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Classical music: Gramophone Magazine announces its 2012 awards for best classical recordings, artists and labels. Do you see evidence of a Brit bias? | October 6, 2012

By Jacob Stockinger

Gramophone Magazine (below), the Britain-based periodical that remains the most respected magazine of classical music in the world, this week announced the winners of its 2012 prizes for recordings.

Some of the names are probably familiar, such as conductor Claudio Abbado (below top) and pianist Murray Perahia (below middle), who won in a new category, and pianist  Leif Ove Andsnes (below bottom) in chamber music. Pianist Maurizio Pollini won in the historical category for his very early set of the complete Chopin etudes. You night also recognize the name of singer Danielle de Niese, who has performed in Madison at the Wisconsin Union Theater, as has Perahia.

But some other names are new or unfamiliar to many such as the Maltese tenor Joseph Callejo (below), the young British pianist Benjamin Grosvenor, violinist Isabelle Faust, composer Eric Whitacre and the record label Naïve.

The Ear thinks he detects something of an English bias in the choice of winners — artists, labels, repertoire — but that is an old observation or, to some, an accusation. Besides, the Grammy Awards (below) certainly often seems to favor US artists and labels.

Not for nothing is it called the Recording Industry on both sides of the Atlantic.

Anyway, reading about these awards is one of the good ways to spend just a little time catching up on the global classical music scene and what is new and noteworthy in it. And holiday gift-gifting is just around the corner.

Here is link to an introductory story:

http://www.gramophone.co.uk/classical-music-news/gramophone-awards-2012-announced

And here is a link to the list of winners — with lots of links and audio samples —  by categories and to FREE sample downloads available through iTunes:

http://www.gramophone.co.uk/awards/2012

You can also find a lot of the artists’ remarks about the Gramophone awards by going to YouTube and typing the artist’s name into search engine.

And here is a link to a story about the awards on NPR’s “Deceptive Cadence” blog. It offers background and names of the winners upfront, along with some audio samples from the winning recordings:

http://www.npr.org/blogs/deceptivecadence/2012/09/27/161736077/the-2012-gramophone-awards-some-surprises-lots-of-repeated-familiar-names

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4 Comments »

  1. […] Classical music: Gramophone Magazine announces its 2012 awards for best classical recordings, artist… (welltempered.wordpress.com) […]

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  2. I’m enjoying a newish classical music magazine titled “Listen.” Lots of ads for recordings, of course, but some good in-depth articles and interviews too. Not quite as much about the industry as Gramophone, and more about the artists.

    Comment by Susan Fiore — October 6, 2012 @ 7:57 am

    • Hi Susan,
      Thanks for the tip.
      I didn’t know about the magazine “Listen” but will check it out.
      It sounds like a very good source.
      Might even be worth a future blog posting.
      Best,
      Jake

      Comment by welltemperedear — October 6, 2012 @ 9:40 am


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