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 Presto Chart, The Presto Chart - May 2018

April ChartOut in front by a country mile this month is Keith Warner’s 2017 production of Verdi’s Otello on Sony, starring Jonas Kaufmann in his debut as the jealousy-wracked Venetian general; the DVD and Blu-ray release of the opera also appears to have generated a resurgence of interest in Martin Kušej’s Forza del destino from Munich, which stars the German tenor as Alvaro (a role he’ll reprise at Covent Garden next spring).

Next in line is Philippe Jaroussky as a decidedly more model husband in the title-role of Gluck’s Orfeo (given in its 1774 Naples version, under Diego Fasolis), which was our most recent Recording of the Week, and in third place is last month’s No. 1 – Rachel Podger’s pared-down but supremely colourful Four Seasons with Brecon Baroque on Channel Classics.

19 year old cellist Sheku Kanneh-Mason’s debut album Inspiration (released in January on Decca) jumps in at Number 9 in the wake of his assured performance at the wedding of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle earlier this month – the BBC Young Musician of the Year also became the highest-charting cellist ever after reaching No. 11 in the Official UK Album Chart. (You can read Katherine's interview with Sheku about the recording here if you missed it first time round!).

No. 1 (No. 4 last month)

Verdi: Otello (DVD)

Jonas Kaufmann, Marco Vratogna, Maria Agresta; Royal Opera House Covent Garden, Sir Antonio Pappano, Keith Warner

Available Format: 2 DVD Videos

Verdi: Otello (Blu-ray)

Jonas Kaufmann, Marco Vratogna, Maria Agresta; Royal Opera House Covent Garden, Sir Antonio Pappano, Keith Warner

Available Format: Blu-ray

No. 2 (new entry)

Gluck: Orfeo ed Euridice

Philippe Jaroussky, Amanda Forsythe, Emőke Baráth; Coro della Radiotelevisione Svizzera & I Barocchisti, Diego Fasolis

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

No. 3 (No. 1 last month)

Vivaldi: Le Quattro Stagioni

Rachel Podger (violin), Brecon Baroque

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

No. 4 (new entry)

Domenico Scarlatti: Sonatas Vol. 1 - The Power of Illusion

Federico Colli (piano)

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

No. 5 (No. 2 last month)

Haydn: Piano Sonatas Nos. 47, 54, 59 and 60

Paul Lewis (piano)

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

No. 6 (new entry)

Debussy & Ravel - String Quartets

Jerusalem Quartet

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

No. 7 (new entry)

Schubert: Octet

Isabelle Faust (violin), Anne Katharina Schreiber (violin), Danusha Waskiewicz (viola), Kristin von der Goltz (cello), Lorenzo Coppola (clarinet), Javier Zafra (bassoon), Teunis van der Zwart (horn), James Munro (double bass)

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

No. 8 (new entry)

Berliner Philharmoniker - The Asia Tour

Yuja Wang (piano), Seong-Jin Cho (piano); Berliner Philharmoniker, Sir Simon Rattle

Available Format: 5 SACDs + Blu-ray

No. 9 (new entry)

Inspiration

Sheku Kanneh-Mason (cello)

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

No. 10 (new entry)

Haydn: Piano Trios

Trio Wanderer

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

No. 11 (new entry)

Shura Cherkassky: The Complete UK World Record Club Solo Recordings

Shura Cherkassky (piano)

Available Format: 2 CDs

No. 12 (No. 5 last month)

Ravel: Ma mère l’Oye

Les Siècles, François-Xavier Roth

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

No. 13 (new entry)

Handel: Concerti a Due Cori

Petra Müllejans, Freiburger Barockorchester, Gottfried von der Goltz

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

No. 14 (No. 6 last month)

Mahler: Symphony No. 3

Gerhild Romberger (contralto), Symphonieorchester des Bayerischen Rundfunks, Bernard Haitink

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

No. 15 (new entry)

Vaughan Williams: Mass in G minor

Choir of St John’s College, Cambridge, Andrew Nethsingha

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

No. 16 (No. 3 last month)

Bruckner: Symphony No. 7

Gewandhausorchester, Andris Nelsons

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

No. 17 (new entry)

Bruckner: Symphony No. 8 & Messiaen: Couleurs de la Cité Céleste

Pierre-Laurent Aimard (piano), London Symphony Orchestra, Sir Simon Rattle

Available Format: DVD Video + Blu-ray

No. 18 (new entry)

Verdi: La forza del destino (DVD)

Anja Harteros, Jonas Kaufmann, Ludovic Tézier, Nadia Krasteva; Bayerischen Staatsoper, Asher Fisch, Martin Kušej

Available Format: 2 DVD Videos

Verdi: La forza del destino (Blu-ray)

Anja Harteros, Jonas Kaufmann, Ludovic Tézier, Nadia Krasteva; Bayerischen Staatsoper, Asher Fisch, Martin Kušej

Available Format: Blu-ray

No. 19 (new entry)

Crusell: The Three Clarinet Concertos

Michael Collins (clarinet/conductor), Swedish Chamber Orchestra

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

No. 20 (No. 8 last month)

Brahms: The Symphonies

Scottish Chamber Orchestra, Robin Ticciati

Available Format: 2 CDs

No. 21 (new entry)

Bartók: Violin Concertos Nos. 1 & 2

Christian Tetzlaff (violin), Finnish Radio Symphony Orchestra, Hannu Lintu

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

No. 22 (new entry)

Mahler: Symphony No. 6

Minnesota Orchestra, Osmo Vänskä

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

No. 23 (new entry)

John Adams: Naive and Sentimental Music & Absolute Jest

Doric String Quartet, Royal Scottish National Orchestra, Peter Oundjian

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

No. 24 (No. 7 last month)

Beethoven: Missa Solemnis

Ann-Helen Moen, Roxana Constantinescu, James Gilchrist, Benjamin Bevan; Bach Collegium Japan, Masaaki Suzuki

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

No. 25 (No. 17 last month)

Debussy: Sonates & Trios

Emmanuel Pahud (flute), Renaud Capuçon (violin), Bertrand Chamayou (piano), Edgar Moreau (cello), Gerard Caussé (viola), Marie-Pierre Langlamet (harp)

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