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Thursday, October 13, 2016

ECHO KLASSIK Awards 2016


















The German music award ECHO is one the most important and renowned music awards worldwide. Each year, the Deutsche Phono-Akademie, the cultural institute of the Bundesverband Musikindustrie (German music industry federation), awards the ECHO to honour the most successful and outstanding achievements of German and international musicians. It all began with the ECHO Award in 1992; in 1994 the ECHO KLASSIK Award was established, and since 2010 the ECHO JAZZ Award has complemented the ECHO – German Music Award brand.

The ECHO KLASSIK awards are among the highlights of the classical music year, annually bringing together all the big names on the classical scene for a sparkling gala event. While paying due respect to great recordings, ECHO KLASSIK has always aimed to recognize and reward young talent and bring the fascination and variety of classical music to a wider audience.

This year, the ECHO KLASSIK award ceremony takes place in the Konzerthaus on Berlin's Gendarmenmarkt on October 9.



Τα γερμανικά βραβεία μουσικής ECHO είναι από τα πιο σημαντικά και φημισμένα μουσικά βραβεία παγκοσμίως. Κάθε χρόνο, η Deutsche Phono-Akademie, το πολιτιστικό ίδρυμα της Bundesverband Musikindustrie (Γερμανικής Ομοσπονδίας Μουσικής Βιομηχανίας), απονέμει τα βραβεία ECHO για να τιμήσει τις σημαντικότερες ηχογραφήσεις έργων κλασικής μουσικής από μουσικούς και ορχήστρες από όλο τον κόσμο.

Τα πρώτο βραβείο ECHO απονεμήθηκε το 1992. Ο θεσμός των ECHO KLASSIK Awards ξεκίνησε το 1994, ενώ από το 2010 τον θεσμό συμπληρώνουν τα ECHO JAZZ Awards. Η απονομή των βραβείων ECHO KLASSIK συγκεντρώνει κάθε χρόνο τα μεγαλύτερα ονόματα της κλασικής μουσικής σκηνής. Φέτος, η λαμπρή τελετή της απονομής των βραβείων ECHO KLASSIK έλαβε χώρα στο ιστορικό Κοντσέρτχαους του Βερολίνου στις 9 Οκτωβρίου.

Anna Netrebko: Female Singer of the Year


















Deutsche Phono-Akademie

The Deutsche Phono-Akademie (German phono academy) was founded on 27th September 1973 as the non-profit-making cultural institute of the Bundesverband Musikindustrie (German music industry association). Aside from supporting musical talents, it is the aim of the Deutsche Phono-Akademie to honour outstanding artists and to bring those political, cultural, scientific and business groups associated with the musical arts field closer together.

In 1992, the Deutsche Phono-Akademie took the groundbreaking step of establishing the name ECHO for an award to mark achievements in the field of recorded music at both national and international level. The Deutsche Phono-Akademie is host of the ECHO, the ECHO KLASSIK and the ECHO JAZZ award.

The cultural institute of the Bundesverband Musikindustrie attracts public attention to the music business and places upcoming artists in the spotlight. The Deutsche Phono-Akademie sees itself as a neutral and unifying mediator among the performers, the media, politics, business and the public, and highlights new paths for synergies.

Philippe Jaroussky: Male Singer of the Year


















The Jury

The ECHO KLASSIK is awarded in 22 categories. The panel selects each prize winner from the submissions for the individual categories. There is no recourse to legal action against the decision of the panel. There can be no legal claim to inclusion in the submission process or to the awarded prizes.

• Michael Brüggemann (Vice President Classical Germany, Sony Music Entertainment [Germany] GmbH)
• Carsten Dürer (Publisher & Editor-in-Chief "ENSEMBLE – Magazin für Kammermusik" + "PIANONews – Magazin für Klavier und Flügel")
• Tobias Feilen (Editor, Music Department, Zweites Deutsches Fernsehen [Germany's second state-owned TV channel])
• Manfred Görgen (General Manager MDG – Musikproduktion Dabringhaus und Grimm, Managing Director "CLASS aktuell")
• Stephanie Haase (Director Classics, Warner Music Group Germany Holding GmbH)
• Carsten Hinrichs (Editor-in-Chief RONDO)
• Dr. Rainer Kahleyss (Chairman CLASS – Association of Classical Independents in Germany e.V.)
• Prof. Michael Kaufmann (Director Deutsche Staatsphilharmonie Rheinland-Pfalz and Kurt Weill Fest Dessau)
• Prof. Martin Maria Krüger (President Deutscher Musikrat [German music council])
• Anca-Monica Pandelea (Head of Music Department, Zweites Deutsches Fernsehen [Germany's second state-owned TV channel])
• Kleopatra Sofroniou (Director Domestic Marketing, Deutsche Grammophon)

