MIDEM Classical Award 2010 won by the Bamberg Symphony Orchestra / Bavarian State Philharmonic and Jonathan Nott for Mahler’s Ninth

The verdict is in: on Sunday, 24 January 2010, the jury of this prestigious French prize has given the 2010 MIDEM Classical Award in the category “Symphonic Works” to the Bamberg Symphony Orchestra / Bavarian State Philharmonic and its chief conductor Jonathan Nott, for their recording of Gustav Mahler’s Symphony No.9. In the words of the jury’s citation: “Every recording of a Mahler Symphony by Jonathan Nott confirms his status as an exceptional Mahlerian. This performance commands attention for its very individual angle on the work, never recherché or histrionic but derived 100% organically from its very substance.” The award is yet another indication of the global interest and excitement generated by the artistic partnership between Jonathan Nott and the Bamberg Symphony Orchestra. MIDEM’s annual Classical Award is bestowed only on the world’s very finest and most significant classical recordings. The award ceremony takes place on Tuesday 26th January 2010, in the Debussy Auditorium of the Palais du Festival MIDEM in Cannes. This award follows the nomination, in 2008, of the recording by Jonathan Nott and the Bamberg Symphony Orchestra of Gustav Mahler’s Symphony No.4 for the MIDEM Classical Award in the category “Symphonic Works”.

The Bamberg Symphony Orchestra’s Mahler Ninth was released in July 2009 and promptly won the 2009 Toblach International Composing Hut Record Prize in the category “New Productions”. The release forms part of an ambitious Mahler cycle led by Jonathan Nott, embracing concerts both at home and abroad as well as the Bavarian State Philharmonic’s recording activities. So far Mahler’s Symphonies Nos.1, 4, 5 and 9 have already appeared on CD, to be followed in March 2010 by No.2 (the “Resurrection Symphony”). Later this year Nos.3 and 8 (the “Symphony of a Thousand”) will also be recorded for release on CD. All the Mahler Symphonies, including No.9, have been recorded by the Bamberg Symphony Orchestra in co-production with Bavarian Radio and the Swiss label Tudor.


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