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2019 OPUS Klassik Awards – nominees announced

June 27, 2019

Recordings from the Naxos label are among the recently announced nominations for the 2019 OPUS Klassik Awards, Germany’s most prestigious awards body for classical music. The nineteen Naxos nominations appear in thirteen categories.

Cellist Gabriel Schwabe’s recording of Schumann’s Cello Concerto and works for cello and piano (8.573786) received nominations in three categories: Best Instrumentalist, Best Newcomer and Best Concert Recording.

SCHUMANN, R.: Cello Concerto • Cello and Piano Works
Schwabe, Rimmer, Royal Northern Sinfonia, Vogt

Violist Hiyoli Togawa’s release of Romantic Viola Sonatas (8.573730) was similarly nominated in three categories: Best Instrumentalist (Viola), Best Newcomer and Best Chamber Music Recording (Duo Performance); the latter category also includes a nomination for a mixed programme of works for violin and piano by Iuliana Münch and André Parfenov (8.551396).

Romantic Viola Sonatas – ONSLOW, G. • MENDELSSOHN, Felix • KALLIWODA, J.W.
Hiyoli Togawa, Grigoryan

Tianwa Yang received the nomination for Best Instrumentalist (Violin) and Best Concert Recording for the first volume in her series of Wolfgang Rihm’s Music for Violin and Orchestra (8.573812). This recording also brought Christopher Mathias Mueller a nomination for Best Conductor.

RIHM, W.: Violin and Orchestra Music, Vol. 1
Tianwa Yang, Rheinland-Pfalz State Philharmonic, Mueller

Pianist Boris Giltburg received the nomination for both Best Instrumentalist (Piano) and Best Instrumental Solo Performance for his recording of Liszt’s Études d’exécution transcendante (8.573981).

LISZT, F.: 12 Études d’exécution transcendante • La Leggierezza • Rigoletto: Paraphrase de concert
Boris Giltburg

The Bachorchester and Bachchor Mainz’s recording of Bach’s St John Passion (8.573817-18) earned it nominations in both the Best Ensemble/Orchestra and Best Choral Recording categories.

BACH, J.S.: St. John Passion (1749 version, with additional movements from 1725 version)
Mainz Bach Choir and Orchestra, R. Otto

Jaap van Zweden received the nomination for Best Conductor for his recording of Wagner’s Götterdämmerung (8.660428-31), which was also nominated for Best Opera Recording (19th century).

WAGNER, R.: Götterdämmerung [Opera]
Barkmin, Brenna, Shenyang, Hong Kong Philharmonic Chorus and Orchestra, van Zweden

Audiovisual recordings were nominated for Best Opera Recording (Benvenuto Cellini, Berlioz, 2.110271) and Audiovisual Production of the Year (Benvenuto Cellini, Berlioz, 2.110271; Die Schöpfung, Haydn. 2.110581; Il Vologeso, Jommelli, NBD0067V).

BERLIOZ, H.: Benvenuto Cellini [Opera] (DNO, 2015)
Osborn, Muraro, Naouri, Sicilia, Losier, Rotterdam Philharmonic Orchestra, Elder

HAYDN, J.: Die Schöpfung (The Creation) [Oratorio]
Eriksmoen, Schmutzhard, Accentus Chamber Choir, Insula Orchestra, Equilbey

JOMMELLI, N.: Vologeso [Opera] (Staatsoper Stuttgart, 2015) (Blu-ray, HD)
Kohlhepp, Marilley, Durlovski, Schneiderman, Staatsorchester Stuttgart, Ferro

Naxos’ Grand Piano label received two nominations, together with those for the Naxos affiliated labels: Orfeo (7), OEHMSclassics (6), SWRmusic (4). The majority of the nominations for Naxos’ distributed labels went to BR Klassik, with numerous nominations also recorded for MDG, WERGO, Pentatone, Accentus Music, Thorofon, Lyrita, DACAPO, OUR Records and C Major.

The award winners will be announced at a ceremony to be held at the Konzerthaus Berlin on Sunday 13 October.


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