It's been quite a year for the recording industry, and the recent announcement of the Gramophone Awards always comes with a certain amount of fanfare. The sheer quality of the winners and shortlisted discs is staggering. It is fascinating to see how many of the winners (and indeed hoshortlisted discs) we at Classical Explorer featured. Quite a lot, as it happens, and so for convenience we've scompiled a list of links to our reviews of the relevant winners:
ARTIST OF THE YEAR:
Violinist James Ehnes, whose Beethoven serieson Onyx with pianist Andrew Armstrong we featured in this post.
ORCHESTRA OF THE YEAR:
The Minnesota Orchestra, who on BIS with Osmo Vänskä have furnished several of our posts:
.. and one should not forget that the Lifetime Achievement Award winner, Gundula Janowitz, recorded Richard Strauss' Vier letzte Lieder with one of our interviewees, the conductor Richard Stamp
and as for:
LABEL OF THE YEAR
This is Deutsche Grammophon - thoroughly deserved! And the list here of Classical Explorer posts is almost too long!. I do however wonder whether it was too late in the process for Kit Armstrong's phenomenal Bull and Byrd twofer. Anyway, here's some of Classical Explorer's DG highlights over the last year:
(At some point we also hope to add my review of the winner of the Opera Award and Recording of the Year, the Chandos Peter Grimes conducted by Edward Gardner featuring Stuart Skelton and the much-missed Erin Wall: my review of this appeared in the journal Opera Now).
Shortlisted albums we covered:
Purcell Royal Odes (we also just covered the follow-up to thsi album)
Hilary Hahn's Paris, listed above
Rachmaninov from Philadelpha (see above, DG)
Onwards and upwards for the 2022 Awards!