Jonas Kaufmann’s last solo disc on Decca before his recent move to Sony Classical ‒ an album of Wagner arias with Donald Runnicles and the orchestra of Deutsche Oper Berlin released in February this year ‒ is among several pre-announced winners of this year’s Gramophone magazine awards.
The magazine has announced winners in 11 categories before an awards ceremony in three weeks’ time (17 September), when it will reveal its recording of the year, artist of the year, young artist of the year, label of the year, and a lifetime achievement award, at LSO St Luke’s in London.
The BBC Symphony Orchestra has won in the orchestral category for the second year running, and the contemporary music category was won by Esa-Pekka Salonen and the Radio France Philharmonic Orchestra’s recording of works by Duttilleux, with soloists Barbara Hannigan and Anssi Karttunen.
Sir John Eliot Gardiner and the Monteverdi Choir have won in the baroque vocal category for its album of Bach motets recorded live at St John’s Smith Square in 2011.
Full details below.
‘…pour passer la mélancolie’
Froberger, D’Anglebert, Fischer, Couperin, Clérambault, Muffat
Keyboard Works. Andreas Staier (harps)
[Harmonia Mundi HMC90 2143]
Bach Motets. Monteverdi Choir / Sir John Eliot Gardiner
Bartók Sonatas for Violin and Piano, 1 & 2; Sonata for Solo Violin.
Barnabás Kelemen (vn) Zoltán Kocsis (pf)
Elgar The Apostles.
Soloists; Hallé Choir, Youth Choir and Orchestra / Sir Mark Elder
Bartók, Eötvös, Ligeti Violin Concertos.
Patricia Kopatchinskaja (vn) HR-SO & Ensemble Modern / Peter Eötvös
Dutilleux Correspondances; Tout un Monde Lointain; The Shadows of Time. Barbara Hannigan (sop) Anssi Karttunen (vc) Orchestre Philharmonique de Radio France / Esa-Pekka Salonen
[DG 479 1180]
“A New Venetian Coronation” Gabrieli Consort & Players / Paul McCreesh
Mussorgsky Pictures at an Exhibition Prokofiev Visions fugitives, Five Sarcasms. Steven Osborne (pf)
Puccini Il Trittico. Soloists; Chorus and Orchestra of the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden; Antonio Pappano (dir. Richard Jones)
[Opus Arte OA1070D DVD]
Suk Prague; A Summer’s Tale. BBC Symphony Orchestra / Jiří Bělohlávek
Jonas Kaufmann (ten) Orch of the Deutsche Oper / Donald Runnicles
[Decca 478 5189]