16).

New festive titles from The Sixteen and the Choir of King's College Cambridge also made the Top 10, as did two of our Recordings of the Year: American pianist and composer Kit Armstrong's Visionaries of Piano Music (released on Deutsche Grammophon in the summer) and the Takács Quartet's disc of music by Felix & Fanny Mendelssohn, which came out on Hyperion at the end of October.

No. 1 (new entry)

Byrd, Holborne, Gibbons, Peerson, Weelkes

Helen Charlston (mezzo), Fretwork

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

No. 2 (new entry)

Lahti Symphony Orchestra, Dima Slobodeniouk

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

No. 3 (No. 11 in July)

Works by William Byrd & John Bull

Kit Armstrong (piano)

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

No. 4 (new entry)

Gewandhausorchester Leipzig, Andris Nelsons

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

No. 5 (No. 9 last month)

Christmas Carols From King's

Matthew Martin (organ), Choir of King's College, Cambridge, Daniel Hyde

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

No. 6 (new entry)

The Sixteen, Harry Christophers

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

No. 7 (No. 11 last month)

Sabine Devieilhe (soprano), Pygmalion, Raphaël Pichon

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

No. 8 (No. 8 last month)

Daniil Trifonov (piano)

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

No. 9 (No. 1 last month)

Takács Quartet

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

No. 10 (No. 11 in October)

Igor Levit (piano)

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

No. 11 (No. 4 last month)

Stephen Hough (piano)

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

No. 12 (No. 7 last month)

Víkingur Ólafsson (piano)

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

No. 13 (new entry)

Chapel Choir of the Royal Hospital Chelsea, Joshua Ryan & William Vann

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

No. 14 (No. 19 last month)

Philadelphia Orchestra, Yannick Nézet-Séguin

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

No. 15 (No. 13 last month)

The Mississippi River & Ethiopia's Shadow in America

ORF Vienna Radio Symphony Orchestra, John Jeter

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

No. 16 (new entry)

A Christmas Promenade

Christiane Karg (soprano), Gerold Huber (piano)

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

No. 17 (No. 3 last month)

Cecilia Bartoli (mezzo), Maxim Vengerov (violin), Kammerorchester Basel, Muhai Tang

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

No. 18 (new entry)

Winner of the 18th International Frederic Chopin Competition

Bruce Liu (piano)

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

No. 19 (No. 2 last month)

Barber & Rachmaninoff

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

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

No. 20 (No. 6 last month)

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

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

No. 21 (No. 12 in July)

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

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

No. 22 (new entry)

Seventeenth-Century Music from Venice to Dalmatia

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

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

No. 23 (No. 13 in June)

Beethoven: Cello Sonatas

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

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

No. 24 (No. 20 in June)

Steven Osborne (piano), Paul Lewis (piano)

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

No. 25 (No. 23 last month)

Helsinki Philharmonic Orchestra, Susanna Mälkki

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