Gramophone Awards 2011

Record of the Year

Dvorak: String Quartets Nos. 12 & 13

Pavel Haas Quartet

"The Pavel Haas Quartet play with plenty of feeling and they also relish the rhythmic cut and thrust of the Molto vivace third movement, capturing to perfection the more relaxed Trio's sunny spirit.The final opens to a gentle smile then keys up for some dancing exuberance...there's an abundance of varied drama." Gramophone Magazine, December 2010

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Artist of the Year - Gustavo Dudamel

Gustavo Dudamel

Internationally acclaimed conductor Gustavo Dudamel continues to share his magnetic enthusiasm for music with audiences of all ages around the world. As he begins his twelfth year as Music Director of the Simón Bolívar Youth Orchestra (in autumn 2010), he enters his second season as Music Director of the Los Angeles Philharmonic and his fourth season with the Gothenburg Symphony. Armed with unparalleled passion, energy and artistic excellence, Dudamel is dedicated to leading these orchestras, as well as to increasing his commitment to opera.

Coming from a background where being involved in music from a young age was a life changing experience, Gustavo Dudamel is devoted to investing in classical music as an engine of social change. The message of his ongoing work in Venezuela through El Sistema, which influences hundreds of thousands of children each year, is being carried now into the United States through Youth Orchestra Los Angeles (YOLA). This program for children targets underserved Los Angeles communities and continues to grow and expand under Dudamel’s leadership and that of the Los Angeles Philharmonic. He is also ...

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Lifetime Achievement Award - Dame Janet Baker

Dame Janet Baker

Dame Janet Baker (born August 21, 1933) is an English mezzo-soprano best known as an opera, concert, and lieder singer.

She was particularly closely associated with baroque and early Italian opera and the works of Benjamin Britten. During her career, which spanned the 1950s to the 1980s, she was considered an outstanding singing actress and widely admired for her dramatic intensity, perhaps best represented in her famous portrayal as Dido, the tragic heroine of Berlioz's magnum opus Les Troyens. As a concert performer, Baker was noted for her interpretations of Gustav Mahler and Edward Elgar.

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Label of the Year - Wigmore Hall Live

Wigmore Hall Live

Since its launch in October 2005, Wigmore Hall Live has released live recordings to great critical acclaim, bringing the unique Wigmore experience to music-lovers worldwide. Wigmore Hall is the first classical music venue in the world to set up its own CD label.

The Hall has invested in state-of-the-art recording equipment, and the comprehensive sound insulation fitted during the 2004 refurbishment has created an exceptional environment for live recording. Wigmore Hall Director, John Gilhooly, says ‘We are delighted to be able to bring Wigmore Hall’s musical programme to a much wider audience through this project. It will help us further to consolidate our profile worldwide and to preserve a record of outstanding performances.’

As well as five-star reviews at home, Wigmore Hall Live CDs receive positive press attention all over Europe, Asia and the United States. The label has received three Gramophone Award nominations for its recordings of Soile Isokoski (with Marita Viitasalo), Lorraine Hunt Lieberson (with Roger Vignoles) and Peter Schreier (with András Schiff).

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Young Artist of the Year & Specialist Classical Chart Award - Miloš Karadaglic

Miloš Karadaglic

Born in Montenegro in 1983, Miloš Karadaglić has already established himself as one of today's most gifted guitar virtuosos. He began playing the guitar at the age of eight, and quickly won national recognition for his performances. At sixteen, he was awarded a scholarship to study at the Royal Academy of Music where, after graduating with First Class Honours, he went on to complete a Masters degree in Performance.

Miloš said of his recent signing to Deutsche Grammophon: "When I was a child, I remember listening to the great guitarist, Andres Segovia, and dreaming that one day I, too, might have such a career. Now it is becoming a reality and my dreams are being fulfilled more quickly than I could possibly have ...

