Gramophone Awards Final 2017

The Gramophone Awards were handed out earlier this evening.

In case you weren’t following proceedings on Twitter, or you haven’t got time to catch up on Medici.tv, here are the top line winners. Category winners here.

Top (additional) marks for cuteness for Vasily Petrenko. Also, Classic FM’s boss Sam Jackson who has an undeniable whiff of Leo Howard from Howard’s Way about him (see below).

Lifetime Achievement Award

Dame Kiri Te Kanawa

Recording of the Year

Isabelle Faust and Il Giardino Armonico / Giovanni Antonini: Mozart: Violin Concertos Nos 1-5(Harmonia Mundi)

 

Young Artist of the Year

Beatrice Rana (piano) with Jennifer Pike (left)

Anniversary Award

Classic FM received a special award in honour of the station’s 25th anniversary

Label of the Year

Signum Classics

Artist of the Year

Vasily Petrenko

Special Achievement

Colin Matthews OBE

Gramophone Awards 2017 Category Winners Announced

The Gramophone Award Category Winners have been announced.

The Gramophones are quite a complicated affair procedurally (see here for a primer), reflected in an unnecessarily fussy website. So, in the spirit of (trying) to make things quick to digest, below are the top three in each category, with the winner marked in red bold.

There’s also a selection of category winners in this hastily drawn-up Spotify Playlist.

One of these recordings will now go on to win Recording of the Year, announced on September 13 alongside Artist of the Year, Young Artist of the Year, the Lifetime Achievement Award and Label of the Year.

The ceremony will be broadcast live on medici.tv. The whole ceremony will also be available to watch on the Classic FM website.

Baroque Instrumental

Florilegium: Telemann: Ihr Völker hört. Concertos (Channel Classics)
Gli Incogniti / Giuliano Carmignola / Amandine Beyer: Vivaldi: Concerti per due violini (Harmonia Mundi)
La Serenissima / Adrian Chandler: ‘The Italian Job’ (Avie)

Baroque Vocal sponsored by Mrs Joan Jones

Iestyn Davies; Arcangelo / Jonathan Cohen: Bach: Cantatas Nos 54, 82 & 170 (Hyperion)
Les Arts Florissants / Paul Agnew: Monteverdi: Madrigals, Vol 3: Venezia (Harmonia Mundi)
Sir John Eliot Gardiner / Monteverdi Choir; EBS: Bach: St Matthew Passion (SDG)

Chamber sponsored by the Adam Mickiewicz Institute

Danish Quartet: Abrahamsen, Adès, Norgård: String Quartets (ECM)
The Nash Ensemble: Bruch: String Octet. String Quintets (Hyperion)
Silesian Quartet: Bacewicz: Complete String Quartets (Chandos)

Choral sponsored by IDAGIO

Paul McCreesh / Gabrieli Consort & Players: Haydn: The Seasons (Signum)
Hervé Niquet / Le Concert Spirituel: Cherubini, Plantade: Requiems (Alpha)
Masaaki Suzuki / Bach Collegium: Mozart: Mass in C minor (BIS)

Concerto

Lisa Batiashvili; Staatskapelle Berlin / Daniel Barenboim: Sibelius/Tchaikovsky: Violin Concertos(DG)
Danny Driver; BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra / Rebecca Miller: Beach, Chaminade, Howells: Piano Concertos (Hyperion)
Isabelle Faust; Il Giardino Armonico / Giovanni Antonini: Mozart: Violin Concertos Nos 1-5(Harmonia Mundi)

Contemporary sponsored by Naim Audio

London Symphony Orchestra / Thomas Adès: Adès: Orchestral Works (LSO Live)
Pierre-Laurent Aimard; Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra / George Benjamin: Benjamin, Ligeti, Murail: Orchestral Works (Neos)
Renaud Capuçon / Various: Dusapin, Mantovani, Rihm: Works for Violin and Orchestra (Erato)

Early Music

The Binchois Consort: ‘Music for the 100 Years War’ (Hyperion)
Cut Circle / Jesse Rodin: Dufay: Les messes à teneur (Musique en Wallonie)
Phantasm: Dowland: Lachrimae or Seven Tears (Linn)

