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BBC Music Magazine Awards 2015 Nominations


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Voting has now opened for the 2015 BBC Music Magazine Awards. During 2014, the BBC Music Magazine critics reviewed over 1,200 new recordings, over 200 of which were awarded the ultimate five-star status. Now they are on the hunt for the very best of the best – and this is where you come in.

Click here and you'll be able to hear extracts from the 21 recordings nominated by the BBC Music Magazine jury of critics. You will be able to select your favourite disc in each of the seven categories – whoever wins is entirely up to you, so get voting!

The 2015 nominations, which can be purchased from Crotchet, are displayed below. To cast your vote follow this link to the BBC voting site. Voting ends 28th February 2015.

10 titles found.

BBC Music Magazine Awards Nominations 2015

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image for catalogue no. AXM675 Catalogue No.: AXM675 (barcode: 5060301630202)
Format: DVD Video
Record Label: Axiom Films
Duration: 113 minutes
Composer: Giuseppe Verdi
Title: Becoming Traviata
Conductor: Louis Langree
Orchestra: London Symphony Orchestra
Artists: Natalie Dessay   Charles Castronovo   Ludovic Tezier   Adelina Scarabelli
Works: Bonus features: Over an hour of interviews with Jean-Francois Sivadier / Nathalie Dessay / Louis Langree / Charles Castronovo / Ludovic Tezier and director Philippe Beziat.
Picture Format: PAL 16:9 / Sound Format: PCM Stereo / Region Code: 2 / Duration: 113 minutes / Subtitles: French - original language English
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BBC Music Magazine 2015 Award Winner “BBC Music Magazine 2015 Awards Winner DVD category”

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image for catalogue no. CDA67995 Catalogue No.: CDA67995 (barcode: 0034571179957)
Format: CD
Record Label: Hyperion
Duration: 77 minutes
Release Date: 06-Jan-2014
Composer: Carl Philipp Emanuel Bach
Title: Wurttemberg Sonatas Wq49
Artists: Mahan Esfahani      
Works: Sonata in A minor H30. Sonata in A ?at H31. Sonata in E minor H33. Sonata in B ?at H32. Sonata in E ?at H34. Sonata in B minor H36.
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BBC Music Magazine 2015 Award Winner “BBC Music Magazine 2015 Awards Winner Newcomer category”
Gramophone 2014 Award Winner

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image for catalogue no. 88883705482 Catalogue No.: 88883705482 (barcode: 0888837054829)
Format: CD
Record Label: Sony
Duration: 63 minutes
Release Date: 17-Feb-2014
Composer: Ludwig van Beethoven
Title: The Beethoven Journey
Orchestra: Mahler Chamber Orchestra
Artists: Leif Ove Andsnes      
Works: Concerto for Piano and Orchestra Number 2 in B Flat opus 19. Concerto for Piano and Orchestra Number 4 in G opus 58.
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May-2014 5 star BBC Music Magazine
BBC Music Magazine 2015 Award Winner “BBC Music Magazine 2015 Awards Winner concerto category - In an age when the word ‘journey’ is horribly overused, Leif-Ove Andsnes reminds us what a true heart-and-mind musical journey really is. From its wonderfully expectant, half-improvisatory opening, the Fourth Concerto sounds as though it is being rediscovered, and each fresh discovery leads on to something equally new. Even the slighter Second Concerto surprises and delights.”
Jun-2014 Gramophone Editor's Choice “The second disc of what's proving to be a wonderfully collaborative journey through Beethoven's piano concertos.”

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image for catalogue no. 4810971 Catalogue No.: 4810971 (barcode: 0028948109715)
Format: CD
Record Label: Deutsche Grammophon
Duration: 72 minutes
Release Date: 14-Jul-2014
Composer: Unsuk Chin
Title: Orchestral Works
Conductor: Myung-Whun Chung
Orchestra: Seoul Philharmonic
Artists: Alban Gerhardt   Wu Wei   Sunwook Kim  
Works: Concerto for Piano and Orchestra. Concerto for Cello and Orchestra. Su for sheng and orchestra.
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Dec-2014 5 star BBC Music Magazine
BBC Music Magazine 2015 Award Winner “BBC Music Magazine 2015 Awards Winner Premiere category”

