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A bumber crop of 2018 OPUS KLASSIK awards for Naxos and partner labels is announced

September 4, 2018

OPUS KLASSIK, Germany’s most prestigious awards body in the field of recorded classical music, has announced details of this year’s winners. Naxos and its distributed labels have again received awards for eight outstanding recordings.

Organised by the Bundesverband Musikindustrie (BVMI), the annual awards were previously known as ECHO KLASSIK, but the categories for pop, classical and jazz recordings were renamed earlier this year.

The Naxos label received two awards: Marin Alsop’s recording of Bernstein’s Symphonies Nos. 1 and 2 (8.559790) with the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra was named Best Symphonic Recording (20th century); and Boris Giltburg’s performance of Rachmaninov’s Second Piano Concerto (8.573629) with the Royal Scottish National Orchestra under Carlos Miguel Prieto received the Best Solo Performance (20th century) award.

Best Symphonic Recording
(20th century)
Naxos 8.559790
Best Solo Performance
(20th century)
Naxos 8.573629

The Capriccio label distinguished itself with three citations: Cornelius Meister was named Conductor of the Year for his recordings of the complete Martinů symphonies (C5320); the award for Best Concert Recording (20th century) went to a programme of music by George Antheil (C5309) featuring the Deutsche Staatsphilharmonie Rheinland-Pfalz, conductor Karl-Heinz Steffens and piano soloist Frank Dupree; and the label’s release of Braunfels’ opera Ulenspiegel (C9006) was named Best World Premiere recording.

Conductor of the Year
Capriccio C5320
Best Concert Recording
(20th century)
Capriccio C5309
Best World
Premiere Recording
Capriccio C9006

MDG garnered two awards: Best Instrumentalist went to Frank Bungarten (contraguitar) for his programme of music by Johann Kaspar Mertz (MDG9051954-6); while that for Best Chamber Music Recording (19th century) went to the Mozart Quartet et al for their progamme of music by Georg Hendrik Witte (MDG9432046-6).

Best Instrumentalist
Best Chamber Music Recording
(19th century)

OUR recordings received the Best Music DVD award for their release featuring Marin, an animated film created to accompany Danish composer Axel Borup-Jørgensen’s mighty Op. 60.

Best Music DVD)
OUR Recordings 6.220620

Congratulations go to all the artists involved in these wonderful recordings. The OPUS KLASSIK 2018 awards ceremony will take place on 14 October in the Konzerthaus Berlin. The gala ceremony will feature performances conducted by Cornelius Meister (see above) and will be broadcast by ZDF television.

Visit the OPUS KLASSIK website


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