Finalists Await Gramophone Awards Oct. 3

Classic Arts News   Finalists Await Gramophone Awards Oct. 3
Early this month, Gramophone magazine announced the finalists — the "shortlist," as they say on that side of the Atlantic — for the 2007 Classic FM Gramophone Awards (co-sponsored by the British radio network).

The journal's critics have selected three releases as finalists for each of 15 categories; all 45 titles are listed below. The winners in each group will be announced at a ceremony at London's Dorchester Hotel next Wednesday, October 3. Also presented will be the Gramophone Record of the Year and Label of the Year prizes — as well as the Artist of the Year award, selected by public vote at


Baroque instrumental

  • Arne: Overtures
    Collegium Musicum 90 / Simon Standage (Chandos)
  • Bach: Sonatas and Partitas for violin
    John Holloway (ECM New Series)
  • Handel: Concerti grossi, Op. 3
    Academy of Ancient Music / Richard Egarr (Harmonia Mundi)

Baroque vocal

  • Bach: Cantatas, Vol. 15
    Monteverdi Choir, English Baroque Soloists / John Eliot Gardiner (SDG)
  • Handel: Messiah (1742 version)
    Dunedin Consort & Players / John Butt (Linn)
  • Monteverdi: Madrigali guerrieri et amorosi
    Concerto Italiano / Rinaldo Alessandrini (NaÇve)


  • Bart‹k, Hindemith: String Quartets
    Zehetmair Quartet (ECM New Series)
  • Brahms: Piano Quartets
    Leopold Trio, Marc-Andr_ Hamelin (Hyperion)
  • Haas, Janšcek: String Quartets
    Pavel Haas Quartet (Supraphon)


  • Brahms: Ein deutsches Requiem
    R‹schmann, Quasthoff, Berlin Radio Choir, Berlin Philharmonic / Simon Rattle (EMI Classics)
  • Elgar: The Spirit of England
    Gritton, A. Kennedy, BBC Symphony Orchestra & Chorus / David Lloyd-Jones (Dutton)
  • Wesley: Anthems
    Choir of Clare College, Cambridge / Christopher Robinson (Naxos)


  • Brahms: Piano Concertos
    Nelson Freire, Leipzig Gewandhaus Orchestra / Riccardo Chailly (Decca Classics)
  • Medtner, Tchaikovsky: Piano Concertos
    Yevgeny Sudbin; Orquestra Sinfêänica do Estado de Sê£o Paulo / John Neschling (BIS)
  • Saint-SaêŠns: Violin Concertos
    Jean-Jacques Kantorow et al., Tapiola Sinfonietta / Kees Bakels (BIS)


  • J. Anderson: Alhambra Fantasy
    BBC Symphony Orchestra / Oliver Knussen (Ondine)
  • J. Anderson: The Book of Hours
    City of Birmingham SO & Chorus / Martyn Brabbins and Sakari Oramo,
    Birmingham Contemporary Music Group / Oliver Knussen (NMC)
  • P. Lieberson: Neruda Songs
    Lorraine Hunt Lieberson, Boston Symphony Orchestra / James Levine (Nonesuch)


  • Mahler: Symphonies Nos. 1 & 8
    London Philharmonic Orchestra / Klaus Tennstedt (EMI Classics)
  • Mozart: CosÐ fan tutte
    Glyndebourne Festival Opera / Ivšn Fischer (Opus Arte)
  • "My Life in Music"
    Julian Bream (Avie)

Early Music

  • Byrd: Laudibus in sanctis
    The Cardinall's Musick (Hyperion)
  • Crecquillon: Missa mort m'a priv_
    Brabant Ensemble / Stephen Rice (Hyperion)
  • Jenkins: Five-Part Consorts
    Phantasm (Avie)

Historic archive

  • R. Strauss: Four Last Songs, Wagner: Scenes
    Kirsten Flagstad, Philharmonia Orchestra / Wilhelm Furtw‹ngler (Testament)
  • Verdi: Don Carlo
    Vickers, Gobbi, Christoff, Brouwenstijn, Barbieri, Langdon /
    Royal Opera / Carlo Maria Giulini (Royal Opera House Heritage Series)
  • Wagner: G‹tterd‹mmerung
    Varnay, Windgassen, Ilosvay, Greindl, Uhde, Neidlinger /
    Bayreuth Festival Opera / Joseph Keilberth (Testament)

Historic reissue

  • "Ernest Ansermet - The Decca Recordings"
    Ernest Ansermet (Decca Classics)
  • Moeran: Symphony in G minor, Sinfonietta, Overture for a Masque
    London Philharmonic Orchestra, New Philharmonia Orchestra / Adrian Boult (Lyrita)
  • "Sir Clifford Curzon, Volume 4"
    Clifford Curzon (Decca)


  • Bach: Suites for unaccompanied cello
    Steven Isserlis (Hyperion)
  • Haydn: Piano Sonatas
    Marc-Andr_ Hamelin (Hyperion)
  • Medtner: Skazki (complete)
    Hamish Milne (Hyperion)


  • Donizetti: Dom S_bastien, roi de Portugal
    Filianoti, Kasarova, Miles, Keenlyside /
    Royal Opera / Mark Elder (Opera Rara)
  • Janšcek: The Makropulos Case
    Cheryl Barker, et al. / English National Opera / Charles Mackerras (Chandos)
  • Rossini: Matilde di Shabran
    Annick Massis, Juan Diego Fl‹rez /
    Orquesta sinf‹nica de Galicia / Riccardo Frizza (Decca Classics)


  • Bart‹k: Kossuth, The Wooden Prince
    Hungarian National Philharmonic Orchestra / Zoltšn Kocsis (Hungaroton)
  • Nielsen: Orchestral Works
    Danish National Symphony Orchestra / Thomas Dausgaard (Dacapo)
  • Prokofiev: Complete Symphonies
    London Symphony Orchestra / Valery Gergiev (Philips)


  • R. Strauss: Four Last Songs, Opera Scenes
    Nina Stemme, Orchestra of the Royal Opera House / Antonio Pappano (EMI Classics)
  • "The Russian Album"
    Anna Netrebko, Mariinsky Theatre Orchestra / Valery Gergiev (Deutsche Grammophon)
  • "Tales of Opera"
    Simon Keenlyside, M‹nchner Rundfunkorchester / Ulf Schirmer (Sony Classical)

Solo vocal

  • Brahms: Lieder
    Bernarda Fink, Roger Vignoles (Harmonia Mundi)
  • Handel, Mahler, P. Lieberson: Songs
    Lorraine Hunt Lieberson, Roger Vignoles (Wigmore Hall)
  • R. Strauss: Lieder
    Jonas Kaufmann, Helmut Deutsch (Harmonia Mundi)
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