Winners of 2017 ECHO KLASSIK Awards announced

The winners of this year’s ECHO KLASSIK Awards have been announced, and we’re thrilled to see several familiar names. Many congratulations to Giovanni Antonini, Kristian BezuidenhoutIan BostridgeJoyce DiDonato, Aida Garifullina, Christiane Karg, Julien Libeer, Johannes Moser, Anne Schwanewilms, Yannick Nézet-Séguin and all this year’s winners!

The 2017 award ceremony will take place on 29 October 2017 in Hamburg’s Elbphilharmonie. German entertainer Thomas Gottschalk will host the gala, which will be broadcast on ZDF the same evening at 10pm local time. Plus, for the first time, viewers will be able to watch the ceremony on a 360° live stream from 5pm local time, and Berliner Philharmoniker horn player Sarah Willis will be interviewing winners backstage.

Female Singer of the Year

In War & Peace: Harmony Through Music
Joyce DiDonato

This award comes at the end of an incredible season for Joyce which has seen her role debut as Semiramide in Munich, her first Didon in recorded concert with John Nelson in Strasbourg, her return to Sesto La Clemenza di Tito with Yannick Nézet-Séguin recorded for future release on DG, a major new CD release In War & Peace touring twenty cities across the US and Europe, her recital with Philippe Jordan at the piano in Paris, as well as her off-Broadway debut in White Rabbit Red Rabbit. On top of this Joyce has continued her work at Carnegie Hall including live-streamed masterclasses, workshops with inmates and performing at Sing Sing prison and so much more! Next season starts with Joyce’s first Adalgisa Norma at the Metropolitan Opera, opening on Monday 25 September (broadcast live in HD in cinemas worldwide on Saturday 7 October).

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Opera Recording (20th and 21st Century)

BERG Wozzeck
Anne Schwanewilms (Marie), Roman Trekel (Wozzeck), Marc Molomot (Captain), Nathan Berg (Doctor), Gordon Gietz (Drum Major), Robert McPherson (Andres), Katherine Ciesinski (Margret), Calvin Griffith (First Apprentice), Samuel Schultz (Second Apprentice), Brenton Ryan (Madman)
Houston Symphony Orchestra / Hans Graf

Recorded live in Houston in 2013, Houston Symphony Orchestra’s Wozzeck was released in January 2017 on Naxos. Anne Schwanewilms resumes her role as Marie with Roman Trekel in the lead role of Wozzeck.

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Solo Recording/Voice (Song)

Shakespeare Songs
Ian Bostridge & Antonio Pappano

Released in 2016, Ian Bostridge and Antonio Pappano also won Record Geijutsu magazine’s Record Academy Award 2016 and a GRAMMY Award for Best Classical Solo Vocal Album for their Shakespeare Songs record (Warner Classics), which celebrates four centuries of music and performance inspired by the writer’s plays and sonnets. Regular collaborators, Ian and Tony have also worked together on recordings of Schubert’s Schwanengesang, Britten Songs, Wolf Lieder and Britten’s War Requiem.

Watch Ian and Tony perform Finzi’s Who is Sylvia here.

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Chamber Music

Julien Libeer & Camille Thomas (cello)

Released by La Dolce Volta in November 2016, the recording Réminiscences brought Julien Libeer and Camille Thomas to the recording studio as a duo for the first time. The resulting recording is centred around two main works composed by two close friends: Franck’s Sonata for cello and piano and Eugène Ysaÿe’s Sonata for solo cello. The remaining programme comprises of short pieces by contemporaries of Franck and offers a clear insight into French and Belgian romanticism in the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries.

For further information on this recording, including reviews and how to purchase this CD, visit the La Dolce Volta website.

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Instrumentalist (Cello)

Rachmaninov, Prokofiev: Works for Cello & Piano
Johannes Moser (cello) & Andrei Korobeinikov (piano)

Released in 2016, Johannes Moser and Andrei Korobeinikov collaborate to record Rachmaninov and Prokofiev cello sonatas on PENTATONE/Naxos, as well as other works from the 20th century.

Watch Johannes and Andrei talk about their latest collaboration in this promotional video.

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Concerto Recording (Music up to and including 18th century)

Giovanni Antonini & Il Giardino Armonico

Giovanni Antonini and Il Giardino Armonico record a selection of Telemann works on Alpha Classics/Outhere Music France, released in 2016 in advance of the 250th anniversary of the death of Georg Philipp Telemann.

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Concerto Recording (Music up to and including 18th century)

Mozart: Piano Concertos, K.413, 414, 415
Kristian Bezuidenhout, Freiburger Barockorchester & Gottfried von der Goltz

Kristian Bezuidenhout plays with the Freiburger Barockorchester under Gottfried von der Goltz for a recording of Mozart’s Piano Concertos K. 413, 414, 415, released on harmonia mundi in 2016.

Also winner of a 2016 Diapason d’or de l’année.

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Opera Recording (Until 17th/18th Century)

Mozart: Le nozze di Figaro
Luca Pisaroni, Christiane Karg, Sonya Yoncheva, Thomas Hampson, Rolando Villazón, Chamber Orchestra Of Europe & Yannick Nézet-Séguin.

Recorded live at Festspielhaus Baden-Baden, this recording of Mozart’s Le nozze di Figaro is led by Christiane Karg and Luca Pisaroni with the Chamber Orchestra of Europe, directed by Yannick Nézet-Séguin. It was released in 2016 on Deutsche Grammophon as part of Yannick and DG’s late Mozart opera series.

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Solo Recording/Voice (Arias/Recitals)

Aida Garifullina

Released in February 2017 on DECCA, Aida Garifullina’s self-titled debut album was recorded in Vienna with the ORF Radio-Symphonieorchester Wien under Cornelius Meister, featuring works by Tchaikovsky, Rachmaninov and Rimsky-Korsakov, as well as some folk tunes.

Watch the music video for “Je Veux Vivre”, from Aida’s debut solo album.

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Askonas Holt artists also feature on winning recordings of violinists Christian Tetzlaff and Renaud Capuçon:


Instrumentalist (Violin)
Brahms: The Violin Sonatas
Christian Tetzlaff (violin) & Lars Vogt (piano)

Lars Vogt joins regular collaborator Christian Tetzlaff for a recording of Brahms Violin Sonatas, released on Ondine/Naxos in 2016.

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Concerto Recording (20th and 21st Century)
21st Century Violin Concertos
Renaud Capuçon, Wiener Symphoniker & Orchestre de l’Opéra de Paris (Philippe Jordan) Orchestre Philharmonique de Radio France (Myung-Whun Chung)

Released in 2016 under Erato Records, Myung-Whun Chung leads the Orchestre Philharmonique de Radio France in Renaud Capuçon’s world-premiere recording of Pascal Dusapin’s violin concerto Aufgang. The disc also includes world premiere recordings of concertos by Wolfgang Rihm and Bruno Mantovani with the Wiener Symphoniker, Orchestre de l’Opéra de Paris and Philippe Jordan.

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