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Vote for Naxos & Dacapo Albums Nominated for BBC Music Magazine Awards 2011

February 4, 2011


Among the nominees are:

SHOSTAKOVICH Symphony No. 10
Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra
Vasily Petrenko, conductor

Naxos 8.572461

The awards jury says… Vasily Petrenko’s straight-as-a-die reading of Shostakovich’s mighty Tenth Symphony is electrifying. Tempos are fast and furious—the scherzo blistering—but never at the expense of detail: illuminating solos from the orchestra have depth and precision, while the whole work crackles with fiery colour. For all the emotional fervour, Petrenko treats this as a symphony, not a personal confession bogged down in rhetorical posturing. Though each movement is powerfully delineated, he draws all threads together for a truly celebratory and utterly coherent finale. Helen Wallace

RUDERS Four Dances in One Movement
Nightshade, Abysm

Birmingham Contemporary Music Group
Oliver Knussen, conductor

Dacapo 8.226028

‘…as large and colorful as Poul Ruders’ orchestral compositions. Furthermore, we can be sure that just about any contemporary music program led by Oliver Knussen will do the music full justice…Nightshade…is wonderfully fluent, creepy, and evocative. Ruders is often at his best exploring his darker side; this is evident in Abysm as well…splendidly played and recorded…A substantial addition to his discography.’ David Hurwitz,, November 2009

LANGGARD The Music of the Spheres
The Time of the End, From the Abyss

Inger Dam-Jensen, soprano
Hetna Regitze Bruun, mezzo-soprano
Peter Lodahl, tenor • Johan Reuter, baritone
Danish National Symphony Chorus & Orchestra
Thomas Dausgaard, conductor

Dacapo 6.220535

Gramophone Recommends
Marvellously recorded accounts of some of Langgaard’s finest scores…[The Music of the Spheres is] an extraordinary tapestry for a large albeit sparingly used orchestra (with distant small ensemble accompanying a solo soprano) and choir…a series of interlinked studies in sonority, shimmering textures and long drawn-out chords blending with apocalyptic visions…Dausgaard’s interpretation, brought vividly to this year’s Proms to much acclaim, accentuates the textural subtleties of the score in a vibrant recording…The Time of the End is, essentially, the suite from Langgaard’s opera AntikristFrom the Abyss was Langgaard’s final completed piece, inspired by lines from the Requiem Mass. It is tempting to see it as a final valedictory memorial but is best heard as a fine if diffuse choral-and-orchestral tome-poem. It rounds out this superbly played and recorded disc splendidly. Highly recommended. Guy Rickards, Gramophone, November 2010

Click on the BBC Music Magazine Awards banner to cast your votes! Voting closes on 1 March 2011.


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