Who are this year’s contenders for the UK’s most prestigious classical awards?

The Gramophone Awards shortlist has been announced, showcasing the year’s classical best and brightest on CD and DVD. Among the nominees: Australia’s own Sir Charles Mackerras for the posthumous release of his final recording with the Czech Philharmonic; not one but two new documentaries on the great maestro Carlos Kleiber; piano wars between Mitsuko Uchida, Murray Perahia and Nelson Freire; two concerto nominations for the redoubtable French pianist Jean-Efflam Bavouzet; a nod to maestro Vasily Petrenko who makes his debut with Sydney Symphony this month; and a slew of Bach and Handel in the Baroque categories. Who will emerge triumphant this year on October 6? Click through the following 15 pages to check out the nominees by category. The finest six offerings in each genre were picked by Gramophone’s panel of reviewers; the top three are denoted here with asterisks.

Baroque Instrumental
Baroque Vocal
Chamber
Choral
Concerto
Contemporary
DVD Documentary
DVD Performance
Early Music
Historic
Instrumental
Opera
Orchestral
Recital
Solo Vocal


Baroque Instrumental

Bach Brandenburg Concertos
Orchestra Mozart / Claudio Abbado
Deutsche Grammophon 4778908

 

*CPE Bach Harpsichord Concertos
Andreas Staier; Freiburg Baroque / Müllejans
Harmonia Mundi HMC902083/84

 

*Handel Concerti Grossi, Op 6
Avison Ensemble
Linn Records CKD362

 

*Telemann Musique de Table
Freiburger Barockorchester
Harmonia Mundi HMC902042/5

 

Vivaldi La Stravaganza
Europa Galante / Fabio Biondi
Virgin Classics 5193002

 

Weiss The Heart Trembles with Pleasure
Nigel North
BGS Records BGS119

Baroque Vocal

Bach Easter & Ascension Oratorios 
Retrospect Ensemble

Linn Records CKD373

 

Bach St John Passion 
Ricercar Consort
Mirare MIR136

 

*Handel Apollo e Dafne 
La Risonanza
Glossa GCD921527

 

Handel Berenice 
Soloists; Il Compresso Barocco / Alan Curtis
Virgin Classics 6285362 


*Handel Flavio
Early Opera Company / Christian Curnyn
Chandos Chaconne CHAN0773

 

Lully Bellérophon
Soloists; Les Talens Lyriques / Christophe Rousset
Aparté AP015

Chamber

*Bartók. Grieg. R Strauss Violin Sonatas 
Vilde Frang; Michail Lifits
EMI 9476392

 

Beethoven String Quartets Op 18 No 1 and Op 127 
Artemis Quartet
Virgin Classics 6286590

 

*Beethoven Violin Sonatas, Vol 3 
Alina Ibragimova; Cédric Tiberghien
Wigmore Hall Live WHLIVE0045

 

Bridge Piano Quintet etc 
London Bridge Ensemble
Dutton Epoch CDLX7254

 

*Dvorák String Quartets Op. 106 & 96 
Pavel Haas Quartet
Supraphon SU40382

 

Walton String Quartets Nos 1 & 2 
Doric Quartet
Chandos CHAN10661

 

 

 

Choral

*Delius Appalachia. The Song of the High Hills 
BBC Symphony Chorus & Orchestra / Sir Andrew Davis
Chandos CHSA5088

 

Dvorák Requiem, Symphony No 8 
Soloists; Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra / Mariss Jansons
RCO Live RCO10001

 

*Elgar The Kingdom 
Claire Rutter; Susan Bickley; John Hudson; Iain Paterson; Hallé Choir & Orchestra  / Sir Mark Elder
Hallé CDHLD7526

 

Haydn The Seven Last Words of our Saviour on the Cross 
London Philharmonic Choir and Orchestra /  Vladimir Jurowski
LPO LPO0051

 

*Macmillan Visitatio Sepulchri. Sun-Dogs 
Netherlands Radio Choir; Netherlands Radio Chamber Philharmonic / Celso Antunes, James MacMillan
BIS BIS-SACD1719

 

Rossini Stabat Mater 
Anna Netrebko; Joyce
DiDonato; Lawrence Brownlee; Ildebrando D’Arcangelo; Chorus and
Orchestra of the Santa Cecilia Academy, Rome / Antonio Pappano
EMI Classics 6405292

 

Concerto 

*Bartók Piano Concertos Nos 1-3 
Jean-Efflam Bavouzet; BBC Philharmonic / Gianandrea Noseda
Chandos CHAN10610

