Tuesday, 27 August 2013

Gramophone awards 2013

The 2013 Gramophone awards have just been announced. I always pay close attention to these awards and enjoy hearing the winning (and nominated) recordings. I must say that my favourites don't always win, but that is the nature of these things.

This post features the winning recordings with links to the corresponding Gramophone pages, Amazon.com CDs (by clicking on the CD cover) and a Spotify playlist of the recordings that are available on Spotify (at the bottom), which is sadly not all of them. I hope you enjoy these recordings as much as I have and as always, I hope you discover something new and exciting, I certainly have in the Elgar Apostles.

The Gramophone Recording of the Year award will go to one of the below on September 17. Which one do you think it will be?

Instrumental Award: 

Mussorgsky and Prokofiev piano works performed by pianist Steven Osborne on the Hyperion label.

Opera Award:


Puccini Il trittico on DVD performed by various soloists, Sir Antonio Pappano, Chorus and Orchestra of the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden

Vocal Award: (included in Spotify playlist below)

Richard Wagner arias performed by Jonas Kaufmann, Donald Runnicles and Orchester de Deutschen Oper on the Decca label.

Choral Music Award: (included in Spotify playlist below)

Elgar The Apostles performed Sir Mark Elder and The Hallé Chorus and Orchestra on the Halle Records label.

Concerto Award: (included in Spotify playlist below)

Bartok, Péter Eötvös and Gyorgy Ligeti violin concertos performed by violinist Patricia Kopatchinskaja, Peter Eötvös, Ensemble Modern and the Hessen Radio Symphony Orchestra on the Naïve Records label.

Contemporary Award: (included in Spotify playlist below)


Dutilleux Correspondances performed by soprano Barbara Hannigan, cellist Anssi Karttunen, Esa-Pekka Salonen and the Orchestre Philharmonique de Radio France for the DG label.

Early Music Award: (included in Spotify playlist below)

Andrea and Giovanni Gabrieli "A New Venetian Coronation 1595" performed by Paul McCreesh and the Gabrieli Consort and Players on the Signum UK label.

Orchestral Award: 

Josef Suk Prague and A Summer's Tale performed by Jiří Bělohlávek and the BBC Symphony Orchestra for the Chandos label.

Chamber Music Award: 

CD not yet available on Amazon.com.

Barnabás Kelemen and Zoltán Kocsis's disc of Bartok Violin Sonatas on the Hungaroton label.

Baroque Vocal Award: (included in Spotify playlist below)


Bach Motets performed by John Eliot Gardiner and the Monteverdi Choir and Orchestra recorded on the Soli Deo Gloria (SDG) label.

Baroque Instrumental Award: 

A selection of French Baroque harpsichord music on a CD entitled "Pour passer la melancolie" performed by Andreas Staier on the Harmonia Mundi Classique label. Composers include Couperin, Muffat, Fischer, Froberger.

Spotify playlist of available Gramophone Award recordings:

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