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Echo klassisk 2017

VINNERNE 2017

Den tyske musikkpris ECHO er en av de mest prestigefylte musikkpriser verden over.
Hvert år tildeler Deutsche Phono-Akademie, det kulturelle institutt for musikindustrein ECHO for å prise de mest suksessrike og særpregede musikere fra både Tyskland og internationalt

Det begyndte i 1992; og i 1994 blev det etablert en ECHO KLASSIK Award. Siden 2010 er det også kommet en ECHO JAZZ Award.

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Image Violin Concertos Nos. 3, 4 & 5
VINNER av ECHO KLASSIK 2017 i Kategorien: CONCERT RECORDING (music up to and including 18th Century)

Klassekampens anmeldelse
«Kunstnerisk integritet» «Henning Kraggerud er en tradisjonalist som har dyrket et klassisk toneideal, der kjerne, varme og skjønnhet står i sentrum. Samtidig er han kjent for å være så uttrykksfull at tolkningene nesten kan bli eksentriske. Men selv om det finnes en rekke tolkninger av Mozart som er mer interessante, og ikke minst informerte om den historiske fremføringspraksisen, er det en fryd å høre denne platen og Kraggeruds overlegne omgang med sitt instrument. Her er det definitivt metrikken, altså den regelmessige pulsen, som er styrende for musikkens rytmiske fremdrift, og det er noe ukomplisert over hans måte å spille på. Samtidig er det noe fantasifullt i det forutsigbare, og mye av det skyldes omgangen med klangen. Selv der han spiller tilbaketrukket og uten vibrato, er det med en kjerne og et uttrykk som bærer musikken som ettertanke. Dermed kan han forme hver frase som unike utsagn, men det skjer gjennom å la frasene bølge som klangelementer under den grunnleggende metrikken heller enn gjennom å løfte ut frasene som retoriske og selvstendige utsagn. At han har med seg Det Norske Kammerorkester, som spiller helt på topp, gjør jo ikke platen mindre interessant.»

Henning Kraggerud, violin
Norwegian Chamber Orchestra

Mozart wrote his Violin Concertos in 1775 while still living in his home town of Salzburg and in service to Prince-Archbishop Hieronymus Colloredo. Mozart had already toured internationally and found his parochial environment restricting, but as ever he rose above circumstances to create sublime and thrillingly unconventional masterpieces filled with wit and charm. The finely sustained melodic expression of each concerto’s slow centre provides the perfect foil for inventive sparkle in outer movements that include a cheeky reference to the opera Il re pastore in K. 216, and an exotic ‘Turkish’ moment in the finale of K. 219.

HÖGSTA BEYG I DN (5 av 5): "Den som besöker Salzburg kan lätt få samma flyktimpulser som den unge Mozart fick när man blickar upp mot det mäktiga biskopspalatset. En byggnad från vilken biskopens polischef kunde se exakt allt som hände i staden. När Henning Kraggerud och hans briljanta orkester nu tar sig an tre av Mozarts violinkonserter ger de denna tonårsmusik just den oro i steget som gör att den säger något mer än att bara slösa med sina geniala infall. Med härligt nytänkande får de Mozart att sjunga och dansa som såg vi honom skaka av sig all världens auktoritära tyngder. Och göra sig osynlig för dess dömande blickar. En befriande narraktighet, med plötsliga stråk av svärta, som även gjorde dessa konserter till Astrid Lindgrens favoritmusik."

Martin Nyström (DN)

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Image Works for Cello and Piano
Vinner av ECHO Klassik i kategorien:
INSTRUMENTALIST (CELLO)


"Rachmaninov and Prokofiev are genius musical storytellers. Both have their own very personal and individual languages, and at the same time they are deeply rooted in the epic Russian tradition. When I immerse myself into their music, images of vast open spaces, Russian tales, folklore and even deft humor spring to mind. While the Prokofiev Sonata has been on my concert prgrams for many years, I came relatively recent to the music of Rachmaninov. I always felt this music needed the right partnership in order to work, the piano part being both tremendously demanding and poetic at the same time. Andrej for me, embodies all of those qualities, being a true champion of Rachmaninov's music. Embarking with him on this journey of core Russian repertoire has been so rewarding for me, and I am incredibly proud of our collaboration and the result you have on this new recording." - Johannes Moser "I met Johannes around two and a half years ago for a very special programme dedicated to the cello and piano repertory of the 20th century. We discovered that our ensemble is very equal so we discuss everything very openly. I really like that becasue for me it's not really interesting, for example, just to follow or when the soloist is following my ideas only. I've had such experiences before but here it's because you're working together, you create a new image together. And because we found the passion in each other's playing, we decided to do anothe rprogramme. I think this programme really fits us both perfectly. Rachmaninov and prokofiev, such Russian music! Amazing that both partst are so 'solo-tastic' but so much together. I thought, 'Yes, we should do it!'" - Andrei Korobeinikov

kr 159
Image Sinfonia & Fruhe Lieder
Vinner af ECHO klassik 2017 i kategorien:
MALE SINGER OF THE YEAR


