Gramophone Awards 2013

Record of the Year

Bartók. Eötvös. Ligeti: Violin Concertos

Patricia Kopatchinskaja

"Kopatchinskaja’s violin comes close to disintegrating under the force of her spectacular display and the final orchestral cut-off has never seemed more brutal..." Gramophone Magazine

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Artist of the Year - Alison Balsom

Alison Balcom

Born in Hertfordshire in 1978, Balsom studied at the Guildhall and in Glasgow and Paris before becoming a BBC New Generation Artist and signing with EMI Classics in 2002. She has recorded most of the core repertoire for her instrument, including the Hummel, Haydn and Arutiunian concertos, as well as working on and recording numerous transcriptions for trumpet and taking part in multi-media projects such as the Globe Theatre's 'Gabriel' - 'a teeming world of intersecting narratives' depicting Restoration London. Her many awards include a PPL Classical Award, two 'Female Artist of the Year' awards at the Classical Brits and the 2013 Gramophone Award for 'Artist of the Year'.

Balsom performs primarily on a modern instrument, though her recent 'Sound the Trumpet' album uses a natural trumpet throughout.

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Lifetime Achievement Award - Julian Bream

Julian Bream

Widely recognised as one of the finest living guitarists, Julian Bream was born in London in 1933 and began his performing career as a session-musician before forming the Julian Bream Consort in 1960. Bream went on to record extensively for both RCA and EMI Classics: his wide-ranging discography includes the Renaissance lute music which he did so much to popularise as well as most of the core classical repertoire for guitar and numerous commissions such as Britten's Nocturnal after John Dowland and sonatas by Malcom Arnold and Richard Rodney Bennett.

Bream was awarded a CBE in 1985, holds numerous prestigious honorary fellowships and won the Royal Philharmonic Society Instrumentalist Award in 1996.

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Label of the Year - Decca

Decca

The history of the Decca Record Company stretches back to the late 1920's, building a reputation at the forefront of audio reproduction. Today, Decca is a label of great diversity, home to many of the world's most distinguished artists, appealing to both specialist and mainstream audiences. The Decca Music Group also incorporates the Philips label. These labels are the home of an array of the greatest musicians, which include Juan Diego Florez, Andrea Bocelli, Renee Fleming, Cecilia Bartoli and Luciano Pavarotti.

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Young Artist of the Year - Jan Lisiecki

Jan Lisiecki

Canadian pianist Jan Lisiecki was born in 1995 to Polish parents and made his concerto debut at the age of nine. In 2010 Lisiecki signed an exclusive contract with Deutsche Grammophon, becoming the youngest-ever pianist to sign to the prestigious 'yellow label': his debut recording of Mozart Concertos was lauded by Gramophone as 'a noteworthy disc from an exciting talent', and a disc of Chopin Etudes followed the next year. Lisiecki is also a UNICEF Ambassador to Canada.

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Special Achievement Award - Alain Lanceron

Alain Lanceron

Alain Lanceron, President of the recently re-launched Erato label (formerly Virgin Classics and EMI Classics France), is being honoured by Gramophone with a Lifetime Achievement Award for his services to the Classical Music recording industry.

Category Winners

Bartók, Eötvös & Ligeti: Violin Concertos

Patricia Kopatchinskaja (violin), Peter Eötvös

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Pour passer la Melancholie

Andreas Staier

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Bach: Motets

Monteverdi Choir & English Baroque Soloists, John Eliot Gardiner

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Bartók: Violin Sonatas

Barnabás Kelemen (violin), Zoltán Kocsis (piano)

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Elgar: The Apostles

Hallé, Mark Elder

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Dutilleux: Correspondances

Orchestre Philharmonique de Radio France, Esa-Pekka Salonen

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A New Venetian Coronation, 1595

Gabrieli Consort & Players, Paul McCreesh

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Musorgsky & Prokofiev: Pictures, Sarcasms & Visions

Steven Osborne (piano)

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Puccini: Il Trittico

Il Tabarro, Suor Angelico & Gianni Schicchi (DVD)

Royal Opera House, Antonio Pappano

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Puccini: Il Trittico

Il Tabarro, Suor Angelico & Gianni Schicchi (Blu-ray)

Royal Opera House, Antonio Pappano

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Josef Suk: Prague & A Summer's Tale

BBC Symphony Orchestra, Jiří Bělohlávek

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Kaufmann: Wagner

Jonas Kaufmann (tenor), Orchester der Deutschen Oper Berlin, Donald Runnicles

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Other Finalists

William Lawes: Consorts to the Organ

Phantasm

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Vivaldi: La Cetra

Rachel Podger (violin), Holland Baroque Society

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Handel: Saul

The Sixteen, Harry Christophers

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J S Bach: St John Passion

Joanne Lunn (soprano), Clare Wilkinson (alto), Nicholas Mulroy (tenor), Matthew Brook (baritone), Robert Davies (baritone); Dunedin Consort, John Butt

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Beethoven: String Quartets

Belcea Quartet

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Fauré: Quintets with Piano

Eric Le Sage (piano), Quatuor Ébène

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I Was Glad

Sacred Music by Stanford & Parry

The King’s Consort & Choir of The King’s Consort, Robert King

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Rachmaninov: All-Night Vigil

Latvian Radio Choir, Sigvards Kļava

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Britten: Cello Symphony, Cello Sonata & Cello Suites

Alban Gerhardt (cello)

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Nielsen & Tchaikovsky: Violin Concertos

Vilde Frang (violin), Danish Radio Symphony Orchestra, Eivind Gullberg Jensen

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George Benjamin: Written on Skin

Barbara Hannigan, Bejun Mehta, Christopher Purves, Victoria Simmonds, Allan Clayton, Mahler Chamber Orchestra, George Benjamin

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Oliver Knussen: Autumnal

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Jean Mouton: Missa Dictes moy toutes voz pensées

The Tallis Scholars, Peter Phillips

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Choirs of Angels

Music from the Eton Choirbook

The Choir of Christ Church Cathedral, Oxford, Stephen Darlington

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Haydn: Piano Sonatas

Marc-André Hamelin (piano)

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Schubert: Piano Sonatas

Maria João Pires (piano)

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Britten: The Rape of Lucretia

Angelika Kirchschlager, Peter Coleman-Wright, Ian Bostridge, Susan Gritton, Christopher Purves, Benjamin Russell, Claire Booth, Hilary Summers, Aldeburgh Festival Ensemble, Oliver Knussen

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Puccini: Tosca

Angela Gheorghiu, Jonas Kaufmann, Bryn Terfel, Lukas Jakobski, Jeremy White, Hubert Francis, ZhengZhong Zhou, Royal Opera House Covent Garden, Antonio Pappano

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Beethoven: Symphonies Nos. 1-9

Orchestra of the 18th Century, Frans Brüggen

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Bruckner: Symphony No. 9 in D Minor

Berliner Philharmoniker, Simon Rattle

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Handel's Finest Arias for Base Voice

Christopher Purves (bass), Arcangelo, Jonathan Cohen

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Love and Longing

Orchestral Songs by Dvorák, Mahler, and Ravel

Magdalena Kožená (mezzo-soprano), Berliner Philharmoniker, Simon Rattle

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