June 16, 2016
Antonio Pappano and Vilde Frang among Gramophone Artist of the Year nominees!
The winner of Gramophone magazine's coveted Artist of the Year award will be revealed in September 2016, and you can vote for your favourite from a shortlist of 10 of the finest musicians recording today.
Sir Antonio Pappano, who presides over London's Royal Opera House, is one of two conductors nominated this year for the prestigious prize. His most recent award-winning recording activities range from intimate recitals (at the piano with Joyce DiDonato for Joyce & Tony: Live at Wigmore Hall) to the biggest studio recording of an opera imaginable today (Aïda, with a stellar cast featuring Anja Harteros - also among the Artist of the Year nominees, Jonas Kaufmann, Ekaterina Semenchuk, Erwin Schrott and Ludovic Tézier). "This would always have been an event, a major (in several senses) studio opera recording. But it's also a performance absolutely worthy of the attention, and a superb addition to the catalogue," declared Gramophone of Aïda.
September 2016 sees the release of another recital album, the poignant Shakespeare Songs with frequent duo partner tenor Ian Bostridge, celebrating 400 years since the death of the Bard.
Norwegian virtuoso Vilde Frang is one of three young violinists nominated (alongside Janine Jansen and Alina Ibragimova).
Her Warner Classics coupling of violin concertos by Britten and Korngold was a recent Gramophone Recording of the Month: ‘These are urgently communicative, potentially transformative accounts of scores.’
Vote now for the 2016 Gramophone Artist of the Year.