This release is dedicated to the pioneer of Italian modernism Luciano Berio. His 5-movement 'Sinfonia', is undoubtedly his most well-known work, written for the New York Philharmonic and dedicated to Leonard Bernstein. It has become one of the key works and principle musical manifestations of the 1960s bringing together collage technique and modernism.

A few years later, Berio went on to orchestrate a number of songs on texts from 'Des Knaben Wunderhorn', which Mahler had scored for piano and voice, as if they had been written at the time of the later 'Kindertotenlieder'. A symphonic backcloth tailor-made for the great baritone voice of Matthias Goerne [whose 'Knaben Wunderhorn' songs are already available on DVD, with Andris Nelsons, from Lucerne]. His warm, dark voice allows him to capture the sombre and tragic atmosphere of this music like no one else.

kr 159
Image The Violin Sonatas
Vinner av ECHO KLASSIK 2017 i kategorien:
INSTRUMENTALIST (VIOLIN)

EDITOR'S CHOICE
".... a superbly satisfying disc" Gramophone 2016

♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥
"Så bliver efteråret ikke smukkere. Medmindre man tager endnu længere ind i Brahms' verden af smertelig, blid vemod og suverænt musikalsk satsarbejde ved at lytte til hans sonater for to instrumenter. Sammen med sin faste klaverpartner Lars Vogt spiller violinisten Christian Tetzlaff violinsonaterne med følsomheden helt uden på tøjet..."
Politiken Thomas Michelsen, oktober 2016

Award-winning violinist Christian Tetzlaff together with pianist Lars Vogt offer an exciting program of Violin Sonatas by Johannes Brahms (1833–1897). This new release continues a successful series of recordings of violin chamber works by the artist duo.
Johannes Brahms’ Violin Sonatas are among the greatest masterpieces in 19th century chamber music. Brahms wrote these sonatas between 1878 and 1888, at the height of his creative powers. With these powerful works Brahms brought the genre of violin sonatas into a new dimension. Included is also Scherzo movement from the F. A. E. Sonata which Brahms contributed to a composite sonata with Robert Schumann and Albert Dietrich in 1853.

kr 159
Image Eine Alpensinfonie
Vinner av ECHO KLASSIK 2017 i kategorien:
CONDUCTOR OF THE YEAR

Göteborgs Symfoniker / Kent Nagano

Kent Nagano and the Gothenburg Symphony Orchestra first became acquainted in 1993, when they worked together on Mahler's Third Symphony. Love was immediate and Kent Nagano conducted the Gothenburg Symphony Orchestra regularly over the next decades.

When Kent Nagano was appointed as Principal Guest Conductor starting in the autumn of 2013, one of the ideas turned into a project: performing and recording major orchestral works of Richard Strauss in connection with the composer’s 150th anniversary in 2014. Having worked for a long time as Music Director of the Bayerische Staatsoper, Kent Nagano has unique insights into Strauss’s music and the Strauss tradition, and can draw on infor- mation from authentic sources within the Strauss family.

What is perhaps less known is that the Gothenburg Symphony Orchestra also has a solid Richard Strauss tradition. The orchestra already performed “Don Juan” in its inaugural season 1905-1906; it has been played more than 50 times since then. Under Wilhelm Stenhammar, the Gothenburg Symphony Orchestra played “Macbeth” (1908) and “Tod und Verklärung” (1913), as well as the overture to “Guntram” and “Till Eulenspiegel” (1913). After Stenhammar’s period as Principal Conductor of the Gothenburg Symphony Orchestra, several of his later successors championed the music of Richard Strauss: Sergiu Comissiona (“Don Quixote”), Sixten Ehrling (“Ein Heldenleben”) and Charles Dutoit (“Don Juan”). Neeme Järvi and Gustavo Dudamel had a particular affinity with “Don Juan”, and Dudamel also conducted “Ein Heldenleben”.

