Awards - BBC Music Magazine Awards - The Winners!

by Flora Lucas. 19th April 2017

Breaking news direct from London this evening - I'm over at Kings Place for the BBC Music Magazine Awards ceremony, where this year's winners have just been announced.

The coveted Record of the Year award has gone to Vasily Petrenko and the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra for their new-minted accounts of Tchaikovsky Symphonies Nos. 1, 2 and 5 on Onyx (truly a firm favourite in the Presto office - you can read our full review here, and Katherine's exclusive interview with Vasily about the Tchaikovsky cycle here).

Among the other winners are Teodor Currentzis and MusicAeterna for their scorching Don Giovanni on Sony (one of our own Top 10 Discs of 2016), St John's College Choir Cambridge for their beautiful tribute to the late Jonathan Harvey on Signum (read David's interview with Andrew Nethsingha about the project here), and harpsichordist Mahan Esfahani for his Goldberg Variations on Deutsche Grammophon. The young Italian pianist Beatrice Rana (currently in the news for her own very different recording of the Goldbergs on Warner) scoops the Newcomer of the Year Award for her Tchaikovsky and Prokofiev Concertos with Antonio Pappano and the Orchestra dell’Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia.

We've secured special prices on all of the winning discs, and with discounts of up to 25% now is the perfect time to discover for yourself why they've been picked out for these special awards.

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Recording of the Year (and Orchestral Award-Winner)

Tchaikovsky: Symphonies Nos. 1, 2 & 5

Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra, Vasily Petrenko

'Alive and articulate, these three performances remind us that it’s just as possible to be stunned by an original interpretation of a familiar symphony (the Fifth) as it is to be refreshed by a bright-eyed approach to less familiar works (the First and Second).'

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Category-Winners

Concerto Award

CPE Bach: Cello Concertos

Nicolas Altstaedt (cello), Arcangelo, Jonathan Cohen

'Altstaedt takes a refreshing view of CPE Bach's three wonderfully original cello concertos...This recording captures all the fiery wit of orchestral-soloist banter.'

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Opera Award

Mozart: Don Giovanni

Dimitris Tiliakos, Vito Priante, Myrtò Papatanasiu, Karina Gauvin et al; MusicAeterna, Teodor Currentzis

'[This Don Giovanni] strips away many of our distorting performance habits, and the result is refreshing, revelatory and unsettling...Do not expect a familiar ‘warm bath’ experience here; it offers an invigorating shower of fresh new insights.'

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Vocal Award

Berio: Sinfonia & Berio/Mahler: Frühe Liede

Matthias Goerne (baritone), BBC Symphony Orchestra, Synergy Vocals, Josep Pons

'We have only to listen to [Berio’s] exquisite song orchestrations, graced with Goerne on riveting, vibrant form, to feel the depth of his empathy, an almost palpable longing to be absorbed into that lost Viennese world…this coupling is a must-have.'

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Choral Award

Jonathan Harvey: Deo

St John's College Choir Cambridge, Andrew Nethsingha

'It is apparent from the nuanced and exhilarating performances that this numinous music is a natural part of the repertoire at St John’s. No matter what challenges are posed, the choir is utterly assured.'

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Chamber Award

Martinu: The Complete Piano Trios

Smetana Trio

'It's already obvious that the music for piano trio performed here by the Smetana Trio is going straight on the shortlist for 2016...It's hard to imagine more ardent champions for this visceral, unpredictable music.'

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Instrumental Award

JS Bach: Goldberg Variations

Mahan Esfahani (harpsichord)

'Esfahani's recording of this perennial favourite is unmissable...His contributions are the extraordinary range and delicacy of his touch and his scrupulous attention to matching phrasing.'

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Newcomer Award

Prokofiev & Tchaikovsky: Piano Concertos

Beatrice Rana (piano), Orchestra dell’Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia, Antonio Pappano

'She has a particularly rewarding sense of rhythm, high sprung, light and incisive and entirely secure…[there is] no doubt that this is a young pianist to be watched.'

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Premiere Award

Julian Anderson: In lieblicher Bläue, Alleluia, The Stations of the Sun

London Philharmonic Orchestra, Vladimir Jurowski

'Vladimir Jurowski ensures everything is deftly paced in all three pieces, while the LPO’s joyous commitment to new music shines through.'

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DVD Award

Berg: Wozzeck (DVD)

Christian Gerhaher, Gun-Brit Barkmin, Brandon Jovanovich; Opernhaus Zurich, Fabio Luisi, Andreas Homoki (dir.)

'While the Lieder-like beauty of Gerhaher’s singing is matchless – he can act too – this is no star vehicle. It is ensemble work of the highest order…the relationships are brilliantly drawn. The string and woodwind solos are incisive, and the blossoming of the orchestral interludes as directed by Luisi is almost indecently lovely.'

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Berg: Wozzeck (Blu-ray)

Christian Gerhaher, Gun-Brit Barkmin, Brandon Jovanovich; Opernhaus Zurich, Fabio Luisi, Andreas Homoki (dir.)

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