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The winners of Gramophone Classical Music Awards 2014 full list

This year’s Gramophone Classical Music Awards are  in 12 categories including Choral, Orchestral, and Early Music were announced today, with one of these recordings being chosen as the coveted ‘Recording of the Year’. Just as with last year’s awards, the majority of winners have been announced in advance of the ceremony itself; the winners of the Lifetime Achievement, Young Artist of the Year, Label of the Year and the publicly chosen Artist of the Year will be announced at a ceremony at St John’s Smith Square on 17 September. The awards will be presented by a selection of guest presenters including Alfred Brendel and Benjamin Grosvenor, in front of an audience of winning artists and leading industry figures. You can see a full list of the winners announced so far below:

Gramophone Awards 2014: full list of winners

Baroque instrumental

CPE Bach – Württemberg Sonatas Mahan Esfahani [Hyperion CDA67995] What the judges said about this recording: “The elusive fusion of thematic intricacy, ‘Baroque’ rhetoric and ‘proto-Classical’ Sturm und Drang offered by the instrument are caught perfectly by Esfahani’s supple touch and disarming sense of rhetorical pacing.” Baroque Vocal CPE Bach – Magnificat, Heilig ist Gott Soloists, RIAS Chamber Choir; Akademie Für Alte Musik Berlin / Hans Christoph Radioman [Harmonia Mundi HMC902167] What the judges said about this recording: “The Magnificat can sometimes outstay its welcome. Not here. Hans-Christoph Rademann and his Berlin forces make the strongest possible case for it, with fresh, athletic choral singing, playing of crackling, fizzing energy and excellent solo work.” Chamber Schubert – Death and the Maiden; String Quintet Pavel Haas Quartet with Danulo Ishizaka [Supraphon SU4110-2] What the judges said about this recording: “The slow movement of the Quintet is aching but never emotes superficially; the way the players withdraw the sound at its close is absolutely mesmerising.” Choral Mozart Requiem (reconstruction of the first performance) Dunedin Consort & Players / John Butt [Linn CKD449] What the judges said about this recording: “Purely on grounds of performance alone, this is one of the finest Mozart Requiems of recent years. John Butt brings to Mozart the microscopic care and musicological acumen that have made his Bach and Handel recordings so thought-provoking and satisfying.” Concerto Prokofiev – Piano Concertos Nos 1-5 Jean-Efflam Bavouzet, BBC Philharmonic / Gianandra Noseda [Chandos CHAN10802(2)] What the judges said about this recording: “Throughout, Bavouzet displays a light touch and laudable levels of physical stamina, with a firm grasp of the very different personalities of each piece.” Contemporary Benjamin – Written on Skin Soloists, Orchestra of the Royal Opera House / George Benjamin (Prod. Katie Mitchell) [Opus Arte OA1125D] What the judges said about this recording: “Katie Mitchell gives powerful visual representation to an opera that is to a large extent a drama of the mind.” Early Marenzio – First Book of Madrigals La Compagnia del Madrigale [Glossa GCD992802] What the judges said about this recording: “My jaw dropped at both the quality of Marenzio’s cleverly varied five-voice music and the astonishing sonorities of these beguiling performances.” Instrumental Mompou – Piano Works Arcadi Volodos [Sony Classical 88765433262] What the judges said about this recording: “You will rarely if ever hear Mompou’s introspection caught and held with greater affection and finesse.” Opera Ravel – L’heure espagnole & L’enfant et les sortilèges Soloists, Glyndebourne Chorus, LPO / Kazushi Ono (prod. Laurent Pelly) [FRA Musica FRA008] What the judges said about this recording: “Laurent Pelly directs the dizzying succession of scenes with a sure hand.” Orchestral Brahms Symphonies Gewandhaus Orchestra Leipzig / Riccardo Chailly [Decca 4785344] “The opening sounds understated but the performance builds steadily until the coda glows white hot.” Recital ‘Arise, my muse’ Iestyn Davies, Richard Egarr [Wigmore Hall Live WHLive0065] What the judges said about this recording: “This is a disc that reminds us why live recital programmes are such a valuable part of recorded repertoire…” Solo Vocal Schubert – Winterreise Jonas Kaufmann, Helmut Deutsch [Sony Classical 88883795632]