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Katy Wright

Deputy Editor, Classical Music

Petrenko and RLPO win top prize at BBC Music Magazine Awards

9:00, 19th April 2017

Vasily Petrenko and the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra (RLPO) have won the BBC Music Magazine recording of the year award for their recording of Tchaikovsky’s first, second and fifth symphonies on Onyx Classics.

The disc won the public vote in the orchestral category, before the jury crowned it the best recording of 2016.

Petrenko embarked on a complete cycle of Tchaikovsky’s six symphonies as part of the RLPO’s 175th anniversary celebrations in 2015. ‘It’s a combination of two cultures and two countries which gives such results,’ the conductor told BBC Music Magazine.

He described the award as ‘great recognition for the orchestra’, adding: ‘I’m very grateful to everyone who participated in the Tchaikovsky project. I would also like to give my gratitude to everyone who voted for us and to everyone who has already got the CD. And if they haven’t yet, then they are in for a treat!’

Oliver Condy, BBC Music Magazine’s editor, described the recording as ‘an exceptional achievement – technically brilliant, passionate and utterly beautiful’, adding: ‘It amply shows why the RLPO is a world-class musical force to be reckoned with.’

Other winners included Mahan Esfahani and the Smetana Trio, who both picked up their second BBC Music Magazine awards: Esfahani’s recording of Bach’s Goldberg Variations won the instrumental category, while the Smetana Trio won the chamber category with Martinů’s complete piano trios.

The full list of award winners can be found below.

The winners of the 12th annual BBC Music Magazine Awards were announced at a ceremony at Kings Place, London on 19 April. The event was hosted by BBC Music Magazine editor Oliver Condy and Radio 3 broadcaster Sara Mohr-Pietsch. There were live performances by the Choir of St John’s College, Cambridge and pianist Jitka Cechová of the Smetana Trio, and guest presenters included Dame Joan Bakewell, comedian Alistair McGowan, conductor and composer John Rutter, and tv presenter Gok Wan.

This year’s jury members included BBC Music Magazine editor Oliver Condy and reviews editor Rebecca Franks, Times chief music critic Richard Morrison, and Radio 3’s Record Review presenter Andrew McGregor.


BBC Music Magazine Awards 2017 winners

Recording of the Year & Orchestral Award
Tchaikovsky: Symphonies Nos 1, 2 and 5
Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra/Vasily Petrenko
Onyx ONYX 4150

Concerto Award
CPE Bach: Cello concertos
Nicolas Altstaedt (cello); Arcangelo/Jonathan Cohen
Hyperion CDA 68112

Opera Award
Mozart: Don Giovanni
Dimitris Tiliakos, Vito Priante, Myrtò Papatanasiu, Mika Kares, Kenneth Tarver, Karina Gauvin, Guido Loconsolo, Christina Gansch; MusicAeterna/Teodor Currentzis
Sony Classical 88985316032

Choral Award
Jonathan Harvey: I Love the Lord; Magnificat & Nunc Dimittis; Toccata for Organ and Tape; Come, Holy Ghost; Praise ye the Lord; Missa Brevis; The Royal Banners Forward Go; Laus Deo; The Annunciation
The Choir of St John’s College, Cambridge/Edward Picton-Turbervill (organ); Andrew Nethsingha
Signum Classics SIGCD456

Vocal Award
Mahler: orch. Berio Early Lieder
Berio: Sinfonia
Matthias Goerne (baritone); The Synergy Vocals; BBC Symphony Orchestra/Josep Pons
Harmonia Mundi HMC 902180

Chamber Award
Martinů: Complete piano trios
Smetana Trio
Supraphon SU 4197-2

Instrumental Award
JS Bach: Goldberg Variations
Mahan Esfahani (harpsichord)
Deutsche Grammophon 479 5929

Newcomer Award
Prokofiev: Piano Concerto No. 2; Tchaikovsky: Piano Concerto No. 1
Beatrice Rana (piano); Orchestra dell’accademia nazionale di Santa Cecilia/Antonio Pappano
Warner Classics 2564600909

DVD Award
Berg: Wozzeck
Christian Gerhaher, Brandon Jovanovich, Mauro Peter, Wolfgang Ablinger-Sperrhacke, Lars Woldt, Gun-Brit Barkmin; Zürich Philharmonia, Zürich Opera Chorus/Fabio Liusi; dir. Andreas Homoki (Zurich, 2015)
Accentus ACC 20363

 Premiere Award
Julian Anderson: In lieblicher Bläue, poem for violin and orchestra; Alleluia; The Stations of the Sun
Carolin Widmann (violin), London Philharmonic Choir, London Philharmonic Orchestra/Vladimir Jurowski
LPO LPO 0089


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