George Li

George Li
George Li (b. 1995), pianist – Second Prize (XV International Tchaikovsky Competition, 2015)

Wednesday, September 28, 2016

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






















Gramophone Classical Music Awards 2016: the full report

All of the news from an inspiring and moving awards ceremony

By James McCarthy | September 15, 2016

At the end of an enthralling evening of music-making, and moving and witty acceptance speeches, it was Igor Levit who was called to the stage to accept the most coveted prize of all: Gramophone's Recording of the Year.

Winning the Recording of the Year Award is an extraordinary achievement for the 29-year-old pianist who was a BBC New Generation Artist from 2011-13, and for whom this is only his third recording for Sony Classical, the label he signed an exclusive contract with in 2012.

Levit performed twice during the ceremony itself, first giving a wonderfully lyrical account of the Aria from Bach's Goldberg Variations, which suspended the audience in rapt silence, and then, after an impassioned acceptance speech, the main melody from Rzewski's The People United Will Never Be Defeated!

And it was another wonderful young pianist, the 25-year-old Daniil Trifonov, who carried off the 2016 Artist of the Year Award, the only Award voted for by Gramophone's readers, seeing off competition from the likes of Sir Antonio Pappano, Jonas Kaufmann, Andris Nelsons, and indeed Igor Levit, to win the public vote. Trifonov's recording of Rachmaninov's Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini, Corelli and Chopin Variations, and his ownRachmaniana affirmed Trifonov's place as one of the most exciting talents of an exceptional generation of young pianists, and was our Recording of the Month in the September 2015 issue.

The baritone Benjamin Appl, whose recordings of Heine settings with pianist James Baillieu for Champs Hill Records and Schubert Lieder alongside pianist Graham Johnson for Wigmore Hall Live were highly praised by our reviewers, received Gramophone's Young Artist of the Year Award from Anoushka Shankar at this evening's ceremony. In reviewing Appl's Schubert recital in the July issue, Hugo Shirley noted that Appl's 'instinctive feel for these songs is immediately striking and manifests itself in the sort of artlessness that distinguishes the finest Lieder singers: a lack of tension, an easy relationship with the poetry, a confidence in the words and Schubert's melodies to communicate with nothing but the gentlest helping interpretative hand.' Appl performed Schubert's Erlkönig with pianist James Baillieu at this evening's ceremony.

In his early career, Appl was mentored by the great Lieder singer Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau, who himself wonGramophone's Lifetime Achievement Award in 1993. This year's Lifetime Achievement Award was given to the posessor of another of the 20th century's most beautiful and admired voices: Christa Ludwig. The mezzo sent a witty and heartfelt message from Vienna - she was prevented from attending the ceremony in person by an unexpectedly expired passport!

The Label of the Year Award was presented to Alain Lanceron and Patrick Lemanski of Warner Classics. It has been an outstanding year for the label, which also won the Concerto Award for Vilde Frang's account of the Britten and Korngold violin concertos, and the Opera Award for the Antonio Pappano-conducted Aida. This was also the year in which Warner Classics produced its landmark box-set tribute to Yedhudi Menuhin: "The Menuhin Century".

A Special Achievement Award was presented to BBC Radio 3 in recognition of the station's support of classical music since the Third Programme commenced its broadcasts in September 1946. The Award was presented by the actor Simon Callow to the Head of BBC Radio, Helen Boaden.

The winners of the 12 recording category Awards were also presented with their prizes during the ceremony. Andrew Parrott accepted the Early Music Award from Classic FM presenter Catherine Bott for the Taverner Consort & Players' recording "Western Wind". The conductor Paul Agnew received the Baroque Vocal Award for his recording, with Les Arts Florissants, of Volume 1 in their Monteverdi madrigals series. The other Baroque repertoire Award, Baroque Instrumental, was won by Rachel Podger for her recording of Biber'sRosary Sonatas on Channel Classics.

The winning disc in a highly-competitive Concerto category was Vilde Frang's new account of the Britten and Korngold violin concertos with the Frankfurt Radio Symphony Orchestra, conducted by James Gaffigan. Frang returned to the stage later in the evening to give a sensational performance of Tárrega's Recuerdos de la Alhambra.

This year's Chamber category, supported by the BPI, was won by the Heath Quartet for their live recordings of Tippett's string quartets for Wigmore Hall Live. Astonishingly, this was the Heath Quartet's debut recording.

The Instrumental category was, of course, won by Igor Levit for the album which would later in the evening be crowned Recording of the Year.

Hyperion had two recordings in the final running for the Choral Award, and it was their production of Schoenberg's Gurrelieder by the Gürzenich-Orchester Köln and Markus Stenz which triumphed. Markus Stenz collected the Award this evening.

