BBC Music Magazine Awards 2010

The Winners

Endorsed by five of the UK’s leading music critics, 18 recordings in six categories were presented for public online voting. The nominations represented the best of more than 1,500 recordings reviewed by BBC Music Magazine each year, and featured an eclectic array of household names as well as newcomers to the field.

The BBC Music Magazine Awards are the only classical music awards in which the main categories are voted for by the public.

The votes are now in, and the winning discs were announced on 13th April, together with the special jury awards.

Disc of the Year

Wagner: Lohengrin

WDR Sinfonieorchester Köln, WDR Rundfunkchor Köln, NDR Chor & Prager Kammerchor, Semyon Bychkov

"Semyon Bychkov conducts a robustly powerful yet airily textured performance"

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Category Award Winners

Verdi: Requiem

Anja Harteros, Sonia Ganassim Rolando Villazon & Rene Pape, Orchestra e Coro dell’Accademia di Santa Cecilia, Antonio Pappano

"Pappano’s version is firmly founded on the comprehensively excellent contribution of the chorus of the Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia… the ANSC’s orchestra, too, offers an absolute certainty of definition"

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Wagner: Lohengrin

WDR Sinfonieorchester Köln, WDR Rundfunkchor Köln, NDR Chor & Prager Kammerchor, Semyon Bychkov

"Semyon Bychkov conducts a robustly powerful yet airily textured performance"

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Beethoven: Violin Concerto & Romances

Patricia Kopatchinskaja, Orchestre des Champs-Elysées, Philippe Herreweghe

"Kopatchinskaja’s warmly recorded account of the Beethoven Violin Concerto must be one of the most stimulating and provocative that has ever been committed to disc"

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Tchaikovsky: Romances

Christianne Stotijn (mezzo-soprano) & Julius Drake (piano)

"Christianne Stotijn is that artist in a thousand whose personality shines through everything she does."

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Jury Award Winners

Award for Technical Excellence

Mendelssohn: Symphony No. 2 'Lobgesang'

A brilliant recreation of the Grieg Hall's wide-open spaces for the confines of the the average living room.

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DVD of the Year

Stravinsky: The Firebird & The Rite of Spring

Nijinsky originals brilliantly re-enacted as the Mariinsky welcomes Stravinsky home.

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Newcomer of the Year

Elias Quartet play Mendelssohn, Mozart & Schubert

A stunning live recital from the Wigmore Hall shows the Elias String Quartet as a group to be reckoned with.

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Other Finalists

Schubert: Trout Quintet and other Chamber Music

Martin Helmchen (piano), Christian Tetzlaff (violin), Antoine Tamestit (viola), Marie-Elisabeth Hecker (cello) & Aloïs Posch (double bass), Aldo Baerten (flute)

"They deliver a more completely satisfactory account of the Trout Quintet than any I have ever heard before"

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Szymanowski: The Complete Music for Violin & Piano

Alina Ibragimova (violin) & Cédric Tiberghien (piano)

"Ibragimova’s authority is evident throughout"

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Stravinsky: Canticum Sacrum, Agon, & Requiem Canticles

SWR Vocal Ensemble Stuttgart, SWR SO Baden-Baden und Freiburg, Michael Gielen

"Gielen’s subtle balancing of textures and his impeccable pacing of the contrasting movements, not to mention the responsive playing of the orchestra, brings immense rewards"

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Telemann: Brockes-Passion

RIAS Chamber Choir, Akademie für Alte Musik Berlin, René Jacobs

"The playing and singing are outstanding, in what must be one of the rediscoveries of the year"

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Abel: The Drexel Manuscript

Paolo Pandolfo (viola da gamba)

"The sound is highly intoxicating. Both Pandolfo’s expressivity and technique are beyond praise"

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Beethoven: Diabelli Variations & Bach: Partita

Stephen Kovacevich (piano)

"Kovacevich brings penetrating insight and a thrilling physical involvement"

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Martinu: Music from the opera Juliette

Magdalena Kozená, Czech Philharmonic Orchestra, Charles Mackerras

"The finest imaginable tribute to Martinu in his anniversary year…utterly unforgettable."

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Shostakovich: The Nose

Mariinsky Soloists, Orchestra & Chorus, Valery Gergiev

"The sheer anarchic daring and certainty of Shostakovich’s score holds us in thrall"

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Mahler: Symphony No. 4

Budapest Festival Orchestra, Iván Fischer

"One of the most musically satisfying recordings to appear in a long time"

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Bartók: Orchestral Music

Hungarian National Philharmonic Orchestra, Zoltán Kocsis

"Every so often you come across a recording that restores your faith… in the art of music-making itself."

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Liszt Abroad

Rebecca Evans (soprano), Andrew Kennedy (tenor), Matthew Rose (baritone) & Iain Burnside (piano)

"Burnside is a faultless guide along this journey… the singing, too, is exemplary"

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Jonas Kaufmann sings Mozart, Schubert, Beethoven & Wagner

Jonas Kaufmann (tenor), Mahler Chamber Orchestra & Arnold Schoenberg Choir, Claudio Abbado

"Jonas Kaufmann is the German tenor we’ve been waiting for…this is ideal singing."

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