British recording magazine, Gramophone has today announced their 2015 list of ‘Top 12 Recordings of the Year’ – including discs by English cellist David Watkin and the Pavel Hass String Quartet.
“The voting process for this year’s awards entailed a wonderfully enjoyable month with some magnificent artists caught in their absolute prime … and an industry showing flair and imagination, unimpaired by the tough market conditions”, Gramophone editor James Jolly has said.
The official ceremony will take place in London on September 17th – where additional accolades, including the ‘Artist of the Year’, ‘Young Artist of the Year’, ‘Label of the Year’ and ‘Lifetime Achievement’ awards will also be revealed.
The 2015 winners are:
Bach: Cello Suites – David Watkin (vc)
Monteverdi: Vespers – Concerto Italiano/Rinaldo Alessandrini
Smetana: String Quartets 1 & 2 – Pavel Haas Quartet
Elgar: Sea Pictures. Dream of Gerontius – Sarah Connolly (mz), BBC PO / Andrew Davis
Beethoven: Piano Concertos 3 & 4 – Maria Joao Pires (pf), Swedish Radio Symphony Orchestra / Daniel Harding
Nørgård: Symphonies 1 & 8 – Vienna Philharmonic / Sakari Oramo
The Spy’s Choirbook: Mouton, de la Rue, Desprez, Strus, Therache, Fevin, Isaac, Ghiselin, Josquin etc – Alamire, The English Cornett & Sackbut Ensemble / David Skinner
Bach: English Suites 1, 3, 5 – Piotr Andersewski (pf)
Strauss: Elektra – Soloists, Orchestre de Paris / Esa-Pekka Salonen (prod. Patrice Chéreau)
Bruckner: Symphony No 9 – Lucerne Festival Orchestra / Claudio Abbado
‘A French Baroque Diva’ Arias for Marie Fel – Carolyn Sampson (sop), Ex Cathedra / Jeffrey Skidmore
Schubert Lieder – Nachtviolen – Christian Gerhaher (bar), Gerold Huber (pf)