Gramophone this week announced the winners of the 10 categories of its annual classical music awards, widely regarded as the ‘Oscars of classical music’. Two DG artists have won in the categories Contemporary and Orchestral.
Thomas Adès is no stranger to the Awards and, in his fourth win across 22 years, he takes this year’s Contemporary category (sponsored by PPL) conducting his own Piano Concerto and Totentanz. With soloists Kirill Gerstein, Mark Stone, Christianne Stotijn, Adès conducts the Boston Symphony Orchestra. Gramophone commented: ‘for proof that Adès does what he does with mind-boggling brilliance, look no further’.
This year’s Orchestral award goes to the widely-acclaimed recording of Weinberg’s symphonies nos. 2 & 21 recorded by the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra, Gidon Kremer and Kremerata Baltica led by Mirga Gražinytė-Tyla. This album, noted by Gramophone as “one of the most important symphonic releases of the year”, has, alongside the artists’ UK premiere of Symphony no. 21 last year, completely transformed Weinberg’s reputation in the UK.