Sir Simon Rattle, Steven Isserlis and Véronique Gens shortlisted for Gramophone Awards 2018

10 August 2018, 16:42

Gramophone Awards 2018
Gramophone Awards 2018. Picture: (l-r) Getty, Classic FM, Getty

By Elizabeth Davis

The shortlist for the prestigious Gramophone Awards has been unveiled ahead of a ceremony in London in September

Every year the Gramophone Awards celebrate the very best in classical music. Ahead of this year’s ceremony, to take place in London on 13 September, the shortlist for each category has been announced.

Sir Simon Rattle receives a nomination in the Opera category for his recording of Debussy’s Pelléas et Mélisande while three French singers compete in the Recital category – Delphine Galou, Sabine Devielihe and Véronique Gens.

Elsewhere, pianists Pierre-Laurent Aimard, Arcadi Volodos and Marc-André Hamelin with Leif Ove Andsnes (in a two-piano recording) are all nominated in the Instrumental category.

Cellist Steven Isserlis is nominated in the Concerto category for his performance of Cello Concertos by C.P.E. Bach and Haydn. Also nominated for the Concerto award are pianist Piotr Anderszewski and violinist Christian Tetzlaff.

The composer Oliver Knussen, who died last month receives a nomination for his recording of music by Elliott Carter with the Birmingham Contemporary Music Group. Also recognised in the orchestral category is Russian conductor Teodor Currentzis for his interpretation of Tchaikovsky's Symphony No.6.

The winners of the category awards will be announced on 31 August ahead of a star-studded ceremony on 13 September at the De Vere Grand Connaught Rooms in London. Several other awards will be announced at the ceremony including Recording of the Year, Artist of the Year, Young Artist of the Year and Lifetime Achievement.

Here is the full list of nominees

Chamber
Bartók String Quartets Heath Quartet (Harmonia Mundi)
Brahms String Sextets Renaud Capuçon; Christoph Konc; Gérard Caussé; Marie Chilemme; Gautier Capuçon; Clemens Hagen (Erato)
Dvořák Piano Quintets Boris Giltburg; Pavel Nikl; Pavel Haas Quartet (Supraphon)

Choral
‘Ein feste Burg’ Vox Luminis / Lionel Meunier (Ricercar)
Monteverdi The Other Vespers I Fagiolini / Robert Hollingsworth (Decca)
Pärt Magnificat & Nunc dimittis
Schnittke Psalms of Repentence Estonian Philharmonic Chamber Choir / Kaspars Putniņš (BIS)

Concerto
Bartók Violin Concertos Christian Tetzlaff; Finnish RSO / Hannu Lintu (Ondine)
Haydn. CPE Bach Cello Concertos Kammerphilharmonie Bremen / Steven Isserlis (Hyperion)
Mozart Piano Concertos COE / Piotr Anderszewski (Warner Classics)

Contemporary (sponsored by PPL & PRS for Music)
Dean Dramatis personae Francesconi Hard Pace Håkan Hardenberger; Gothenburg SO / John Størgårds (BIS)
Dusapin Quatuor VI & VII Arditti Quartet et al (aeon)
Pickard Symphony No 5 etc BBC NOW / Martyn Brabbins (BIS)

Early Music
Compère Missa Galeazscha Odhecaton (Arcana)
‘Music from the Peterhouse Partbooks’, Vol 5 Blue Heron / Scott Metcalfe (Blue Heron)
‘Parle qui veut’ Sollazzo Ensemble (Linn)

Instrumental
Brahms Piano works, Opp 76, 117 & 118 Arcadi Volodos (Sony Classical)
Messiaen Catalogue d’Oiseaux Pierre-Laurent Aimard (Pentatone)
Stravinsky Works for two pianos Marc-André Hamelin; Leif Ove Andsnes (Hyperion)

Opera (sponsored by E. Gutzwiller & Cie, Banquiers)
Berlioz Les Troyens John Nelson (Erato)
Debussy Pelléas et Mélisande Sir Simon Rattle (LSO Live)
Lully Alceste Christophe Rousset (Aparté)

Orchestral
Carter Late works BCMG; BBC SO / Oliver Knussen (Ondine)
Ravel Daphnis et Chloé Les Siècles / François-Xavier Roth (Harmonia Mundi)
Tchaikovsky Symphony No 6, ‘Pathétique’ Musica Aeterna / Teodor Currenztis (Sony Classical)

Recital
‘Agitata’ Baroque Arias Delphine Galou; Accademia Bizantina / Ottavio Dantone (Alpha)
‘Mirages’ Sabine Devieilhe; Les Siècles / François-Xavier Roth (Erato)
‘Visions’ Véronique Gens; Munich Radio Orch / Hervé Niquet (Alpha)

Solo Vocal (sponsored by Mrs Joan Jones)
Eisler Lieder, Vol 1 Holger Falk; Steffen Schleiermacher (MDG)
Fauré Complete Songs, Vol 2 various / Malcolm Martineau (Signum)
‘Secrets’ French songs Marianne Crébassa; Fazil Say (Erato)