The Winners 2015

Welcome to the BBC Music Magazine Awards 2015 – the world's only classical music awards voted for by you. The votes made in our tenth annual Awards have been counted and now it's time to reveal the winners. Scroll down to find out who has triumphed in each category and listen to highlights from each of the recordings.

Scroll down to see all winners or click on the categories below:  

Recording of the Year Award

Orchestral Award

Bruckner

Symphony No. 9

Lucerne Festival Orchestra/Claudio Abbado

DG 479 3441

from Bruckner’s Symphony No. 9, III. Sehr Langsam

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Bruckner

Symphony No. 9
Lucerne Festival Orchestra/Claudio Abbado
DG 479 3441

Also nominated:


Rachmaninov

Symphony No. 1; Prince Rostislav

Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra/Vasily Petrenko

Warner Classics 5099940959627

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Rachmaninov

Symphony No. 1; Prince Rostislav
Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra/Vasily Petrenko
Warner Classics 5099940959627

 

Turnage

From the Wreckage; Speranza

Håkan Hardenberger (trumpet); London Symphony Orchestra/Daniel Harding

LSO Live LSO 0744 (hybrid CD/SACD)

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Turnage

From the Wreckage; Speranza
Håkan Hardenberger (trumpet); London Symphony Orchestra/Daniel Harding
LSO Live LSO 0744 (hybrid CD/SACD)

Concerto Awards

Beethoven

Piano Concertos Nos 2 & 4

Leif Ove Andsnes (piano); Mahler Chamber Orchestra

Sony Classical 88883705482

from Beethoven’s Piano Concerto No. 4, I. Allegro moderato

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Beethoven

Piano Concertos Nos 2 & 4
Leif Ove Andsnes (piano); Mahler Chamber Orchestra
Sony Classical 88883705482
from Beethoven’s Piano Concerto No. 4, I. Allegro moderato

Also nominated:


Szymanowski

Violin Concerto No. 1, Op. 35; Violin Concerto No. 2, Op. 61; Mythes pour violon et piano, Op. 30

Baiba Skride (violin), Lauma Skride (piano), Oslo Philharmonic Orchestra/Vasily Petrenko

Orfeo C 873 141 A

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Szymanowski

Violin Concerto No. 1, Op. 35; Violin Concerto No. 2, Op. 61; Mythes pour violon et piano, Op. 30
Baiba Skride (violin), Lauma Skride (piano), Oslo Philharmonic Orchestra/Vasily Petrenko
Orfeo C 873 141 A

 

Venice: The Golden Age

Concertos by Vivaldi, Marcello, Porta and Tessarini

Xenia Löffler (Baroque oboe); Akademie für Alte Musik Berlin/Georg Kallweit (violin)

Harmonia Mundi HMC 902185

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Venice: The Golden Age

Concertos by Vivaldi, Marcello, Porta and Tessarini
Xenia Löffler (Baroque oboe); Akademie für Alte Musik Berlin/Georg Kallweit (violin)
Harmonia Mundi HMC 902185

Opera Award

Wagner

Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg

Gerald Finley, Marco Jentzsch etc; Glyndebourne Chorus; London Philharmonic Orchestra/Vladimir Jurowski

Glyndebourne GFOCD 021-11

from Wagner’s Die Meistersinger, Act III. final scene

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Wagner

Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg
Gerald Finley, Marco Jentzsch etc; The Glyndebourne Chorus; London Philharmonic Orchestra/Vladimir Jurowski
Glyndebourne GFOCD 021-11

Also nominated:


Handel

Tamerlano, HWV 18

Xavier Sabata; Max Emanuel Cencic; John Mark Ainsley; Karina Gauvin; Ruxandra Donose; Pavel Kudinov; Il Pomo d’oro/Riccardo Minasi

Naïve V 5373

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Handel

Tamerlano, HWV 18
Xavier Sabata; Max Emanuel Cencic; John Mark Ainsley; Karina Gauvin; Ruxandra Donose; Pavel Kudinov; Il Pomo d’oro/Riccardo Minasi
Naïve V 5373

 

Vivaldi

L'incoronazione di Dario

Anders Dahlin, Sara Mingardo, Delphine Galou, Riccardo Novaro, Roberta Mameli, Lucia Cirillo, Sofia Soloviy, Giuseppina Bridelli; Accademia Bizantina/Ottavio Dantone

Naïve OP 30553

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Vivaldi

L'incoronazione di Dario
Anders Dahlin, Sara Mingardo, Delphine Galou, Riccardo Novaro, Roberta Mameli, Lucia Cirillo, Sofia Soloviy, Giuseppina Bridelli; Accademia Bizantina/Ottavio Dantone
Naïve OP 30553

Vocal Award

Stella di Napoli

Arias by Puccini, Bellini, Donizetti, Mercadante, etc

Joyce DiDonato (mezzo-soprano);Orchestre et Choeur de L’Opéra de Lyon/Riccardo Minasi

Erato 2564 636562

from Stella Di Napoli, Part I: ‘Ove t'Aggiri, O Barbaro’

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Stella di Napoli

Arias by Puccini, Bellini, Donizetti, Mercadante, etc
Joyce DiDonato (mezzo-soprano);Orchestre et Choeur de L’Opéra de Lyon/Riccardo Minasi
Erato 2564 636562

Also nominated:


An die Geliebte

Songs by Beethoven, Strauss, Weber and Wolf

Julian Prégardien (tenor), Christoph Schnackertz (piano)

Myrios MYR012

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An die Geliebte

Songs by Beethoven, Strauss, Weber and Wolf
Julian Prégardien (tenor), Christoph Schnackertz (piano)
Myrios MYR012

