Early music features among the winners of this year’s Gramophone Classical Music Awards. The winners of the 11 categories have been announced in advance of the awards ceremony on 17 September. This is the first time the winners have been revealed prior to the ceremony, a new element in a new-look awards show this year, which will take place at LSO St Luke’s.
Gramophone editor in chief James Jolly said: ‘These 11 category recordings honour the most outstanding international releases of the past year and have been chosen through a gruelling process of listening and judging by Gramophone’s expert critics who have narrowed the list down from more than 800 new releases.’
There are three categories in which early music recordings of the past year have been recognised: baroque instrumental has been awarded to Andreas Staier’s Pour Passer la Mélancholie – a disc of seventeenth-century keyboard music featuring music by Froberger, D’Anglebert, Fischer, Couperin, Clérambault and Muffat. Sir John Eliot Gardiner and the Monteverdi Choir receive the prize for baroque vocal for their recording Bach: Motets. And the award for the early recording goes to Gabrieli Consort & Players and artistic director Paul McCreesh for A New Venetian Coronation.
All of these early music winners are eligible to win the top prize of the awards, recording of the year – which will be announced at the ceremony. Gramophone prizes for lifetime achievement, young artist of the year, label of the year and artist of the year will also be announced during the ceremony in September.
To see the full list of winners, visit www.gramophone.co.uk/awards/2013