Instrumental

Murray Perahia: Bach: French Suites (DG)
Beatrice Rana: Bach: Goldberg Variations (Warner Classics)
Daniil Trifonov: Liszt: ‘Transcendental’: Etudes d’éxécution transcendante (DG)

Opera sponsored by E. Gutzwiller & Cie, Banquiers

Glyndebourne / Leo Hussain: Britten: Rape of Lucretia (DVD) (Opus Arte)
Hochschule für Musik, Freiburg / François Bollon: Goldmark: Die Königin von Saba (CPO)
Zurich Opera / Fabio Luisi: Berg: Wozzeck (DVD) (Accentus)

Orchestral sponsored by the European Foundation for Support of Culture

Il Giardino Armonico / Giovanni Antonini: Haydn: Symphonies Nos 12, 60, 70 (Alpha)
Minnesota Orchestra / Osmo Vänskä: Sibelius: Symphonies Nos 3, 6 & 7 (BIS)
Seattle Symphony Orchestra / Thomas Dausgaard: Mahler/Cooke: Symphony No 10 (Seattle SO)

Recital sponsored by Primephonic

Joyce DiDonato with Il Pomo d’Oro / Maxim Emelyanychev: ‘In War and Peace’ (Erato)
Anett Fritsch with Munich Rundfunk / Alessandro de Marchi: Mozart: Arias (Orfeo)
Anna Prohaska with Il Giardino Armonico / Giovanni Antonini: ‘Serpent and Fire’ (Alpha)

Solo Vocal

Benjamin Appl & James Bailieu: Heimat (Sony Classical)
Florian Boesch & Roger Vignoles: Krenek: Reisebuch aus den österrichischen Alpen (Hyperion)
Matthias Goerne & Christoph Eschenbach: Brahms: Vier ernste Gesänge; Songs Op 32 (Harmonia Mundi)

Gramophone Awards Shortlist Announced

Gramophone have announced the top three recordings in the 12 main categories for its annual Gramophone Classical Music Awards.

Brace brace. The competition and the awards ceremony are a little challenging to comprehend, making the Eurovision semi-finals, the Big Five and the question around why Israel and now Australia are in the Song Contest a GCSE multiple-choice question in comparison.

So, here’s a primer.

Gramophone Awards Primer

The list below isn’t the full shortlist – you’ll find that in the September issue of Gramophone.

Listed below are the top three from each category.

The category winners will be announced on 1 September, three of which will be in the running for the Recording of the Year award revealed at the big glitzy event (where I imagine there will be canapes and fizz) on 13 September.

No need to worry if you don’t get an invite to the event. It’s being streamed live on Medici.TV. Marvellous.

Adès, Trifonov and Lucretia on the list

Pleased to see Thomas Adès LSO recording on the list. So too, Daniil Trifonov playing Lizst’s terrifying Trascendental Etudes I first heard in Verbier 2015.

It seems incredible to me that someone I used to book to play rank and file in the cellos 20 years ago, is now featuring in a Gramophone award – Jonathan Cohen’s well-deserved rise to prominence continues.

Good as well to see that Glyndebourne’s Lucretia (below), available on DVD, is on the list too.


Baroque Instrumental

Florilegium: Telemann: Ihr Völker hört. Concertos (Channel Classics)
Gli Incogniti / Giuliano Carmignola / Amandine Beyer: Vivaldi: Concerti per due violini (Harmonia Mundi)
La Serenissima / Adrian Chandler: ‘The Italian Job’ (Avie)

Baroque Vocal sponsored by Mrs Joan Jones

Iestyn Davies; Arcangelo / Jonathan Cohen: Bach: Cantatas Nos 54, 82 & 170 (Hyperion)
Les Arts Florissants / Paul Agnew: Monteverdi: Madrigals, Vol 3: Venezia (Harmonia Mundi)
Sir John Eliot Gardiner / Monteverdi Choir; EBS: Bach: St Matthew Passion (SDG)

