Europe’s prestigious ICMA crowns Rene Jacobs’ The Magic Flute Recording of the Year.
The 2011 International Classical Music Awards have been announced, celebrating the industry’s best and brightest across 20 categories with winners selected from more than five hundred CD and DVD nominees.
Among the accolades are the Lifetime Achievement Award for Beaux Arts Trio founder Menahem Pressler, Esa-Pekka Salonen as Artist of the Year, and Label of the Year for Chandos Records. A Special Achievement Award goes to Swedish label BIS for its complete Sibelius Edition, a monumental recording project. The Berlin Philharmonic’s innovative Digital Concert Hall, which broadcasts the orchestra’s concerts online, wins the Classical Website Award.
The panel consists of professional music critics from highly regarded European music magazines, online services and radio stations including Crescendo (Belgium), Fono Forum (Germany), Musica (Italy), Musik & Theater (Switzerland), Pizzicato (Luxembourg), Scherzo (Spain) and Viva Classica (Finland). “Our winners are the expression of the highest artistry and demonstrate that this jury is a stubborn holdout for nonaligned value judgments in a world of low-common-denominator commercialism,” said Remy Franck, president of the jury.
The annual award ceremony will take place this year in Tampere, Finland on April 6.
Winners: CD & DVD Categories
Recording of the Year / Opera
Mozart The Magic Flute – Akademue für Alte Musik Berlin, René Jacobs
Harmonia Mundi HMC 90206870
Via Crucis – Nuria Rial, Philippe Jaroussky, L’Arpeggiata, Christina Pluhar
Virgin Classics 5099969457708
Beethoven Violin Sonatas Nos 3, 9 “Kreutzer” – Viktoria Mullova, Kristian Bezuidenhout
Stravinsky Oedipus Rex – Depardieu, Mariinsky Orchestra & Chorus, Gergiev
Schumann Complete Works for Violin and Orchestra – Lena Neudauer, German Radio PO, Pablo Gonzalez
Hänssler Classic CD 93 258
Cerha Spiegel – SWR Symphony Orchestra Baden-Baden & Freiburg, Sylvain Cambreling
Dinastia Borgia – Montserrat Figueras, Hespèrion XXI, Jordi Savall
Alia Vox AVSA9875A+C
Vivaldi Armida al campo d’Egitto – Concerto Italiano, Rinaldo Alessandrini
Sibelius Complete Symphonies – Moscow Radio SO, Rozhdestvensky
Melodiya MELCD 1001669
Debussy Complete Piano Works Vol 5 – Jean Efflam Bavouzet
Chandos CHAN 10545
Shostakovich Symphony No 8 – Royal Liverpool PO, Vasily Petrenko
Mahler Lieder – Christian Gerhaher, Gerold Huber
Wagner Der Ring des Nibelungen – Zubin Mehta, La Fura dels Baus
C Major 703 808
Tchaikovsky Two films (Tchaikovsky’s Women, Fate) – Christopher Nupen
Allegro Films A 10CN D
Special Achievement Awards:
Lifetime Achivement Award: Menahem Pressler
Artist of the Year: Esa-Pekka Salonen
Young Artist of the Year: David Kadouch
Special Achievement Award: The Sibelius Edition – BIS
Label of the Year: Chandos
Classical Website Award: Digital Concert Hall / Berlin Philharmonic