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image for catalogue no. 4793441 Catalogue No.: 4793441 (barcode: 0028947934417)
Format: CD
Record Label: Deutsche Grammophon
Release Date: 07-Jul-2014
Composer: Anton Bruckner
Title: Symphony No. 9
Conductor: Claudio Abbado
Orchestra: Lucerne Festival Orchestra
Works: Symphony Number 9 in D minor.
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Sep-2014 5 star BBC Music Magazine
BBC Music Magazine 2015 Award Winner “BBC Music Magazine 2015 Awards Winner orchestral category - It’s hard to forget that the concert recorded here turned out to be Claudio Abbado’s last. Yet this is not simply a poignant memorial to the late conductor, but one of the finest Bruckner Nines on disc: the Lucerne Festival Orchestra and Abbado bring natural feeling, textural clarity and spiritual intensity to this unfinished masterpiece.”

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image for catalogue no. 4785334 Catalogue No.: 4785334 (barcode: 0028947853343)
Format: CD
Record Label: Decca
Duration: 81 minutes
Release Date: 04-Aug-2014
Composer: Johann Sebastian Bach  other composers include: Frederic Chopin and Alexander Scriabin
Title: Dances
Artists: Benjamin Grosvenor      
Works: Partita Number 4 in D BWV828 (Johann Sebastian Bach). Andante spianato and Grande polonaise in E flat opus 22. Polonaise Number 5 In F Sharp Minor opus 44 (Frederic Chopin). Mazurkas opus 3 : Number 6 in C sharp minor / Number 4 in E / Number 9 in G sharp minor. Waltz Number 4 opus 38 (Alexander Scriabin). Valses Poeticos (Enrique Granados). An die schonen Blauen Donau - concert arabesques after a waltz by J Strauss jr (Andrey Schulz-Evler). Tango opus 165 Number 2 (Isaac Albeniz). Boogie Woogie Etude (Morton Gould).
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Oct-2014 5 star BBC Music Magazine
BBC Music Magazine 2015 Award Winner “BBC Music Magazine 2015 Awards Winner instrumental category - Fears that this recital would feel diffuse and unfocused are banished by Grosvenor’s Bach, the brilliance of his Chopin and Scriabin, and the poetic delight of the Granados Waltzes. Morton Gould’s Boogie-Woogie encore wraps it up with a flourish; it’s only young Benjamin’s second solo recital, but boy do these fingers dance.”
Sep-2014 Gramophone Editor's Choice “Benjamin Grosvenor may well be the most remarkable young pianist of our time, phenomenal virtuosity seems to meet complete control in all that he plays.”
Nov-2014 IRR Outstanding Recording “This is indeed a programme of 'Dances' but interpreted in the broadest sense. However, Grosvenor provides a fascinatingly alternative take on the concept, maintaining his highest standards in what is yet another exceptional release.”

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image for catalogue no. HMC902125 Catalogue No.: HMC902125 (barcode: 3149020212523)
Format: CD
Record Label: Harmonia Mundi
Release Date: 10-Feb-2014
Composer: Ludwig van Beethoven
Title: Piano Trios
Artists: Isabelle Faust   Alexander Melnikov   Jean Guihen Queyras  
Works: Piano Trio Number 6 in E flat opus 70/2. Piano Trio Number 7 in B flat opus 97 Archduke.
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Apr-2014 5 star BBC Music Magazine
BBC Music Magazine 2015 Award Winner “BBC Music Magazine 2015 Awards Winner chamber category - The Op. 70 No. 2 ‘trio without a name’ has too often lurked in the shadows: here the formidable Faust, Queyras and Melnikov on fortepiano make an indelibly convincing case for it, revealing a work of Apollonian grace and subversive wit. As for their Archduke, has it ever received a performance of such inspired subtlety?”
Apr-2014 IRR Outstanding Recording “Unreservedly recommended.”