 

*Debussy Fantaisie Ravel Piano Concertos Massenet Piano works 
Jean-Efflam Bavouzet; BBC Symphony Orchestra / Yan Pascal Tortelier
Chandos CHSA5084

 

Rachmaninov Piano Concerto No 2. Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini 
Yuja Wang; Mahler Chamber Orchestra / Claudio Abbado
Deutsche Grammophon 4779308

 

Rachmaninov Piano Concertos Nos 3 & 4 
Leif Ove Andsnes; LSO / Antonio Pappano
EMI Classics 6405162

 

Ravel Piano Concertos. Miroirs 
Pierre-Laurent Aimard; Cleveland Orchestra /  Pierre Boulez
Deutsche Grammophon 4778770

 

*Reger. R Strauss The Romantic Piano Concerto, Vol. 53 
Marc-André Hamelin; Berlin RSO / Ilan Volkov
Hyperion CDA67635

Contemporary

Reich Double Sextet. 2×5 
eighth blackbird; Bang On A Can
Nonesuch 7559797864

 

*Birtwistle Night’s Black Bird
Hallé Orchestra / Ryan Wigglesworth
NMC NMCD156

 

Harvey Speakings 
BBC Scottish SO / Ilan Volkov
Aeon AECD1090

 

*D Matthews Terrible Beauty, Op. 104; Clarinet Quartet; String Trio; String Trio No. 2; Winter Passions 
Nash Ensemble
NMC NMCD152

Pärt Symphony No. 4 etc 
Los Angeles PO / Salonen
ECM New Series 4763957

 

*Music of Poul Ruders Vol. 6 Piano Concerto No. 2; Bel Canto; Serenade on the Shores of the Cosmic Ocean
Vassily Primakov; Norwegian Radio Orchestra / Thomas Søndergård; Rune Tonsgaard Sørensen; Mikko Luoma; iO Quartet
Bridge BRIDGE9336

 

DVD Documentary

*Carlos Kleiber: Traces to Nowhere 
A film by Eric Schultz
Arthaus 101553

 

 

*André Previn: A bridge between two worlds 
A film by Lilian Birnbaum and Peter Stephan Jungk
C Major 703208

 

 

*Carlos Kleiber: I am lost to the world 
A film by Georg Wübbolt
C Major 705608

 

 

Reich Phase to face 
Euroarts 3058128

 

 

 

 

 

Sophia A biography of a violin concerto 
Arthaus 101545

 

 

 

The Wagner Family
A film by Tony Palmer 
Tony Palmer Films TPDVD172

DVD Performance

Brahms. Mozart. Bach Violin Concertos 
David Oistrakh
ICA Classics ICAD5012

 

 

 

*Britten Death in Venice 
Soloists; Chorus and Orchestra of the Teatro La Fenice / Bruno Bartoletti (dir Pier Luigi Pizzi)
Dynamic 33608

 

 

 

Franck Symphony Wagner. Fauré Orchestral works 
Charles Munch
ICA Classics ICAD5015

 

 

 

Janácek Kat’a Kabanova 
Mattila; Soloists; Chorus and Orchestra of the Teatro Real, Madrid / Jiri Belohlávek (dirRobert Carsen)
FRAProd FRA003

 

 

*Mahler Symphony No 9
Lucerne Festival Orchestra / Claudio Abbado
ACCENTUS ACC20214

 

 

 

*Verdi Don Carlo
Soloists; Chorus and Orchestra of the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden / Antonio Pappano
EMI Classics 6316099

 

 

 

Early Music 

*Agricola Missa In myne Zyn
Capilla Flamenca / Dirk Snellings
Ricercar RIC306

 

*Byrd Complete Consort Music
Phantasm
Linn Records CKD372

 

Guerrero Missa Congratulamini mihi etc 
The Cardinall’s Musick / Andrew Carwood
Hyperion CDA67836

 

Schoendorff The Complete Works 
Cinquecento
Hyperion CDA67854

 

*Striggio Mass in 40 Parts etc 
I Fagiolini et al / Robert Hollingworth
Decca 4782734

 

A Worcester Ladymass
Trio Mediaeval
ECM New Series 4764215

Historic

Bach Cello Suites
Mstislav Rostropovich
Supraphon SU40442

 

*Beethoven String Trios 
Leonid Kogan; Rudolf Barshai; Mstislav Rostropovich
Supraphon SU40522

 

*Mahler/Cooke Symphony No 10 
LSO, Philharmonia / Berthold Goldschmidt
Testament SBT31457

