Naxos among ICMA 2016 winners
January 20, 2016
Naxos was among the recipients of this year’s International Classical Music Awards (ICMA), announced on January 20.
Of the fifteen citations in the audio and video categories, Naxos received the Early Music award for Argentum et Aurum – Musical Treasures from the Early Habsburg Renaissance. Released in January 2015, the recording features Ensemble Leones directed by Marc Lewon, who founded the specialist early music ensemble in 2008. The recording, which presents an overview of music of everyday life during the period c.1340 to c.1520, was the product of an extensive research project conducted at the University of Vienna.
Artists performing on winning audio and video releases from the Naxos distributed labels are Dmitrij Kitajenko, Riccardo Chailly, Michala Petri, Mahan Esfahani and Daniil Trifonov.
“Only an international jury like ours can get, at the end, such an impressive international result with productions from 15 labels and nine different countries,’ said ICMA President Rémy Franck. “According to our criteria only really outstanding recordings are allowed to win a prize, and to get there, we will certainly never be misled by any chart rankings or the whatsoever popularity of artists…It’s all about musical quality and integrity!”