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Special Achievement Award - Sir John Eliot Gardiner, for the Bach Cantata Pilgrimage (SDG)

Sir John Eliot Gardiner

"When we embarked on the Bach Cantata Pilgrimage in Weimar on Christmas Day 1999 we had no real sense of how the project would turn out. There were no precedents, no earlier attempts to perform all Bach’s surviving church cantatas on the appointed feast day and all within a single year, for us to draw on or to guide us. Just as in planning to scale a mountain or cross and ocean, you can make meticulous provision, calculate your route and get all the equipment in order, in the end you have to deal with whatever the elements - both human and physical - throw at you at any given ...

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Category Winners

Dvorak: String Quartets

Nos. 12 (The 'American') and 13

Pavel Haas Quartet

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CPE Bach: The Keyboard Concertos

Wq 43, Nos. 1-6

Andreas Staier (fortepiano), Freiburger Barockorchester, Petra Müllejans

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Handel: Apollo e Dafne

Italian Cantatas Volume 7

La Risonanza, Fabio Bonizzoni

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Elgar: The Kingdom

Hallé & Hallé Choir, Sir Mark Elder

Claire Rutter, Susan Bickley, John Hudson, Iain Paterson

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Bavouzet plays French Works

Ravel Piano Concertos, Debussy Fantasie and short pieces by Massenet

Jean-Efflam Bavouzet, BBC Symphony Orchestra, Yan Pascal Tortelier

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Birtwistle: Night’s Black Bird

The Shadow of Night, The Cry of Anubis

Owen Slade, Hallé Orchestra, Ryan Wigglesworth

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Verdi: Don Carlo

Royal Opera House; Antonio Pappano, dir. Nicholas Hytner

Rolando Villazon, Marina Poplavskaya, Simon Keenlyside, Ferruccio Furlanetto, Sonia Ganassi, Eric Halfvarson, Robert Lloyd

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Striggio: Mass in 40 Parts

Missa Ecco si Beato Giorno and motets

I Fagiolini, Robert Hollingworth

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Mahler: Symphony No. 10

Deryck Cooke's performing version, with illustrated talk

Deryck Cooke, Philharmonia Orchestra, London Symphony Orchestra, Berthold Goldschmidt

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Brahms: Handel Variations

plus Rhapsodies and Klavierstücke Opp. 118 & 119

Murray Perahia (piano)

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Rossini: Ermione

London Philharmonic Orchestra, Geoffrey Mitchell Choir, David Parry

Carmen Giannattasio, Patricia Bardon, Colin Lee, Paul Nilon, Bülent Bezdüz, Graeme Broadbent, Rebecca Bottone

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Shostakovich: Symphony No. 10

Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra, Vasily Petrenko

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Verismo Arias

Jonas Kaufmann, Orchestra dell'Accademia di Santa Cecilia, Antonio Pappano

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Britten: Songs & Proverbs of William Blake

Gerald Finley, Julius Drake

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Editor's Choice

Rossini: Stabat Mater

Anna Netrebko (soprano), Joyce DiDonato (mezzo), Lawrence Brownlee (tenor), Ildebrando D'Arcangelo (bass), Orchestra e Coro dell'Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia, Antonio Pappano

Antonio Pappano and Italy’s leading symphony orchestra, Orchestra dell’Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia, continue their highly successful collaboration with EMI Classics with a studio recording of Rossini’s work for chorus, orchestra and soloists, Stabat Mater. They are joined by four international star soloists: Anna Netrebko, Joyce DiDonato, Lawrence Brownlee and Ildebrando D’Archangelo.