“Eine Alpensinfonie", the last of Strauss’s large orchestral pieces, entered the orchestra's repertoire with Otmar Suitner in 1975, and since then has been one of the most popular pieces with both the orchestra and its audience. Neeme Järvi took it to the UK and Estonia (1999) and Gustavo Dudamel conducted it five times in Sweden (2007).

The orchestra was thus technically and musically familiar with the splendid score when performances were scheduled with Kent Nagano in 2014, including this recording.

For these performances and recording a new approach was taken. Conductor and orchestra wished to express not the bombastic aspects, but the subtle emotional changes, the colours and nuances of the vast and impressive landscape and the wanderer’s instinctive reaction to it, which is also expressed in the enormous orchestral apparatus. This was made possible only by the long and searching work orchestra and conductor carried out together over the years, which made possible new shades and depths in the re-creation of this magnificent piece of art.

kr 159
Image Eine Alpensinfonie (LP)
Vinner av ECHO KLASSIK 2017 i kategorien:
CONDUCTOR OF THE YEAR


VINYL

Göteborgs Symfoniker / Kent Nagano

Kent Nagano and the Gothenburg Symphony Orchestra first became acquainted in 1993, when they worked together on Mahler's Third Symphony. Love was immediate and Kent Nagano conducted the Gothenburg Symphony Orchestra regularly over the next decades.

When Kent Nagano was appointed as Principal Guest Conductor starting in the autumn of 2013, one of the ideas turned into a project: performing and recording major orchestral works of Richard Strauss in connection with the composer’s 150th anniversary in 2014. Having worked for a long time as Music Director of the Bayerische Staatsoper, Kent Nagano has unique insights into Strauss’s music and the Strauss tradition, and can draw on infor- mation from authentic sources within the Strauss family.

What is perhaps less known is that the Gothenburg Symphony Orchestra also has a solid Richard Strauss tradition. The orchestra already performed “Don Juan” in its inaugural season 1905-1906; it has been played more than 50 times since then. Under Wilhelm Stenhammar, the Gothenburg Symphony Orchestra played “Macbeth” (1908) and “Tod und Verklärung” (1913), as well as the overture to “Guntram” and “Till Eulenspiegel” (1913). After Stenhammar’s period as Principal Conductor of the Gothenburg Symphony Orchestra, several of his later successors championed the music of Richard Strauss: Sergiu Comissiona (“Don Quixote”), Sixten Ehrling (“Ein Heldenleben”) and Charles Dutoit (“Don Juan”). Neeme Järvi and Gustavo Dudamel had a particular affinity with “Don Juan”, and Dudamel also conducted “Ein Heldenleben”.

“Eine Alpensinfonie", the last of Strauss’s large orchestral pieces, entered the orchestra's repertoire with Otmar Suitner in 1975, and since then has been one of the most popular pieces with both the orchestra and its audience. Neeme Järvi took it to the UK and Estonia (1999) and Gustavo Dudamel conducted it five times in Sweden (2007).

The orchestra was thus technically and musically familiar with the splendid score when performances were scheduled with Kent Nagano in 2014, including this recording.

For these performances and recording a new approach was taken. Conductor and orchestra wished to express not the bombastic aspects, but the subtle emotional changes, the colours and nuances of the vast and impressive landscape and the wanderer’s instinctive reaction to it, which is also expressed in the enormous orchestral apparatus. This was made possible only by the long and searching work orchestra and conductor carried out together over the years, which made possible new shades and depths in the re-creation of this magnificent piece of art.

kr 159
Image Ouvertures
Vinner av ECHO Klassik 2017 i kategorien:
SYMPHONIC RECORDING (MUSIC
UP TO AND INCLUDING 18TH CENTURY)


Johann Bernhard Bach (1676-1749) is a relatively unknown member of the Bach family. He is more widely known by association to his famous first cousin once removed, Johann Sebastian. A disciple of Pachelbel, Johann Bernhard was in the service of the court of Eisenach and left us only instrumental music. His four Ouvertures for orchestra constitute the obvious link between French music of the Grand Siecle and the compositions that Johann Sebastian would write in Weimar and Cothen. This release is an interesting missing link to be rediscovered.

kr 159
Image Symphony No. 1
Vinner av ECHO Klassik 2017 i kategorien:
SYMPHONIC RECORDING (19TH CENTURY MUSIC)


"The founder of the new symphony as I understand it" - Gustav Mahler, on Hans Rott + Hans Rott inspired Gustav Mahler with his highly ambitious Brucknerian dimensions symphony however he fell mentally ill at a young age and died soon after. + Not many recordings are available of Rott's music but are becoming more freqent in modern day.

