2013 Gramophone Award Finalists Announced

29 July 2013

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The Gramophone Classical Music Awards 2013 shortlist was announced today and Linn's Dunedin Consort and Phantasm are both nominated for an award.

Dunedin Consort is nominated in the 'Baroque Vocal' category for its groundbreaking recording of 'J.S. Bach: John Passion, Reconstruction of Bach's Passion Liturgy'.  Gramophone named this spectacular recording its 'Recording of the Month' stating: '...naturalness and emotional honesty are what emerge from this tight-knit and perfectly paced ensemble Passion, in which Bach's complex succession of recitatives, arias, choruses and chorales has seldom sounded so convincingly of a piece.'  This is the third time Dunedin Consort has been shortlisted in the 'Baroque Vocal' category.  The Consort was also shortlisted in 2007 for its recording of Handel's 'Messiah (Dublin Version, 1742)', a category in which they triumphed and won their first major award!  Two years later they were shortlisted for another Handel recording: 'Acis and Galatea (Original Cannons Performing Version 1718)'.

Phantasm is nominated in the 'Baroque Instrumental' category for 'William Lawes: Consorts to the Organ'.  The recording was also nominated for a 2013 BBC Music Award and received several five star reviews with Gramophone describing it as a 'first-rate Linn recording.'  Full of premiere recordings (and with a Bonus track for digital customers), this recording is a worthy Finalist.  The popular ensemble catapulted into international prominence when its debut recording of works by Henry Purcell won a 1997 Gramophone Award for 'Best Baroque Instrumental Recording'.  Phantasm's previous Linn recordings, 'William Byrd: Complete Consort Music' and 'John Ward: Consort music for five and six viols' were also Finalists in 2011 and 2010 - perhaps this will be third time lucky!

Decca also has three Finalists in the Awards shortlist: Jonas Kaufmann's 'Wagner' and Cecilia Bartoli's 'Mission' both in the 'Vocal' category, plus Benjamin Grosvenor's 'Rhapsody In Blue' in the 'Concerto' category.  Kaufmann's recording was named Gramophone 'Editor's Choice' upon its release, reviewer Mike Ashton commented '...the disc is something of a triumph.'  Bartoli's 'Mission' was a sensational release with international politics, religious conflict, diplomatic secrecy, spying and sensational music at its heart.  Gramophone praised Cecilia's 'dazzling virtuoso and urgently expressive performances.'   Grosvenor's second Gramophone Award nomination (his first saw him win in the 'Instrumental' category at the 2012 awards for his debut 'Chopin, Liszt, Ravel') is for his first concerto album which couples Ravel's Piano Concerto in G major and Saint-Saëns's Piano Concerto No. 2 with Gershwin's ever-popular Rhapsody in Blue (all with the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra under James Judd). Gramophone describes Grosvenor as a 'remarkably gifted, masterly musician.'

Ricecar's release of 'English Royal Funeral Music' from the Gramophone 'Recording of the Year' winning Vox Luminis is nominated in the 'Baroque Vocal' category.  Can they make it two in a row?  Gramophone reviewer Lindsay Kemp had this to say: '...once again, Vox Luminis have touched the heart with their calm interpretative intelligence and vocal beauty'.

The award-winning Belcea Quartet has been nominated in the 'Chamber' category for 'Beethoven: The Complete String Quartets, Vol. 1'. This recording was named 'CD of the Year' by Austrian Radio station ORF 1 whilst Gramophone stated that the Belcea Quartet performed with 'great artistry and perception' on the recording.

'I was glad - Sacred music of Stanford and Parry' was the first release from Vivat, the new home of The King's Consort.  As BBC Radio 3 put it 'what a great way to launch a new label'!  With the huge period instrument orchestra of The King's Consort, the Choir of The King's Consort and soloists including Carolyn Sampson and David Wilson-Johnson, this album presents a glorious collection of English ceremonial music by Charles Villiers Stanford and C Hubert H Parry.  It is nominated in the 'Choral' category and is 'a welcome return to the recording studio' indeed.

Dunedin ConsortDunedin Consort
Beethoven: The Complete String Quartets, Vol. 1Beethoven: The Complete String Quartets, Vol. 1
English Royal Funeral MusicEnglish Royal Funeral Music
I was glad - Sacred music of Stanford and ParryI was glad - Sacred music of Stanford and Parry
J.S. Bach: John Passion, Reconstruction of Bach's Passion LiturgyJ.S. Bach: John Passion, Reconstruction of Bach's Passion Liturgy
Rhapsody In Blue: Saint-Saens, Ravel, GershwinRhapsody In Blue: Saint-Saens, Ravel, Gershwin
William Lawes: Consorts to the OrganWilliam Lawes: Consorts to the Organ