Alexander Malofeev

Alexander Malofeev
Alexander Malofeev, pianist (b. 2001, Moscow). Photo by Liudmila Malofeeva

Thursday, October 19, 2017

Gramophone Classical Music Awards 2017 – Part I. Disc Awards

At a glittering and star-studded ceremony in central London, the 2017 Gramophone Classical Music Awards – this year presented in association with the Pan-Armenian Symphony Orchestra, Qobuz, Naim Audio and the BPI – unveiled the special awards and presented the 12 recording category Awards that were revealed a fortnight ago.

Isabelle Faust's Harmonia Mundi recording of the Mozart violin concertos with Il Giardino Armonico directed by Giovanni Antonini was named Gramophone's Recording of the Year (sponsored by Qobuz). Isabelle Faust was in São Paulo but sent a video message of thanks.

Dame Kiri Te Kanawa was honoured with the Lifetime Achievement Award (sponsored by Presto Classical) for her glorious career as one of the best-loved sopranos of our time. The actor and singer Julian Ovenden made the presentation.

The conductor Vasily Petrenko received the Artist of the Year Award, the result of a public vote by over 8000 Gramophone readers and visitors to Gramophone's website.

The Young Artist of the Year Award, supported by Help Musicians UK, went to the Italian pianist Beatrice Rana whose Warner Classics recording of Bach's Goldberg Variations made it to the final round of the awards this year.

Label of the Year (sponsored by Classical:Next) went to Signum Classics and its MD Steve Long received for award for a consistently imaginative approach to A&R.

The composer, producer and founder of NMC, Colin Matthews, received a Special Achievement Award from Sir Mark Elder for his services to contemporary British music and Classic FM received a Special Anniversary Award, marking the 40th anniversary of the Awards, for the station's championing of classical music.

Other artists receiving their Awards – which were presented by Gramophone's James Jolly and the violinist Jennifer Pike – included the pianist Murray Perahia (Instrumental), singers Iestyn Davies (Baroque Vocal sponsored by Mrs Joan Jones) and Carolyn Sampson (Choral, sponsored by IDAGIO), the violinist and director of La Serenissima, Adrian Chandler (Baroque Instrumental), composer and conductor George Benjamin (Contemporary, sponsored by Naim Audio), Phantasm (Early Music), the Silesian Quartet (Chamber, sponsored by the Adam Mickiewicz Institute), the tenor Mauro Peter (Opera).Video acceptances came from Giovanni Antonini (Orchestral, sponsored by the European Foundation for Support of Culture, and Concerto), Joyce DiDonato (Recital, sponsored by Primephonic) and Matthias Goerne (Solo Vocal).

Live music came from the Pan-Armenian Symphony and their founder and conductor Sergey Smbatyan, The Tallis Scholars and Peter Philips (recipients of the 1987 Recording of the Year who returned to mark the Awards' anniversary), Beatrice Rana, Carolyn Sampson and Iestyn Davies with the pianist Joseph Middleton and last year's Young Artist of the Year, Benjamin Appl, who joined the orchestra for Carl Millöcker's heart-stopping operetta aria "Dunkelrote Rosen" from Gasparone.

The awards were streamed live on the Gramophone website, and via Classic FM's Facebook page.

Source:, September 13, 2017

Part I. Disc Awards

Baroque Instrumental

The Italian Job

Adrian Chandler, violin / La Serenissima

Simon Fox-Gál, producer & engineer


Baroque Vocal

Johann Sebastian Bach: Cantatas BWV 54, 82 & 170

Iestyn Davies, countertenor / Arcangelo / Jonathan Cohen, conductor

Tim Oldham, producer / David Hinitt, engineer



Grażyna Bacewicz: Complete String Quartets

Silesian Quartet

Adam Mickiewicz, Institute producer / Beata Jankowska-Burzyńska, engineer



Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart: Mass in C minor, K.427 / Exsultate, Jubilate, K.165

Carolyn Sampson, soprano / Olivia Vermeulen, mezzo-soprano / Makoto Sakurada, tenor / Christian Immler, baritone / Bach Collegium Japan / Masaaki Suzuki, conductor

Hans Kipfer, producer / Jens Braun, engineer


Concerto & Recording of the Year 2017

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart: Complete Violin Concertos / Adagio, K.261 / Rondos, K.269 & K.373

Isabelle Faust, violin / Il Giardino Armonico / Giovanni Antonini, conductor

Martin Sauer, producer / Tobias Lehmann, Wolfgang Schiefermair, engineers

(Harmonia Mundi)


György Ligeti: Lontano / Tristan Murail: Le désenchantement du monde / George Benjamin: Palimpsests

Pierre-Laurent Aimard, piano / Symphonieorchester des Bayerischen Rundfunks / George Benjamin, conductor

Wolfgang Schreiner, producer / Peter Urban, engineer


Early Music

John Dowland: Lachrimae or Seven Tears

Elizabeth Kenny, lute / Phantasm

Philip Hobbs, producer & engineer



Johann Sebastian Bach: Six French Suites, BWV 812-817

Murray Perahia, piano

Andreas Neubronner, producer / Martin Nagorni, engineer

(Deutsche Grammophon)


Alban Berg: Wozzeck

Christian Gerhaher, baritone / Brandon Jovanovich, tenor / Mauro Peter, tenor / Wolfgang Ablinger-Sperrhacke, tenor / Lars Woldt, bass / Pavel Daniluk, bass / Cheyne Davidson, baritone / Gun-Brit Barkmin, soprano / Irène Friedli, mezzo-soprano / Martin Zysset, actor

Chor der Oper Zürich / Kinderchor / Philharmonia Zürich / Fabio Luisi, conductor

Andreas Homoki, stage director / Michael Beyer, video director / Sebastian Braun, audio producer / Toine Mertens, sound engineer

Statistenverein am Opernhaus Zürich



Haydn 2032 – No 4, Il distratto

Riccardo Novaro, baritone / Il Giardino Armonico / Giovanni Antonini

Friedemann Engelbrecht, producer / Tobias Lehmann, engineer



In War & Peace

Joyce DiDonato, mezzo-soprano / Il Pomo d'Oro / Maxim Emelyanychev, harpsichord & direction

Daniel Zalay, producer / Hugues Deschaux, engineer


Solo Vocal

Johannes Brahms: Vier ernste Gesänge

Matthias Goerne, baritone / Christoph Eschenbach, piano

Martin Sauer, producer / René Möller, engineer

(Harmonia Mundi)

See also

Gramophone Classical Music Awards 2017 – Part II. Special Awards 2017

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

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