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ICMA winners of the year 2021

The International Classical Music Awards (ICMA) recognise creativity,
imagination in choice of repertoire and artistic excellence!


Vinnerne av International Classical Music Awards 2021.
I kategorien Beste konsertalbum ble Alban Gerhardts innspilling av Shostakovichs cellokonserter (Hyperion) hyllet.

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Image ICMA WINNER: BEST CONCERTOS
Dmitri Shostakovich: Cello Concertos Nos. 1 & 2
Alban Gerhardt, WDR Sinfonieorchester Köln, Jukka-Pekka Saraste

ICMA: Shostakovich’s existentially drawn concertos rank among the great challenges even for veteran cellists. Gerhardt’s expressive readings combine masterful playing with tone that ranges from the feverish to the roughened, the slim and sometimes sharp-edged. Without eccentric gestures, his fluent, colourful playing bring rarely heard intensity to the composer’s dark-shaded soundworld.

kr 169
Image ICMA WINNER: BEST EARLY MUSIC
Bonefont – Bruck – Gombert – Kerle – Lassus
Huelgas Ensemble, Paul van Nevel

ICMA: A living legend of early music, Paul Van Nevel together with his Huelgas Ensemble help us rediscover the scores of Simone de Bonefont, a major release published by the Belgian label Cyprès.

kr 159
Image ICMA WINNER: BEST BAROQUE INSTRUMENTAL
Giuseppe Tartini: Violin Concertos
Chouchane Siranossian
Venice Baroque Orchestra, Andrea Marcon

ICMA: Being a versatile musician, Chouchane Siranossian has achieved considerable success both in the standard classical repertoire and baroque music. This Tartini CD is a wonderful proof of both Siranossian’s distinguished artistry and Tartini’s great but still underrated music for violin and orchestra. With her trademark virtuosity, Siranossian excels in the outer movements of all the concertos on the recording and equally fills the inner movements with immense lyricism. Chouchane Siranossian’s playing is characterized by great naturalness – a quality that has become very rare among modern baroque violinists – without ever degenerating into casualness. Andrea Marcon and the Venice Baroque Orchestra are very inspired partners for the soloist, providing a supple and expressive accompaniment.

kr 169
Image ICMA WINNER: BEST BAROQUE VOCAL
La Francesina, Handel’s Nightingale
Sophie Junker
Le Concert de l’Hostel Dieu, Franck-Emmanuel Comte

ICMA: Élisabeth Du Parc was a French singer who became a sort of muse to Handel during his last years in London: on this Aparté CD, the Belgian soprano Sophie Junker astounds with the skill with which she delivers a very virtuosic vocal writing, thanks to total mastery of languages – Italian and English – and the ability to make every technical device an expressive factor. All in all, one of the finest examples of baroque singing in recent years.

kr 159
Image ICMA WINNER: BESTCHORAL MUSIC
Igor Kuljeric: Glagolitic Requiem
Jakov Gotovac: Himna Slobodi
Kristina Kolar, Eric Laporte, Annika Schlicht, Ljubomir Puskaric, Chor des Bayerischen Rundfunks, Münchner Rundfunkorchester, Ivan Repusic

ICMA: The Glagolitic Requiem by the Croatian composer and conductor Igor Kuljeric
marries Glagolitic melismas with the architecture and form of the Latin Requiem. The recording allows us not only to discover a truly outstanding work but also to hear this music in a sensitive, gripping interpretation. The conductor Ivan Repusic is well supported by good soloists, the excellent choir of the Bavarian Radio and the very committed Munich Radio Orchestra.

kr 159
Image ICMA WINNER: BEST OPERA
Camille Saint-Saëns: Le Timbre d’Argent
Hélène Guilmette, Jodie Devos, Edgaras Montvidas, Yu Shao, Tassis Christoyannis
Jean-Yves Ravoux, Matthieu Chapuis
Accentus, Les Siècles, François-Xavier Roth

ICMA: The Bru Zane label offers us a formidable rediscovery, Le Timbre d’Argent by Camille Saint-Saëns. The opera begins with a 12-minute long, dramatic and musically very attractive overture and contains wonderful arias, scenes and choruses, which are shown to their best advantage in the gripping, lively interpretation by Xavier-François Roth at the helm of his own deeply committed orchestra Les Siècles. The cast is exceptional and among the singers is Jodie Devos, Young Artist 2015 of the International Classical Music Awards.

kr 359
Image ICMA WINNER: BEST CONTEMPORARY MUSIC
Thomas Adès: Powder Her Face, Berceuse, Mazurkas, In Seven Days
Kirill Gerstein, Tanglewood Music Centre Orchestra, Thomas Adès

ICMA: It has long been known: in these difficult times for the art of composition, Thomas Adès has found his own, eclectic language, creating music that is both attractive in sound and full of meaning. This programme combines the different aspects of his creative nature, evoking Schubert and tango, the salon elegance of mazurkas (though translated into a contemporary language), and the flickering of stars. This unusual set, enriched by the brilliant pianist Kirill Gerstein and musicians of the Tanglewood Music Center Orchestra, is a most glamorous showcase for the work of this English composer and of contemporary music in general.

kr 169
Image ICMA WINNER: BEST ASSORTED PROGRAMS
Beethoven: Piano Concerto No. 4, Coriolan Overture,
The Creatures of Prometheus Overture
Kristian Bezuidenhout, Freiburger Barockorchester, Pablo Heras-Casado

ICMA: Kristian Bezuidenhout brings joy, finesse and lyricism to this often-recorded piece of Beethoven, and his interpretation is so fresh and sounds so authentic that one can’t help feeling that the listener is being beamed up to the Vienna of Beethoven’s era. The sound of the fortepiano is so sweet, and the brilliant recording of both the piano and orchestra do justice to the beauty of the pieces. The orchestra under the baton of Pablo Heras-Casado is very receptive, energetic and dynamic, and proves itself to be a first-rate authentic ensemble.

