Gramophone Classical Music Awards 2022: the full report

Presenting our first in-person Gramophone Awards since 2019, GramophoneJames Jolly’s editor-in-chief opened the 2022 awards night by reminding us of the impact music has had in recent years: “Music has brought solace and hope, it has brought people together through many technologies new and innovative, it is recognized for the huge role it plays in societies around the world.

The event brought together many winners, including Barbara Hannigan, Johann Dalene, Emily D’Angelo and Leif Ove Andsnes, who also gave magical performances in the evening, as well as Lukas Geniusas, Jean-Christophe Groffe and the chef d’ John Wilson Orchestra. , which received the award for Spatial Audio in collaboration with Chandos.

Live performances were also heard by Britain’s National Youth Brass Band, which opened the event. Other performances by the Orchester du Siècle des Lumières, pianist Bruce Liu, former cellist laureate Christian-Pierre La Marca and pianist Jean-Efflam Bavouzet, representing Label of the Year, Chandos.


Orchestra of the Year

In the only award decided by public vote, the Budapest Philharmonic Orchestra was named Orchestra of the Year.

The Budapest Philharmonic Orchestra and its Music Director Iván Fischer triumphed in a shortlist of 10 world-renowned orchestras, and it’s a partnership that has given us a steady stream of magnificent recordings. Over 24,000 votes were cast this year, and the Budapest Philharmonic Orchestra received over 38% of those votes.

In his speech overheard by video, Fischer said, “I wanted a different and not a better orchestra – it’s very important to us that it’s not a competition”. The Orchestra of the Year award is sponsored by Apple Music.


Recording of the year

The famous recording of the year award went this year to Korngold’s Die tote Stadt with Jonas Kaufmann and Marlis Petersen and the choirs and orchestra of the Bavarian State Orchestra conducted by Kirill Petrenko under the stage direction by Simon Stone. The recording comes at a good time as it reaches 125 years since the birth of its composer and was described in his Gramophone review by Richard Bratby as “life-affirming music of inspiration and color”.


Life Achievement Award

Daniel Barenboim received the Lifetime Achievement Award in recognition of his outstanding work as a pianist and conductor, as well as an outstanding production of recordings. He occupied the highest echelons of classical music for more than half a century, working with the greatest musicians and orchestras of that time. He has conducted orchestras and operas in Paris, Berlin, Milan, Chicago as well as the West-Eastern Divan Orchestra, an ensemble that embodies the humanitarian convictions of Daniel Barenboim. A moving collection of tributes from friends and colleagues showed love, gratitude and thanks for Barenboim’s incredible life of musical and social action.


Young artist of the year

22-year-old violinist, Johan Dalene has enjoyed huge success over the past few years, recently becoming both an ECHO Rising Star and a BBC New Generation Artist from 2019 to 2022. In 2019, Dalene also won the Carl Nielsen Competition in Denmark – and his recording of Nielsen and Sibelius concertos, made after the competition with the Royal Stockholm Philharmonic and John Storgårds, was not only named Editor’s Choice, but was also a concerto contender. category this year. This award was sponsored by Classic FM.


label of the year

Chandos’ recording output last year includes Imogen Cooper’s deeply personal recital ‘…Lost Time…’, Mendelssohn’s benchmark of the Doric Quartet, the sonic splendor of the organ at St Paul’s Cathedral in Simon Johnson – and let’s not forget that this time last year we named a powerful performance from Britten’s Peter Grimes recording of the year. “Featuring both long-established and newly nurtured partnerships, albums that add both breadth and depth to the catalog, a dedication to sound quality: Chandos is a shining example of what makes the ‘recording so special.’

Pianist Jean-Efflam Bavouzet, an artist whose Haydn Sonatas album was selected last month as Gramophone‘s Editor’s Choice.


Concept album

The Concept Album Award is a relatively new addition to the lineup and recognizes a special kind of A&R that goes beyond great lineup. It’s an award we give in partnership with Nordoff Robbins, a charity that places music at the center of its work to enrich the lives of people with a life-limiting illness, disability or isolation, with amazing results. The Concept Album Award salutes the longer form where the sum of its parts adds up to something remarkable. We rewarded Emily D’Angelo for her album Energy, reimagining the presentation of music by women alongside musical responses to humanitarian crises. ‘The album demonstrates with impressive regularity D’Angelo’s ability to get to the heart of the matter of music, unleashing his innate spirit.


special achievement

Gramophone awarded the Special Achievement Award to a project described by Harriet Smith as containing “some of the finest Mozart performers on the planet”. Mozart Momentum – two albums that explore two extraordinary years of Mozart’s creativity, 1785 and 86 – found pianist Leif Ove Andsnes and the Mahler Chamber Orchestra exploring not only concerto works, but also chamber music and even an aria the concert. Both recordings were chosen by the editor and one was named recording of the month.

The Gramophone The Classical Music Awards were presented in association with Apple Music, Help Musicians, The Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment and the GFPA.

You can discover all the winners in detail at the Gramophone Awards 2022