The winners of this year’s International Classical Music Awards (ICMA) have been announced, with several early music recordings and performers gaining recognition.

The awards, which took place on 18 March in Milan, gave the title of best early music disc to the Amarcord Ensemble for ‘Zu S Thomas – 2 Gregorianische Messen aus dem Thomas-Graduale (Um 1300)’ – a recording of works by Thomas Graduale. The jury said the CD, ‘demonstrated the group’s immense artistic potential, outstanding balance of sound, exquisite tone and admirable authenticity.’

Polychoral Splendour, an album of works from Heinrich Schütz and Giovanni Gabrieli from Les Cornets Noirs, came away with the prize for best baroque vocal. The jury said of the disc: ‘A marvellous recording reflecting the highly colourful, rich and vital spirituality of Venice in the seventeenth century.’

Other awards included best baroque instrumental, which went to German violinist Isabelle Faust for her recording of ‘Johann Sebastian Bach: Sonatas & Partitas BWV 1001-3 (Vol. II)’; best historical recording was awarded to ‘Igor Stravinsky: The Firebird, Petrushka, The Rite of Spring’; and Audite was named label of the year, with the jury commending the recording label for providing ‘talented performers of today to explore a broad range of repertoire’.

(Image credit: Björn Woll/ICMA)


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