 

Strauss • Fauré • Debussy

Songs by Strauss, Fauré, Debussy, Poulenc, Wolf, Schumann and Berg

Christiane Karg (soprano), Malcolm Martineau (piano)

Wigmore Hall Live WHLive 0062

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Strauss • Fauré • Debussy

Songs by Strauss, Fauré, Debussy, Poulenc, Wolf, Schumann and Berg
Christiane Karg (soprano), Malcolm Martineau (piano)
Wigmore Hall Live WHLive 0062

Choral Award

Elgar

The Dream of Gerontius;
Sea Pictures

Sarah Connolly (mezzo-soprano), Stuart Skelton (tenor), David Soar (bass); BBC Symphony Orchestra & Chorus/Sir Andrew Davis

Chandos CHSA5140

from Elgar’s The Dream of Gerontius, ‘Praise to the Holiest in the height’

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Elgar

The Dream of Gerontius; Sea Pictures
Sarah Connolly (mezzo-soprano), Stuart Skelton (tenor), David Soar (bass); BBC Symphony Orchestra & Chorus/Sir Andrew Davis
Chandos CHSA51400

Also nominated:


Byrd

Mass for Five Voices; Mass for Four Voices; Mass for Three Voices; Ave verum corpus

The Choir of Westminster Cathedral/Martin Baker

Hyperion CDA68038

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Byrd

Mass for Five Voices; Mass for Four Voices; Mass for Three Voices; Ave verum corpus
The Choir of Westminster Cathedral/Martin Baker
Hyperion CDA68038

 


Birtwistle

The Moth Requiem; Three Latin Motets; Carmen Paschale; Lullaby; On the Sheer Threshold of the Night; The Ring Dance of the Nazarene

Roderick Williams (baritone); BBC Singers; The Nash Ensemble/Nicholas Kok

Signum SIGNUM CD368

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Birtwistle

The Moth Requiem; Three Latin Motets; Carmen Paschale; Lullaby; On the Sheer Threshold of the Night; The Ring Dance of the Nazarene
Roderick Williams (baritone); BBC Singers; The Nash Ensemble/Nicholas Kok
Signum SIGNUM CD368

Chamber Award

Beethoven

Piano Trios Op.97; Op.70 No.2

Alexander Melnikov (piano), Isabelle Faust (violin), Jean-Guihen Queyras (cello)

Harmonia Mundi HMC 902125

from Beethoven’s Piano Trio No. 7 in B flat ‘Archduke’, I. Allegro moderato

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Beethoven

Piano Trios Op.97; Op.70 No.2
Alexander Melnikov (piano), Isabelle Faust (violin), Jean-Guihen Queyras (cello)
Harmonia Mundi HMC 902125

Also nominated:


Prokofiev

Violin Sonatas
Alina Ibragimova (violin); Steven Osborne (piano)

Hyperion CDA67514

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Prokofiev

Violin Sonatas
Alina Ibragimova (violin); Steven Osborne (piano)
Hyperion CDA67514

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Zemlinsky

String Quartets Nos 1 and 2
Escher String Quartet

Naxos 8.573088

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Zemlinsky

String Quartets Nos 1 and 2
Escher String Quartet
Naxos 8.573088

Instrumental Award

Dances

Works by JS Bach, Chopin, Scriabin, Granados, Albéniz, Gould and Schulz-Evler

Benjamin Grosvenor (piano)

Decca 478 3206

from Bach’s Partita, VII. Gigue; Granados’s 8 Valses poéticas: I. Preludio & II. Melodioso

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Dances

Works by JS Bach, Chopin, Scriabin, Granados, Albéniz, Gould and Schulz-Evler
Benjamin Grosvenor (piano)
Decca 478 3206

Also nominated:


Busoni

Late piano music

Marc-André Hamelin (piano)

Hyperion CDA 67951/3

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Busoni

Late piano music
Marc-André Hamelin (piano)
Hyperion CDA 67951/3

 

Pletnev in Person

Works by Beethoven, Schubert, Bach (arr. Busoni), Chopin and Schubert

Mikhail Pletnev (piano)

Onyx 4110

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Pletnev in Person

Works by Beethoven, Schubert, Bach (arr. Busoni), Chopin and Schubert
Mikhail Pletnev (piano)
Onyx 4110

Jury Award Winners
Jury Award - Newcomer Award

CPE Bach

Württemberg Sonatas, Wq 49

Mahan Esfahani (harpsichord)

Hyperion CDA 67995

from CPE Bach’s Sonata in B minor, III. Allegro

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CPE Bach

Württemberg Sonatas, Wq 49
Mahan Esfahani (harpsichord)
Hyperion CDA 67995


Unsuk Chin

Piano Concerto; Cello Concerto; Šu for Sheng and Orchestra

Alban Gerhardt (cello), Wu Wei (sheng), Sunwook Kim (piano); Seoul Philharmonic Orchestra/Myung-Whun Chung

DG 481 0971

from Chin’s Piano Concerto, Movement I

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Unsuk Chin

Piano Concerto; Cello Concerto; Šu for Sheng and Orchestra
Alban Gerhardt (cello), Wu Wei (sheng), Sunwook Kim (piano); Seoul Philharmonic Orchestra/Myung-Whun Chung
DG 481 0971

DVD Award

Becoming Traviata

A film by Philippe Béziat

Natalie Dessay (soprano), Jean-François Sivadier, Louis Langrée (conductor)

Axiom films AXM675

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Becoming Traviata

A film by Philippe Béziat
Natalie Dessay (soprano), Jean-François Sivadier, Louis Langrée (conductor)
Axiom films AXM675

 

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