kr 159
Image ICMA WINNER: BEST HISTORICAL RECORDINGS
Live in Moscow 1951-1963
Dmitri Shostakovich: 24 Preludes and Fugues op. 87
Svjatoslav Richter, Emil Gilels, Tatiana Nikolayeva, Dmitri Shostakovich

ICMA: Nobody plays Shostakovich like Shostakovich – obviously. But then, there’s Emil Gilels and his unique view on Shostakovich’s 24 Preludes and Fugues, as well as Tatiana Nikolayeva, who performed their premiere. And, of course, Svjatoslav Richter with his much-loved interpretations. This CD box brings them all together and reminds the Shostakovich-loving audience that there’s nothing like authenticity.

kr 359
Image ICMA WINNER: BEST VIDEO PERFORMANCE
Rachmaninov: Piano concerto No. 3 + Etude-Tableau + Vocalise + Symphony No. 3
Denis Matsuev, Lucerne Festival Orchestra, Riccardo Chailly

ICMA: In this live recording of Rachmaninov’s 3rd Piano Concerto, Denis Matsuev’s playing is both soulful and brilliant. Riccardo Chailly’s reading is detailed and extremely colourful. Rachmaninov’s Third Symphony, though composed on Lake Lucerne, is deeply Russian, and Chailly expresses this well. He does not seek the spectacular or the racy elegance in Rachmaninov’s music, but rather a emphasises sonority, orchestral colour and transparency, so that the individual movements of the symphony present themselves like a lush bouquet. But what ultimately really distinguishes this performance is the magnificent, phenomenal playing of the Lucerne Festival Orchestra.


kr 239
Image ICMA WINNER: BEST VIDEO PERFORMANCE
ex-aequo

Thomas: Hamlet
Stéphane Degout, Sabine Devieilhe, Laurent Alvaro, Sylvie Brunet-Grupposo, Nicolas Legoux, Julien Behr, Jérôme Varnier, Yoann Dubruque, Kevin Amiel
Chœur Les Eléments, Orchestre des Champs-Elysées,
Louis Langrée, conductor
Cyril Teste, stage director

ICMA: Unjustly labelled by Debussy’s famous joke (« I know three kinds of music: the good, the bad and Thomas’s »), the French composer’s music returns to the stage with a production of his masterpiece, Hamlet, which fascinated the audience thanks to Louis Langrée’s sensitive conducting, Cyril Teste’s intelligently modern direction and, above all, the magnificent singing and theatrical intensity of Stéphane Degout and Sabine Devieilhe: a real redemption for poor Ambroise Thomas!

kr 239
Image ICMA WINNER: BEST VIDEO PERFORMANCE
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Image ICMA WINNER: BEST VIDEO DOCUMENTARIES
Lucas Debargue – To Music
A film by Martin Mirabel

In this documentary category about Lucas Debargue, shot and directed by the pianist’s contemporary Martin Mirabel, the camera follows the young musician during concerts, recordings and even walks, capturing his original and paradoxical judgments about art, revealing his complete immersion in what makes up the meaning of his life. The jury appreciates both the stylishly-made visual component of the film and the special way of filming, which combines a news-reel manner with great focus on the details. It reveals the creative personality of an artist who may become one of the greatest musicians of the 21st century.

kr 239
Image ICMA WINNER: BEST VIDEO DOCUMENTARIES
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Image LIFETIME ACHIEVEMENT AWARD
Edita Gruberova, soprano

ICMA: One of the last true great opera divas, Edita Gruberova has triumphed on stages all over the world for over fifty years, showing the absolute perfection of her singing, the purity of her pitch and total adherence to the dramatic reasons of the characters in the Italian bel canto repertoire, in which she is undisputed queen — but we shouldn’t forget the wit and the irony she has always displayed in German and Viennese operetta. A model of long-lasting career and dedication, Edita Gruberova is a model for any young singer wishing to follow her example.

kr 159
Image ARTIST OF THE YEAR
Pablo Heras-Casado, conductor

ICMA: In an already dazzling career, the Granada-born conductor Pablo Heras-Casado has shown great versatility in an unusually broad repertoire ranging from Renaissance music to contemporary creations. His collaborations with the world’s most important orchestras and ensembles, as well as his numerous recordings, place the young Spanish maestro among the most solid values on the international scene.

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Image YOUNG ARTIST OF THE YEAR
Can Cakmur, piano

ICMA: After studies at Schola Cantorum in Paris and at the Liszt Academy of Weimar, as well as with Diane Andersen in Belgium, the young Turkish pianist Can Cakmur has just embarked into a promising worldwide career. Benefitting from a superb technique he is a sensitive and rhetoric musician. After having received an ICMA Award in the Solo Instrument category last year, he is getting ICMA’s Young Artist of the Year Award this year, which is also unique in our awards’ history.


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Image ORCHESTRA AWARD
Marc Bouchkov, violin

The Franco-Belgian violinist Marc Bouchkov is a complete musician, equally at ease in recitals and chamber music as he is as a soloist with symphony orchestras. His flexibility in different styles makes him one of the most eminent soloists of our time.

kr 139
Image SPECIAL ACHIEVEMENT AWARD
Ingolf Turban, violin

ICMA: Ingolf Turban is one of the most recorded violinists of our time. In a very broad and often rarely played repertoire his interpretations are lauded for their technical accomplishment and highly communicative quality. A virtuoso performer, he is also a renowned teacher, eager to share his skills with the younger generation, notably at the International Music Academy in Liechtenstein.

kr 159
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