Chamber sponsored by the Adam Mickiewicz Institute

Danish Quartet: Abrahamsen, Adès, Norgård: String Quartets (ECM)
The Nash Ensemble: Bruch: String Octet. String Quintets (Hyperion)
Silesian Quartet: Bacewicz: Complete String Quartets (Chandos)

Choral sponsored by IDAGIO
Paul McCreesh / Gabrieli Consort & Players: Haydn: The Seasons (Signum)
Hervé Niquet / Le Concert Spirituel: Cherubini, Plantade: Requiems (Alpha)
Masaaki Suzuki / Bach Collegium: Mozart: Mass in C minor (BIS)

Concerto

Lisa Batiashvili; Staatskapelle Berlin / Daniel Barenboim: Sibelius/Tchaikovsky: Violin Concertos (DG)
Danny Driver; BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra / Rebecca Miller: Beach, Chaminade, Howells: Piano Concertos (Hyperion)
Isabelle Faust; Il Giardino Armonico / Giovanni Antonini: Mozart: Violin Concertos Nos 1-5 (Harmonia Mundi)

Contemporary sponsored by Naim Audio

London Symphony Orchestra / Thomas Adès: Adès: Orchestral Works (LSO Live)
Pierre-Laurent Aimard; Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra / George Benjamin: Benjamin, Ligeti, Murail: Orchestral Works (Neos)
Renaud Capuçon / Various: Dusapin, Mantovani, Rihm: Works for Violin and Orchestra (Erato)

Early Music

The Binchois Consort: ‘Music for the 100 Years War’ (Hyperion)
Cut Circle / Jesse Rodin: Dufay: Les messes à teneur (Musique en Wallonie)
Phantasm: Dowland: Lachrimae or Seven Tears (Linn)

Instrumental

Murray Perahia: Bach: French Suites (DG)
Beatrice Rana: Bach: Goldberg Variations (Warner Classics)
Daniil Trifonov: Liszt: ‘Transcendental’: Etudes d’éxécution transcendante (DG)

Opera sponsored by E. Gutzwiller & Cie, Banquiers

Glyndebourne / Leo Hussain: Britten: Rape of Lucretia (DVD) (Opus Arte)
Hochschule für Musik, Freiburg / François Bollon: Goldmark: Die Königin von Saba (CPO)
Zurich Opera / Fabio Luisi: Berg: Wozzeck (DVD) (Accentus)

Orchestral sponsored by the European Foundation for Support of Culture

Il Giardino Armonico / Giovanni Antonini: Haydn: Symphonies Nos 12, 60, 70 (Alpha)
Minnesota Orchestra / Osmo Vänskä: Sibelius: Symphonies Nos 3, 6 & 7 (BIS)
Seattle Symphony Orchestra / Thomas Dausgaard: Mahler/Cooke: Symphony No 10 (Seattle SO)

Recital sponsored by Primephonic

Joyce DiDonato with Il Pomo d’Oro / Maxim Emelyanychev: ‘In War and Peace’ (Erato)
Anett Fritsch with Munich Rundfunk / Alessandro de Marchi: Mozart: Arias (Orfeo)
Anna Prohaska with Il Giardino Armonico / Giovanni Antonini: ‘Serpent and Fire’ (Alpha)

Solo Vocal

Benjamin Appl & James Bailieu: Heimat (Sony Classical)
Florian Boesch & Roger Vignoles: Krenek: Reisebuch aus den österrichischen Alpen (Hyperion)
Matthias Goerne & Christoph Eschenbach: Brahms: Vier ernste Gesänge; Songs Op 32 (Harmonia Mundi)

Gramophone Recording of the Year 2015 posthumously awarded to Claudio Abbado

Claudio Abbado’s final concert before his death released by Deutsche Grammophon has been honoured with Gramophone’s Recording of the Year Award tonight at an awards ceremony held at St John’s Smith Square.

The award was presented to Sebastian Abbado, his son, and President of Deutsche Grammophon Mark Wilkinson by BBC Radio 3 Controller Alan Davey.


