Wednesday 9 April 2014

BBC Music Magazine Awards

Peter Grimes - Britten - Aldeburgh Music
The BBC Music Magazine Awards also took place this week, giving awards to recordings in a variety of categories. There is a greater public involvement in the deciding of these awards, as the jury produces a list of nominations and then the public votes on the various recordings via the BBC Music Magazine website. The awards ceremony took place at Kings Place, with live performances from Bryn Terfel (on of the performers on the DVD in the DVD (Performance) award), Rachel Podger (winner of the instrumental award) and Igor Levit (winner of the.newcomer award)

The winner of the recording of the year, and concerto category, was cellist Alisa Weilerstein's sice of the Elgar and Carter concertos on Decca with Staatskappelle Berlin and Daniel Barenboim. The opera award was Peter Grimes on Signum Classics, Steuart Bedford and the Britten-Pears Orchestra's live recording which accompanied the performances on Aldeburgh Beach, with performers including Alan Oke, Giselle Allan and David Kempster. The choral category was won by Paul McCreesh's recording of Britten's War Requiem with Susan Gritton, John Mark Ainsley, Christopher Maltman, Gabrieli Consort & Players, Wrocław Philharmonic Choir, Gabrieli Young Singers Scheme on Signum/Winged Lion.

The premiere category was won by George Benjamin's Written on Skin the live recording from Aix-en-Provence Festival with the composer conducting Christopher Purves, Barbara Hannigan, Bejun Mehta and the Mahler Chamber Orchestra

Jonas Kaufmann's disc of Wagner Arias won the vocal category, Rachel Podger's Guardian Angel (with works by Bach, Pisendel, Biber and Tartini) on Channel Classics won the instrumental category.

RECORDING OF THE YEAR/CONCERTO AWARD - Elgar/Carter: Cello Concertos (Decca) Alisa Weilerstein (cello) Staatskappelle Berlin/Daniel Barenboim

ORCHESTRAL AWARD - Brahms: Symphonies 1-4 etc (Decca) Gewandhaus Orchestra Leipzig/Riccardo Chailly

CHAMBER AWARD - Felix & Fanny Mendelssohn: String Quartets. Op.9, 80 & (Erato) Quatuor Ebène

INSTRUMENTAL AWARD - Guardian Angel: works by Bach, Biber, Tartini, Pisendel (Channel Classics) Rachel Podger (violin)

OPERA AWARD - Britten: Peter Grimes (Signum) Alan Oke, Giselle Allen, David Kempster, Catherine
Wyn-Rogers etc, Chorus of Opera North, Guildhall School of Music, Britten-Pears Orchestra /Steuart Bedford

VOCAL AWARD - Wagner: Arias from Lohengrin, Die Walküre, Tannhäuser; Wesendonck Lieder (Decca) Jonas Kaufmann (tenor), Orchester der Deutschen Oper Berlin/ Donald Runnicles

CHORAL AWARD - Britten: War Requiem (Winged Lion/Signum) Gabrieli Consort & Players; Wroclaw Phil. Choir, New College trebles, John Mark Ainsley, Christopher Maltman, Susan Gritton/ Paul McCreesh

NEWCOMER AWARD - Beethoven: The Late Sonatas (Sony) Igor Levit (piano)

PREMIERE AWARD - George Benjamin: Written on Skin (Nimbus) Christopher Purves, Barbara Hannigan, Bejun Mehta/Mahler Chamber Orchestra

DVD (PERFORMANCE) - Puccini: Tosca (Warner) Angela Gheorghiu, Jonas Kaufmann, Bryn Terfel; Chorus and Orchestra of Royal Opera House/Sir Antonio Pappano

DVD (DOCUMENTARY)- The Genius of Cavaillé-Coll

APP AWARD - Beethoven's Ninth Symphony Touchpress/DG

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