Abbado’s memory honoured with prestigious Gramophone Award

Deutsche Grammophon is proud to announce that the late Claudio Abbado was posthumously honoured last Thursday night with the coveted Gramophone Recording of the Year Award for his very last recording – Bruckner’s Symphony No. 9 with the Lucerne Festival Orchestra. An Accentus Music production, the release was judged best in the orchestral category and triumphed over more than 600 other competitors to win the evening’s top prize as well.

The two awards were presented to the conductor’s son Sebastian Abbado and to Mark Wilkinson, President of Deutsche Grammophon, by BBC Radio 3 Controller Alan Davey, to rapturous applause from all present at London’s St John’s Smith Square, signalling the cherished place held within the industry by this much-missed and irreplaceable artist.

On its release in 2014, Mark Wilkinson described the Bruckner as “a fitting, final tribute to the unique artistry of a true master of classical music recording”. At Thursday’s ceremony, James Jolly, Editor-in-Chief of Gramophone magazine, also paid tribute to this outstanding recording, saying, “this is very special on so many counts: the last performance that Claudio Abbado conducted, a live concert with his hand-picked Lucerne orchestra and a work that crowned a compositional career. Beauty, intensity, intelligence, power – all come together to make for a lasting experience of huge rewards.”

© Ben Ealovega