The 2013 Echo Klassik awards are announced



SYMPHONIC RECORDING OF THE YEAR (19TH CENTURY MUSIC)
Bernard Haitink/Symphonieorchester des Bayerischen Rundfunks
Mahler: Symphonie Nr. 9
 
SYMPHONIC RECORDING OF THE YEAR (20TH/21ST CENTURY MUSIC)
Sir Simon Rattle/Berliner Philharmoniker
Le Sacre du Printemps
 
CONCERT RECORDING OF THE YEAR (MUSIC UP TO AND INCL. 18TH CENTURY)/PIANO
Kristian Bezuidenhout/Freiburger Barockorchester
Mozart: Klavierkonzerte KV 453 & 482
 
This is Kristian’s second Echo Klassik award, following on from his award with Viktoria Mullova for the Chamber Music album of the year 2011. Askonas Holt is delighted that Kristian’s articulate and sensitive interpretation continues to be recognised by the wider world of classical music.
 
CONCERT RECORDING OF THE YEAR (19TH CENTURY MUSIC)/VIOLIN
Vilde Frang
Nielsen/Tschaikowsky: Violinkonzerte
 
OPERA RECORDING OF THE YEAR (20TH/21ST CENTURY OPERA)
Ian Bostridge
Britten: The Rape of Lucretia
 

It is fitting that in the year of the Britten Centenary celebrations the recording of The Rape of Lucretia from the Aldeburgh Festival should receive the Echo Klassik award for 20th and 21st century opera, awarded to Ian Bostridge and starring Angelika Kirchschlager, Susan Gritton and Peter Coleman-Wright in other leading roles.
  
SOLO RECORDING OF THE YEAR (19TH CENTURY MUSIC)/PIANO

Emanuel Ax
Haydn/Beethoven/Schumann: Variations
 
As a great and longtime admirer of the Variations idea, Ax believes that the Variations format is the great composer’s way of showing consummate artistry. “I think people like Beethoven, Haydn, and Schumann show what great compositional virtuosos they are in these pieces.”
 
In the pianist’s life, says Mr. Ax, “we’re so centered on the sonata style. What’s nice sometimes is to look at other ways to deal with structure, other ways to deal with expression, other ways to deal with forming your thoughts.” 
 
SOLO RECORDING OF THE YEAR/VOICE(DUETS/OPERA ARIAS)
Elina Garanca
Romantique: works by Berlioz , Donizetti, Gounod, Lalo , Saint-Saëns, Tchaikovsky & Vaccai
Filarmonica del Teatro Comunale di Bologna / Yves Abel
 
A collection of personally chosen classics and little known gems, showing Ms Garanca’s flawless technique and sumptuous phrasing in ample measures.
 
“Latvian Elina Garanca is already famous for her mezzo-soprano voice, exceptionally pure and technically agile, and her cool beauty . . . [she sings] with appropriate grace . . . Donizetti’s Leonore in “La favorite” is earlier bel canto, but Garanca catches the dramatic edge as readily as the melting dignity of Vaccai’s “Romeo” finale . . . she relishes the lyrical lines of Gounod’s little-known “Sapho” and “Queen of Sheba”. As Berlioz’s Marguerite she depicts the unhappiness of “D’amour l’ardente flamme” with great vocal beauty and simplicity of expression. A fine collection.” BBC Music Magazine
 
“. . . [“O mon Fernand!” from Donizetti’s “La favorite”]: Elina Garanca sings the slow section with artless simplicity and the cabaletta with passion . . . Marguerite’s soliloquy [from Gounod’s “La damnation de Faust”], accompanied by an eloquent cor anglais, is movingly done; and Garanca gets even better with the urgent syncopations at “Je suis à ma fenêtre” . . . Garanca is sensuous without being vampish . . . Garanca moves effortlessly from top to bottom without ever sacrificing beauty of tone . . . Fans — and others — need not hesitate.” Gramophone
 
From Elina: “Broadly speaking, the whole album is about love which is either secret, or unattainable, or impermissible…” 
 

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