Gramophone Awards 2020



Gramophone announces its category winners for the 2020 Gramophone Classical Music Awards. Editor-in-Chief James Jolly says, “What a line-up of fantastic recordings – a wonderful reminder of the power and variety of classical music. 2020’s crop is truly vintage and the range of music and music-making is inspiring.”

Congratulations to Vilde Frang, Thomas Adès, Christianne Stotijn, Mark Stone, Joyce DiDonato, Franco Fagioli, Andrea Mastroni, and Nicky Spence! You can discover their winning recordings below.


CHAMBER: VILDE FRANG

with Barnabás Kelemen, Katalin Kokas, Lawrence Power, Nicolas Altstaedt & Alexander Longquich
BARTÓK: Piano Quintet
VERESS: String Trio
Alpha
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“…Vilde Frang, Lawrence Power and Nicolas Altstaedt grant it a superb performance, the best I’ve yet heard in fact.”

 

CONTEMPORARY: THOMAS ADÈS, CHRISTIANNE STOTIJN & MARK STONE

with Boston Symphony Orchestra
ADÈS: Piano Concerto
ADÈS: Totentanz
Deutsche Grammophon
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“…it can hardly have sounded as focused or as forensically brilliant as in Boston, with the same structural nous, sustained tension (tempos and volume are expertly ractcheted), and pronounced undertow.”

 

OPERA: JOYCE DIDONATO, FRANCO FAGIOLI & ANDREA MASTRONI

with Maxim Emelyanychev & Il Pomo d’Oro
HANDEL: Agrippina
Erato
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“With DiDonato nonpareil in the title-role and a uniformly strong cast, this now becomes a first choice for Handel’s Venetian masterpiece.”

 

SOLO VOCAL: NICKY SPENCE

with Julius Drake, Václava Housková, Victoria Samek & Voice
JANACEK: The Diary of One who Disappeared
JANACEK: Rikadla
JANACEK: Moravian Folk Poetry in Songs
Hyperion
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“Not only does Spence’s voice offer a rare mix of steely strength and velvety tenderness but his bright, vibrant timbre communicates a touching, wide-eyed sense of ardent longing, tinged with melancholy.”

 

ORCHESTRA OF THE YEAR: YANNICK NÉZET-SÉGUIN & THE PHILADELPHIA ORCHESTRA

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