Royal Philharmonic Society Awards for 1998
Tenth Anniversary Celebration
'For nearly two hundred years the Royal Philharmonic Society has been
associated with classical music of the very highest standard. With its continued
support for musicians, and in particular for young performers and for music
education, the Royal Philharmonic Society is helping to ensure the future
of British music making'
The Rt Hon Chris Smith, MP, Secretary of State for Culture,
Media and Sport
The 1998 RPS Music Awards were presented by
HRH The Duke of Kent KG
at the Dorchester Hotel, London, Wednesday 12th May,
the Citations read by The Lord Birkett.
Radio, TV, Video Award
Richter, The Enigma
'a revelatory documentary that gave unique access to one of the
greatest and most mysterious performers of the century and through him to
a whole segment of Soviet history. The film is available as a commercial
video, but the jury urges UK broadcasters to allow the general television
public the chance to see it'
Chamber Ensemble Award
SCHUBERT ENSEMBLE OF LONDON
Pianist: William Howard
'for their enterprising programming of piano-based chamber music,
the encouragement and commissioning of new work, and the combination of
Liszt - the Final Years 1861-1886
(London: Faber & Faber)
'the culmination of a life's work, [combining] scholarship and
a vivacious prose style. It tells the story of the composer's difficult
final years - including his complex relationship with his daughter Cosima
and her husband, Richard Wagner - and offers much critical commentary on
the later controversial compositions'
'for playing of a high order of sophistication and sensitivity,
a lyrical pianist who sings with his singers. His enthusiasm and encouragement
for singers and players extends from the newest to the most experienced.
His ensemble, The Songmakers Almanac, demonstrates his devotion to the entire
literature of song. He explores the repertoire with a passion and scholarship
that have brought new life to the song recital. Everything flows from his
artistry and musicianship'
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