Awards - Discs of the Year 2015 - our top 100

by Chris O'Reilly. 24th November 2015

After the success of last year's Presto Classical Discs of the Year, welcome to the shortlist for 2015's Discs! After many hours of discussion and 'healthy debate', we've finally settled on a long-list of 100 finalists.

Our top 10 winners will be announced on 4th December.

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Our 100 Finalists

JS Bach: Mass in B minor

Monteverdi Choir, English Baroque Soloists, John Eliot Gardiner

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JS Bach: St Matthew Passion

Academy of Ancient Music & Choir of the AAM, Richard Egarr

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Berlioz: Harold en Italie

James Ehnes, Melbourne Symphony Orchestra, Sir Andrew Davis

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Donizetti: Les Martyrs

Michael Spyres, Joyce El-Khoury, David Kempster; Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment, Opera Rara Chorus, Sir Mark Elder

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Elgar: King Olaf

Emily Birsan, Barry Banks, Alan Opie; Bergen Philharmonic Orchestra, Sir Andrew Davis

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The French Collection

Piotr Beczala, Orchestre de l’Opéra National de Lyon, Alain Altinoglu

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Gluck: Orfeo ed Euridice

Franco Fagioli, Malin Hartelius, Emmanuelle de Negri; Accentus, Insula Orchestra, Laurence Equilbey

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Gounod: La Colombe

Erin Morley, Javier Camarena, Michèle Losier, Laurent Naouri; Hallé Orchestra, Sir Mark Elder

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Italia

Juan Diego Flórez, Filarmonica Gioachino Rossini, Carlo Tenan

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Mozart: Die Entführung aus dem Serail

Robin Johannsen, Mari Eriksmoen, Maximilian Schmitt, Dimitry Ivashchenko; Akademie für Alte Musik Berlin, René Jacobs

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Mozart: The Weber Sisters - Deluxe version

Sabine Devieilhe, Pygmalion, Raphaël Pichon

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My Hero

Greta Bradman, English Chamber Orchestra, Richard Bonynge

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Paris, mon amour

Sonya Yoncheva, Orquestra de la Comunitat Valenciana, Frederic Chaslin

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Pärt: Tintinnabuli

The Tallis Scholars, Peter Phillips

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Praetorius

Balthasar-Neumann-Chor-und-Ensemble, Pablo Heras-Casado

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Prokofiev & Shostakovich: Cello Concertos

Steven Isserlis, Frankfurt Radio Symphony Orchestra, Paavo Järvi

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Puccini: La fanciulla del West (DVD)

Jonas Kaufmann, Nina Stemme, Tomasz Konieczny; Orchester & Chor der Wiener Staatoper, Franz Welser-Most

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Puccini: La fanciulla del West (Blu-ray)

Jonas Kaufmann, Nina Stemme, Tomasz Konieczny; Orchester & Chor der Wiener Staatoper, Franz Welser-Most

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Nessun Dorma: The Puccini Album (standard version)

Jonas Kaufmann, Orchestra e Coro dell’Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia, Antonio Pappano

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Nessun Dorma: The Puccini Album (deluxe version)

Jonas Kaufmann, Orchestra e Coro dell’Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia, Antonio Pappano

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Nessun Dorma: The Puccini Album (vinyl version)

Jonas Kaufmann, Orchestra e Coro dell’Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia, Antonio Pappano

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Ravel: Daphnis et Chloé & La Valse

Orchestre et Choeur de l'Opéra National de Paris, Philippe Jordan

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Rossini: Guillaume Tell (DVD)

Nicola Alaima, Marina Rebeka, Juan Diego Flórez; Orchestra e Coro del Teatro Comunale di Bologna, Michele Mariotti

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Rossini: Guillaume Tell (Blu-ray)

Nicola Alaima, Marina Rebeka, Juan Diego Flórez; Orchestra e Coro del Teatro Comunale di Bologna, Michele Mariotti

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Scriabin: Symphonies Nos. 3 & 4

Oslo Philharmonic Orchestra, Vasily Petrenko

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Shostakovich: Cantatas

Estonian National Symphony Orchestra, Narva Boys Choir & Estonian Concert Choir, Paavo Järvi

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Joby Talbot: The Winter's Tale (DVD)

Edward Watson, Sarah Lamb, Zenaida Yanowsky, Steven McRae; Orchestra of the Royal Opera House, David Briskin

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Joby Talbot: The Winter's Tale (Blu-ray)

Edward Watson, Sarah Lamb, Zenaida Yanowsky, Steven McRae; Orchestra of the Royal Opera House, David Briskin

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Tchaikovsky & Prokofiev: Piano Concertos

Kirill Gerstein, Deutsches Symphonie-Orchester Berlin, James Gaffigan

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Tchaikovsky: Iolanta

Anna Netrebko, Sergey Skorokhodov, Alexey Markov, Vitalij Kowaljow; Slovenian Philharmonic Orchestra, Emmanuel Villaume

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Tchaikovsky: Swan Lake (DVD)

Natalia Osipova, Matthew Golding,Elizabeth McGorian; Orchestra of the Royal Opera House & The Royal Ballet, Boris Gruzin

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Tchaikovsky: Swan Lake (Blu-ray)

Natalia Osipova, Matthew Golding,Elizabeth McGorian; Orchestra of the Royal Opera House & The Royal Ballet, Boris Gruzin

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Verdi: Aida

Anja Harteros, Jonas Kaufmann, Ekaterina Semenchuk, Ludovic Tezier; Orchestra e Coro dell'Accademia di Santa Cecilia, Roma, Antonio Pappano

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Verdi: Macbeth (DVD)

Željko Luèiæ, Anna Netrebko, Joseph Calleja, René Pape; Metropolitan Opera, Fabio Luisi

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Verdi: Macbeth (Blu-ray)

Željko Luèiæ, Anna Netrebko, Joseph Calleja, René Pape; Metropolitan Opera, Fabio Luisi

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Leonardo Vinci: Catone in Utica

Max Emanuel Cencic, Franco Fagioli, Valer Sabadus, Juan Sancho; Il Pomo d'Oro, Riccardo Minasi

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Wagner: Der fliegende Holländer (DVD)

Bryn Terfel, Anja Kampe, Matti Salminen, Marco Jentzsch; Philharmonia Zurich, Alain Altinoglu

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Wagner: Der fliegende Holländer (Blu-ray)

Bryn Terfel, Anja Kampe, Matti Salminen, Marco Jentzsch; Philharmonia Zurich, Alain Altinoglu

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Wagner: Das Rheingold

Matthias Goerne, Kim Begley, Michelle DeYoung, Peter Sidhom; Hong Kong Philharmonic Orchestra, Jaap van Zweden

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Wagner: Das Rheingold

Matthias Goerne, Kim Begley, Michelle DeYoung, Peter Sidhom; Hong Kong Philharmonic Orchestra, Jaap van Zweden

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