December 07, 2015
Antonio Pappano's Aïda crowned The Times' Classical Album of the Year
During the recording sessions in Rome last February, people were already calling it the opera event of the year. This has certainly been borne out by the starry reviews around the world, the Diapason d'Or for Opera Recording of the Year in France, and its lofty place at the top of the UK Classical charts. Now another laurel: The Times has named Antonio Pappano's Aïda the Classical Album of the Year for 2015.
"Pappano’s Rome orchestra and chorus respond thrillingly to the maestro’s expansive, dramatically temperamental conducting with an outstanding cast led by Jonas Kaufmann’s poetic-heroic Radamès, the ultra-musical Aïda of Anja Harteros and Ekaterina Semenchuk’s barnstorming Amneris."