A memorial to a beloved composer, triumph for three British knights, an operatic giant, and an abundance of great soloists feature among these must-buy recordings

Which of these winning albums will go on to win the ultimate prize: ‘Recording of the Year’ at the new-look Awards ceremony on September 17?

NEW behind-the-scenes mini-sites available for each winning recording

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Gramophone today unveils the 11 recordings which have beaten more than 800 new releases to win the 2013 Gramophone Classical Music Awards for best in their category. Celebrating its 90th anniversary year with a new-look, streamlined Awards format, Gramophone announces these for the first time in advance of the Awards Ceremony on September 17 which, this year, is dedicated to the memory of Sir Colin Davis.

Competition has been fiercer than ever and today’s category winners represent the very best of international talent across an array of record labels, with both unexpected surprises and the return of some familiar faces.

Winning discs include Esa-Pekka Salonen and Barbara Hannigan’s 97th birthday present-turned-memorial to Henri Dutilleux; triumph for three British knights (Sir Antonio Pappano, Sir John Eliot Gardiner and Sir Mark Elder), and some of the world’s most celebrated ensembles. The keyboard reigns supreme in the instrumental categories (Steven Osborne and Andreas Staier), Bartók is back with a vengeance on violin (Barnabás Kelemen and Patricia Kopatchinskaja), last year’s Orchestral winners BBC Symphony Orchestra and Jiří Bělohlávek make it two years in a row, and Wagner makes an appearance in his anniversary year (Jonas Kaufman).

Full details below and on www.gramophone.co.uk, where new mini-sites devoted to each of the winning recordings are published today with behind-the-scenes information and footage.

James Jolly, Editor-in-Chief of Gramophone, said:

“These 11 category recordings honour the most outstanding international releases of the past year and have been chosen through a gruelling process of listening and judging by Gramophone’s expert critics who have narrowed the list down from more than 800 new releases. If music lovers are looking for the best of the best, then these are the ones to buy.”

Only one of these winning recordings will go on to claim the recording industry’s highest accolade of all, the Recording of the Year. This will be unveiled at the Awards ceremony in London on September 17 where winners of the most prestigious of Gramophone’s honours — including Lifetime Achievement, Young Artist of the Year, Label of the Year and the coveted Artist of the Year (voted for by the public) — will be announced.

The Gramophone Classical Music Awards 2013 takes place for the first time at LSO St Luke’s, an evening event featuring live performances, a glittering ceremony and guest presenters including Miloš, John Suchet and Emmanuelle Haïm. Awards are presented in association with Steinway & Sons and EFG International.

The original Gramophone reviews of all the shortlisted recordings have been reproduced in a special digimag, available to download for free for iPad or tablet.

NEW behind-the-scenes mini-sites about the winning recordings now available at gramophone.co.uk including podcasts, behind-the-scenes footage, reviews and information: www.gramophone.co.uk/awards/2013

Gramophone has formed retail partnerships with Amazon, iTunes (who will be offering all the winning audio recordings in 'Mastered for iTunes' format) and many of the UK’s specialist retailers.

Gramophone’s Awards issue is published on September 18 with full information about the Awards and all the winners.

 

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