86 year old Dutch conductor Bernard Haitink was presented with the Lifetime Achievement award celebrating his 60 years in the industry.

Estonian conductor Paavo Järvi collected Artist of the Year Award having following an international public vote mounted by Gramophone.

German pianist Joseph Moog was presented with his Young Artist of the Year award.

The Gramophone Classical Music Awards were presented in association with EFG International, with the Recital Award sponsored by Mrs Joan Jones. The Recording of the Year Award is sponsored by Qobuz Sublime.

2015 Gramophone Awards shortlist announced today

I always rather like the annual announcement of the Gramophone Award category winners. Quite apart from it being a nod to the great and the good of the world I feel at home with, its also a rather nice curated list of quality recorded music – a guiding hand through music I wouldn’t otherwise make a point of listening to.

In years gone by, it’s also triggered a series of articles about ‘the trouble with classical music’ using ‘the trouble with classical music award ceremonies’ as a rather predictable and tiresome hook. Let’s hope that doesn’t happen again this year.

Of this year’s category winners (listed below), I’m particularly pleased to see the BBC Symphony Orchestra’s Gerontius getting an award.  So too Maria João Pires recording of Beethoven’s third and fourth piano concertos with the Swedish Radio Symphony Orchestra and Daniel Harding – a sublime combination of elegance and sophistication, and that’s just Pires candenza in the C Minor.

The Gramophone Classical Music Awards aren’t over yet. On September 17 at a special glitzy event at St John’s Smith Square (I’m getting my DJ dry-cleaned just in case). Gramophone will announce which one of the following recordings gets the coveted Recording of the Year award for 2015), plus there’s a nod for Young Artist of the Year, Lifetime Achievement, Label of the Year, and Artist of the Year (voted for by the public).

The category winners are listed below.

BAROQUE INSTRUMENTAL

JS Bach Cello Suites – David Watkin (cello) – [Resonus RES10147]

BAROQUE VOCAL

Monteverdi Vespro della beata Vergine – Concerto Italiano / Rinaldo Alessandrini – [Naïve OP30557]

CHAMBER

Smetana String Quartets Nos 1 & 2 – Pavel Haas Quartet – [Supraphon SU4172-2]

CHORAL

Elgar The Dream of Gerontius – BBC SO & Chorus / Sir Andrew Davis / Sarah Connolly; Stuart Skelton -[Chandos CHSA5140]

CONCERTO

Beethoven Piano Concertos Nos 3 & 4 – Maria João Pires (pf) Swedish RSO / Daniel Harding – [Onyx 4125]

CONTEMPORARY

Nørgård Symphonies Nos 1 & 8 -Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra / Sakari Oramo – [Dacapo 6.220574]

EARLY

‘The Spy’s Choirbook’ – Alamire; English Cornett and Sackbut Ensemble / David Skinner – [Obsidian CCLCD712]

INSTRUMENTAL

Bach English Suites Nos 1, 3 & 5 – Piotr Anderszewski (pianoforte) –  [Warner Classics 0825646219391]

OPERA

R Strauss Elektra – Orchestre de Paris / Esa-Pekka Salonen (dir Patrice Chéreau) – [BelAir Classique BAC 110]

ORCHESTRAL

Bruckner Symphony No 9 – Lucerne Festival Orchestra / Claudio Abbado – [DG 4793441]

RECITAL

(sponsored by Mrs Joan Jones) – ‘A French Baroque Diva’ – Arias for Marie Fel – Carolyn Sampson (sop), Ex Cathedra / Jeffrey Skidmore – [Hyperion CDA68035]

SOLO VOCAL

Schubert Lieder – Nachtviolen – Christian Gerhaher (bar) Gerold Huber (pf) – [Sony Classical 8888 3712172]

The special Gramphone issue for this year’s awards issue is out on September 18. The original Gramophone reviews of all the shortlisted recordings have been reproduced in a special digimag, in association with Qobuz, available to download for free for iPad or tablet.

The Gramophone Awards are presented in association with EFG International, with the Recital Award sponsored by Mrs Joan Jones and the Recording of the Year Award sponsored by Qobuz Sublime.