Pianist Piotr Anderszewski has won Recording of the Year at this year’s BBC Music Magazine Awards.Anderszewski was presented with his award at a ceremony on 12 April at London’s Kings Place, attended by celebrities and leading figures from the classical music world including pianist Alfred Brendel, composer and broadcaster Michael Berkeley and Radio 3 presenter Suzy Klein.


Radio 4’s James Naughtie and editor of BBC Music Magazine, Oliver Condy, presented the event.

Anderszewski’s recording also won the Instrumental Award – voted for by BBC Music Magazine readers. The Polish-born musician spent years studying the music of Schumann before recording his disc, which brings together some of the composer’s late piano works and music he wrote for pedal piano, arranged by Anderszewski.

The awards ceremony included performances from the BBC Music Magazine Newcomer of the Year, pianist Francesco Piemontesi, Vocal category winner, countertenor Andreas Scholl and chamber choir Tenebrae, who won the Choral category this year for their recording of Victoria’s Requiem.

The Orchestral Award went to pianist Jean-Efflam Bavouzet and conductor Yan Pascal Tortelier for their recording of Ravel Piano Concertos and works by Debussy and Massenet – in a performance with the BBC Symphony Orchestra.

And in a category which was voted for by readers for the first time this year, Claudio Abbado and the Lucerne Festival Orchestra won the DVD Award for their recording of Mahler’s Symphony No. 9, directed by Paul Smaczny.

In addition to the awards voted for by readers, there were also a number of awards chosen by the BBC Music Magazine Awards jury. The award for a Premiere Recording was won by Ryan Wigglesworth’s recording of Harrison Birtwistle’s Night’s Black Bird with the Halle. Paul McCreesh’s recording of Berlioz’s Grande Messe des Morts took the award for Technical Excellence.

Full details of the winners are listed below – and you can hear excerpts from all the recordings here. On that page you’ll also find links to buy all the winning recordings from Amazon and at specially reduced prices on iTunes.

BBC Music Magazine Awards 2012 – winners

Instrumental & Recording of the Year
Humareske; Studies for the pedal piano; Gesänge der Frühe
Piotr Anderszewski (piano)

Sunhae Im, Alexandrina Pendatchanska, Bejun Mehta, Marcos Fink, Neal Davies, Dominique Visse, Daniel Schmutzhard; Akademie fur Alte Musik Berlin/René Jacobs
Harmonia Mundi

Ravel, Debussy & Massenet
Ravel: Piano Concertos; Debussy: Fantasie; Massenet: Deux Impromptus, Toccata, Deux Pièces pour piano, Valse folle
Jean-Efflam Bavouzet (piano); BBC Symphony Orchestra/Yan Pascal Tortelier

Requiem Mass 1605; Lobo: Versus est in luctum; Lamentations
Tenebrae/Nigel Short

String Quartets, K157, 458 & 589
Jerusalem Quartet
Harmonia Mundi

O Solitude
Songs and arias by Purcell
Andreas Scholl (countertenor); Accademia Bizantia/Stefano Montanari

Symphony No. 9
Lucerne Festival Orchestra/Claudio Abbado; dir. Paul Smaczny
Accentus Music


Newcomer Award
Handel: Suite in B flat major; Brahms: Variations and Fugue on a Theme by Handel; JS Bach: Partita No. 1 in B flat, Fantasy and Fugue in G minor (transcr. Liszt); Liszt: Vallée D’Obermann from Années de Pèlerinage
Francesco Piemontesi (piano)
Avanti Classics

Technical Excellence
Grande Messe des Morts
Robert Murray (tenor); Gabrieli Consort and Players, Wrocław Philharmonic Choir & Orchestra, Chetham’s School of Music Brass Ensemble, Paul McCreesh
Signum Winged Lion

Premiere Recording
Harrison Birtwistle
Night’s Black Bird; The Shadow of Night; The Cry of Anubis
Owen Slade (tuba); The Hallé/Ryan Wigglesworth

DVD Documentary
Genius Within: The Inner Life of Glenn Gould
Directed by Peter Raymony & Michèle Hozer
Drakes Avenue Pictures


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