Gramophone Awards 2015 – all the action from the 'Oscars of classical music'
17 September 2015, 19:11
The stars of the classical world and a night of the best music - let us take you there...
A smashing venue
Getting a bit star-struck
Legends of classical music took some time away from their canapes to talk to us.
An exceptional young artist
Ahead of the ceremony, we asked him to play us a little something. And he casually whipped out this fiendishly difficult virtuoso showstopper – it's Godowsky's Symphonic Metamorphosis on Themes from Johann Strauss II’s Die Fledermaus:
Joseph Moog plays some amazing Godowski
The winner of the Gramophone Young Artist of the Year performs ahead of the ceremony
Some stunning chamber music
The wonderful Pavel Haas Quartet performed the third movement of Smetana's First Quartet – and we caught the whole thing on camera.
Pavel Haas Quartet performs Smetana
Watch the quartet perform Smetana's String Quartet No.1, third movement
Next we were treated to some vocal fireworks
From the absolute dream-team of Carolyn Sampson and Sarah Connolly. They performed an exquisite duet from Handel's Judas Maccabaeus, called 'Oh lovely peace'.
Sarah Connolly and Carolyn Sampson perform at the Gramophone Awards
Listen to some wonderful Handel
Artist of the Year Paavo Järvi told us orchestras needed to stop "dumbing down" their concerts
And how humbled he was to receive an award voted for by the public.
Paavo Järvi on his Artist of the Year Award
We spoke to the conductor at the Gramophone Awards
We asked Sir Thomas Allen whether he ever got star-struck…
And what had changed over his illustrious career
Sir Thomas Allen at the Gramophone Awards
We spoke to the great singer ahead of the ceremony
Sarah Connolly: "It's very important to find a way to encourage children to be artistic"
Mezzo-soprano Sarah Connolly – picking up the Choral Award for her recording of Elgar's Sea Pictures told us what she thinks needs to change in music education:
Sarah Connolly – on music education
The brilliant mezzo thinks music should be for all
Who was Marie Fel? Carolyn Sampson tell us about the great 18th-century diva
(And to stop worrying about when you should applaud…)
Carolyn Sampson on the great diva Marie Fel
And why we shouldn't worry so much about applause…
And we asked Gerald Finley for advice for young singer
The brilliant (and completely charming) Canadian baritone took some time to share some pearls of wisdom:
Gerald Finley gives advice for aspiring singers
And reflects on how much things have changed since he started out