Sofia Gubaidulina, composer

Sofia Gubaidulina, composer
Sofia Gubaidulina

Tuesday, October 18, 2016

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

The top six recordings in each of the 12 categories as voted for by the panel of Gramophone's critics, and the winners.

1. Baroque Instrumental, Baroque Vocal, Early Music

Οι πρώτες έξι ηχογραφήσεις κάθε μίας από τις 12 κατηγορίες όπως ψηφίστηκαν από την κριτική επιτροπή του Γκράμοφον, και οι νικητές.

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 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.

Baroque Instrumental

Wilhelm Friedemann Bach: Concertos pour clavecin et cordes – Il Convito, Maude Gratton

Heinrich Ignaz von Biber: Rosary Sonatas – Rachel Podger (Channel Classics)

Lawes: The Royal Consort – Phantasm (Linn)

"Bach in Montecassino" – Luca Guglielmi (Vivat)

Johann Sebastian Bach: Organ Works – Masaaki Suzuki (BIS)

Antonio Vivaldi: Four Seasons – La Serenissima, Adrian Chandler (Avie)

...and the winner is
Heinrich Ignaz von Biber: Rosary Sonatas – Rachel Podger (Channel Classics)

How heartening it is to see new recordings of Biber continuing to come through, even well after the double boost they got from the composer's two anniversaries in 1994 and 2004! Of all his music, it is surely the Mystery (or Rosary) Sonatas – 15 sonatas for violin and continuo, each representing an episode from the lives of Jesus and Mary corresponding to the sacred devotional "mysteries" of the Rosary, with a solo passacaglia to finish – that not only provide the most stimulating listening but also the most fascinating insights into his way of thinking. Indeed, one could go further and claim them as one of the most profound and coherent instrumental cycles of the entire Baroque period. Approaches among players differ on a scale from seeking out all the descriptive detail they can find to relying more on the subliminal effects of the music's symbolic and rhetorical gestures and constant scordature (each of the sonatas requires a different tuning system for the violin). All the successful ones, however, draw power from their depth of personal response, which is surely as it should be. This, after all, is music by a composer for whom the violin was a natural means of expression, a part of his being.

Of the new recordings of the Rosaries, perhaps the most keenly anticipated will be that by Rachel Podger, ever a glorious example of someone who lives life through her violin. Yet although her booklet-note makes clear that she appreciates how the violin is made literally to "suffer" through the dark retunings associated with Jesus's death, she also states that she sees her own role as that of evangelist. This may, I suppose, be why her performances (in which she is joined by lutenist David Miller and keyboard player Marcin Swiatkiewicz) are less directly involving than might have been expected. Of course she can play with grace and beauty – at the opening of "The Carrying of the Cross", for instance, in the smooth Canzona of "The Coronation of the Blessed Virgin" and throughout the Passacaglia (not a new recording, by the way, but taken from her "Guardian Angel" solo disc – 11/13). There are also many subtleties of articulation and timing, almost as if there are words and pauses lying behind the notes, though sometimes these develop into lingerings that stretch the boundaries of continuity. Those used to Podger's habitual natural exuberance may well find this recording surprisingly inward, even cool.

Source: Lindsay Kemp (

Baroque Vocal

George Frideric Handel: Partenope – Il Pomo d'oro, Riccardo Minasi (Erato)

"Concert Royal de la Nuit" – Ensemble Correspondances, Sébastien Daucé (Harmonia Mundi)

Claudio Monteverdi: Madrigali, Vol. 1. Cremona – Les Arts Florissants, Paul Agnew (Les Arts Florissants)

Johann Sebastian Bach: Mass in B Minor – Concerto Copenhagen, Lars Ulrik Mortensen (CPO)

Johann Sebastian Bach: Magnificat – Dunedin Consort, John Butt(Linn)

Johann Sebastian Bach: Mass in B minor – English Baroque Soloists, Monteverdi Choir, John Eliot Gardiner (SDG)

...and the winner is
Claudio Monteverdi: Madrigali, Vol. 1. Cremona – Les Arts Florissants, Paul Agnew (Les Arts Florissants)

What was it with Cremona? The great luthiers Amati, Guarnari and Stradivari all had shops in the sleepy Lombardy town. Claudio Monteverdi was born there in 1567, and although he was eventually lured away by the brighter lights of Mantua, Rome and Venice, his auspicious early works were all crafted at home. Paul Agnew and his stylish baroque ensemble Les Arts Florissants are currently performing Monteverdi's complete madrigals – eight miraculous books spanning the composer's career – Agnew calls them Monteverdi's musical autobiography. They're recording them, too, though not comprehensively or chronologically. More interestingly, they're grouping them according to city. Volume 2, a lens into Monteverdi's Mantua years, was released last year. Now Cremona dips into Books 1-3 to show a ballsy young composer flexing his muscles, breathlessly setting love poems and brimming with clever tricks. Les Arts capture all the exuberant invention. Their delivery is fresh and colloquial, like animated conversation between friends. The vocal blend isn't smooth – the character of each singer shines through, and the result is all the more colourful for it.

Source: Kate Molleson (

Early Music

Heinrich Isaac: Missa Misericordias Domini & Motets – Cantica Symphonia, Giuseppe Maletto (Glossa)

Western Wind. Mass by John Taverner & Court Music for Henry VIII – Taverner Choir & Players, Andrew Parrott (Avie)

Jacquet of Mantua: Missa Surge Petre & Motets – The Brabant Ensemble, Stephen Rice (Hyperion)

Arnold & Hugo de Lantins: Secular Works – Le Miroir de Musique, Baptiste Romain

Loyset Compère: Magnificat, motets & chansons – The Orlando Consort (Hyperion)

"Scattered Ashes" – Magnificat, Philip Cave (Linn)

...and the winner is
Western Wind: Mass by John Taverner & Court Music for Henry VIII – Taverner Choir & Players, Andrew Parrott (Avie)

Andrew Parrott and his Taverner Choir & Players turn to music of their namesake alongside works by his contemporary King Henry VIII, an exceptionally musical monarch, and two composers of the previous generation, William Cornysh and Hugh Ashton. With Taverner's Western Wind mass as its corner-stone, this recording takes its lead from the unashamedly secular character of that work and ventures beyond the chapel door to explore the parallel world of courtly vernacular song and instrumental music.

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 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

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


ECHO KLASSIK Awards 2016

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