Gramophone Awards 2007

Record of the Year

Brahms: Piano Concertos Nos. 1 & 2

Nelson Freire; Gewandhaus Orchestra / Riccardo Chailly

"Outstanding performances of rare depth and humanity by a soloist and conductor, and an orchestra, with a deep tradition in this music."

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Artist of the Year - Julia Fischer

Julia Fischer

Julia Fischer, born in Munich, Germany, is of German-Slovakian parentage. Her mother came from the German minority in Slovakia and emigrated from Košice in Slovakia to the Federal Republic of Germany in 1972. Her German father moved in the same year from Eastern Saxony to West Germany.

She has worked with internationally acclaimed conductors, such as Lorin Maazel, Christoph Eschenbach, Yakov Kreizberg, Yuri Temirkanov, Sir Neville Marriner, David Zinman, Jun Märkl, Ruben Gazarian, Marek Janowski, Herbert Blomstedt, Michael Tilson Thomas and with a variety of top German, American, British, Polish, French, Italian, Swiss, Dutch, Norwegian, Russian, Japanese, Czech and Slovakian orchestras. Julia Fischer has performed in most European countries, the United States, Brazil and Japan; in concerts broadcast on TV and radio in every major European country, as well as on many US, Japanese and Australian radio stations.

In 2003 Julia Fischer ...

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Young Artist of the Year - Vasily Petrenko

Vasily Petrenko

Vasily Petrenko is the Principal Conductor of the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra.

Between 1994 and 1997, Petrenko was Resident Conductor at the St Petersburg State Opera and Ballet Theatre in the Mussorgsky Memorial Theatre. During this time he gained an enormous amount of operatic experience and he now has over 30 operas in his repertoire.

Petrenko is equally at home in symphonic and operatic repertoire. On the symphonic front, he has previously worked with the City of Birmingham Symphony, Swedish Radio, Ensemble Orchestral de Paris and NDR Hanover, BBC Wales, Cadaques and Castille y Leon Orchestras in Spain.

In the 2007/08 season, he makes his debut performance with the London Symphony Orchestra, conducts the National Youth Orchestra and returns to the Rotterdam Philharmonic. In the 2008/09 season, he conducts a BBC Prom with the Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra, the European Union Youth Orchestra and debuts with the ...

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Lifetime Achievement - Montserrat Caball�

Montserrat Caball�

Caballé's international breakthrough came in 1965 when she substituted for an indisposed Marilyn Horne in a semi-staged performance of Donizetti's Lucrezia Borgia at New York's Carnegie Hall. While she had to learn the role in less than one month, and considering this was her first engagement in a bel canto score, her performance created a sensation and made her famous throughout the opera world. The day after the New York Times quoted "Callas + Tebaldi = Caballé". Later that year, Caballé made her debut at Glyndebourne singing her first Rosenkavalier and at the Metropolitan Opera as Marguerite in Gounod's Faust. In December 1965 she also returned to Carnegie Hall for her second bel canto opera, singing the tremendous part of Queen Elizabeth I in Donizetti's recently rediscovered Roberto Devereux.

In 1966 she made her debut at the Maggio Musicale Fiorentino in Trovatore (and Pirata in 1967). In 1969 she produced an astonishing ...

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Label of the Year - Deutsche Grammophon

Deutsche Grammophon

Deutsche Grammophon (DG) was founded by Emil Berliner in 1897 and is widely acknowledged as the most prestigious of all classical music labels.

The label remains committed to artistic excellence and the current roster of artists boasts many of the world's most brilliant talents such as Bryn Terfel, Anne-Sophie Mutter, Krystian Zimerman, Claudio Abbado, Placido Domingo, Valery Gergiev, Magdalena Kozena, Anna Netrebko and Rolando Villazon. The catalogue also features some of the finest artists in the history of recorded music, legendary figures such as Leonard Bernstein, Vladimir Horrowitz and Herbert von Karajan.

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Record of the Year Category Winners

Handel: Messiah (Dublin version)

Dunedin Consort, John Butt

This is the first recording to seriously explore the version and performing forces that Handel used for his legendary Dublin première.

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Janacek, Haas: String Quartets

Pavel Haas Quartet

"Not only is the performance beyond reproach on technical grounds, but also it conveys with graphic immediacy the searing passion the 74-year-old composer felt for Kamila Stosslova."

BBC Music Magazine

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Brahms: Ein Deutsches Requiem

Berliner Philharmoniker, Simon Rattle

"The prolonged hush from Berlin's sophisticated audience following the dying fall of the final notes in Berlin's Philharmonie spoke for itself.”

Paul Moor, Musical America

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Anderson: Alhambra Fantasy

BBC Symphony Orchestra, Oliver Knussen

“The big orchestral canvases show Anderson’s priceless gift for making complex formal shapes totally lucid.”

BBC Music Magazine

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Julian Bream: My Life in Music

“an outstanding and comprehensive celebration of a great musician’s art.” –

BBC Music Mag.

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Byrd: Laudibus in Sanctis

The Cardinall’s Musick

For ten years now Andrew Carwood and The Cardinall’s Musick have been engaged in a project to make the definitive recordings of William Byrd’s Latin Church music.

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Wagner: Götterdämmerung

Joseph Keilberth, Bayreuth Festival Chorus & Orchestra

This is the last opera to be released on Testament of the first-ever stereo recording of Wagner’s Ring Cycle.

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Moeran: Symphony, Sinfonietta & Overture for a Masque

Sir Adrian Boult

The Overture for a Masque is as explosive and recorded as grippingly as the Sinfonietta – a work with which it shares a youthful optimistic spirit.

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Bach: Cello Suites Nos. 1-6

Steven Isserlis (cello)

"the stuff of legend" The Independent about Steven Isserlis

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Rossini: Matilde di Shabran

Riccardo Frizza

"...driving the Pesaro audience bananas with his pinging high notes and thrilling volleys of coloratura"

The Times, London on Juan Diego Florez

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Prokofiev: The Complete Symphonies

LSO, Valery Gergiev

"Valery Gergiev is a born Prokofiev interpreter...he made the LSO sound like the ideal musicians for this repertoire."

The Guardian

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Strauss, R: Lieder

Jonas Kaufmann (tenor) & Helmut Deutsch (piano)

With the exception of the Heine setting, all the songs on the present CD date from the fertile period of composition of 1885-1900.

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Editor's Choice

Mahler: Symphony No 2

Budapest Festival Orchestra, Ivan Fischer

"Total engagement, meaningful articulation and a blend of freedom and intensity"

BBC Music Magazine

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