Antonio Pappano: Conductor of the Year (Photo by Riccardo Musacchio)


















Prize Winners

1. Female Singer of the Year: Anna Netrebko | Macbeth | Deutsche Grammophon
2. Male Singer of the Year: Philippe Jaroussky | Green: Mélodies françaises sur des poèmes de Verlaine | ERATO (Warner Classics)
3. Instrumentalist:
— (Clarinet) Martin Fröst | Roots | Sony Classical
— (Cello) Sol Gabetta | Vasks: Presence | Sony Classical
— (Piano) Grigory Sokolov | Schubert & Beethoven | Deutsche Grammophon
— (Flute) Stefan Temmingh | Birds | dhm (Sony)
— (Violin) Pinchas Zukerman | Vaughan Williams & Elgar | Decca (Dt. Grammophon)
4. Conductor of the Year: Antonio Pappano | Verdi: Aida | Warner Classics
5. Ensemble / Orchestra:
— Berliner Philharmoniker | Jean Sibelius: Symphonies 1-7 | Berliner Philharmoniker Recordings
— Capella de la Torre | Water Music – Tales of Nymphs and Sirens | dhm (Sony)
— German Brass | Bach on Brass | Berlin Classics (Edel)
6. Newcomer:
— (Saxophone) Asya Fateyeva | Saxophone | GENUIN classics
— (Cello) Edgar Moreau | Giovincello | ERATO (Warner Classics)
— (Violin) Yury Revich | 8 Seasons | ARS Produktion
— (Singer) Andrè Schuen | Schumann – Wolf – Martin: Lieder | CAvi-music
— (Piano) Aurelia Shimkus | B-A-C-H – Ich ruf' zu dir | ARS Produktion
7. The "Klassik ohne Grenzen" Prize (Classical without Borders):
— Andrea Bocelli | Cinema | Sugar (Dt. Grammophon)
— John Wilson Orchestra | Cole Porter in Hollywood | Warner Classics
— Salut Salon | Carnival Fantasy | Warner Classics
8. Symphonic Recording:
— (Music up to and including 18th century) Jordi Savall, Le Concert des Nations | Les Éléments | Alia Vox (Harmonia Mundi)
— (19th century music) Nikolaus Harnoncourt, Concentus Musicus Wien | Beethoven: Symphonies Nos. 4 & 5 | Sony Classical
— (20th & 21st century music) Teodor Currentzis, MusicAeterna | Stravinsky: Le Sacre du Printemps | Sony Classical
9. Concert Recording / Music up to and including 18th century:
— Christophe Coin, Orchester Le Phénix | Wagenseil: Cello Concertos in C und A & Symphonia in C | Coviello Classics (MBM)
— François Leleux, Münchener Kammerorchester | Hummel & Haydn: Prince Esterházy Concertos | Sony Classical
— Andreas Staier, Freiburger Barockorchester | Bach: Harpsichord Concertos | Harmonia Mundi
10. Concert Recording / 19th century music:
— Il Pomo d'Oro, Riccardo Minasi, Maxim Emelyanychev | Haydn: Concertos | Warner Classics
— Janine Jansen, Orchestra dell'Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia, London Symphony Orchestra, Antonio Pappano | Brahms & Bartók | Decca (Dt. Grammophon)
11. Concert Recording / 20th & 21st century music:
— Vilde Frang, Frankfurt Radio Symphony, James Gaffigan | Britten & Korngold: Violinkonzerte | Warner Classics
— Anna Vinnitskaya, Kremerata Baltica | Schostakowitsch: Klavierkonzerte | Alpha Classics (Outhere Music)
12. Choral Recording of the Year: Chor der Sixtinischen Kapelle, Massimo Palombella | Cantate Domino | Deutsche Grammophon
13. Opera Recording:
— (17th & 18th century opera) Il Pomo d'Oro | Riccardo Minasi, Max Emanuel Cencic, Franco Fagioli | Leonardo Vinci: Catone in Utica | Decca (Dt. Grammophon)
— (19th century opera) Flemish Radio Choir, Brussels Philharmonic, Hervé Niquet | Félicien David: Herculanum | Editiones Singulares (Outhere Music)
— (20th & 21st century music) Orchestre Symphonique de Montréal, Kent Nagano | Honegger & Ibert: L'Aiglon | Decca (Dt. Grammophon)
14. Solo Recording:
— (17th & 18th century music / Piano) Nelson Freire | Bach | Decca (Dt. Grammophon)
