Record of the Year
Heinrich Schütz: Musicalische Exequien
Vox Luminis, Lionel Meunier
"The 12 voices of Belgian ensemble Vox Luminis put their faith in tonal focus and sweetly balanced textures. Though one might expect from that a certain coolness, their singing produces music-making of intimate, aching beauty. The recorded sound, gently resonant, is perfect... A marvellous disc." Gramophone Magazine
Artist of the Year - Joseph Calleja
Born in Malta in 1978, Joseph Calleja began singing at the age of 16, inspired by the film The Great Caruso starring Mario Lanza. After singing in his church choir, he began formal training with Maltese tenor Paul Asciak. Calleja made his professional debut in Malta in 1997 as Macduff in Macbeth, and later that year won an award in the Belvedere Hans Gabor competition, launching his international opera career. He went on to win the 1998 Caruso Competition in Milan, was a prizewinner in Domingo’s Operalia the following year, and Artist of the Year at the Gramophone Awards in 2012.
Despite his youth, he has already sung 28 principal roles and performed on most of the world’s leading opera stages, including New York’s Metropolitan Opera, London’s Royal Opera House at Covent Garden, and the Vienna Staatsoper. An exclusive recording artist for Decca Classics, his third solo album, The Maltese Tenor, debuted as the best-selling vocal album on the core classical charts in the UK and Germany.
Steinway Award - Murray Perahia
In the more than 35 years he has been performing on the concert stage, American pianist Murray Perahia has become one of the most sought-after and cherished pianists of our time, performing in all of the major international music centers and with every leading orchestra. He is the Principal Guest Conductor of the Academy of St. Martin in the Fields, with whom he has toured as conductor and pianist throughout the United States, Europe, Japan, and South East Asia.
Born in New York in 1947, Mr Perahia started playing piano at the age of four, and later attended Mannes College where he majored in conducting and composition. His summers were spent at the Marlboro Festival, where he collaborated with such musicians as Rudolf Serkin, Pablo Casals, and the members of the Budapest String Quartet. He also studied at the time with Mieczyslaw Horszowski. In subsequent years, he developed a close friendship with Vladimir Horowitz, whose perspective and personality were an abiding inspiration. In 1972 Mr Perahia won the Leeds International ...
Lifetime Achievement Award - Claudio Abbado
Abbado was born in Milan in 1933. He studied piano at the Milan Conservatory with his father Michelangelo Abbado, and went on to study conducting with Hans Swarowsky at the Vienna Academy of Music.
In 1958, he won the Koussevitsky Competition, establishing him in Italy, and then won the 1963 Mitropoulos Prize, after which he rapidly became known internationally as an orchestral and opera ...
Label of the Year - Naïve
This exquisite French label embraces a variety of musical styles including classical, film music, jazz and world artists. Performers and ensembles represented on the Naïve label include Sandrine Piau, Rinaldo Alessandrini, Il Giardino Armonico, Christophe Rousset, Laurence Equilbey and Accentus, Ensemble Matheus and the World Philharmonic Orchestra, to name but a few.
Naïve Classique is also renowned for its exhaustive, pioneering Vivaldi Edition, now nearing 40 volumes of the Italian composer’s music drawing on a veritable goldmine of his manuscripts discovered in Turin.
Young Artist of the Year - Benjamin Grosvenor
British pianist Benjamin Grosvenor is internationally recognized for his electrifying performances and penetrating interpretations. An exquisite technique and ingenious flair for tonal colour are the hallmarks which make Benjamin Grosvenor one of the most sought-after young pianists in the world. His virtuosic command over the most strenuous technical complexities never compromises the formidable depth and intelligence of his interpretations. Described by some as a ‘Golden Age’ pianist (American Record Guide) and one ‘almost from another age’ (The Times), Benjamin is renowned for his distinctive sound, described as ‘poetic and gently ironic, brilliant yet clear-minded, intelligent but not without humour, all translated through a beautifully clear and singing touch’ (The Independent).
Benjamin first came to prominence as the outstanding winner of the Keyboard Final of the 2004 BBC Young Musician Competition at the age of eleven. Since then, he has become an internationally regarded pianist performing with orchestras including the London Philharmonic, RAI Torino, New York Philharmonic, Philharmonia, Tokyo Symphony, and in venues such as the Royal Festival Hall, Barbican Centre, Singapore’s Victoria Hall, The Frick Collection and Carnegie Hall (at the age of thirteen). He was named Young Artist of the Year at the ...