The extremely popular winner of this year's Contemporary Award was the premiere recording of Hans Abrahamsen's let me tell you by soprano Barbara Hannigan with the Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra and conductor Andris Nelsons. Abrahamsen and librettist Paul Griffiths came to the stage to collect the Award, which will sit nicely on the mantelpiece next to the Grawemeyer Award the work won a few months ago.

"Mozart and the Weber Sisters" won this year's Recital category and the conductor of that album – Raphaël Pichon – was there to collect the Award on behalf of the ensemble Pygmalion and the soprano – and Pichon's wife – Sabine Devieilhe.

Having already won a Gramophone Award earlier this evening for Abrahamsen's let me tell you, it was Andris Nelsons again who won this year's Orchestral Award for his account of Shostakovich's Tenth Symphony with the Boston Symphony Orchestra for DG.

Soprano Véronique Gens and pianist Susan Manoff won this year's Solo Vocal Award with their recital of songs by Chausson, Duparc and Hahn, entitled "Néère". And both were at this evening's not only to receive the Award but to perform – exquisitely – the song "Néère" by Reynaldo Hahn.

The winner of this year's Opera Award was special indeed: a studio recording of that grandest of grand operas Verdi's Aida, starring Anja Harteros, Jonas Kaufmann and Ekaterina Semenchuk, with the Chorus and Orchestra of the Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia conducted by Sir Antonio Pappano. In his acceptance speech, Pappano spoke about the near impossibility of making such a huge project a reality.

The Gramophone Classical Music Awards ceremony was streamed live by medici.tv and watched by thousands around the world.

Source: gramophone.co.uk

Left to right: Vilde Frang, James Jolly, Alain Lanceron, Sir Antonio Pappano,
Raphaël Pichon and Patrick Lemanski

















Οι νικητές των Βραβείων Γκράμοφον 2016

Τα Βραβεία Γκράμοφον για το 2016, απονεμήθηκαν στο Λονδίνο, στην αίθουσα συναυλιών St John's Smith Square στο Ουεστμίνστερ, στις 15 Σεπτεμβρίου. Μεγάλος νικητής της βραδιάς αναδείχτηκε ο 29χρονος Ρωσογερμανός πιανίστας Igor Levit, ο οποίος με τον δίσκο του "Johann Sebastian Bach: Goldberg Variations / Ludwig van Beethoven: Diabelli Variations / Frederic Rzewski: The People United Will Never Be Defeated!" από τη Sony Classical,  κέρδισε το Βραβείο Ενόργανης Μουσικής, καθώς και το Βραβείο για τον Δίσκο της Χρονιάς.

Το Βραβείο Όπερας απέσπασε η ηχογράφηση της «Αΐντα» του Τζουζέπε Βέρντι, από τη Warner Classics, με τους Anja Harteros, Jonas Kaufmann, Ekaterina Semenchuk, Ludovic Tézier, Erwin Schrott, Marco Spotti, Eleonora Buratto και Paolo Fanale, και τη Χορωδία και την Ορχήστρα της Ακαδημίας της Αγίας Καικιλίας της Ρώμης υπό τη διεύθυνση του Αντόνιο Παπάνο.

Το Βραβείο Ορχηστρικής Μουσικής κέρδισαν ο Λετονός μαέστρος Άντρις Νέλσονς και η Συμφωνική Ορχήστρα της Βοστόνης, για την ηχογράφηση από την Deutsche Grammophon της Συμφωνίας αρ. 10 του Ντμίτρι Σοστακόβιτς. Το Βραβείο Κοντσέρτου απονεμήθηκε στην 30χρονη Νορβηγίδα βιολονίστρια Vilde Frang για την ερμηνεία της στα Κοντσέρτα για βιολί των Μπέντζαμιν Μπρίτεν και Έριχ Βόλφγκανγκ Κόρνγκολντ, στην ηχογράφηση από τη Warner Classics, με τη Συμφωνική Ορχήστρα της Ραδιοφωνίας της Φρανκφούρτης υπό τη διεύθυνση του 37χρονου Αμερικανού μαέστρου James Gaffigan.

Το Βραβείο Ρεσιτάλ απονεμήθηκε στην τριάντα ενός χρόνων Γαλλίδα υψίφωνο Sabine Devieilhe, για την ερμηνεία της στον δίσκο "Mozart – The Weber Sisters", από την Erato Records, με τον Arnaud de Pasquale στο πιάνο και το μουσικό σύνολο Pygmalion υπό τη διεύθυνση του Raphäel Pichon. Η 50χρονη Γαλλίδα υψίφωνος Βερονίκ Γκενς κέρδισε το Βραβείο Τραγουδιού (solo vocal) για την ερμηνεία της στον δίσκο "Néère" (από την Alpha Classics), με τη Susan Manoff να τη συνοδεύει στο πιάνο.

