Shortlist revealed for Gramophone Awards 2018

Gramophone magazine yesterday announced the 60 recordings shortlisted for the 2018 Gramophone Classical Music Awards. The shortlist features a host of Askonas Holt artists, touring partners and colleagues, in repertoire from Bach to Bartók.


Accompanists Malcolm Martineau and Joseph Middleton each feature on two discs shortlisted for the Solo Vocal award, accounting for two thirds of the category shortlist. Malcolm is shortlisted for Volume 4 of his Debussy Songs series (Hyperion), featuring Lucy Crowe and Christopher Maltman, and Volume 2 of his Fauré Songs series (Signum), with Dame Sarah Connolly, Ann Murray DBE and Iestyn Davies, and Joseph is shortlisted with Mary Bevan for Voyages (Signum), an album exploring the genius of Baudelaire and Goethe, and with Iestyn Davies and Carolyn Sampson for Lost is My Quiet (BIS).

Having won the Baroque Vocal category last year for Bach Cantatas, Iestyn Davies and Jonathan Cohen return to the shortlist with Arcangelo, as their Magnificats recording on Hyperion – featuring works by CPE, JC and JS Bach and fellow soloists Joelle Harvey, Olivia Vermeulen, Thomas Walker and Thomas Bauer – is shortlisted for the Choral Category.


Yannick Nézet-Séguin’s recording of the Complete Mendelssohn Symphonies with the Chamber Orchestra of Europe is shortlisted in the Orchestral category, while Visions of Prokofiev with Lisa Batiashvilli is shortlisted in the Concerto category. Both were released on Deutsche Grammophon, the label with which Yannick signed an exclusive contract earlier this year.

Also shortlisted in the Concerto category are Piotr Anderszewski’s play/direct recording of Mozart Piano Concertos with Chamber Orchestra of Europe (Warner Classics), and Jean-Efflam Bavouzet’s recording of Grieg Piano Concerto with the Bergen Philharmonic Orchestra and Edward Gardner (Chandos).


The Heath Quartet and Emmanuel Pahud both feature in the Chamber award shortlist: the former for their recording of the Complete Bartók String Quartets (Harmonia Mundi), and the latter for Debussy Sonates & Trios with pianist Bertrand Chamayou, violinist Renaud Capuçon, cellist Edgar Moreau, viola player Gerard Caussé and harpist Marie-Pierre Langlamet (Erato). Both recordings have already won accolades: the Heath’s Bartók release won both the Limelight Chamber Recording of the Year and the overall Recording of the Year 2017; while Debussy Sonates & Trios took the Chamber Award at the 2018 BBC Music Magazine Awards. The Heath Quartet previously won the 2016 Gramophone Chamber Award, for their recording of the Complete Tippett Quartets.

Another disc which has already topped the awards podium is Erato’s recording of the complete, uncut score of Les Troyens, with Joyce DiDonato as Didon, having won both the Recording (Complete Opera) category at the 2018 International Opera Awards, and the Opera Award at the 2018 BBC Music Magazine Awards. Les Troyens receives a spot on the Opera shortlist, alongside Sir Simon Rattle and the London Symphony Orchestra’s Pelléas et Mélisande, with Magdalena Kožená as Mélisande, and Classical Opera’s recording of Mozart’s Il sogno di Scipione, with Soraya Mafi as Fortuna and Robert Murray as Emilio (Signum).


Murray Perahia KBE is once again shortlisted in the Instrumental category (which he won last year for Bach’s Six French Suites) for his Deutsche Grammophon recording of Beethoven Sonatas. The decorated pianist is certainly no stranger to the awards, and was bestowed with their first and only Piano Award in 2012: “To everything he has touched, Murray Perahia has brought distinction and a musical ease that has seemed effortless.”

We’re also delighted to see that our touring partner il pomo d’oro is shortlisted in two categories: Recital for Carnevale 1729 with Ann Hallenberg; and Opera for their recording of Handel’s Ottone.

The winning disc in each category will be announced on the Gramophone website on 31 August, while the winners of the special awards (including the new publicly-voted-for Orchestra of the Year, and the coveted Recording of the Year Awards) will be announced at the Gramophone Classical Music Awards ceremony on 13 September.

Announced in June of this year, the shortlist for the Orchestra of the Year Award included il pomo d’oro, London Symphony Orchestra, Seattle Symphony, Symphonieorchester des Bayerischen Rundfunk, Freiburg Baroque, Chamber Orchestra of Europe, Les Siecles and Wiener Symphoniker.

Congratulations to all those shortlisted!

View the full shortlist here.

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