Wednesday, April 13, 2011

BBC Music Magazine Awards

They have just been announced.
Orchestral: Prokofiev - Romeo and Juliet (LSO/Gergiev).
Chamber: Franck, Grieg, Janacek violin sonatas (Repin, Lugansky).
Instrumental: Shostakovich - Preludes and Fugues (Melnikov).
Choral: Bach - Motets (Bach Collegium Japan/Suzuki).
Vocal: Schubert - Winterreise (Güra, Berner).
Opera: Mozart - Die Zauberflöte (Jacobs).
DVD: Purcell - The Fairy Queen (Glyndebourne).
Newcomer: Ivana Gavrič (piano).
Premiere Recording: D Matthews - Symphonies 2 & 6 (BBC NOW/Van Steen).
Technical Excellence: Briggs - Messe pour Notre Dame (Hyperion).

Of course I must compare these results with what other review magazines thought. There's nothing surprising here; the only two that got several not-so-good reviews elsewhere were the two I would expect - the Schubert and Mozart. Winterreise's one of those works that's regarded on just too high a level for any recording to be universally acclaimed as a success, and there are some listeners who just don't like Jacobs's way with the Mozart operas.

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