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 Awards, Gramophone Awards 2018: The Winners!

Gramophone Awards 2018The category-winners of this year's Gramophone Awards have just been announced: among those scooping an award are the Pavel Haas Quartet, Marianne Crebassa, Arcadi Volodos, and François-Xavier Roth & Les Siècles.

The overall Recording of the Year will be announced on 13th September at the Awards Ceremony at the Connaught Rooms in London, as will the Lifetime Achievement Award and Artist of the Year.

You can browse through all the winning discs below, or find the full 2018 shortlist here.

Chamber

Boris Giltburg (piano), Pavel Nikl (viola), Pavel Haas Quartet

'From the off, they make the music their own...the sense of story-telling is very persuasive...Another triumphant addition to the Pavel Haas’s already Award-laden discography.'

Available Format: CD

Choral

Estonian Philharmonic Chamber Choir, Kaspars Putniņš

'The Estonians have always rejoiced in a warm, rich sound and perfect blend, and guided by the utterly precise and dynamic Kaspars Putninš they give here a truly outstanding rendition that picks up every emotional and spiritual nuance with no sacrifice of technical perfection.'

Available Formats: SACD, MP3, CD Quality FLAC, Hi-Res FLAC

Concerto

Christian Tetzlaff (violin), Finnish Radio Symphony Orchestra, Hannu Lintu

'An out-and-out winner...Tetzlaff’s account of the First Concerto elevates this work to a whole new level of musical excellence, so much so that I’m inclined to place his expertly recorded CD of the two concertos ahead of all rival versions. It’s that good!'

Available Formats: CD, MP3, CD Quality FLAC, Hi-Res FLAC

Contemporary

Arditti Quartet, Orchestre Philharmonique de Radio France

'Both pieces reaffirm Dusapin’s quartet cycle as among the most significant now emerging.'

Available Format: CD

Early Music

'At full stretch there isn’t a weak link from top to bottom...try the Mass that forms the centrepiece here...I doubt whether I’ll be alone in thinking this one of the discoveries of the year.'

Available Formats: CD, MP3, CD Quality FLAC, Hi-Res FLAC

Instrumental

Arcadi Volodos (piano)

'This is one of those discs where a word count is a strange thing. For it needs only four: Go Buy This Disc...whatever he does, you can’t imagine the music going any other way, which is perhaps the definition of a great artist.'

Available Formats: CD, MP3, CD Quality FLAC, Hi-Res FLAC

Opera

Joyce DiDonato (Didon), Michael Spyres (Énée), Marie-Nicole Lemieux (Cassandre), Orchestre et Choeur philharmonique de Strasbourg; John Nelson

'Nelson is in no great rush, allowing Berlioz’s music time to breathe where necessary…[His] cast is simply to die for...Énée is thrillingly sung by Michael Spyres…DiDonato’s vehement response to Énée’s desertion reveals her as a great tragedienne…In short this is a peach of recording.'

Available Formats: 4 CDs + DVD Video, MP3, CD Quality FLAC, Hi-Res FLAC

Orchestral

Les Siècles & Ensemble Aedes, François-Xavier Roth

'Les Siècles’ French-built woodwind and brass instruments from the early 20th century...Lean gut strings achieve feathery lightness... With fine choral contributions from the Ensemble Aedes, this new recording is highly recommended.'

Available Formats: CD, MP3, CD Quality FLAC, Hi-Res FLAC

Recital

Delphine Galou (contralto), Accademia Bizantina, Ottavio Dantone

'This is a treasure trove of rare music…Galou is a perfect singer to introduce us to this music, thanks to an agile and comfortable technique...The playing of Accademia Bizantina…is keen as mustard and filled with typically telling detail by director Ottavio Dantone.'

Available Format: CD

Solo Vocal

Marianne Crebassa (mezzo), Fazil Say (piano)

'With her warm tone and often remarkable way with both vocal colour and verbal inflection, Crebassa is outstanding in this repertory, and in Fazıl Say she has an accompanist whose direct yet subtle approach matches her own...One of the finest French song recitals of recent years. I cannot recommend it too highly.'

Available Formats: CD, MP3, CD Quality FLAC, Hi-Res FLAC