Gramophone Awards 2010

Record of the Year

Byrd: Infelix ego

The Cardinall's Musick, Andrew Carwood

"the craftsmanship [is] impeccable, and the expression seemingly so heartfelt...There is and has been much to praise...the commitment of singers and label alike is a cause for gratitude, perhaps even optimism. Congratulations to all concerned." Gramophone Magazine, April 2010

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Artist of the Year - Joyce DiDonato

Joyce DiDonato

Wherever she sings, Joyce DiDonato earns rhapsodic reviews. With a voice "nothing less than 24-carat gold" as proclaimed by the Times of London, she is among the world's most enchanting performers.

Opera News magazine states: "The buoyant progress of DiDonato's career has been one of the happiest opera events of the past decade", while critics have called her technique "fearless" and praised performances ranging from "playful eroticism to imploding self-delusion to near-catatonic depression".

DiDonato has soared to international prominence in operas by Rossini, Handel, and Mozart, as well as in high-profile world premieres. Her signature parts include Rossini’s La cenerentola and Il barbiere di Siviglia - her Rosina at the Metropolitan Opera won over audiences in New York and on cinema screens all over the world, and she was called "the best Rosina around" by the London Sunday Times for the portrayal.

Born and educated in Kansas, she was a member of the young artist programs of the San Francisco, Houston Grand, and Santa Fe Opera companies ...

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Lifetime Achievement - Alfred Brendel

Alfred Brendel

Alfred Brendel (born January 5, 1931) is an Austrian pianist, born in Czecho-slovakia. He is widely regarded as one of the great classical pianists of the second half of the 20th century.

Brendel's playing is sometimes described as being analytic, and he has said that he believes the primary job of the pianist is to respect the composer's wishes without showing off himself, or adding his own spin on the music. "I am responsible to the composer, and particularly to the piece," he has said. As well as his old teacher, Edwin Fischer, he cites Alfred Cortot, Wilhelm Kempff, and the conductors Bruno Walter and Wilhelm Furtwängler as particular influences.

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Label of the Year - Linn Records

Linn

Part of Linn Products Ltd, one of the world leaders in sound reproduction equipment, Linn Records was formed in 1983.

While Linn engineers were testing their flagship product, the Sondek LP12 turntable, they became frustrated with the poor quality of some of the specialist test LPs they were using. Better test discs were needed so work began on an LP cutting lathe as a research product to improve testing. Thus Linn Records was born...

Today the label is one of the world's leading audiophile labels specialising in classical, jazz and Celtic music. Their award-winning artists delight listeners with distinctive repertoire choices and outstanding musicality. As Linn themselves say:

"We exist to introduce the broadest range of involving musical experiences to a worldwide audience of discriminating individuals who are on a personal quest of musical ecstasy and enlightenment. The beautiful compositions and artistic performances are perfectly captured by our expert engineers on recordings of unprecedented truth.

We believe music is essential for human well-being and the better it is reproduced the more benefit it delivers. Because of this we record our music to the highest specification. This means that great care is taken in recording sessions and in the manufacturing process to ensure that the atmosphere and integrity of the musical performance is maintained."

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Young Artist of the Year - Sol Gabetta

Sol Gabetta

Cellist Sol Gabetta was born in 1981 in Argentina to parents of French and Russian descent. In 2004 she created an international sensation when, as winner of the Crédit Suisse Young Artist Award, she gave her début with the Vienna Philharmonic under Valery Gergiev at the Lucerne Festival.

She is a winner of the Moscow Tchaikovsky Competition and the ARD Competition in Munich and was Artist of the Year at the Echo Awards in 2009.

Her busy schedule includes regular recordings on the RCA label, as well as appearances at festivals including ...

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Special Achievement - Brian Couzens of Chandos

Brian Couzens

Brian Couzens started trading as Chandos Records in May 1979 following a successful career working for other record labels such as RCA and EMI as a Producer and Sound Engineer mostly on a freelance basis.

Brian began his career in the music industry as a music copyist and arranger. He worked with composers such as Ron Goodwin, orchestrating film scores such as 633 Squadron and Where Eagles Dare and even composed music himself. Brian was soon using son Ralph in the studio and on recording sessions and the rest as they say is history.

"Looking back on the last thirty years, I remember the hard work particularly in the early days when Ralph and I used to do everything. I have had the opportunity to work with some wonderful artists, and my philosophy has always been to produce beautiful recordings that people wanted to hear. I have seen the progression from LP and cassette through CD and DAT to digital downloads, although it’s a very different world now to when I started making records.

