Winners of BBC Music Magazine Awards 2017 announced



The winners of the 2017 BBC Music Magazine Awards were announced last night, in a ceremony at London’s Kings Place. Many congratulations to all the winners!

CONCERTO AWARD

CPE Bach: Cello concertos in A minor, B-flat major and A major
Nicolas Altstaedt (cello); Arcangelo/Jonathan Cohen. Hyperion CDA 68112

“CPE Bach creates a sense of emotional turbulence in these three concertos, their quixotic changes of mood thrillingly conveyed in Arcangelo’s informed and stylish performances. Conductor Jonathan Cohen highlights the music’s nervous tension, while cellist Nicolas Altstaedt draws on the various techniques of rhetoric so fundamental to the composer’s style.”

OPERA AWARD

Mozart Don Giovanni
Dimitris Tiliakos, Vito Priante, Myrtò Papatanasiu, Kenneth Tarver, Karina Gauvin, Guido Loconsolo, Christina Gansch; MusicAeterna/Teodor Currentzis. Sony Classical 88985316032

“This is a Don Giovanni that banishes preconceptions. The playing is brisk and brilliant, the singers sometimes more ‘theatrical’ than ‘operatic’; the party scene is a colourful whirlwind, Giovanni’s comeuppance the intended earthquake. Sometimes shocking, always exhilarating, frequently both. Refreshing and unforgettable.”

JURY’S AWARD | PREMIERE

Anderson In lieblicher Bläue, poem for violin and orchestra; Alleluia; The Stations of the Sun
Carolin Widmann (violin), London Philharmonic Choir, London Philharmonic Orchestra/Vladimir Jurowski. LPO LPO 0089

“A celebration of the long relationship between the London Philharmonic Orchestra and Julian Anderson, this disc includes two world premiere recordings of works he wrote for the ensemble during his tenure as composer-in-residence. ‘It’s a very responsive orchestra,’ says Anderson, ‘and they treat contemporary music just as they would any repertoire – which is exactly what a composer wants.’”

CHORAL AWARD

Harvey: Missa Brevis & other choral works
Choir of St John’s College, Cambridge/Andrew Nethsingha; Edward Picton-Turbervill (organ). Signum Records SIGCD456

“While deeply committed to all that was new in European music in the second half of the 20th century, Jonathan Harvey was also essentially English. This fine collection of choral works, sung in an exemplary manner by the Choir of St John’s College, Cambridge, is a reminder of this aspect of Harvey’s music and his ever-present quest for the spiritual.”

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