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Echo Klassik awards

The German music prize organised by the German music industry association, the Echo Klassik awards, has been announced, with a large number of different categories. The award ceremony will take place on 6 October 2013 in the Konzerthaus Berlin. The winners for 2013 are listed below.

Female Singer of the Year: Joyce DiDonato for Drama Queens (Erato/Warner Classics) and Male Singer of the Year: Jonas Kaufmann for Wagner (Decca).

Instrumentalists of the Year: Martha Argerich for Lugano Concertos (Deutsche Grammophon); Reinhold Friedrich for the album Russiche Trompetenkonzerte ('Russian trumpet concertos') (MDG); Sol Gabetta for Shostakovich's Cello Concerto and Rachmaninov Cello Sonatas (Sony Classical); Andreas Martin Hofmeir (tuba) for Uraufnahmen (Genuin Classics); Leonidas Kavakos for Beethoven's Complete Violin Sonatas on Decca.

Conductor of the Year: Esa-Pekka Salonen for Lutoslawski: The Symphonies (Sony Classical).

Ensembles/Orchestras of the Year: Concentus Musicus Wien with Nikolaus Harnoncourt for Walzer Revolution (Sony Classical) and the San Francisco Symphony for Adams: Harmonielehre and Short Ride in a Fast Machine (SFS Media).

Newcomers of the Year: Julia Lezhneva for Alleluia! (Decca), Tine Thing Helseth for Tine (Warner Classics) and Alexander Krichel for Frühlingsnacht (Sony Classical).

Klassik Ohne Grenzen (classics without borders) prizes: Joel Frederiksen and Ensemble Phoenix Munich for Requiem for a Pink Moon (harmonia mundi), Max Richter and Daniel Hope for Recomposed by Max Richter: Vivaldi - The Four Seasons (Deutsche Grammophon) and Alexandre Tharaud for Swinging Paris (Erato / Warner Classics).

Symphonic Recordings of the Year: Aapo Häkkinen and the Helsinki Baroque Orchestra for Franz Xaver Dussek: Four Symphonies (Naxos) (category for up to and including the eighteenth century); Bernard Haitink and the Symphonieorchester des Bayerischen Rundfunks for Mahler: Symphonie Nr 9 (BR Klassik) (nineteenth century music) and Simon Rattle and the Berlin Philharmonic for Le Sacre du Printemps (Warner Classics) (20th and 21st century music category).

Concerto Recordings of the Year: Kristian Bezuidenhout and the Freiburger Barockorchester for Mozart: Piano Concertos K 453 and K 482 (harmonia mundi) (up to and including eighteenth century piano music category), Dorothee Oberlinger and Sonatori de la Gioiosa Marca for Flauto Venziano (dhm) (up to and including eighteen century flute music), Vilde Frang for Nielsen and Tchaikovsky Violin Concertos (Warner Classics) (nineteenth century violin), Christian Schmitt and the Bamberger Symphoniker with Stefan Solyom for Charles-Marie Widor's Organ symphonies Op 42, 3 and 69 (cpo) (nineteenth century organ), Patricia Kopatchinskaja for Bartók/Eötvös/Ligeti: Violinkonzerte, Seven (Naïve) (20th/21st century violin), Herbert Schuch for Viktor Ullmann: Piano Concerto Op 25 [and Beethoven: Piano Concerto No 3] (OehmsClassics) (20th/21st century piano) and Duo Tal & Groethuysen with Musikkollegium Winterthur and Douglas Boyd for Vaughan Williams' Concerto for two pianos and orchestra [and Symphony No 5] (Sony Classical) (20th/21st century piano duo).

Choral recording of the year: Vocalconsort Berlin and James Wood for Carlo Gesualdo: Sacrae Cantiones, Liber secundus (harmonia mundi).

Opera recordings of the year: Max Emanuel Cencic, Philippe Jaroussky, Diego Fasolis and Concerto Köln for Vinci's Artaserse (Erato/Warner Classics) (seventeenth/eighteenth century category); the Mariinsky Orchestra and Valery Gergiev for Wagner's Die Walküre (Mariinsky) (nineteenth century) and Ian Bostridge for Britten's The Rape of Lucretia (Erato / Warner Classics) (20th/21st century).

Solo recordings of the year: Leo van Doeselaar for Heinrich Scheidemann Organ works (MDG) (seventeenth/eighteenth century organ category); Emanuel Ax for Haydn/Beethoven/Schumann Variations (Sony Classical) (nineteenth century piano); Nikolai Lugansky for Rachmaninov Piano Sonatas 1 and 2 (Naïve) (20th/21st century piano); Elina Garanca for Romantique (Deutsche Grammophon) (voice duets and opera arias); Rolando Villazón for Villazón Verdi (Deutsche Grammophon) (voice arias/recitals) and Mark Padmore for Britten's Serenade and Nocturne and Finzi's Dies Natalis (harmonia mundi) (voice song category).

Chamber music recordings of the year: Ensemble Villa Musica for Devienne's oboe and bassoon sonatas (MDG) (wind players, seventeenth and eighteenth century); Musica Alta Ripa for Mozart and Beethoven Quintets for strings and piano (MDG), and Jordi Savall with Hesperion XXI for Armenian Spirit (Alia Vox) (seventeenth/eighteenth century mixed ensemble); the Belcea Quartet for Beethoven's complete string quartets volume 1 (Zig Zag Territoires) (string players, nineteenth century music); Helene Grimaud and Sol Gabetta for Duo (Deutsche Grammophon) (mixed ensemble, nineteenth century music); Janine Jansen for Schoenberg's Verklärte Nacht and Schubert's String Quintet (Decca) (string players, nineteenth century music); David Geringas and the Gringolts Quartett for Braunfels' String Quintet and Strauss' Metamorphosen (Profil) (string players, 20th/21st century music) and Steffen Schleiermacher and Andreas Seidel for Morton Feldman: Violin and Piano (MDG) (mixed ensemble, 20th/21st century music).

World premiere recording of the year: Cecilia Bartoli, I Barocchisti and Diego Fasolis for Mission (Decca).

Classics for children award: Andreas N Tarkmann and the Deutsche Staatsphilharmonie Rheinland-Pfalz for 'Na warte, sagte Schwarte'/'Die verlorene Melodie' (Coviello Classics).

Audiophile multi-track recording of the year: Ewald Kooiman, Ute Gremmel-Geuchen, Gerhard Gnann and Bernhard Klapprott for J S Bach: Die Orgelwerke (Gesamtaufnahme auf Silbermann-Orgeln) (Aeolus).

Music DVD recordings of the year: Arthaus Musik for Klassik und Kalter Krieg - Musiker in der DDR; Paul Smaczny and Accentus Music for John Cage: Journeys in Sound and Robert Lepage and Deutsche Grammophon for Der Ring des Nibelungen.

Information: www.echoklassik.de

Posted: 27 August 2013

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