Το Βραβείο Χορωδιακής Μουσικής κέρδισε ο δίσκος "Schoenberg: Gurrelieder" από την Hyperion Records, με τους Barbara Haveman, Claudia Mahnke, Brandon Jovanovich, Gerhard Siegel, Thomas Bauer και Johannes Martin Kränzle, τις χορωδίες Netherlands Female Youth Choir, Domkantorei Köln, Männerstimmen des Kölner Domchores, Vokalensemble Kölner Domchores, Chor des Bach-Vereins Köln και Kartäuserkantorei Köln, και την Gürzenich-Orchester Köln (Συμφωνική Ορχήστρα της Κολωνίας) υπό τη διεύθυνση του Γερμανού μαέστρου Markus Stenz.

Η 48χρονη Αγγλίδα βιολονίστρια Rachel Podger κέρδισε το Βραβείο Μπαρόκ Ορχηστρικής Μουσικής για τον δίσκο "Rosary Sonatas" του Heinrich Ignaz Franz von Biber, από την Channel Classics. Το Βραβείο Μπαρόκ Φωνητικής Μουσικής απονεμήθηκε στο φωνητικό σύνολο Les Arts Florissants και τον Σκωτσέζο τενόρο και μουσικό διευθυντή του συνόλου, Paul Agnew, για τον δίσκο "Monteverdi: Madrigali, Vol. 1 – Cremona", από την Les Arts Florissants Editions.

Το Βραβείο Μουσικής Δωματίου απονεμήθηκε στο βρετανικό Κουαρτέτο Heath, για τον δίσκο "Tippett String Quartets", από την Wigmore Hall Live.

Το μπαρόκ σύνολο Taverner Choir & Players υπό τη διεύθυνση του Βρετανού μαέστρου και ιδρυτή του συνόλου, Andrew Parrott, απέσπασε το Βραβείο Παλαιάς Μουσικής, με τον δίσκο "Western Wind", από την Avie Records.

Το Βραβείο Σύγχρονης Μουσικής απονεμήθηκε στην Καναδή υψίφωνο και διευθύντρια ορχήστρας Barbara Hannigan, και στη Συμφωνική Ορχήστρα της Βαυαρικής Ραδιοφωνίας υπό τη διεύθυνση του Άντρις Νέλσονς (δεύτερη βράβευση για τον Λετονό μαέστρο), για τον δίσκο "let me tell you" του 64χρονου Δανού συνθέτη Hans Abrahamsen, από τη Winter & Winter Records.

Τέλος, απονεμήθηκαν: το Βραβείο του Καλλιτέχνη της Χρονιάς στον 25χρονο Ρώσο πιανίστα Daniil Trifonov, το Βραβείο του Νέου Καλλιτέχνη της Χρονιάς στον 34χρονο Γερμανό βαρύτονο Benjamin Appl, το Βραβείο Επιτεύγματος Ζωής στην 88χρονη θρυλική Γερμανίδα μεσόφωνο Κρίστα Λούντβιχ, το Βραβείο Ειδικού Επιτεύγματος στο BBC Radio 3, ενώ με το Βραβείο της Εταιρείας της Χρονιάς τιμήθηκε η Warner Classics.

Η τελετή της απονομής των Βραβείων Γκράμοφον 2016, μεταδόθηκε ζωντανά από το ψηφιακό κανάλι κλασικής μουσικής medici.tv και την παρακολούθησαν χιλιάδες θεατές σε όλο τον κόσμο.

Igor Levit receives the Recording of the Year from Joseph Calleja















Antonio Pappano received the Opera Award for his recording of Verdi's Aida















Violinist Vilde Frang won the Concerto Award for her disc
of the Korngold and Britten concertos
















Baritone Benjamin Appl accepts the Young Artist of the Year Award
















All of the photos were taken by Benjamin Ealovega.

To be continued / Συνεχίζεται


See also / Δείτε επίσης

Gramophone Classical Music Awards 2016 – Part IX. Nominations and Awards: Instrumental & Recording of the Year

Gramophone Classical Music Awards 2016 – Part VIII. Nominations and Awards: Orchestral, Chamber, Contemporary

Gramophone Classical Music Awards 2016 – Part VII. Nominations and Awards: Concerto, Recital

Gramophone Classical Music Awards 2016 – Part VI. Nominations and Awards: Opera, Choral, Solo Vocal

Gramophone Classical Music Awards 2016 – Part V. Nominations and Awards: Baroque Instrumental, Baroque Vocal, Early Music

Gramophone Classical Music Awards 2016 – Part IV. Special Awards 2016 | Lifetime Achievement: Christa Ludwig | Special Achievement: BBC Radio 3 | Label of the Year: Warner Classics

Gramophone Classical Music Awards 2016 – Part III. Special Awards 2016 | Young Artist of the Year: Benjamin Appl

Gramophone Classical Music Awards 2016 – Part II. Special Awards 2016 | Artist of the Year: Daniil Trifonov

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ECHO KLASSIK Awards 2016

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