Gramophone Awards Shortlist Announced!
Gramophone magazine has announced the nominees for the 2015 Gramophone Awards! This "essential guide for those who want to experience the finest classical recordings of our time" includes releases on Channel Classics, Delphian, Gimell, Onyx, harmonia mundi and Hyperion. Congratulations to our distinguished nominees!
JS BACH. Mass in B Minor. Arcangelo, Jonathan Cohen. Hyperion CDA 68051
"The young group Arcangelo’s hit rate on disc is impressively high and this superb recording of Bach’s masterpiece is the musicians’ boldest statement yet."
VIVALDI, PORTA, MARCELLO. Oboe Concertos. Xenia Löffler, Akademie für Alte Musik Berlin, Georg Kallweit. harmonia mundi HMC 902185
"It is always a pleasure to hear the Akademie für Alte Musik Berlin, whatever they play... the superb oboe‑playing of Xenia Löffler, [is] as smooth and swellingly expressive in slow movements as it is ripplingly agile in quicker ones. It is masterly playing and this disc is her triumph."
VIVALDI. Flute Concertos. Maurice Steger, I Barocchisti, Diego Fasolis. harmonia mundi HMC 902190
"There is not much to be said about Steger’s virtuosity other than that his dazzling fingerwork, varied articulation and colour seem to make him capable of anything he wants...I Barrocchisti, an orchestra whose joie de vivre never sleeps, are the perfect partners. It’s pure pleasure."
VIVALDI. L'Estro Armonico. Brecon Baroque, Rachel Podger. Channel Classics CCSSA 36515
"Straight to the top of the pile... in these pieces her musical personality finds a home so congenial that it simply bursts from the speakers... there is probably no more inspirational musician working today than Podger"
RAMEAU. Pieces de clavecin. Mahan Esfahani.
Hyperion CDA 68071
"Unfailing wit, affection, fluency and pacing... [an] ever-impressive harpsichordist for the modern age."
HINDEMITH. Sonatas for... Isabelle Faust,
Alexander Melnikov, Alexander Rudin.
harmonia mundi HMC 905271
"A compellingly performed selection of Hindemith sonatas from a group of first-class musicians."
MESSIAEN. La Fauvette Passerinette, Peter Hill.
Delphian DCD 34141
"A fascinating recital, built around a Messiaen premiere, from a pianist who fully inhabits the sound worlds of his assembled 20th-(and 21st-) century composers."
A French Baroque Diva. Carolyn Sampson, Ex Cathedra, Jeffrey Skidmore. Hyperion CDA 68035
"This evocation of Rameau’s muse, the soprano Marie Fel...by Carolyn Sampson and Ex Cathedra provides invaluable context for little-known French masterpieces."
BEETHOVEN. An die ferne Geliebte. MOZART. Masonic Canata. HAYDN. Songs. Mark Padmore,
harmonia mundi HMU 907611
"Mark Padmore combines an acute intelligence with an unvarnished directness in all he sings. In symbiotic partnership with fortepianist Kristian Bezuidenhout, Padmore ‘lives’ all of these songs, noticing everything, exaggerating nothing."
SCHUBERT. Schwanengesang - Florian Boesch, Malcolm Martineau. Onyx ONYX 4131
"abetted by Malcolm Martineau's imaginative, clean-textured playing, Boesch unfurls his full expressive and dynamic range to compelling effect"
BRITTEN, VAUGHAN WILLIAMS, MACMILLAN. Oboe Concertos. Nicholas Daniel, Britten Sinfonia, James MacMillan. harmonia mundi HMU 807573
"[Daniel's] flawless discipline, liquid tone, exquisite chiaroscuro and seemingly superhuman breath control ravish the ear... Daniel’s contribution [to the MacMillan] is past praise in its virtuosity and eloquence. This anthology merits a strong recommendation."
BEETHOVEN. Piano Concertos 3 & 4. Maria Joào Pires, Swedish Radio Symphony, Daniel Harding. Onyx ONYX 4125
"Even with a never ending stream of Beethoven Piano Concerto recordings...few performances come within distance of Pires's Classical/Romantic perspective... Piers's performances are quite simply of another order."
ESENVALDS. Choral Works. Choir of Trinity College Cambridge, Stephen Layton. Hyperion CDA 68083
"Trinity College's choir sounds as though its members relish the experience of recording his music. The sonority is secure from top to bottom (...basses of this depth and solidity are rare in such choirs), and the recording has clarity, detail and presence."
LEIGHTON. Cruxifixus. Choir of Trinity College Cambridge, Stephen Layton. Hyperion CDA 68039
"the emotional intensity of the Trinity College singers places their performances in a class of their own...it may well turn out to be one of the finest choral recordings I'll hear this year."
PART. Tintinnabuli. The Tallis Scholars, Peter Phillips. Gimell CDGIM 049
"The purity of The Tallis Scholars’ renowned sound lends itself perfectly to this music, often as sparse in score as it is so powerfully rich in atmosphere."