kr 159
Image Telemann
Vinner av ECHO Klassik 2017 i kategorien:
CONCERT RECORDING (MUSIC UP TO AND INCLUDING 18TH CENTURY)


The year 2017 will mark the 250th anniversary of the death of Georg Philipp Telemann, one of the most prolific composers of the Baroque era. Giovanni Antonini and Il Giardino Armonico have taken this opportunity to pay tribute to his eclecticism in a programme juxtaposing works that move constantly between French and Italian stylistic traditions. On this release, Giovanni Antonini not only directs the ensemble, but also returns to the recorder, his own instrument of choice (as it was the composer’s), and performs the Suite in A minor, the Concerto in C major and the Concerto da camera in G minor. We will also discover a curiosity, a sonata for chalumeaux. This instrument of folk origins is comparable to the clarinet, and Telemann was the first composer to show an interest in it. Like volume 3 of the Haydn2032 Edition, this programme will be released on both CD and LP, thus asserting the common desire of the Alpha label and the Milanese ensemble to make these new recordings available to lovers of vinyl, who are more and more numerous.

kr 159
Image Telemann (2 LP)
Vinner av ECHO Klassik 2017 i kategorien:
CONCERT RECORDING (MUSIC UP TO AND INCLUDING 18TH CENTURY)


The year 2017 will mark the 250th anniversary of the death of Georg Philipp Telemann, one of the most prolific composers of the Baroque era. Giovanni Antonini and Il Giardino Armonico have taken this opportunity to pay tribute to his eclecticism in a programme juxtaposing works that move constantly between French and Italian stylistic traditions. On this release, Giovanni Antonini not only directs the ensemble, but also returns to the recorder, his own instrument of choice (as it was the composer’s), and performs the Suite in A minor, the Concerto in C major and the Concerto da camera in G minor. We will also discover a curiosity, a sonata for chalumeaux. This instrument of folk origins is comparable to the clarinet, and Telemann was the first composer to show an interest in it. Like volume 3 of the Haydn2032 Edition, this programme will be released on both CD and LP, thus asserting the common desire of the Alpha label and the Milanese ensemble to make these new recordings available to lovers of vinyl, who are more and more numerous.

kr 299
Image Piano Concertos K.413-415
Vinner av ECHO Klassik 2017 i kategorien:
CONCERT RECORDING (MUSIC UP TO AND INCLUDING 18TH CENTURY)


In January 1783 Mozart advertised in the Wiener Zeitung ‘the publication of three new, recently completed piano concertos’, which could even be played with quartet accompaniment – thus enabling him to reach a wider public. In similar vein, he told his father that they were ‘very brilliant and pleasing to the ear . . . Here and there only connoisseurs will derive satisfaction from them – yet in such a way that the non-connoisseur will also be pleased, without knowing why.’ It’s a fair bet that these dazzling performances by Kristian Bezuidenhout and the Freiburger Barockorchester will meet with the same unanimous approval!

kr 159
Image Wozzeck
Vinner av ECHO klassik 2017 i kategorien:
OPERA RECORDING (20TH/21ST CENTURY OPERA)


Based on real events and playwright Georg Bu¨chner’s starkly vehement text, Alban Berg’s tragic opera Wozzeck is an epoch-making work, in stark contrast to the previous high romantic ideals of the genre, that led Schoenberg to exclaim “now that’s what I call an opera!” Immensely powerful and heartbreakingly moving as a drama, Wozzeck explores the victimisation, despair and madness of a central character who has no place in society, its deeply humane message and sublimely innovative score firmly establishing it as a 20th-century masterpiece.




kr 159
Image Reminiscences
Vinner av ECHO Klassik 2017 i Kategorien: CHAMBER MUSIC RECORDING (19TH CENTURY MUSIC | MIXED ENSEMBLE)

Camille Thomas and Julien Liebeer, ardent champions of chamber music, have devised an exceptionally varied yet coherent recital of French music for cello and piano. ‘Reminiscences’ invites its listeners to plunge into the sound-world of the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries, in works full of inimitable colours. Two large-scale compositions, César Franck’s illustrious Sonata and the rarely heard but splendid Sonata for unaccompanied cello op.28 of Eugène Ysaÿe, structure a programme that also includes celebrated short pieces by Duparc, Fauré and Saint-Saëns, all of them bywords for lyricism and imagination.

kr 159
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