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The Gramophone Award winners for 2013 were announced August 27th. Released over the past 12 months, these outstanding recordings represent the best in their fields - drawn from an initial long list of over 800 recordings, which is reduced to a shortlist of 66 and voted for by Gramophone's specialist critics.

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.

Award Winners:


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...’ 



‘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...’ 


BIRTWISTLE, H.: String Quartets (Complete) (Arditti String Quartet)
FAURE, G.: Chamber Music (Quatuor Ebene, Le Sage)
Choral Concert: Christ Church Cathedral Choir, Oxford - BROWNE, J. / CORNYSH (II), W. / DAVY, R. (Choirs of Angels, Vol. 2)
LUTOSLAWSKI, W.: Orchestral Works, Vol. 3 - Symphony No. 2 / Grave / Cello Concerto / Little Suite (Muzyka polska, Vol. 4) (BBC Symphony, Gardner)
HANDEL, G.F.: Saul (The Sixteen Choir and Orchestra, Christophers)
PALESTRINA, G.P. da: Choral Music, Vol. 3 (The Sixteen, Christophers) - Stabat mater / Regina coeli / Missa Regina coeli
HOLMBOE, V.: Chamber Symphonies (Lapland Chamber Orchestra, Storgards)
NIELSEN, C. / TCHAIKOVSKY, P.I.: Violin Concertos (Frang, Danish National Symphony, E.G. Jensen)
BRUCKNER, A.: Symphony No. 9 (with Finale completed by N. Samale, G. Mazzuca, J. Phillips, B. Cohrs, rev. 2011) (Berlin Philharmonic, Rattle)
HOLST, I.: Choral Works / BRITTEN, B.: Rejoice in the Lamb (orch. I. Holst) (Clare College Choir, Cambridge, G. Ross)
LAWES, W.: Consort Music (Phantasm)
BACH, J.S.: St. John Passion (Reconstruction of Bach's Passion Liturgy) (Dunedin Consort, Butt)
TURNAGE, M.A.: Mambo, Blues and Tarantella / Riffs and Refrains / Texan Tenebrae / On Opened Ground (London Philharmonic, V. Jurowski, Alsop, Stenz)
FAURE, G.: Requiem (1893 version) / BACH, J.S.: Violin Partita No. 2 / Chorales (Tenebrae, London Symphony, Short)
Opera Arias: Piau, Sandrine - GRETRY, A.-E.-M. / LULLY, J.-P. / CAMPRA, A. / CHARPENTIER, M.-A. / CAPUA, R. da / SACCHINI, A. (Le triomphe de l'amour)
VIVALDI, A.: Tesori del Piemonte, Vol. 54 - Bassoon Concertos, Vol. 3: RV 474, 475, 480, 485, 494, 502 (Azzolini, L'Aura Soave Cremona)
LINDBERG, M.: Chamber Works - Trio / Santa Fe Project / Partia / 2 Coyotes (Kriikku, Karttunen, M. Lindberg)
RACHMANINOV, S.: All-night Vigil, "Vespers" (Latvian Radio Choir, Klava)
Choral Concert: Vox Luminis - PURCELL, H. / MORLEY, T. / WEELKES, T. / TOMKINS, T. (English Royal Funeral Music)
VIVALDI, A.: Concertos (Nuova Stagione) (Gli Incogniti, Beyer)
BEETHOVEN, L. van: String Quartets (Complete), Vol. 1 (Belcea Quartet) - Nos. 1, 2, 4, 6, 9, 11, 12, 14


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