Claire Jackson

BBC Music magazine announces winners of its 2018 awards

9:34, 6th April 2018

Bernard Haitink and the Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra have won BBC Music magazine’s Recording of the Year for their performance of Mahler’s Symphony No 3. Accepting the award via video message, Haitink thanked the orchestra that he first collaborated with over 50 years ago.

Elsewhere, bassoonist Bram van Sambeek scooped the Concerto Award and a concert recording of Berlioz’s Les Troyens featuring Joyce DiDonato was awarded the Opera prize. Van Sambeek, a Borletti-Buitoni Trust artist, described the circumstances that allowed him to record the disc as a rarely experienced ‘kind of special synergy’, adding ‘the fact that it led to this wonderful recognition makes me really thrilled’.

The winners of the 13th annual Awards were unveiled at a ceremony at Kings Place, London on 5 April. The Awards are unusual in that the main categories are voted for by the public. Guest presenters included Harriet Harman MP, broadcaster Anneka Rice, comedian Vikki Stone, oboist Nicholas Daniel and BBC radio and TV presenter Suzy Klein.

Harman spoke out about the importance of music education, while praising the BBC for its musical outputs, citing BBC Young Musician of the Year and BBC Radio 3.

A full list of winners is included below.

Orchestral and Recording of the Year
Mahler Symphony No. 3
Gerhild Romberger (mezzo-soprano); Augsburger Domsingknaben; Bavarian Radio Women’s Choir; Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra/Bernard  Haitink
BR Klassik 900149

Fagerlund Bassoon Concerto, ‘Mana’; Woodlands
Aho: Bassoon Concerto; Solo V
Bram van Sambeek (bassoon); Lahti Symphony Orchestra/Dima Slobodeniouk, Okko Kamu
BIS BIS2206 (hybrid CD/SACD)

Berlioz Les Troyens
Joyce DiDonato, Marie-Nicole Lemieux, Michael Spyres et al; Strasbourg Philharmonic Orchestra, BadischerStaatsopernchor; Chorus of the Opéra du Rhin/John Nelson
Erato 9029576220

Ein Feste Burg Ist Unser Gott: Luther and the Music of the Reformation
Works by Scheidt, Gesius, M Praetorius, Sieffert, Schein et al
Vox Luminis/Lionel Meunier; Bart Jacobs (organ)
Ricercar RIC153 (2 discs)

All Who Wander
Songs by Mahler, Sibelius and Dvořák
Jamie Barton (mezzo-soprano), Brian Zeger (piano)
Delos DE3494

Cello Sonata; Violin Sonata; Sonata for Flute, Viola and Harp; Syrinx; Piano Trio
Renaud Capuçon (violin), Bertrand Chamayou (piano), Edgar Moreau (cello), Emmanuel Pahud (flute), Gerard Caussé (viola), Marie-Pierre Langlamet (harp)
Erato 9029577396

Bach2 The Future
Works by Sutton, Beamish, Davies, JS Bach, Ysaÿe, Stravinsky and Sibelius
Fenella Humphreys (violin)
Champs Hill Records CHRCD118

Jury Awards
Elliott Carter Late works
Pierre-Laurent Aimard, Colin Currie, Isabelle Faust, Jean-Guihen Queyras; BBC Symphony Orchestra, Birmingham Contemporary Music Group/Oliver Knussen
Ondine ODE12962

Chopin Preludes
Julien Brocal (piano)
Rubicon Classics RCD1001

Maximum Reger: documentary ‘Max Reger: The Last Giant’ plus performances
Artists including conductor Wayne Marshall, pianist Markus Becker, Aris and Diogenes Quartets; dir. Will Fraser
Fugue State Films FSFDVD011

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