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Nominations announced for the 2018 International Classical Music Awards

November 21, 2017

Nine discs from the Naxos label are among the recently announced nominations for the 2018 International Classical Music Awards (ICMA). The Naxos discs appear in eight categories.

The Vocal Recital category sees the nomination of Puccini’s complete songs for soprano and piano, performed by Krassimira Stoyanova with accompanist Maria Prinz. The nineteen complete songs cover themes typical of lyric poetry, while the programme also includes rare salon pieces and examples of Puccini’s secular and sacred juvenilia. [8.573501]

Rossini’s Adelaide di Borgogna is nominated in the Opera category. Set in medieval Italy, the rarely performed workis bel canto in its purest form and was held in high regard by its composer. The recording continues the highly successful collaboration between Naxos and the Rossini in Wildbad Festival. [8.660401-02]

In the Chamber Music category we have violinist Tomás Cotik’s fresh adaptations, mostly for two or three musicians, of some of Piazzolla’s richest and most exciting compositions. Following the success of Cotik’s Tango Nuevo recording [8.573166] this follow-up disc has the same aim of preserving and celebrating the tango nuevo master’s legacy. [8.573789]

Naxos’ nomination in the Concertos section fell to Romain Descharmes’ performance of Saint-Saëns’ Piano Concerto No. 3. Part of our project to record all of Saint-Saëns’ concertos and other works for solo instrument and orchestra, the nominated disc is the second volume in the piano concertos series. The programme also includes Rhapsodie d’Auvergne, Africa and Caprice-Valse, “Wedding Cake”, all for piano and orchestra.[8.573477]

We received two nominations in the Symphonic Music category, the first for Leonard Slatkin’s performance of Copland’s iconic Symphony No. 3 with the Detroit Symphony Orchestra, which Fanfare considered “ … a powerful (the brass!), thrilling, extroverted, yet poetic account that can join the ranks of the very best.” [8.559844]

Also in the symphonic category is the second Naxos recording by the elite conservatory students of the National Orchestral Institute Philharmonic that explores further examples of the breadth of American music. Conducted by James Ross, the programme comprises Randall Thomson’s Second Symphony, Samuel Adams’ Drift and Providence and Samuel Barber’s First Symphony. [8.559822]

Our nomination in the Contemporary category was for the Kiev Virtuosi Chamber Orchestra’s programme of works by Ukrainian composer Valentin Silvestrov, conducted by Dmitry Yablonsky and featuring pianist Iryna Starodub. [8.573598]

Finally we have two nominations in the Assorted Programmes category. The first is for Boris Giltburg’s performance of Shostakovich’s two piano concertos and his own arrangement for piano of Shostakovich’s powerful String Quartet No. 8. [8.573666]

The second nomination went to our recording of two works by Lou Harrison featuring violinist Tim Fain (his violin concerto and the Grand Duo for violin and piano) plus Double Music which Harrison co-composed with his friend John Cage. The orchestral element is provided by the PostClassical Ensemble, conducted by Angel Gil-Ordóñez.

Our affiliated labels together received a further seventeen nominations, distributed as follows: Capriccio (3), Dynamic (1), Grand Piano (1), Ondine (7), Orfeo (3), SWR (2). Further details of these recordings can be found by scrolling down the page.

Our distributed labels received many nominations, too numerous to itemise here, but which can be found by following this link.

The ICMA is one of the most important awards bodies of the global classical music scene, representing the opinions of nineteen professional music critics from fourteen different countries. The ICMA nominations recognise creativity, imagination in choice of repertoire and artistic excellence. The final results announcing the ICMA winners will be published in January, 2018, and we wish all artists, musicians, producers and everyone involved in creating these recordings the best of luck!

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ICMA Nominees for Affiliated Labels


LEVINA Piano Concertos Nos. 1 and 2
Lettberg, Berlin Radio Symphony, Matiakh
Capriccio C5269 [CD]

MARTINŮ Symphonies Nos. 1-6
Vienna Radio Symphony, C. Meister
Capriccio C5320 [CD]

DVOŘÁK Spectre’s Bride (The) [Cantata]
Šaturová, Breslik, Plachetka, Wiener Singakademie, Vienna Radio Symphony, Meister)
Capriccio C5315 [CD]


DONIZETTI Rosmonda d’Inghilterra [Opera]
Pratt, Mei, Schmunck, Donizetti Opera Choir and Orchestra, Rolli
Dynamic CDS7757.02 [CD]

Grand Piano

RÄÄTS Piano Sonatas (Complete), Vol. 1 – Nos. 1-4, 9-10
Nicolas Horvath
Grand Piano GP765 [CD]


JS BACH Sonatas and Partitas for Solo Violin, BWV 1001-1006
Christian Tetzlaff
Ondine ODE1299-2D [CD]

SCHUBERT String Quartet No. 15 / HAYDN String Quartet No. 26
Tetzlaff Quartet
Ondine ODE1293-2 [CD]

BEETHOVEN Piano Concertos Nos. 1 and 5
Vogt, Royal Northern Sinfonia
Ondine ODE1292-2 [CD]

PROKOFIEV Piano Concertos Nos. 2 and 5
Mustonen, Finnish Radio Symphony, Lintu
Ondine ODE1288-2 [CD]

BEETHOVEN Triple Concerto / Piano Concerto No. 3
C. and T. Tetzlaff, Vogt, Royal Northern Sinfonia
Ondine ODE1297-2 [CD]

CARTER Late Works
Aimard, Currie, I. Faust, Queyras, Birmingham Contemporary Music Group, BBC Symphony, O. Knussen
Ondine ODE1296-2 [CD]

SIBELIUS Tapiola / En Saga / Songs (arr. A. Sallinen for voice and orchestra)
Otter, Finnish Radio Symphony, Lintu
Ondine ODE1289-5 [CD]


Opera Arias (Soprano): Stoyanova, Krassimira - PUCCINI, G. / MASCAGNI, P. / CILEA, F. / CATALANI, A.
Krassimira Stoyanova
Orfeo C899171A [CD]

STRAVINSKY Rossignol (Le) [Opera]
Erdmann, Wundsam, Begemann, West German Radio Chorus and Symphony, Saraste
Orfeo C919171A [CD]


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