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image for catalogue no. CHSA5140 Catalogue No.: CHSA5140 (barcode: 0095115514023)
Format: Hybrid 2 SACD Set
Record Label: Chandos
Duration: 124 minutes
Release Date: 29-Sep-2014
Composer: Edward Elgar
Title: Dream Gerontius
Conductor: Andrew Davis
Orchestra: BBC Symphony Orchestra
Artists: Sarah Connolly   Stuart Skelton   David Soar   BBC Symphony Chorus
Works: Sea Pictures opus 37. The Dream of Gerontius opus 38.
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Christmas-2014 5 star BBC Music Magazine
BBC Music Magazine 2015 Award Winner “BBC Music Magazine 2015 Awards Winner choral category - This Dream of Gerontius has all the right ingredients: a superlative trio of soloists, orchestral playing and choral singing of the highest calibre, an expert Elgarian at the helm, and excellent surround sound. It’s an overwhelming performance; Elgar’s comment that Gerontius ‘is the best of me’ has never seemed more apt.”

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image for catalogue no. GFOCD02111 Catalogue No.: GFOCD02111 (barcode: 0878280000214)
Format: 4 CD Set
Record Label: Glyndebourne
Duration: 257 minutes
Release Date: 04-Nov-2013
Composer: Richard Wagner
Title: Die Meistersinger von Nurnberg - complete
Conductor: Vladimir Jurowski
Orchestra: London Philharmonic
Artists: Gerald Finley   Marco Jentzsch   Anna Gabler   Topi Lehtipuu
recorded 2011
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Jan-2014 5 star BBC Music Magazine
BBC Music Magazine 2015 Award Winner “BBC Music Magazine 2015 Awards Winner opera category - Perhaps the perfectly cast Meistersinger has yet to be recorded – the critics can never agree – but this has to come close, and Gerald Finley’s Hans Sachs is one of the most beautifully sung on any modern recording. Jurowski’s pacing allows Wagner’s score to flow, evading pomposity, in a deliciously detailed recording.”

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image for catalogue no. 2564636562 Catalogue No.: 2564636562 (barcode: 0825646365623)
Format: CD
Record Label: Erato
Release Date: 01-Sep-2014
Composer: Giovanni Pacini  other composers include: Vincenzo Bellini and Michele Carafa
Title: Stella di Napoli
Conductor: Riccardo Minasi
Orchestra: Lyon National Opera Orchestra
Artists: Joyce DiDonato      
Works: Stella di Napoli : Stella Ove t'aggiri o barbaro (Giovanni Pacini). Adelson e Salvini : Nelly Dopo l'oscuro nembo (Vincenzo Bellini). Le nozze di Lammermoor : Lucia L'amica ancor non torna.... Oh di sorte crudel (Michele Carafa). Zelmira : Zelmira Riedi al soglio (Gioachino Rossini). La vestale : Giunia Se fino al cielo ascendere (Saverio Mercadante). Elisabetta al castello di Kenilworth : Amelia Par che mi dica ancora (Gaetano Donizetti). I Capuleti e i Montecchi : Romeo Tu sola o mia Giulietta... Deh! tu bell'anima (Vincenzo Bellini). Il sonnambulo : Adele Lasciami... Se il mar sommesso mormora (Carlo Valentini). Maria Stuarda : Maria Io vi rivedo alfin.... Deh! Tu di un'umile preghiera (Gaetano Donizetti). Saffo : Saffo Flutto che muggi... Teco dall'are pronube.... L'ama ognor qual io l'amai (Giovanni Pacini).
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Dec-2014 5 star BBC Music Magazine
BBC Music Magazine 2015 Award Winner “BBC Music Magazine 2015 Awards Winner vocal category - Joyce DiDonato’s love letter to Neapolitan ‘bel canto’ is all about the voice, and as her own ‘star’ shines brightly, what a voice it proves to be. Vocal pyrotechnics hold no terrors, and her creamy mezzo leaves no nuance unturned. Sensitively accompanied by Riccardo Minasi and his Lyon forces, it’s a case of ‘hear Naples…. and live!’.”
Nov-2014 Gramophone Editor's Choice “The aria from Maria Stuarda which DiDonato sings so triumphantly is but one highlight on this sumptuous disc from one of today's most impressive singers.”
Nov-2014 IRR Outstanding Recording “The recorded sound is full and clear. Above all is DiDonato at the top of her game, causing me, despite my reluctance to scatter them around, to nominate this CD for the category of Outstanding.”

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