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12:20, 11th September 2020

Gramophone has revealed the 30 recordings which have made it through to the final round of the Gramophone Classical Music Awards 2020.

The awards celebrate the outstanding recordings of the past year, as well as the artists, ensembles and labels that have made outstanding contributions to the classical recording industry.

The shortlist is:


  • Bartók Piano Quintet. Veress String Trio
    Vilde Frang; Barnabás Keleman; Lawrence Power; Nicolas Altstaedt; Alexander Lonquich (Alpha)
  • Beethoven Violin Sonatas Op 12
    James Ehnes; Andrew Armstrong (Onyx)
  • Dohnanyí Piano Quintets. String Quartet No 2
    Marc-André Hamelin; Takács Quartet (Hyperion)


  • JS Bach St Matthew Passion
    Soloists; Bach Collegium Japan / Maasaki Suzuki (BIS)
  • Handel Samson
    Soloists; Dunedin Consort / John Butt (Linn)
  • ‘An English Coronation’
    Gabrieli Consort and Player / Paul McCreesh (Signum)

CONCERTO (Sponsored by Classic FM)

  • Beethoven Piano Concertos Nos 2 & 5
    Martin Helmchen; Deutsches Symphonie-Orchester Berlin / Andrew Manze (Alpha)
  • Chopin Piano Concertos Nos 1 & 2
    Benjamin Grosvenor; Royal Scottish National Orchestra / Elim Chan (Decca)
  • Mozart Piano Concertos Nos 20 & 21
    Jean-Efflam Bavouzet; Manchester Camerata / Gábor Takács-Nágy (Chandos)


  • Adès Piano Concerto. Totentanz
    Kirill Gerstein; Mark Stone; Christianne Stotijn; Boston Symphony Orchestra / Thomas Adès (DG)
  • Anderson Poetry Nearing Silence
    Nash Ensemble / Martyn Brabbins (NMC)
  • Eötvös Halleluja. Alle vittime senza nome
    Matthias Brandt; Topi Lehtipuu; Iris Vermillion; WDR Chorus & Symphony Orchestra / Peter Eötvös; Santa Ceciila Orchestra, Rome / Antonio Pappano (Wergo)


  • Gesualdo Madrigali Libri primo & secondo
    Les Arts Florissants / Paul Agnew (Harmonia Mundi)
  • Peñalosa Lamentationes
    New York Polyphony (BIS)
  • ‘Leonardo da Vinci: La musique secrète’
    Doulce Mémoire / Denis Raisin Dadre (Alpha)


  • Beethoven Complete Piano Sonatas
    Igor Levit (Sony Classical)
  • Brahms ‘The Final Piano Pieces’
    Stephen Hough (Hyperion)
  • Prokofiev Piano Sonatas Nos 6-8
    Steven Osborne (Hyperion)

OPERA (Sponsored by E Gutzwiller et Cie)

  • Barber Vanessa
    Soloists; Glyndebourne Chorus; London Philharmonic Orchestra / Jakub Hrůša (Opus Arte)
  • Gounod Faust
    Soloists; Flemish Radio Choir; Les Talens Lyriques / Christophe Rousset (Bru Zane)
  • Handel Agrippina
    Soloists; Il Pomo d’Oro / Maxim Emelyanychev (Erato)

ORCHESTRAL (Sponsored by medici.tv)

  • Berlioz Symphonie fantastique
    Les Siècles / François-Xavier Roth (Harmonia Mundi)
  • Suk Asrael. Fairy Tale
  • Czech Philharmonic Orchestra / Jiří Bělohlávek (Decca)
  • Weinberg Symphonies Nos 2 & 21
    Gidon Kremer; City of Birmingham SO, Kremerata Baltica / Mirga Gražinytė-Tyla (DG)


  • Handel. Haydn. A Scarlatti ‘Arianna’
    Kate Lindsey; Arcangelo / Jonathan Cohen (Alpha)
  • ‘Si j’ai aimé’
    Sandrine Piau; Le Concert de la Loge / Julien Chauvin (Alpha)
  • ‘Facce d’amore’
    Jakub Józef Orliński; Il Pomo d’Oro / Maxim Emelyanychev (Erato)

SOLO VOCAL (Sponsored by Glyndebourne)

  • Janáček The Diary of One who Disappeared etc.
    Nicky Spence et al; Julius Drake
  • Schubert Schwanengesang Brahms Vier ernste Gesänge
    Gerald Finley; Julius Drake (Hyperion)
  • Schumann Myrthen
    Camilla Tilling; Christian Gerhaher; Gerold Huber (Sony Classical)

From this shortlist, one will be chosen from each of the 10 categories, announced on 22 September. A single album among those winners will go on to be named Recording of the Year, revealed at a digital awards ceremony on 6 October.


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