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BBC Music Magazine Awards 2014 Nominations


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Voting for the ninth annual BBC Music Magazine Awards, the only classical music awards in which the main categories are voted for by the public, will open on Friday 17 January on the BBC Music Magazine website. This year's shortlist represents the very best of more than 1,300 recordings reviewed by BBC Music Magazine, the world's best-selling classical music monthly, in 2013, and features leading names from the international classical music world.

BBC Music Magazine's editor Oliver Condy says: "From ravishing Wagner to captivating Britten, this year's nominations are as fascinating and enticing as ever – and the artistry is as exceptional as it's ever been."

The winners of the BBC Music Magazine Awards will be announced at an exclusive awards ceremony held on 8 April 2014 at Kings Place, London. In addition to the voted awards, there are four Jury Awards: Recording of the Year, Premiere Recording, Best Newcomer and Best DVD. This year's jury was made up of a quartet of leading music critics, with Andrew McGregor, presenter of CD Review on BBC Radio 3, BBC Music Magazine editor Oliver Condy, consultant editor Helen Wallace and reviews editor Rebecca Franks.

2014 nominations are displayed below. To cast your vote follow this link to the BBC voting site. Voting ends 28th February 2014.

11 titles found.

BBC Music Magazine Awards Nominations 2014

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image for catalogue no. FSFDVD007 Catalogue No.: FSFDVD007 (barcode: 0721762375402)
Format: CD
Record Label: Fugue State Films
Duration: 639 minutes
Title: The Genius of Cavaille-Coll
Works: DVD1: The Genius of Cavaille-Coll - Three-Part Documentary - 156 minutes.

DVD2: The Organs of Cavaille-Coll - Demonstrations and Music - 202 minutes.

DVD3: Apres Cavaille-Coll - Demonstrations and Music - 139 minutes.

CD1-CD2: The Sounds of Cavaille-Coll - Music - 142 minutes.
Picture Format: NTSC 16:9 widescreen / Sound Format: Dolby Digital 2.0 Dolby Digital 5.1 / Region Code: 0 / Duration: 497 minutes
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BBC Music Magazine 2014 Award Winner “BBC Music Magazine 2014 Awards Best Documentary Winner - 'The Genius of Cavaille-Coll is a triumph - a fascinating and captivating film of huge scope and ambition. Lovers of organ music will be very grateful indeed.'”

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image for catalogue no. 4785344 Catalogue No.: 4785344 (barcode: 0028947853442)
Format: 3 CD Set
Record Label: Decca
Duration: 233 minutes
Release Date: 07-Oct-2013
Composer: Johannes Brahms
Title: The Symphonies
Conductor: Riccardo Chailly
Orchestra: Gewandhausorchester Leipzig
Works: CD1: Symphony Number 1 in C minor opus 68. Symphony Number 3 in F opus 90.

CD2: Symphony Number 2 in D opus 73. Symphony Number 4 In E Minor opus 98. Alternative opening.

CD3: Tragic Overture opus 81. Fantasias - 7 Piano Pieces opus 116 : Number 4 - Intermezzo in E (arr. Paul Klengel). Intermezzi opus 117 : Number 1 - Intermezzo E flat (arr. Paul Klengel). Variations On A Theme By Haydn opus 56a 'Chorale St Antoni'. Liebeslieder-Walzer opus 52 - Orchestral Version : Number 1 / Number 2 / Number 4 / Number 6 / Number 5. Neue Liebeslieder Waltzer opus 65 : Number 9 - Orchestral Version. Liebeslieder-Walzer opus 52 - Orchestral Version : Number 11 / Number 8 / Number 9. Symphony Number 1 in C minor opus 68 - Original First Performance Version : Andante. Academic Festival Overture opus 80. Hungarian Dance Number 1 In C Minor. Hungarian Dance Number 3 In F. Hungarian Dance Number 10 In F.
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Dec-2013 4 star BBC Music Magazine
BBC Music Magazine 2014 Award Winner “BBC Music Magazine 2014 Awards Orchestral Winner - the Jury says : Chailly combines a lithe, fiery athleticism with the warmly blended tonalities of the wonderful Leipzig orchestra. The result is performances that tingle with immediacy and a pulsating sense of forward momentum. There’s glowing lyricism too, in these remarkably complete and stunningly played interpretations.”
Oct-2013 Gramophone Editor's Choice “Ravishment is never bought at the expense of a trademark clarity of texture that renders audible each instrumental line.”
Gramophone 2014 Award Winner

