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Naxos among ICMA 2019 winners

January 17, 2019

Naxos and its affiliated labels were among the recipients of this year’s International Classical Music Awards (ICMA), announced on January 17.

Of the nineteen citations in the audio and video categories, Naxos received two awards. It won in the Best Collection category for its box set of Sibelius’ Incidental Music, the jury remarking that “The Turku Philharmonic orchestra and Leif Segerstam dig deep into this rich theatrical sound world, captivating meaningful details and colourful sound.”

It also won in the Best Video Documentary category for BEL CANTO The Tenors of the 78 Era, a documentary by Jan Schmidt-Garre that focuses on the early 20th-century tenors whose names were to become legendary. The jury acclaimed it as “a must for every opera lover.”

Ondine was joint winner in the Concerto category for the “masterful interpretation” of the Bartók Violin Concertos by soloist Christian Tetzlaff, conductor Hanna Lintu and the Finnish Radio Symphony Orchestra.

Oehms Classics took the award in the Symphonic Music category for its recording of works by Sibelius and Grieg performed by Dmitrij Kitajenko and the Gürzenich-Orchester Köln, notably for the performance of “Sibelius’ Second Symphony … one the most atmospheric and gripping available on disc.”

Accentus Music, one of Naxos’ distributed labels, was joint winner in the Video Performance category for its “outstanding performance of Mozart’s Le Nozze di Figaro … Gustavo Dudamel’s inspired conducting carries all the sparkle of the music.”

See the complete list of winners on ICMA’s website


SIBELIUS, J.: Incidental Music (Turku Philharmonic, Segerstam) (6-CD Boxed Set)
Turku Philharmonic Orchestra • Segerstam
Naxos 8.506032 [CD]

Video Documentary

BEL CANTO – The Tenors of the 78 Era (Documentaries, 2018)
Caruso • McCormack • Slezak • Schipa • Tauber • Melchior • Gigli • Thill • Rosvænge • Kozlovsky • Schmidt • Björling
Naxos 2.110389-91 [DVD]


BARTÓK, B.: Violin Concertos Nos. 1 and 2
C. Tetzlaff • Finnish Radio Symphony • Lintu
Ondine ODE1317-2 [CD]

Symphonic Music

SIBELIUS, J.: Symphony No. 2 • GRIEG, E.: Symphonic Dance, Op. 64, No. 2 • Våren
Cologne Gürzenich Orchestra • Kitayenko
OehmsClassics OC457 [CD]

Video Performance

MOZART, W.A.: Le Nozze di Figaro [Opera] (Staatsoper unter den Linden, 2015)
Turku Philharmonic Orchestra • Segerstam
Accentus Music ACC-20366 [DVD]


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