Sir Charles Mackerras has won Disc of the Year at the BBC Music Magazine Awards 2009. The British conductor, 83, won the top prize for his recording of Mozart’s Symphonies Nos 38-41 with the Scottish Chamber Orchestra on Linn Records. ‘Mackerras gets so much light and shade in these works, even grandeur,’ says BBC Music Magazine reviewer Michael Tanner, ‘The Prague in particular is wonderfully ample and majestic.’
Mackerras’s win was announced at the fourth annual BBC Music Magazine Awards, which took place this afternoon (7 April) in Kings Place, London. Awards were made in ten categories; other winners included conductor John Eliot Gardiner in the choral category and pianist Jean-Efflam Bavouzet in the instrumental category. During the Awards, Bavouzet gave a spellbinding live performance of Reflets dans l’eau from the first book of Debussy’s Images, and the Quatuor Ebène, winners of Newcomer of the Year, performed a movement from Debussy’s String Quartet.
Tens of thousands of votes were cast in this year’s Awards after a shortlist of the best discs of 2008 was drawn up by a panel of reviewers. Guest presenters at the ceremony included actress Jane Asher, professor Lord Robert Winston, and Radio 3 presenters Petroc Trelawny and Andrew McGregor. The event was hosted by BBC Music Magazine editor Oliver Condy and Today programme presenter James Naughtie.