ICMA 2020 Nominations
November 25, 2019
Recordings from the Naxos label and its affiliated labels were among the recently announced nominations for the 2020 International Classical Music Awards (ICMA). The Naxos Music Group received 37 nominations appearing in 11 categories.
We received six nominations in the Choral Music category, including the recordings of Beethoven’s only oratorio Christus am Ölberge and Elegischer Gesang (8.573852), Carl Loewe’s Das Sühnopfer des Neuen Bundes (OC1706), Tchaikovsky’s Liturgy of St. John Chrysostom and nine sacred choruses (ODE1336-2), Sibelius’ Kullervo (ODE1338-5), and Estonian Philharmonic Chamber Choir’s recordings of Liszt’ Via Crucis and Arvo Pärt’s sacred choral works (ODE1337-2) and Hans Werner Henze’s Das Floß der Medusa (SWR19082CD).
The nominations in the Opera category went to the recordings of Auber’s revolutionary grand opera La Sirène (8.660436), Franco Faccio’s Amleto (‘Hamlet’) (8.660454-55) and Marschner’s Hans Heiling (OC976). More nominations include two Weber’s works, Oberon (OC984) and Euryanthe (C5373), presented by Stadttheater Gießen and Theater an der Wien respectively.
Boris Giltburg’s widely acclaimed performance of Liszt’s Études d’exécution transcendante (8.573981) and Lars Vogt’s recording of Mozart’s Piano Sonatas (ODE1318-2) received the nominations in the Solo Music catagory.
We received four nominations in the Chamber Music category, the first for a programme of music by Castelnuovo-Tedesco (8.574003), including his Third Violin Concerto, String Trio and Sonata for Violin and Cello. The second nomination in this category is for an attractive programme of flute works by André Jolivet (8.573885), performed by Hélène Boulègue and François Dumont. Another nomination is for a programme of Zara Levina’s chamber works (C5356), featuring pianists Maria Lettberg and Katia Tchemberdji, violinist Yury Revich, violist Gernot Adrion and cellist Ringela Riemke. Cellist Norbert Anger and pianist Michael Schöch also received a nomination in this category for their recording of works by Richard Strauss and Wagner (OC1701).
Naxos’ nomination in the Concertos section fell to the Brahms’ Violin Concerto and Double Concerto album (8.573772), performed by acclaimed Naxos artists Tianwa Yang and Gabriel Schwabe conducted by Antoni Wit. Two Ondine albums also received the nominations in this category: star violinist Christian Tetzlaff’s recording of violin concertos by Beethoven and Sibelius (ODE1334-2) and an album featuring works for horn and orchestra, performed by Markus Maskunitty, Royal Stockholm Philharmonic Orchestra and conductor Sakari Oramo (ODE1339-2).
The Symphonic Music category saw the seven nominations: Beethoven’s complete symphonies performed by the Danish Chamber Orchestra under Ádám Fischer (8.505251); Beethoven’s The Creatures of Prometheus by Leif Segerstam and the Turku Philharmonic Orchedtra (8.573853); the original 1915 version of El amor brujo by Manuel de Falla (8.573890); Nikolay Myaskovsky’s Symphonies Nos. 1 and 13, featuring the Ural Youth Symphony Orchestra and Alexander Rudin (8.573988); Weinerg’s Chamber Symphonies Nos. 1 and 3 performed by East-West Chamber Orchestra and Rostislav Krimer, celebrating the centenary of composer’s birth (8.574063); a special album of containing two recordings of Michael Gielen conducting Mahler’s Symphony No. 6, made 42 years apart (SWR19080CD); and Mussorgsky’s Pictures at an Exhibition performed by Dmitrij Kitajenko and Gürzenich Orchestra Cologne (OC469).
In the Contemporary Music category, we have two nominations. The first is for Richard Danielpour’s music featuring the conductor Misha Rachlevsky and Russian String Orchestra (8.559857). The second nomination wend to the world premiere recording of three works by Kaija Saariaho, presented by the Finnish Radio Symphony Orchestra conducted by Hannu Lintu (ODE1309-2).
Ondine recordings gained two nominations in the Assorted Programmes section, including Heino Eller’s works featuring Latvian violinist Baiba Skride and conductor Olari Elts (ODE1321-2), as well as the music of Bernd Alois Zimmermann (ODE1325-2).
SWR Music received a nomination in the Historic Recordings category for the recording of Friedrich Gulda from five concerts from 1966 to 1979 (SWR19081CD). All the recordings in this set are being released for the first time.
Three audiovisual recordings were nominated for the Video Performances category, including Korngold’s Das Wunder der Heliane (2.110584-85), Verdi’s Stiffelio (NBD0084V) and Barber’s Vanessa (OABD7258D). Another audiovisual recording Mstislav Rostropovich – The Indomitable Bow (NBD0082V) received the nomination in the Video Documentaries category.
Finally our 90-disc Beethoven Complete Edition (8.500250) received the nomination of Best Collection. The roster of artists and ensembles includes some of Beethoven’s greatest contemporary exponents, in performances that have won critical acclaim worldwide.
The final results announcing the ICMA winners will be published on 21 January 2020. The Award Ceremony and Gala concert will take place at the Teatro de la Maestranza in Seville, Spain on 30 April 2020.
Listen to this Spotify playlist with the highlights from our nominated recordings!