The Winners of the International Classical Music Awards – ICMA 2017

The Jury of the International Classical Music Awards – ICMA today announced the winners for 2017.

“The ICMA Jury comprises 16 leading media from 14 countries, having the most up to date knowledge of the classical music market. Our Jury is totally independent and international,and therefore provides reliable guidance to the global audience. This year, the jury selected 17 audio and video productions from a total of 321 nominations. The jury was most excitedabout the list of finalists obtained after two rounds. They reflected the variety and the extremely high level of this short list out of which the winners were selected. No other awards forclassical musical present such a carefully filtered list of winners,” said Remy Franck, President of the Jury.

ICMA 2017 also present nine Special Awards paying respect to exceptional musicians and producers. The renowned Finnish bass Matti Salminen wins the Lifetime AchievementAward, German viola player Tabea Zimmermann is Artist of the Year. Considering two categories, Vocal and Instrumental, the Jury chose German pianist Sophie Pacini and French soprano Elsa Dreisig as Young Artists of the Year. The Discovery Award, organized in collaboration with the International Music Academy in Liechtenstein, goes to 15-year-oldGerman pianist Robert Neumann. The Swedish label BIS is Label of the Year.

Special Achievement Awards are given to the producer and founder of the record label Naxos, Klaus Heymann as well as to the Gewandhaus Orchestra Leipzig and to the youngEnsemble Esperanza from Liechtenstein.

The Awards of the 15 CD and DVD categories follow in a list at the end of this press release. With equally placed productions in two categories the number of awards is 17.

The winners will receive the ICMA trophies during the annual Award Ceremony taking place this year in Leipzig, Germany, 1 April 2017. The evening will also include a Gala Concertat the Gewandhaus, with the participation of ICMA winners and the Gewandhausorchester conducted by Francesco Angelico.

Through the European Broadcasting Union (EBU), the concert will be available to radio stations all over the world.

The International Classical Music Awards are the only truly independent and international awards for classical music in the world. The jury consists of professional music critics of themost important magazines, online services and radio stations: Andante (Turkey), Classic Radio (Finland), Crescendo (Belgium), Das Orchester (Germany), Gramofon (Hungary), IMZ(Austria), MDR-Figaro (Germany), Musica (Italy), Musik & Theater (Switzerland), Orpheus Radio (Russia), Opera (UK), Pizzicato (Luxembourg), Radio 100,7 (Luxembourg),Resmusica.com (France), Rondo Classic (Finland), and Scherzo (Spain).

The complete list of the 2017 ICMA Awards follows.

SPECIAL AWARDS

LIFETIME ACHIEVEMENT AWARD Matti Salminen

ARTIST OF THE YEAR Tabea Zimmermann

YOUNG ARTIST OF THE YEAR INSTRUMENTAL Sophie Pacini

YOUNG ARTIST OF THE YEAR VOCAL Elsa Dreisig

DISCOVERY AWARD Robert Neumann LABEL OF THE YEAR BIS

SPECIAL ACHIEVEMENT AWARD Klaus Heymann

SPECIAL ACHIEVEMENT AWARD Gewandhausorchester Leipzig SPECIAL ACHIEVEMENT AWARD Ensemble Esperanza

AUDIO & VIDEO CATEGORIES

EARLY MUSIC
Roland De Lassus: Canticum Canticorum
Chœur de chambre de Namur, Ensemble Clematis
Leonardo Garcia Alarcon
Ricercar RIC 370

BAROQUE INSTRUMENTAL
L’ange et le diable
Tartini – Locatelli – Vitali – Leclair – Forqueray Chouchane Siranossian, Jos van Immerseel Alpha 255

BAROQUE VOCAL
Serpent & Fire
Purcell – Graupner – Sartorio – Locke – Händel – Hasse – Cavalli
Anna Prohaska
Il Giardino Armonico Giovanni Antonini
Alpha 250

Ex aequo
J.S. Bach: Johannes-Passion
Werner Güra, Benno Schachtner, Sunhae Im, Sebastian Kohlhepp, Johannes Weisser
RIAS Kammerchor, Staats-& Domchor Berlin Akademie für Alte Musik Berlin, René Jacobs
Harmonia Mundi HMC802236/37

VOCAL RECITAL
Schubertiade
Schubert: Lieder, Instrumentalstücke & Rezitation
Julian Prégardien
Marc Hantaï, Xavier Diaz-Latorre, Philippe Pierlot
Myrios MYR018

CHORAL MUSIC
Geistliche Gesänge: Reger – J.S. Bach – Nystedt
MDR-Rundfunkchor, Florian Helgath
Querstand
VKJK 1627

OPERA
Claude Vivier: Kopernikus
Svea Schildknecht, Uta Buchheister, Barbara Ostertag, Neal Banerjee
Ji-Su Park, Dorothea Winkel
Holst-Sinfonietta, Opera Factory Freiburg, Klaus Simon
Bastille Musique bm001

SOLO INSTRUMENT
Piotr Tchaikovsky: The Seasons Op. 37bis, Children’s Album Op. 39
Elena Bashkirova Gideon Boss GB008

Ex-aequo
Sergei Lyapunov – Works for Piano Vol. 2
Florian Noack
Ars Produktion 38209

CHAMBER MUSIC
Duo Sessions
Halvorsen – Kodaly – Ravel – Schulhoff Julia Fischer & Daniel Müller-Schott Orfeo C902161A

CONCERTOS
Mendelssohn: Violin Concerto op. 64
Schumann: Violin Concerto WoO 234
Carolin Widmann, Chamber Orchestra of Europe
ECM 4812635

SYMPHONIC MUSIC
Claudio Abbado: The last Concert Mendelssohn: Ein Sommernachtstraum Berlioz: Symphonie fantastique op. 14
Deborah York, Stella Doufexis, Damen des Chors des BR Berliner Philharmoniker
Claudio Abbado
BPHR 160081

CONTEMPORARY MUSIC
Oriental Trumpet Concertos
Penderecki – Say – Khachaturian – Arutiunian
Gábor Boldoczki
Sinfonietta Cracovia, Jurek Dybal
Sony Classical 88985361092

BEST COLLECTION
Szymanowski: Overture op. 12
Lutoslawski: Cello Concerto, Symphony No. 4
Gautier Capuçon
Polish National Radio Symphony Orchestra
Alexander Liebreich
Accentus ACC30388

HISTORICAL
Mahler – Loewe – Wagner – Brahms – Schubert … Maureen Forrester
Hertha Klust, Michael Raucheisen, Felix Schröder
Audite 21437

VIDEO PERFORMANCE
Alban Berg: Wozzeck
Christian Gerhaher, Gun-Brit Barkmin, Brandon Jovanovich Mauro Peter, Wolfgang Ablinger-Sperrhacke, Lars Woldt, Pavel Daniluk, Cheyne Davidson, MartinZysset, Irène Friedli Philharmonia Zürich, Chor der Oper Zürich
Fabio Luisi
Stage Director: Andreas Homoki
Accentus Music ACC10363

VIDEO DOCUMENTARIES
Leonard Bernstein – Larger than Life
A Film by Georg Wübbolt
C Major 735908

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