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BBC Music Magazine Awards Winners 2016

After a public vote, the seven category winners of the BBC Music Magazine Awards 2016 have been announced, as well as additional winners for premier, newcomer and DVD awards. The shortlist featured 21 nominations from a longlist of over 200, each of which were awarded a five star rating review from the magazine’s critics. Below are the winners, as well as all nominated recordings, offering a selection of instrumental, chamber, concerto, orchestral, choral, vocal and operatic music.

Opera category winner and Recording of the Year

Aida - Verdi

This critically acclaimed recording of Aida, made in Rome, rises to all the musical and dramatic challenges presented by Verdi’s richly-coloured operatic epic. This new studio recording has presence and energy in abundance, yet moves deftly between resplendence and subtly.

This large scale studio opera was undoubtedly an ambitious recording project, and as well as winning the public vote in the opera category, was also voted as the very best of more than 1,500 recordings by an expert jury of critics.

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Verdi: Aida

Instrumental category winner

Bach Cello Suites - David Watkin

Often considered as the pinnacle of the instrument’s repertoire, these cello suites are here performed on a rare five-string historical cello. Watkins offers the listener a balanced yet generous performance filled with artistry, and is one that could easily be defined as “definitive”.

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David Watkins Bach Cello Suites
Smetana Pavel Haas Quartet

Chamber category winner

Smetana: String Quartets No 1 and 2 – Pavel Haas Quartet

Another highly expressive virtuoso performance from the ever popular, award-winning quartet, this release continues to gain significant critical and commercial acclaim.

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Concerto category winner

Vivaldi: L'Estro Armonico - Rachel Podger, Brecon Baroque

L'Estro Armonico reflects the vitality and freshness of Vivaldi, with its rhythmic energy, melodic and harmonic intensity, textural sensuousness, performative brilliance and dramatic flair.

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Vivaldi: L'Estro Armonico
Nielsen: Symphonies 1 & 3

Orchestral category winner

Nielsen: Symphonies 1 & 3 -

Royal Stockholm Philharmonic Orchestra

As BBC Music Magazine describes, “You can feel the exuberance, the intellectual control, and also the sense of danger. The recordings too are excellent; richness but not a hint of congestion and plenty of clarity without sacrifice of atmosphere.”

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Choral category winner

Brahms & Bruckner: Choral Motets - Tenebrae, Nigel Short

As BBC Music Magazine describe, Nigel Short and Tenebrae “have come up with a beautifully balanced and contrasted programme… What superb singing: technically immaculate, somehow lucid and voluptuously beautiful all at the same time”.

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Brahms and Bruckner - Motets
Green: Melodies Françaises on Verlaine's poems

Vocal category winner

Green: Melodies Françaises on Verlaine's Poems

In his second album of French song from the 19th and 20th centuries – countertenor Philippe Jaroussky explores settings of poems by Paul Verlaine (1844-96).

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