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Deutsche Grammophon artists Andris Nelsons and Daniil Trifonov honoured at 2016 Gramophone Awards
Two exclusive Deutsche Grammophon artists have scored triumphant successes at the Gramophone Classical Music Awards 2016. Andris Nelsons received the coveted “Orchestral” category award for his account of Shostakovich’s Symphony No. 10, recorded live with the Boston Symphony Orchestra. Gramophone’s readers, meanwhile, voted Daniil Trifonov as the magazine’s “Artist of the Year”, an accolade secured thanks not least to the eloquence of his critically acclaimed recordings for the yellow label. The keenly contested Awards were presented during a ceremony held at St John’s Smith Square in London on Thursday 15 September.
“The Gramophone Awards exist to recognise the very best in classical music performance and recording,” commented Dr Clemens Trautmann, President Deutsche Grammophon. “They represent international benchmark standards of excellence and artistry, qualities measured against the finest recordings ever made. That is why we are so delighted that two outstanding performers of the younger generation – Andris Nelsons and Daniil Trifonov – have been honoured with such distinction for their work. Their charismatic artistry connects with people of all ages and is drawing new audiences to great classical compositions. We are proud that their close partnership with Deutsche Grammophon has been recognised with these prestigious prizes.
In his review of Andris Nelsons’s compelling first recording as Music Director of the Boston Symphony Orchestra, Gramophone critic Edward Seckerson declared that Shostakovich Under Stalin’s Shadow – Symphony No. 10 ranked as “one of the finest performances that I have ever heard of this great piece (it must surely bid fair for ‘best in catalogue’) and to say that it augurs well for [the conductor’s] future with the Boston Symphony is an understatement and then some.” The album, recorded in concert at Boston’s Symphony Hall in April 2015, also won this year’s GRAMMY Award for “Best Orchestral Recording”.
“Artist of the Year” Daniil Trifonov emerged as winner of the popular vote in Gramophone’s reader poll. The young Russian’s technical mastery, probing musicianship and visionary artistry have earned close comparisons with legendary pianists of the past. Trifonov’s Deutsche Grammophon recording of Rachmaninov’s Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini with the Philadelphia Orchestra and Yannick-Nézet-Séguin, described by Gramophone as “a great [recording], clearly up there with the very best”, helped secure one of the magazine’s four special awards. Trifonov is likely to be in contention for a Gramophone Award again next year with Transcendental, his latest Deutsche Grammophon recording of Liszt’s complete concert Études, set for international release on 7 October 2016.
Deutsche Grammophon launches new collection available exclusively on iTunes
Legendary Yellow Label albums now available Mastered for iTunes
Berlin, 1st April 2015
Deutsche Grammophon presents a major worldwide campaign, offering a special 32-album selection of truly legendary recordings from the Deutsche Grammophon catalogue. A further 30 albums will be added to the selection later in the year.
All albums are available Mastered for iTunes, encoded from 24 Bit / 96 kHz high resolution masters, delivering music to listeners exactly the way the artist and recording engineer intended. 18 of these are brand new re-masters from their original analogue sources, exclusively produced for iTunes.
Featured artists include conductors such as Herbert von Karajan, Carlos Kleiber, Claudio Abbado and Gustavo Dudamel, pianists such as Emil Gilels, Martha Argerich, Maurizio Pollini and Hélčne Grimaud, and instrumentalists and singers such as Anne-Sophie Mutter, Hilary Hahn and Anna Netrebko.
Universal critical acclaim is common to the carefully chosen albums. For example, BBC Music wrote of Mstislav Rostropovich’s recording of Dvorak’s Cello Concerto, with Karajan and the Berlin Philharmonic: “Rostropovich’s emotional and sonic power in this classic 1968 recording has never been bettered.” Gramophone wrote of Gilel’s Grieg’s Lyric Pieces: “The Russian master brings these miniatures to life in performances full of palpable love for the music.” And The Daily Telegraph said of Wilhelm Kempff’s performances of Beethoven’s Fourth and Fifth Piano Concertos: “If you own just one Beethoven concerto album, this should be it.”
Deutsche Grammophon’s Grammy-award winning Producer, Sid McLauchlan, commented on the high sound quality of Mastered for iTunes:
"We conducted a blind listening test in a studio, switching between our 24 Bit/96 kHz studio masters and Mastered for iTunes and found the differences astonishingly small. Nor did they fit into categories like "better" or "worse". It was more like: Is there ANY difference? The warmth, clarity and tonal qualities of the voices, instruments and their acoustic spaces were all there, as was that intangible: emotion. Our conclusion was that the differences were too small to be noticeable and we couldn’t tell which one was which, nor which one was better than the other! - Mastered for iTunes is a definite win for the classical consumer.”