— (19th century music / Piano) Khatia Buniatishvili | Kaleidoscope | Sony Classical
— (20th & 21st century music / Piano) Bertrand Chamayou | Ravel: Complete Works for Solo Piano | ERATO (Warner Classics)
15. Solo Recording / Voice:
— (Duets / opera arias) Olga Peretyatko | Rossini! | Sony Classical
— (Arias / recitals) Christiane Karg | Scene! | Berlin Classics (Edel)
— (Songs) Holger Falk | Erik Satie: Mélodies et Chansons | MDG (Naxos)
16. Chamber Music Recording:
— (17th & 18th century music / Wind player) Bassoon Consort Frankfurt | Bach: Goldberg Variationen | MDG (Naxos)
— (17th & 18th century music / String player) Hagen Quartett | Mozart: Streichquartette KV 387 & 458 | Myrios Classics
— (17th & 18th century music / Mixed ensemble) Rolf Lislevand | Scaramanzia | Naive (Indigo)
— (19th century music /String player) Artemis Quartett | Brahms: Streichquartette Nos. 1 & 3 | ERATO (Warner Classics)
— (19th century music / Mixed ensemble) Berolina Ensemble | Hugo Kaun: Kammermusik | MDG (Naxos)
— (20th & 21st century music / String player) Belcea Quartet | Berg, Webern, Schoenberg: Chamber Music | Alpha Classics (Outhere Music)
— (20th & 21st century music / Mixed ensemble) Sergey & Lusine Khachatryan | My Armenia | Naive (Indigo)
17. Outstanding Achievement in Editing: Audiomax | Niederländische Sonaten für Violoncello und Klavier, Vol. 7, Doris Hochscheid (cello), Frans van Ruth (klavier) | Audiomax (Dabringhaus und Grimm / Naxos)
18. World Premiere Recording of the Year: Sébastien Daucé, Ensemble Correspondances | Le Concert Royal de la Nuit | Harmonia Mundi
19. The Classics For Children Award: Campino, Bundesjugendorchester, Alexander Shelley | Peter und der Wolf in Hollywood | Deutsche Grammophon
20. Audiophile Multi-Track Recording of the Year: MDG, Christoph Schoener | Bach: Orgeltoccaten | MDG (Naxos)
21. Audiophile Multi-Track Recording of the Year (Special Award: 3D Headphones Recording): Musicaphon, Ingo Schmidt-Lucas | Johann Georg Linike: Mortorium | Musicaphon (Klassik Center Kassel)
22. Music DVD/Blu-ray Recording:
— (Opera) Idéale Audience, Opéra national de Paris, Mezzo, Diana Damrau | Verdi: La Traviata | ERATO (Warner Classics)
— (Concert) LGM Télévision, Alexandre Tharaud | Bach: Goldberg Variations | ERATO (Warner Classics)
— (Documentary) Ralf Pleger | Die Akte Tschaikowsky | EuroArts (Warner Classics)
23. Fostering Young Talent Award: Das Education-Programm des Klavier-Festivals Ruhr
24. Bestseller of the Year: Jonas Kaufmann | Nessun Dorma – The Puccini Album | Sony Classical
25. Lifetime Achievement Award: Alfred Brendel

Belcea Quartet: Chamber Music Recording / 20th & 21st century music


















The ECHO KLASSIK prizes are awarded by an eleven-strong jury made up of acknowledged experts in their field who base their judgement primarily on artistic criteria, while also taking account of popular acclaim and the response of music purchasers. Each label can submit its best recordings fulfilling the entry conditions during the advertised period for receipt. After review by the jury, all submissions will go forward for assessment. The requirements to be fulfilled are set out in the terms and conditions of entry.

The submission period for the ECHO KLASSIK 2017 is expected to start in March 2017.

Alfred Brendel: Lifetime Achievement Award


















See also / Δείτε επίσης

Gramophone Classical Music Awards 2016 – Part I. All of the news from an inspiring and moving awards ceremony

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