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17 September 2014, 20:21
See the 12 recordings that have been crowned category winners at this year's Gramophone Classical Music Awards 2014, as well as the special awards including Artist of the Year, Recording of the Year, Young Artist of the Year, Lifetime Achievement Award and Outstanding Achievement Award.
Sir Neville Marriner has been honoured with the Outstanding Achievement Award at the Gramophone Awards 2014. The conductor, who celebrated his 90th birthday earlier this year, picked up the award from Alfred Brendel, at a glamorous ceremony at St John's Smith Square, London.
Riccardo Chailly and the Leipzig Gewandhaus Orchestra were honoured with the Recording of the Year accolade, for their recording of Brahms' symphonies on the Decca label.
Jonas Kaufmann, Iestyn Davies and Riccardo Chailly and the Gewandhaus Orchestra announced in August, in 12 categories including Choral, Orchestral, and Early Music.
James Jolly, Editor-in-Chief of Gramophone, said: "2013-14 has produced a rare vintage with some outstanding recordings providing evidence of the record industry’s continuing imagination and creativity. The competition for Recording of the Year is very tough indeed!"
You can see a full list of the winers below; click the link to download the recording on iTunes.
CPE Bach - Württemberg Sonatas
What the judges said about this recording: "The elusive fusion of thematic intricacy, ‘Baroque’ rhetoric and 'proto-Classical' Sturm und Drang offered by the instrument are caught perfectly by Esfahani’s supple touch and disarming sense of rhetorical pacing."
CPE Bach - Magnificat, Heilig ist Gott
Soloists, RIAS Chamber Choir; Akademie Für Alte Musik Berlin /
Hans Christoph Radioman
[Harmonia Mundi HMC902167]
What the judges said about this recording: "The Magnificat can sometimes outstay its welcome. Not here. Hans-Christoph Rademann and his Berlin forces make the strongest possible case for it, with fresh, athletic choral singing, playing of crackling, fizzing energy and excellent solo work."
Schubert - Death and the Maiden; String Quintet
Pavel Haas Quartet with Danulo Ishizaka
What the judges said about this recording: "The slow movement of the Quintet is aching but never emotes superficially; the way the players withdraw the sound at its close is absolutely mesmerising."
Mozart Requiem (reconstruction of the first performance)
Dunedin Consort & Players / John Butt
What the judges said about this recording: "Purely on grounds of performance alone, this is one of the finest Mozart Requiems of recent years. John Butt brings to Mozart the microscopic care and musicological acumen that have made his Bach and Handel recordings so thought-provoking and satisfying."
Prokofiev - Piano Concertos Nos 1-5
Jean-Efflam Bavouzet, BBC Philharmonic / Gianandra Noseda
What the judges said about this recording: "Throughout, Bavouzet displays a light touch and laudable levels of physical stamina, with a firm grasp of the very different personalities of each piece."
Benjamin - Written on Skin
Soloists, Orchestra of the Royal Opera House / George Benjamin
(Prod. Katie Mitchell)
[Opus Arte OA1125D]
What the judges said about this recording: "Katie Mitchell gives powerful visual representation to an opera that is to a large extent a drama of the mind."
Marenzio - First Book of Madrigals
La Compagnia del Madrigale
What the judges said about this recording: "My jaw dropped at both the quality of Marenzio’s cleverly varied five-voice music and the astonishing sonorities of these beguiling performances."
Mompou - Piano Works
[Sony Classical 88765433262]
What the judges said about this recording: "You will rarely if ever hear Mompou’s introspection caught and held with greater affection and finesse."
Ravel - L’heure espagnole & L’enfant et les sortilèges
Soloists, Glyndebourne Chorus, LPO / Kazushi Ono
(prod. Laurent Pelly)
[FRA Musica FRA008]
What the judges said about this recording: "Laurent Pelly directs the dizzying succession of scenes with a sure hand."
Gewandhaus Orchestra Leipzig / Riccardo Chailly
"The opening sounds understated but the performance builds steadily until the coda glows white hot."
‘Arise, my muse’
Iestyn Davies, Richard Egarr
[Wigmore Hall Live WHLive0065]
What the judges said about this recording: "This is a disc that reminds us why live recital programmes are such a valuable part of recorded repertoire..."
Schubert - Winterreise
Jonas Kaufmann, Helmut Deutsch
[Sony Classical 88883795632]
What the judges said about this recording: "For sheer vocal splendour, Jonas Kaufmann is unrivalled in Winterreise since Jon Vickers."