I am proud of Chandos and what we have achieved during thirty years: the awards, the reviews, the sales, but most of all the recordings themselves. I hope Ralph will keep the flame alight for many years to come." - Brian Couzens

Category Winners

Best of Category - Early Music and Record of the Year

Byrd: Infelix ego

The Cardinall's Musick, Andrew Carwood

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Best of Category - Baroque Instrumental

Vivaldi: The French Connection

La Serenissima, Adrian Chandler

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Best of Category - Baroque Vocal

Zelenka, Bach & Lotti: Choral Works

Balthasar Neumann Ensemble & Choir, Thomas Hengelbrock

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Best of Category - Chamber

Beethoven: Complete Violin Sonatas

Isabelle Faust (violin) & Alexander Melnikov (piano)

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Best of Category - Choral

Verdi: Requiem

Anja Harteros, Sonia Ganassi, Rolando Villazon, René Pape, Antonio Pappano

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Best of Category - Concerto

Elgar: Violin Concerto

Thomas Zehetmair (violin), Hallé, Sir Mark Elder

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Best of Category - Contemporary

Adès: The Tempest

Simon Keenlyside, Kate Royal, Ian Bostridge, Cyndia Sieden, ROH, Thomas Adès

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Best of Category - DVD Performance

Purcell: The Fairy Queen

Lucy Crowe, Carolyn Sampson, Ed Lyon, Andrew Foster-Williams, OAE, William Christie, Jonathan Kent (director)

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Best of Category - Historic Archive

Beethoven: Complete Piano Sonatas

Friedrich Gulda; recorded 1953-7

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Best of Category - Instrumental

Volodos in Vienna - works by Scriabin, Liszt, Ravel, Schumann

Arcadi Volodos (piano)

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Best of Category - Opera

Wagner: Götterdämmerung

Katarina Dalayman, Lars Cleveman, Attila Jun, Andrew Shore, Hallé, Sir Mark Elder

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Dvorák - Orchestral

Dvorák: Symphonic Poems

Czech Philharmonic Orchestra, Sir Charles Mackerras

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Best of Category - Recital

Rossini: Colbran, the Muse

Joyce DiDonato (mezzo), Orchestra dell' Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia, Roma, Edoardo Muller

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Best of Category - Solo Vocal

Schubert: Winterreise

Mark Padmore (tenor) & Paul Lewis (piano)

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Editor's Choice

Bernstein: Mass

Jubilant Sykes, Morgan State University Choir, Peabody Children's Chorus, Marin Alsop

When Leonard Bernstein was asked by Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis to compose the inaugural piece for the opening of the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington, D. C., he wrote 'The Mass is also an extremely dramatic event in itself - it even suggests a theater work'.

Premièred on 8 September 1971, with additional words by Stephen Schwartz of Godspell fame, Mass is a remarkable visionary piece with a kaleidoscope of musical styles that touches on themes of political protest, existential crisis, and religious faith lost and found.

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Other Finalists

Abel

The Drexel Manuscript

Paolo Pandolfo (viola da gamba)

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Schütz

Weinachtshistorie & Auferstehunghistorie

Else Torp, Adam Riis, Johan Linderoth, Jakob Bloch Jespersen, Ars Nova Copenhagen, Concerto Copenhagen & Sirius Viols, Paul Hillier

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JS Bach

Magnificat BWV243

Carlos Mena, Maria Keohane, Anna Zander, Hans-Jörg Mammel & Stephan MacLeod, Ricercar Consort, Philippe Pierlot

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Prokofiev

String Quartets Nos. 1 & 2

Pavel Haas Quartet

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Martin

Golgotha

Cappella Amsterdam, Daniel Reuss

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Vaughan Williams

Sancta Civitas & Dona Nobis Pacem

Bach Choir, Bournemouth SO, David Hill

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Prokofiev

Piano Concertos Nos. 2 & 3

Freddy Kempf (piano), Bergen Philharmonic Orchestra, Andrew Litton

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Beethoven

Piano Concertos Nos. 4 & 5

Till Fellner (piano), Montreal Symphony Orchestra, Kent Nagano

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Carter

Music of Elliott Carter - Vol 8

BBC Symphony Orchestra, BCMG, Lucy Shelton (soprano), Oliver Knussen

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Pierre Boulez and The Lucerne Festival Academy

Inheriting the Future of Music

Lucerne Festival Academy Orchestra, Pierre Boulez

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Prokofiev

The Gambler

Misha Didyk, Kristine Opolais, Staatskapelle Berlin, Daniel Barenboim, Dmitri Tcherniakov (director)

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Wagner

Lohengrin

Jonas Kaufmann, Anja Harteros, Wolfgang Koch, Michaela Schuster, Bavarian State Opera, Kent Nagano, Richard Jones (director)

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More Divine Than Human

Music from The Eton Choirbook

The Choir of Christ Church Cathedral, Stephen Darlington

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Bowen

Piano Sonatas

Danny Driver (piano)

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Debussy

Complete Works for Solo Piano Volume 5

Jean-Efflam Bavouzet (piano)

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Peter Maxwell Davies

Taverner

Martyn Hill, David Wilson-Johnson, Stephen Richardson, BBC Symphony Orchestra, Oliver Knussen

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Martinu

Symphonies Nos. 5 & 6

Czech Philharmonic Orchestra, Jirí Belohlávek

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Mozart

Mozart - Symphonies Nos. 29, 31, 32, 35 & 36

Scottish Chamber Orchestra, Sir Charles Mackerras

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Mozart, Schubert, Beethoven & Wagner

Opera Arias

Jonas Kaufmann (tenor), Mahler Chamber Orchestra, Claudio Abbado

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Mahler

Lieder

Christian Gerhaher (baritone) & Gerold Huber (piano)

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