The Gramophone Awards conclude on September 17 at an event in London when the magazine announces their Recording of the Year, Artist of the Year, Young Artist of the Year, Label of the Year and the recipient of a Lifetime Achievement Award.
Harpsichord Recital: Staier, Andreas - FROBERGER, J.J. / ANGLEBERT, J.H. d` / FISCHER, J.C.F. / COUPERIN, L. (...pour passer la melancolie)
'Staier’s Froberger is played with a sure hand and a compelling sense of how to stretch the music’s almost verbal rhetoric to the limits of what the musical line can bear...'
BACH, J.S.: Motets, BWV 225-230 (Monteverdi Choir, Gardiner)
‘Gardiner challenges orthodoxy in how these a cappella holy grails are fundamentally signposted with persuasive passion and genuine zeal...’
ELGAR, E.: Apostles (The) (Halle Orchestra, Elder)
"Elder's interpretation evinces an idiomatic pliancy, sure dramatic instinct and iron grip..."
BARTOK, B.: Violin Concerto No. 2 / EOTVOS, P.: Seven / LIGETI, G.: Violin Concerto (Kopatchinskaja, Eotvos)
‘Kopatchinskaja’s violin comes close to disintegrating under the force of her spectacular display and the final orchestral cut-off has never seemed more brutal...’
NEW VENETIAN CORONATION (A) (1595)
‘McCreesh’s feel for the shifting colours of polychoral music was always firm but he finds extra variety here with greater use of solo voices...’
SUK, J.: Prague / A Summer's Tale (BBC Symphony, Belohlavek)
‘Bĕlohlávek holds the tension in both pieces from the first bar to the last...’