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image for catalogue no. 4782735 Catalogue No.: 4782735 (barcode: 0028947827351)
Format: CD
Record Label: Decca
Duration: 62 minutes
Release Date: 04-Feb-2013
Composer: Edward Elgar  other composers include: Elliot Carter and Max Bruch
Title: Cello Concertos
Conductor: Daniel Barenboim
Orchestra: Staatskapelle Berlin
Artists: Alisa Weilerstein      
Works: Cello Concerto in E minor opus 85 (Edward Elgar). Cello Concerto (Elliott Carter). Kol Nidrei opus 47 (Max Bruch).
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Jan-2013 5 star BBC Music Magazine
BBC Music Magazine 2014 Award Winner “BBC Music Magazine 2014 Awards Concerto Winner and Disc of the Year - the Jury says : Tonally burnished, technically startling, ripely emotional – it’s been years since a new CD of Elgar’s great concerto made this kind of visceral impact. Barenboim accompanies superbly, and the Carter coupling is commandingly astringent. A magnificent concerto debut, from an artist still in her twenties when the Elgar was recorded.”
Feb-2013 Gramophone Editor's Choice “The young cellist Alisa Weilerstein has been called the new du Pre, her developing band of fans will devour this CD.”

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image for catalogue no. 4645462 Catalogue No.: 4645462 (barcode: 5099946454621)
Format: CD
Record Label: Virgin
Release Date: 07-Jan-2013
Composer: Felix Mendelssohn  other composers include: Fanny Mendelssohn
Title: String Quartets
Artists: Quatuor Ebene      
Works: String Quartet Number 2 in A minor opus 13 (Felix Mendelssohn). String Quartet in E flat major (Fanny Mendelssohn-Hensel). String Quartet Number 6 in F minor opus 80 (Felix Mendelssohn).
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Apr-2013 5 star BBC Music Magazine
BBC Music Magazine 2014 Award Winner “BBC Music Magazine 2014 Awards Chamber Winner - the Jury says : The impassioned playing of the Quatuor Ebène in works by the Mendelssohn siblings brings the music leaping off the page to intense effect. Felix's F minor Quartet, a late masterpiece and perhaps his darkest, benefits just as much as Fanny's neglected yet remarkable composition does from their compelling advocacy.”
Apr-2013 Gramophone Editor's Choice “This disc abounds in the kind of lively engagement with the music that we've come to expect from Quatuor Ebene, caught up-close and personal by the microphone.”
Mar-2013 IRR Outstanding Recording “This is marvellous playing, worthily recorded.”

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image for catalogue no. CCSSA35513 Catalogue No.: CCSSA35513 (barcode: 0723385355137)
Format: Hybrid SACD
Record Label: Channel Classics
Duration: 78 minutes
Release Date: 07-Oct-2013
Composer: Johann Sebastian Bach  other composers include: Nicola Matteis and Giuseppe Tartini
Title: Guardian Angel
Artists: Rachel Podger      
Works: Partita for flute in A minor : Allemande / Corrente / Sarabande / Bouree Anglaise (Bach). From: Other Ayrs Preludes Allmands Sarabands : Passagio rotto / Fantasia / Movimento incognito (Matteis). Sonata in A minor : Cantabile / Allegro / Allegro / Giga / Theme and variations (Tartini). Sonata in B minor : Andante / Allegro assai / Giga - Allegro affetuaoso (Tartini). Sonata per violino solo : No indication / Allegro / Giga / Variatione (Pisendel). Mystery Sonatas : Passacaglia in G minor (Biber).
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Dec-2013 5 star BBC Music Magazine
BBC Music Magazine 2014 Award Winner “BBC Music Magazine 2014 Awards Instrumental Winner - the Jury says : If you suspect that almost 80 minutes of solo baroque violin is a tough sell, just surrender yourself to the musical ingenuity of Bach, Pisendel, Matteis, Tartini and Biber, in the hands of someone who speaks their language as effortlessly and fluently as they could possibly wish. It’s simply gorgeous.”

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image for catalogue no. 88883747352 Catalogue No.: 88883747352 (barcode: 0888837473521)
Format: 2 CD Set
Record Label: Sony
Release Date: 19-Aug-2013
Composer: Ludwig van Beethoven
Title: The Late Piano Sonatas
Artists: Igor Levit      
Works: Piano Sonata Number 28 in A opus 101. Piano Sonata Number 29 in B-Flat opus 106 Hammerklavier. Piano Sonata Number 30 in E opus 109. Piano Sonata Number 31 in A-Flat opus 110. Piano Sonata Number 32 in C Minor opus 111.
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Dec-2013 5 star BBC Music Magazine
BBC Music Magazine 2014 Award Winner “BBC Music Magazine 2014 Awards Winner - Jury Award Newcomer”

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image for catalogue no. SIGCD340 Catalogue No.: SIGCD340 (barcode: 0635212034026)
Format: 2 CD Set
Record Label: Signum Classics
Release Date: 02-Sep-2013
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Christmas-2013 5 star BBC Music Magazine
BBC Music Magazine 2014 Award Winner “BBC Music Magazine 2014 Awards Choral Winner - the Jury says : I was marvelling at how well Britten’s recording had scrubbed up for BluRay Audio in its latest incarnation, confident that there was no new contender to which I’d rather turn, when this happened. Intensely focused singing, solo and choral (glinting with young voices), a dramatically persuasive performance, and a gloriously immersive recording. Profoundly moving.”

