Wednesday, 9 April 2014

BBC Magazine Awards 2014-The Winners

The BBC Music Magazine is one of the leading classical music publications. It is no surprise then that the annual BBC Magazine Awards are a much anticipated event and likely boost attention and sales for the respective winners.

As in all prior years, there are some obvious, expected "big label" winners. These recordings are generally known to the public due to sizeable marketing budgets and advertising. My main is therefore usually on the lessor known labels / winners. Not surprisingly, 100 years after his birth, the two "unknowns" recordings are of Benjamin Britten works. Peter Grimes and the War Requiem are arguably Britten's finest works, so it is great to have them appearing on this list.

I have put together a Spotify playlist of the winners below. Note that not all recordings are available on Spotify, especially the Britten.

Concerto and recording of the year

Elgar: Cello Concerto in E minor, Op. 85; Carter: Cello Concerto; Bruch: Kol Nidrei, Op. 47
Alisa Weilerstein (cello); Staatskapelle Berlin/Daniel Barenboim  Decca 478 2735

Orchestral Award

Brahms: Symphonies Nos 1-4
Gewandhaus Orchestra Leipzig/Riccardo Chailly
Decca 478 5344

Opera Award

Britten: Peter Grimes
Alan Oke, Giselle Allen et al; Chorus of Opera North; Chorus of Guildhall School of Music & Drama; Britten-Pears Orchestra/Steuart Bedford
Signum Classics SIGCD 348

Vocal Award

Wagner: Arias from Die Walküre, Siegfried, Tannhäuser, Meistersinger, Rienzi and more; Wesendonck Lieder
Jonas Kaufmann (tenor); Orchester der Deutschen Oper Berlin/Donald Runnicles
Decca 478 5189

Choral Award

Britten: War Requiem
Susan Gritton, John Mark Ainsley, Christopher Maltman, Wrocław Philharmonic Choir; New College Choir trebles; Gabrieli Consort Players/Paul McCreesh
Winged Lion/Signum SIGCD 340

Chamber award

Felix and Fanny Mendelssohn: Quartets
Quartuor Ebène
Erato 464 5462

Instrumental Award

Guardian Angel: Works by JS Bach, Matteis, Tartini, Pisendel and Biber
Rachel Podger (violin)
Channel Classics CCS SA 35513

Newcomer Award

Beethoven: The Late Piano Sonatas: Sonatas Nos 28-32
Igor Levit (piano)
Sony Classical 88883703872

Premier Recording Award

Benjamin: Written on Skin; Duet for piano and orchestra
Barbara Hannigan, Christopher Purves, Bejun Mehta, Rebecca Jo Loeb, Allan Clayton; Mahler Chamber Orchestra/George Benjamin
Nimbus NI 5885

Spotify Playlist:

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