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 Awards, Gramophone Awards 2021 - The Winners!

Gramophone Awards 2020 ShortlistThe winning recordings in each category for the 2021 Gramophone Awards were announced earlier today, with Egyptian soprano Fatma Said, Scottish guitarist Sean Shibe and French baritone Ludovic Tézier among the artists who are now in the running for Recording of the Year.

Though there will be no live audience this year, an online ceremony (presented by Editor-in-Chief James Jolly and pianist Isata Kanneh-Mason) will be live-streamed on Medici TV and Gramophone's social media channels on the evening of October 5th, when details of special prizes including Artist, Orchestra and Recording of the Year will also be unveiled...

Until 29th November we're offering discounts of up to 20% off the winning recordings.

Chamber

Garrick Ohlsson (piano), Takács Quartet

'Ohlsson and the Takács are to be congratulated for the warmth of their interpretation.'

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

Choral

Stefanie True (soprano), Helen Charlston (mezzo-soprano), Gwilym Bowen (tenor), Morgan Pearse (bass), Choir of the AAM, Academy of Ancient Music, Richard Egarr

'Dussek himself could scarcely have hoped for a performance as fine as this one, with the Academy on top form.'

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

Concerto

Alina Ibragimova (violin), State Academic Symphony Orchestra of Russia 'Evgeny Svetlanov', Vladimir Jurowski

'If there’s one factor above all that sets these performances apart it’s the osmosis between soloist and conductor.'

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

Contemporary

Susan Bickley (mezzo), Nash Ensemble, Martyn Brabbins

'The Nash Ensemble are on top form here, and BIS’s sound is stunning.'

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

Early Music

'Who better to navigate such extraordinary music than the masters of tranquillity and clarity themselves, The Tallis Scholars?'

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

Instrumental

Sean Shibe (guitar)

'Shibe applies the musical and interpretative qualities that characterise its predecessors...to remind us that Bach might have been singular but he contained multitudes.'

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

Piano

'As ever with Anderszewski, there are interpretative surprises along the way, but the sequence is both natural-sounding and innately refreshing.'

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

Opera

Stuart Skelton (Grimes), Erin Wall (Ellen), Roderick Williams (Balstrode), Susan Bickley (Auntie), Catherine Wyn-Rogers (Mrs Sedley), Robert Murray (Bob Boles), James Gilchrist (Horace Adams), Marcus Farnsworth (Ned Keene); Bergen Philharmonic Orchestra, Edward Gardner

'An exciting, committed, necessary and brilliantly recorded version for our times.'

Available Formats: 2 SACDs, MP3, FLAC, Hi-Res FLAC

Orchestral

Frankfurt Radio Symphony Orchestra, Paavo Järvi

'Essential for the composer’s fans, highly recommended for newcomers.'

Available Formats: 3 CDs, MP3, FLAC, Hi-Res FLAC

Voice & Ensemble

Ludovic Tézier (baritone), Orchestra del Teatro Comunale di Bologna, Frédéric Chaslin

'This is surely the finest Verdi recital – from any voice type – to have appeared for several years, if not a decade.'

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

Song

Fatma Said (soprano), Malcolm Martineau (piano), Burcu Karadag (ney), Rafael Aguirre (guitar), vision string quartet

'Said is an engaging storyteller...her French diction sharply animated, with shiny top notes glinting brilliantly.'

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