Skip to main content

 Recording of the Week  BBC Music Magazine Awards

The BBC Music Magazine announced the winners of their annual awards last week, and all of the ten winners (six of which were voted for by the public) came from independent labels. In some ways that is not surprising - while the difficulties of major labels have been often reported in the press, independents have been quietly going about their business producing a succession of excellent recordings with top artists and often more interesting repertoire.

The independents have raised the bar and now it is up to the majors to respond. The signs are they are doing just that. EMI for one have made some astute signings recently. On the back of Natalie Clein's and Alison Balsom's discs last autumn, pianists Simon Trpceski and Jonathan Biss have both been turning heads this spring, not to mention the soprano of the moment, Nina Stemme. With investment in young artists like this the majors clearly have a large and important contribution to make to the award winners of future years.

This year's ten BBC Music Magazine award winners are listed below. To view a single page with full details of all the winning discs and the other short-listed finalists click here.

Disc of the Year & Vocal Award Winner

Sibelius: Luonnotar, Orchestral Songs

Soile Isokoski (soprano), Helsinki Philharmonic Orchestra, Leif Segerstam

Available Formats: SACD, MP3, CD Quality FLAC, Hi-Res FLAC

Chamber Award Winner

Dvorák: Piano Trios No. 4 'Dumky'; No. 3 in F minor

Smetana Trio

Available Format: CD

Choral Award Winner

Sibelius: Kullervo, Op. 7

London Symphony Orchestra, Colin Davis

Available Formats: MP3, CD Quality FLAC

Instrumental Award Winner

George Enescu: Piano Works Volume 2

Luiza Borac

Available Formats: SACD, MP3, CD Quality FLAC

Opera Award Winner

Vivaldi: Griselda

Marie-Nicole Lemieux, Veronica Cangemi, Simone Kermes, Philippe Jaroussky, Stefano Ferrari & Iestyn Davies, Ensemble theus, Jean-Christophe Spinosi

Available Formats: MP3, CD Quality FLAC

Orchestral Award Winner

Shostakovich: Symphony No. 7 in C major, Op. 60 'Leningrad'

Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra, Mariss Jansons

Available Formats: SACD, MP3, CD Quality FLAC, Hi-Res FLAC

Best Newcomer

Haas and Janacek: String Quartets No. 2

Pavel Haas Quartet

Available Format: CD

Premiere Recording Award

Koechlin: Vocal Works With Orchestra

Juliane Banse (soprano) Radio-Sinfonieorchester Stuttgart SWR, Heinz Holliger

Available Formats: CD, MP3, CD Quality FLAC

DVD of the Year

Handel: Giulio Cesare

Sarah Connolly, Angelika Kirchschlager, Danielle de Niese, OAE, William Christie

Available Format: DVD Video