BBC Music Magazine Awards 2013

BBC Music Magazine Awards 2013

The winners of the BBC Music Magazine Awards 2013 have now been announced and details can be found below.

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"The BBC Music Magazine Awards offer the serious and merited celebration of sustained excellence in music-making... the public votes are cast not for superficial glamour but for real and enduring quality". Harry Eyres, Financial Times

Mouton - Missa Dictes etc
Missa Dictes moy toutes voz pensees
The Tallis Scholars
Peter Phillips

‘Once again, the Tallis Scholars reveal hidden Renaissance masterworks. Phillips sculpts a virile, vigorous sound for these mesmerising works where sonority is never slave to maths.’

Elgar - The Apostles
The Apostles (2CD)
Halle Choir & Orchestra
Mark Elder

‘Elder and co. reveal the imagination, originality and radiant beauty of this score. The cast is excellent, the choral contributions totally committed, the recording atmospheric, and the ram’s horn shofar and Apostles’ Chorus are interesting extras. A profoundly moving contribution to Elder’s Hallé Elgar series.

Brahms - Schicksalslied etc
Works for chorus and orchestra
Collegium Vocale Ghent
Philippe Herreweghe

‘Herreweghe's refreshingly untraditional approach brings a proverbially un-Brahmsian lightness and clarity of texture to these shorter choral works.’

Beethoven - Diabelli Variations
Diabelli Variations
Andreas Staier

‘No other pianist has painted the Diabelli in such colours, taking advantage of all the effects available on the fortepiano…Staier brings miracles of phrasing, touch, pacing and wit to illuminate a thorny masterpiece.’
Chopin - Piano Recital 2
Piano Recital 2
Janina Fialkowska

‘By some mysterious alchemy, Fialkowska only has to perform a note of Chopin and instantly it’s inimitable, indelible. The magic lies in her subtle, supple rhythm; an infinitesimal rubato that makes perfect sense of every dance without sacrificing its vital lilt.’

Debussy - Preludes
Preludes (2CD)
Alexei Lubimov

‘Of all the new recordings released for Debussy’s 150th anniversary, this is the one to which I’ve returned most often. Not just for the two books of Preludes on a pair of carefully chosen period pianos, whose tone colours, timbre and contrast affect every aspect of the music, but for Lubimov’s inspired responses to the changing soundscapes.’


Suk - A Summer's Tale, Prague
Prague, A Summer's Tale

BBC Symphony Orchestra
Jiri Belohlavek

‘The BBC SO has developed a speciality in Czech music under Jirí Belohlávek, locating a generous, supple, honeyed sound. Sad and enchanting.’
Bruckner - Symphony no.9
Symphony no.9
Berliner Philharmoniker
Simon Rattle

‘This scholarly reconstruction of the fourth movement, premiered here, is astonishingly convincing. The performance of the whole work, graced by fabulous Berlin Philharmonic brass, is exceptional.’

Beethoven/Berg - Violin Concertos
Violin Concertos
Isabelle Faust
Orchestra Mozart
Claudio Abbado

‘Berg and Beethoven illuminate and transform each other in these performances by Abbado and his hand-picked orchestra, alert to every nuance and detail… Isabelle Faust is a radiant soloist’

Langgaard - String Quartets
String Quartets 2, 3 & 6
Nightingale Quartet

‘Langaard composed music which simply can't be ignored, especially in performances as intense as these from this young quartet. Kaleidoscopic images pass by held together by the sure touch of a composer harnessing an exceptionally vivid imagination.’

Beethoven - String Trios op.9
String Trios op.9
Trio Zimmermann

‘Beethoven’s dazzling string trios were as revealing of the young composer’s talent as they are exposing for performers… here the ensemble is breathtaking, the rhythms bite and their blend of timbres compels, from densely textured to shimmering transparency.

Lawes - Consort Music
Consort Music

‘There’s something irresistible about Lawes’s music…Phantasm and Daniel Hyde are elegant, erudite guides to this strange and beautiful world, relishing each telling dissonance, each mercurial harmonic shift.’

Puccini - Suor Angelica
Suor Angelica
WDR Sinfonieorchester Koln
Andris Nelsons

'Kristine Opolais’s cool, distinctive timbre underlines the aristocratic background and steely self-restraint of the heroine of Suor Angelica, making her unravelling at the end more powerful and violent.'

Handel - Alceste
Early Opera Company
Christian Curnyn

‘This exquisite performance of the reconstructed Alceste is suave and sprightly, the trio of soloists first-rate and soprano Lucy Crowe’s ‘Gentle Morpheus’ a magical highlight.’

Wagner - Die Walkure
Die Walkure
Halle Orchestra
Mark Elder

‘Recorded live in Manchester, this Die Walküre is something very special. With Elder’s huge operatic experience at the helm, the Hallé responds with playing so impressive that it holds its own with the best anywhere. Can the short-lived love of Siegmund and Sieglinde ever have been more movingly portrayed than here, by Stig Andersen and Yvonne Howard?’


Wolf, Krenek, Liszt etc
Marlis Petersen
Jendrik Springer

‘An appealing and fascinatingly devised recital programme of Goethe settings from Schubert’s time to the present day… You simply won’t hear lovelier singing.’

Liszt - Lieder vol.2
Lieder vol.2
Angelika Kirchschlager
Julius Drake

‘Liszt was one of the great song-composers, and this wide-ranging programme contains some miracles of the Lieder repertory. Kirschlager brings intelligent musicianship and a stunning range of expressive options.’

Ferne Geliebte
Ferne Geliebte
Beethoven, Haydn etc
Christian Gerhaher
Gerold Huber

‘Christian Gerhaher’s recitals with pianist Gerold Huber seem less like performance than a private conversation. They make complex music seem simple, and simple music sophisticated.’

Puccini - Il Trittico
Il Trittico
Royal Opera House
Antonio Pappano

‘We so rarely see Puccini’s whole triptych: here are all three operas in vividly characterised, memorable productions by Richard Jones, superbly performed under Pappano. A treat.’
Bach - St Matthew Passion
J S Bach
St Matthew Passion
Berliner Philharmoniker
Simon Rattle

‘Rattle's fine cast includes Christian Gerhaber's Jesus and Magdalena Kozena's sensual Magdalene. In its immediacy, Peter Sellars' ‘ritualization’ makes Mark Padmore's superb Evangelist the major protagonist, and adds a thrillingly unexpected dimension to a familiar edifice.’

Massenet - Don Quichotte
Don Quichotte
La Monnaie de Munt
Marc Minkowski

‘What could have been a romp through an old warhorse is made moving and special by the presence of José van Dam: his performance has a valedictory intensity.’

Newcomer Award
Musical Toys
Musical Toys
Piano Works by Chin, Gubaidulina & Ligeti
Mei Yi Foo
Premiere Award
Saariaho - Clarinet Concerto
D'Om Le Vrai Sens etc
Kari Kriikku, Finnish Radio Symphony Orchestra, Sakari Oramo
Technical Excellence
Wagner - Parsifal
Berlin Radio Symphony Orchestra, Marek Janowski