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image for catalogue no. SIGCD348 Catalogue No.: SIGCD348 (barcode: 0635212034828)
Format: 2 CD Set
Record Label: Signum Classics
Release Date: 29-Jul-2013
Composer: Benjamin Britten
Title: Peter Grimes - Grimes on the Beach
Conductor: Steuart Bedford
Orchestra: Britten-Pears Orchestra
Artists: Alan Oke   Giselle Allen   David Kempster   Catherine Wyn-Rogers
recorded Aldeburgh 2013
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Nov-2013 5 star BBC Music Magazine
BBC Music Magazine 2014 Award Winner “BBC Music Magazine 2014 Awards Opera Winner - the Jury says : Another Grimes? Yes, and this one’s special. Recorded live, in conjunction with Aldeburgh’s ‘Grimes on the Beach’ project, these CDs have a storm-tossed, salty tang about them. An excellent cast is helmed by the plangent, dignified Grimes of Alan Oke, and Giselle Allen’s intense, edgy Ellen. A totally gripping issue.”

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image for catalogue no. NI5885 Catalogue No.: NI5885 (barcode: 0710357588525)
Format: 2 CD Set
Record Label: Nimbus
Duration: 102 minutes
Release Date: 17-Jan-2013
Composer: George Benjamin
Title: Written on Skin - complete
Conductor: George Benjamin
Orchestra: Mahler Chamber Orchestra
Artists: Christopher Purves   Barbara Hannigan   Bejun Mehta   Pierre-Laurent Aimard
Works: Duet for Piano and Orchestra.
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BBC Music Magazine 2014 Award Winner “BBC Music Magazine 2014 Awards Winner - Jury Award Premiere”

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image for catalogue no. 4785189 Catalogue No.: 4785189 (barcode: 0028947851899)
Format: CD
Record Label: Decca
Release Date: 11-Feb-2013
Composer: Richard Wagner
Title: Wagner
Conductor: Donald Runnicles
Orchestra: Orchester der Deutschen Oper Berlin
Artists: Jonas Kaufmann      
Works: Die Walkure : Ein Schwert verhiess mir der Vater. Siegfried : Dass der mein Vater nicht ist... Du holdes Voglein!. Rienzi : Allmacht'ger Vater blick herab. Tannhauser : Inbrunst im Herzen. Die Meistersinger von Nurnberg : Am stillen Herd. Lohengrin : In fernem Land unnahbar euren Schritten. Wesendonck : Der Engel Wagner / Stehe still / Im Treibhaus / Schmerzen / Traume.
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May-2013 5 star BBC Music Magazine
BBC Music Magazine 2014 Award Winner “BBC Music Magazine 2014 Awards Vocal Winner - the Jury says : No other Heldentenor can touch Kaufmann in this repertoire: radiance, refinement and expressive eloquence mark these magnificent performances of arias and lieder, warmly supported by Runnicles. His range is breath-taking from the overwhelming power of the Sword Monologue from Die Walküre to the hushed intimacy of the Wesendonck lieder.”
May-2013 Gramophone Editor's Choice “Mighty tents are already pitched on this summit of early Wagnerian arioso but Kaufmann and Runnicles are up there with them.”
Gramophone 2013 Award Winner
Apr-2013 IRR Outstanding Recording “This is dramatic singing of the highest order, Kaufmann asserts his position not only as the outstanding Wagner tenor of his day but one of the greatest of all time.”

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image for catalogue no. 4040639 Catalogue No.: 4040639 (barcode: 5099940406398)
Format: DVD Video
Record Label: EMI
Duration: 120 minutes
Release Date: 15-Oct-2012
Composer: Giacomo Puccini
Title: Tosca - complete
Conductor: Antonio Pappano
Orchestra: Royal Opera House Covent Garden Orchestra
Artists: Jonas Kaufmann   Angela Gheorghiu   Bryn Terfel   Jeremy White
Picture Format: NTSC 16:9 / Sound Format: PCM Stereo Dolby Digital 5.1 / Region Code: 0 / Duration: 120 minutes / Recorded: live from the Royal Opera House Jul-2011 / Subtitles: Italian - original language English German French Spanish Japanese
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Feb-2013 5 star BBC Music Magazine
BBC Music Magazine 2014 Award Winner “BBC Music Magazine 2014 Awards DVD Performance Winner”
Jan-2013 Gramophone Editor's Choice “The orchestra pit teems with drama as vividly as the stage. This new DVD is as involving at every level as any.”

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