Gramophone has announced the winners of its annual Classical Music Awards. Household names like Yuja Wang and Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra are among the winners.
In total, 10 recordings have won prizes. Yuja Wang wins in the Instrumental category for her album The Berlin Recital; Christian Gerhaher and Gerold Huber triumphed in the Solo Vocal category for their recording of Schumann’s Frage; the Recital prize goes to countertenor Philippe Jaroussky and Ensemble Artaserse for their album Ombra mai fu; and Australian composer Brett Dean was recognised for adaptation of Hamlet, which premiered at Glyndebourne (Contemporary category).
As for ensembles, Vox Luminis and Lionel Meunier will collect the Choral prize for their rendition of Buxtehude’s Abendmusiken; in Early Music, Cupertinos and Luís Toscano were recognised for their album of Manuel Cardoso works titled Requiem, Lamentations, Magnificat and Motets; and Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra’s Rued Langgaard’s Symphonies Nos 2 and 6 with Sakari Oramo takes the Orchestra award.
Other winners included Bertrand Chamayou and the Orchestre national de France under Emmanuel Krivine for Saint-Saëns’ Piano Concertos Nos 2 and 5 (Concerto category); Orchestre de Chambre de Paris under Hervé Niquet with the Chœur de la radio flamande for Halévy’s La Reine de Chype (Opera category); while a performance of Debussy’s Les Trois Sonates took the Chamber prize.
One of these albums will also be named Recording of The Year. That prize will be announced during a ceremony on October 16 at the De Vere Grand Connaught Rooms in London’s Covent Garden. It will be streamed live on Medici TV.