 

 

*Monteverdi Coronation of Poppea 
Janet Baker et al Sadlers Wells Chorus and Orchestra / Raymond Leppard
Chandos CHAN3172


The Genius of Dino Ciani Bartók; Debussy; Schumann; Weber 
Dino Ciani
Brilliant Classics 94069

 

Live on Stage
Various; Fritz Wunderlich
Deutsche Grammophon 4779109

Instrumental

*Brahms Handel Variations. Piano works, Opp 118 & 119  
Murray Perahia
Sony Classical 88697727252

Hamelin Etudes 
Marc-André Hamelin
Hyperion CDA67789

 

*Liszt Harmonies du Soir 
Nelson Freire
Decca 4782728

 

*Ravel The Complete Solo Piano Music
Steven Osborne
Hyperion CDA67731/2

 

Schubert Piano Duets 
Paul Lewis; Steven Osborne
Hyperion CDA67665

 

 

Schumann Davidsbundlertänze. Fantasie
Mitsuko Uchida
Decca 4782936

Opera

Giordano Fedora 
Plácido Domingo, Angela Gheorghiu et al Chorus and Symphony Orchestra of La Monnaie / Alberto Veronesi
Deutsche Grammophon 4778367

*Mozart Die Zauberflöte 
Soloists, RIAS Kammerchor;  Akademie für Alte Musik / René Jacobs
Harmonia Mundi HMC902068/70

 

Rautavaara Kaivos 
Soloists; Tampere Philharmonic Orchestra / Hannu Lintu
Ondine ODE11742

 

*Rossini Ermione 
Soloists; Geoffrey Matchell Choir; LPO  / David Parry
Opera Rara ORC42

 

R Strauss Ariadne Auf Naxos (in English) 
Soloists; Scottish Chamber Orchestra / Armstrong
Chandos CHAN3168

 

*Verdi Otello 
Soloists; London Symphony Chorus; LSO / Sir Colin Davis
LSO Live LSO0700

Orchestral

Bizet Symphony in C. Jeux d’Enfants. Roma 
Orchestre de Paris / Paavo Järvi
Virgin Classics 6286130

 

Mahler Symphony No 8 
Soloists; choruses; LPO / Klaus Tennstedt
LPO LPO0052

 

*Shostakovich Symphony No 10
RLPO / Vasily Petrenko
Naxos 8572461

 

Stravinsky Petrushka. The Rite of Spring 
Bergen PO / Andrew Litton
BIS BISSACD1474

 

*Suk Asrael Symphony 
Czech PO / Sir Charles Mackerras
Supraphon SU40432

 

*English Spring Bax. Bridge. Delius – orchestral works 
Hallé / Sir Mark Elder
Hallé CDHLL7528

Recital 

*“Ne me refuse pas” French Opera Arias 
Marie-Nicole Lemieux; Orchestre National de France / Fabien Gabel
Naïve V5201

 

Caldara Opera Arias 
Philippe Jaroussky; Concerto Köln / Emmanuelle Haïm
Virgin Classics 6419272

 

*Diva, Divo Various 
Joyce DiDonato; L’Opéra National de Lyon / Kazushi Ono
Virgin Classics 6419860

 

Lettere Amorose Baroque Arias 
Magdalena Kozena; A Private Musicke
Deutsche Grammophon 4778764

 

R Strauss Great Strauss Scenes 
Christine Brewer; Eric Owens; Atlanta SO / Donald Runnicles
Telarc TEL3175502

 

*Verismo Arias Various 
Jonas Kaufmann; Chorus and Orchestra of the Santa Cecilia Academy, Rome / Antonio Pappano
Decca Classics 4782258

Solo Vocal

*RR Bennett Songs before Sleep 
Sophie Daneman; Susan Bickley; Hulett; Iain Burnside
NMC Recordings NMCD155

 

*Britten Songs & Proverbs of William Blake 
Gerald Finley; Julius Drake
Hyperion CDA67778

 

Butterworth A Shropshire Lad and other songs 
Roderick Williams; Iain Burnside
Naxos 8572426

 

Loewe Ballades Schumann Liederkreis Op 39 
Henk Neven; Hans Eijsackers
Onyx ONYX4052

 

R Strauss Lieder 
Diana Damrau; Münchner PO / Christian Thielemann
Virgin Classics 6286640

 

*Wolf Italienisches Liederbuch 
Christoph Prégardien; Julia Kleiter; Hilko Dumno
Challenge Classics CC72378