Welcome to the 2023 BBC Music Magazine Awards
This year’s nominated recordings for the Chamber Award are listed below and you can vote for your favourite at the bottom of the article. Want to hear an excerpt of each recording before voting? Then click on the player...
The nominations for the Chamber Award
Where is Home
Works by JS Bach, Platti, Ka Bohaleng, Abel Selaocoe
Abel Selaocoe (cello, vocals) et al
Warner Classics 9029622432
Cellist/vocalist Abel Selaocoe might be the star of the show in this debut album recording, but his passion for collaboration shone brightly in performances with fellow cellist Yo-Yo Ma, theorbist Elizabeth Kenny and a host of talented musical friends from groups like Chesaba and Manchester Collective.
Tabea Zimmermann (violin), Jean-Guihen Queyras (cello); Belcea Quartet
Alpha Classics ALPHA792
Brahms’s lavish masterpieces were given the five-star treatment (quite literally), thanks to the luxury casting here of Tabea Zimmermann, Jean-Guihen Queyras and the Belcea Quartet. Everything about this recording is of the highest quality, from the warm-hearted performances to the excellent sound quality. You couldn’t ask for more.
Works by Bach, Scarlatti, Handel, Rameau, Rodgers, Corea et al
Martin Fröst (clarinet), Sébastien Dubé (bass), Roland Pöntinen (piano)
Sony Classical 19439917402
Clarinettist Martin Fröst was really allowed to spread his wings with this very satisfying programme. The programme, entirely curated by Fröst, exhibits all of his skill (not only as performer, but composer and arranger) and the versatility of the clarinet itself. As our June issue review said, this was ‘a thrilling display of virtuosity’.