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Other Finalists

Telemann: Musique de table

Tafelmusik Part I-III (complete)

Freiburger Barockorchester, Petra Müllejans & Gottfried von der Goltz

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Handel: Flavio

Early Opera Company, Christian Curnyn

Tim Mead, Rosemary Joshua, Iestyn Davies, Renata Pokupić, Hilary Summers

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Beethoven: Violin Sonatas

Vol. 3: Nos. 3, 6 & 9 ('Kreutzer')

Alina Ibragimova, Cédric Tiberghien

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Violin Sonatas

Bartok, Strauss & Grieg

Vilde Frang & Michail Lifits

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Macmillan: Choral Works

Visitatio Sepulchri & Sun-Dogs

Netherlands Radio Chamber Philharmonic, James MacMillan, Celso Antunes

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Delius: Choral Works

Appalachia & The Song of the High Hills

BBC Symphony Orchestra & Chorus, Sir Andrew Davis

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The Romantic Piano Concerto 53

Reger Piano Concerto & Strauss Burleske

Marc-André Hamelin, Rundfunk-Sinfonieorchester Berlin, Ilan Volkov

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Bartok: The Piano Concertos

Jean-Efflam Bavouzet, BBC Philharmonic, Gianandrea Noseda

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David Matthews: Winter Passions

Terrible Beauty, String Trios, Clarinet Quartet

Nash Ensemble, Lionel Friend

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The Music of Poul Ruders, Volume 6

Piano Concerto No. 2, Bel Canto, Serenade on the Shores of the Cosmic Ocean

Vassily Primakov, Thomas Søndergård, Norwegian Radio Orchestra

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Carlos Kleiber: I am Lost to the World

A film by Georg Wübbolt

features Ileana Cotrubas, Michael Gielen, Riccardo Muti, Otto Schenk, Ioan Holender, Sir Peter Jonas

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André Previn: A Bridge Between Two Worlds

A documentary by Lilian Birnbaum & Peter Stephan Jungk

André Previn, Anne-Sophie Mutter, Renée Fleming, Mia Farrow & Lukas Previn

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Britten: Death in Venice

La Fenice, June 2008

Marlin Miller, Scott Hendricks, R.-François Bitar; Bruno Bartoletti, Pierluigi Pizzi

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Mahler: Symphony No. 9

Lucerne Festival 2010

Lucerne Festival Orchestra, Claudio Abbado

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Byrd: Complete Consort Music

Phantasm, Laurence Dreyfus

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Agricola: Missa In myne Zyn

and works by Binchois, Frye and Ockeghem

Capilla Flamenca, Dirk Snellings

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Monteverdi: L'incoronazione di Poppea

Sung in English; 1971

Dame Janet Baker, Robert Ferguson, Anne Collins, Katherine Pring; Sadler’s Wells, Raymond Leppard

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Beethoven: String Trios

Recorded in the the Rudolfinum, Prague, on 2nd June 1960

Leonid Kogan, Rudolf Barshai & Mstislav Rostropovich

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Liszt: Harmonies du Soir

Nelson Freire (piano)

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Ravel: The complete solo piano music

Steven Osborne

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Verdi: Otello

London Symphony Orchestra & Chorus, Sir Colin Davis

Simon O’Neill, Gerald Finley, Anne Schwanewilms, Allan Clayton, Ben Johnson

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Mozart: Die Zauberflöte

Akademie für Alte Musik Berlin, René Jacobs

Daniel Behle, Marlis Petersen, Daniel Schmutzhard, Sunhae Im, Anna-Kristiina Kaappola, Marcos Fink

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English Spring

Works by Bax, Bridge and Delius

Hallé, Sir Mark Elder

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Suk: Asrael Symphony

Recorded live at the Rudolfinum, Prague, on 5th-6th April 2007

Czech Philharmonic Orchestra, Sir Charles Mackerras

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Ne me refuse pas

French Opera Arias

Marie-Nicole Lemieux, Orchestre National de France, Fabien Gabel

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Diva, Divo

Joyce DiDonato, Orchestre et Choeur de L'Opéra National de Lyon, Kazuko Ono

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Wolf: Italienisches Liederbuch (complete)

Christoph Prégardien, Julia Kleiter, Hilko Dumno

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Richard Rodney Bennett: Songs Before Sleep

Sophie Daneman, Susan Bickley, Benjamin Hulett, Roderick Williams, Iain Burnside

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