Schütz: Musicalische Exequien
Vox Luminis, Lionel Meunier, Masato Suzuki
Bach, J S: Orchestral Suites
Nos. 1-4, BWV1066-1069
Martinu: Symphonies Nos. 1-6
BBC Symphony Orchestra, Jiří Bělohlávek
Schumann: Complete Piano Trios
Leif Ove Andsnes, Christian Tetzlaff & Tanja Tetzlaff
Howells: Requiem & other works
Trinity College Choir Cambridge, Stephen Layton
Beethoven & Berg: Violin Concertos
Isabelle Faust, Orchestra Mozart, Claudio Abbado
Towards the Horizon & Incantations
Helsinki Philharmonic Orchestra, John Storgårds
Music Makes a City
An American Orchestra's Untold Story
Documentary Chronicling Largest Classical Music Commissioning Project in American History
Bruckner: Symphony No. 5 in B flat major (DVD)
Lucerne Festival Orchestra, Claudio Abbado
Bruckner: Symphony No. 5 in B flat major (Blu-ray)
Lucerne Festival Orchestra, Claudio Abbado
Victoria: Sacred Works
Ensemble Plus Ultra, Michael Noone
Opp. 10 & 25
Chopin, Liszt, Ravel
Lucerne Festival Orchestra, Claudio Abbado
Nina Stemme, Jonas Kaufmann, Falk Struckmann
Arias for Guadagni
Iestyn Davies, Arcangelo, Jonathan Cohen
Songs of War
Simon Keenlyside, Malcolm Martineau
Vaclav Talich Live 1939
Czech Philharmonic Orchestra play Dvorak: Slavonic Dances & Smetana: Má Vlast
The sound, the name, the first international successes, as well as the first recordings made by the Czech Philharmonic Orchestra, are inseparably linked with the name of Václav Talich. The recordings contained on this CD originated under truly exceptional circumstances and document unrepeatable moments.
The performance of Smetana’s Má Vlast (My Country) on 5 June 1939 in Nazi-occupied Protectorate Prague – and what’s more, at the National Theatre, perceived as a symbol of national cohesion – was an expressive manifestation of Talich’s patriotism. The moment’s sheer emotional charge gave rise to what may justly be considered the conductor’s finest recording of Má Vlast and, following a long-lasting ovation, the enthusiastic audience spontaneously rounded off the concert by singing the Czech national anthem.
This recording of the concert and that of Dvořák’s Slavonic Dances, which was performed at the National Theatre four days later, have been preserved owing to their direct transmission to several European cities. The recording was made by Radio Norway, which possessed the most advanced audiorecording technology of the time. Talich’s Má Vlast, exuding defiance and a resolve to protect freedom, stands in stark contrast to Rafael Kubelík’s legendary 1990 Má Vlast, which reflects the euphoria at the regaining of freedom.
Handel: Concerti Grossi
Nos. 1-6, HWV312-317
Concerto Copenhagen, Lars Ulrik Mortensen
Vivaldi: The French Connection 2
Concertos for flute, oboe, violin, bassoon and strings
Adrian Chandler, La Serenissima
Bach, JS: Mass in B minor, BWV232
Collegium Vocale Gent, Philippe Herreweghe
Zelenka: Responsoria pro hebdomada sancta
Collegium 1704 & Collegium Vocale 1704, Vaclav Luks
Ives: Violin Sonatas Nos. 1-4
Hilary Hahn, Valentina Lisitsa
Schumann: String Quartets
Op. 41 Nos. 1-3
Doric String Quartet
Brahms: Ein deutsches Requiem
Monteverdi Choir & Orchestre Révolutionnaire et Romantique, John Eliot Gardiner
Half Monk / Half Rascal
Vocal music by Francis Poulenc
Danish National Vocal Ensemble, Stephen Layton
Bartók: Violin Concertos & Viola Concerto
James Ehnes, BBC Philharmonic, Gianandrea Noseda
Shostakovich: Piano Concertos
Alexander Melnikov, Mahler Chamber Orchestra, Teodor Currentzis
Per Nørgård: Violin Concertos
Peter Herresthal, Stavanger Symphony Orchestra, Rolf Gupta
Saariaho: D’OM LE VRAI SENS
Laterna Magica, Leino Songs
Finnish Radio Symphony Orchestra, Sakari Oramo
Alfred Brendel on Music
A film by Mark Kidel
A film by Peter Rosen
Les Arts Florissants, William Christie
Bernard Richter, Stéphanie d’Oustrac, Nicolas Rivenq, Sophie Daneman
Strauss: Die Frau ohne Schatten
Christian Thielemann, Christof Loy
Stephen Gould, Anne Schwanewilms, Evelyn Herlitzius, Wolfgang Koch
Ciconia: Opera Omnia
Diabolus In Musica & La Morra, Antoine Guerber & Michal Gondko
Josquin - Missa De beata virgine
Credo quarti toni, Messe Ave Maris Stella
The Tallis Scholars, Peter Phillips
Glenn Gould in Concert
Anthology of the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra Vol. 6
Anthology of the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra
Chopin: The Complete Waltzes
Schubert: Piano Sonatas
Wagner: Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg
Rundfunk-Sinfonieorchester Berlin, Marek Janowski
Albert Dohmen, Robert Dean Smith, Edith Haller, Dietrich Henschel
ROH Orchestra & Chorus, Antonio Pappano
Rolando Villazon, Sophie Koch, Audun Iversen, Eri Nakamura
Beethoven: Symphonies Nos. 1-9 & Overtures
Gewandhausorchester Leipzig, Riccardo Chailly
Stravinsky: The Rite of Spring & Firebird Suite
Budapest Festival Orchestra, Ivan Fischer
Vivaldi: Opera Arias
Roberta Invernizzi, La Risonanza, Fabio Bonizzoni
René Pape, Staatskapelle Berlin, Daniel Barenboim
Britten: Serenade & Nocturne
Mark Padmore, Britten Sinfonia, Jacqueline Shave
Britten: Songs and Proverbs of William Blake
Roderick Williams, Iain Burnside
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