MEMETERIA by Thomas May

Music & the Arts

Gramophone and ECHO Klassik Awards 2015

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I’m beginning to catch up on some big news items after being sidelined by deadlines.
The ceremony honoring the Gramophone Classical Music Award Winners for 2015 will take place at St John’s, Smith Square, London, on September 17. At this ceremony the winners of the special awards — including Recording of the Year, Artist of the Year, and Lifetime Achievement — will be revealed.

And here’s the complete list of winners in the 12 categories of the Gramophone Award”

Baroque Instrumental

JS Bach: Cello Suites; David Watkin vc (Resonus)

Baroque Vocal

Monteverdi: Vespri solenni per la festa di San Marco; Concerto Italiano / Rinaldo Alessandrini (Naïve)

Chamber

Smetana: String Quartets No 1 (From My Life) & 2; Pavel Haas Quartet (Supraphon)

Choral

Elgar: The Dream of Gerontius. Sea Pictures; BBC SO and Chorus/Sir Andrew Davis (Chandos)

Concerto

Beethoven: Piano Concertos 3 & 4; Maria João Pires/Swedish Radio Symphony Orchestra/Daniel Harding (Onyx)

Contemporary

Nørgård: Symphonies Nos 1 & 8; Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra/Sakari Oramo (Dacapo)

Early Music

The Spy’s Choirbook; Alamire; English Cornett & Sackbut Ensemble/David Skinner (Obsidian)

Instrumental

Bach: English Suites Nos 1, 3, & 5; Piotr Anderszewski (Warner Classics)

Opera

R Strauss: Elektra; Soloists; Orchestre de Paris / Esa-Pekka Salonen; Stage director Patrice Chéreau; video director Stéphane Metge (Bel Air Classique)

Orchestral

Bruckner: Symphony No 9; Lucerne Festival Orchestra/Claudio Abbado (DG)

Recital

A French Baroque Diva; Carolyn Sampson Ex Cathedra/Jeffrey Skidmore (Hyperion)

Solo Vocal

Schubert: Nachtviolen; Christian Gerhaher, Gerold Huber (Sony Classical)

The ECHO Klassik Awards were also announced in Berlin, with a ceremony to follow on October 18 at the Konzerthaus. Find the complete list of 58 winners here.

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