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 Magnificatsrecording 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.
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).
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).
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.