Julia Fischer, Nelson Freire, Riccardo Chailly Winners at 2007 Gramophone Awards

Classic Arts News   Julia Fischer, Nelson Freire, Riccardo Chailly Winners at 2007 Gramophone Awards
In something of a David-over-Goliath victory, the young violinist Julia Fischer has been named the Classic FM Gramophone Artist of the Year 2007. In online voting co-sponsored by classical radio stations in 13 countries, the 24-year-old native of Munich triumphed over such renowned artists as cellist Steven Isserlis, violinist Vadim Repin, conductors Valery Gergiev and Daniel Barenboim, and opera stars Natalie Dessay and Bryn Terfel. Eminent maestro Claudio Abbado came in second in the vote totals.

Fischer received her prize was presented at a ceremony today at the Dorchester Hotel in London. Also announced and presented were the complete 2007 Classic FM Gramophone Awards for artists and recordings, the winners of which were selected by Gramophone magazine's reviewers and editors.

Pianist Nelson Friere and conductor Riccardo Chailly took Record of the Year honors for their recording of Brahms's Piano Concertos with the Leipzig Gewandhaus Orchestra. The Young Artist of the Year award went to 31-year-old Vasily Petrenko, the chief conductor of the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic — which won the Classic FM Magazine Award for Audience Innovation for such imaginiative initiatives as the "virtual concert" the orchestra recently gave on the online network Second Life. Deutsche Grammophon was named Label of the Year. Soprano legend Montserrat Caball_, 74 years old and still performing, received the annual Lifetime Achievement award.

Dynamic young conductor Gustavo Dudamel and his longtime band, the Sim‹n Bol‹var Youth Orchestra of Venezuela, won the second annual WQXR Gramophone Special Recognition Award, presented by the magazine and New York radio station 96.3 WQXR-FM. The citation states that Dudamel and the Bol‹var Youth Orchestra "were chosen for their outstanding contribution to the world of classical music and the example they give of what music can do to transform people's lives."

A complete list of winners is below.


Artist of the Year

  • Julia Fischer, violinist

Lifetime Achievement

  • Montserrat Caball_, soprano

Young Artist Award

  • Vasily Petrenko, conductor

Classic FM Magazine Award for Audience Innovation

  • Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra

Special Achievement Award

  • Christopher Raeburn, record producer

Label of the Year

  • Deutsche Grammophon

WQXR Gramophone Special Recognition Award

  • Gustavo Dudamel and the Sim‹n Bol‹var Youth Orchestra of Venezuela

Record of the Year

  • Brahms: Piano Concertos
    Nelson Freire, Leipzig Gewandhaus Orchestra / Riccardo Chailly (Decca Classics)

Editor's Choice Award

  • Mahler: Symphony No, 2,
    Budapest Festival Orchestra / Ivan Fischer (Channel Classics)

Baroque instrumental

  • Handel: Concerti grossi, Op. 3
    Academy of Ancient Music / Richard Egarr (Harmonia Mundi)

Baroque vocal

  • Handel: Messiah (1742 version)
    Dunedin Consort & Players / John Butt (Linn)


  • Haas, Janšcek: String Quartets
    Pavel Haas Quartet (Supraphon)


  • Brahms: Ein deutsches Requiem
    R‹schmann, Quasthoff, Berlin Radio Choir, Berlin Philharmonic / Simon Rattle (EMI Classics)


  • Brahms: Piano Concertos
    Nelson Freire, Leipzig Gewandhaus Orchestra / Riccardo Chailly (Decca Classics)


  • J. Anderson: Alhambra Fantasy
    BBC Symphony Orchestra / Oliver Knussen (Ondine)


  • "My Life in Music"
    Julian Bream (Avie)

Early Music

  • Byrd: Laudibus in sanctis
    The Cardinall's Musick (Hyperion)

Historic archive

  • Wagner: G‹tterd‹mmerung
    Varnay, Windgassen, Ilosvay, Greindl, Uhde, Neidlinger /
    Bayreuth Festival Opera / Joseph Keilberth (Testament)

Historic reissue

  • Moeran: Symphony in G minor, Sinfonietta, Overture for a Masque
    London Philharmonic Orchestra, New Philharmonia Orchestra / Adrian Boult (Lyrita)


  • Bach: Suites for unaccompanied cello
    Steven Isserlis (Hyperion)


  • Rossini: Matilde di Shabran
    Annick Massis, Juan Diego Fl‹rez /
    Orquesta sinf‹nica de Galicia / Riccardo Frizza (Decca Classics)


  • Prokofiev: Complete Symphonies
    London Symphony Orchestra / Valery Gergiev (Philips)


  • "Tales of Opera"
    Simon Keenlyside, M‹nchner Rundfunkorchester / Ulf Schirmer (Sony Classical)

Solo vocal

  • R. Strauss: Lieder
    Jonas Kaufmann, Helmut Deutsch (Harmonia Mundi)
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