July 27, 2017
Joyce DiDonato crowned Singer of the Year in Germany's ECHO Klassik Awards
Germany's prestigious ECHO Klassik Awards have been announced, with American mezzo-soprano Joyce DiDonato crowned Female Singer of the Year, yet another major accolade for her critically-acclaimed album In War & Peace - Harmony Through Music.
DiDonato's counterpart in the Male Singer of the Year category is Matthias Goerne, whose breathtaking Schubert lieder in string arrangements with the Quatuor Ebène brought out the velvety dark hues and richly expressive diction in the baritone's voice.
Turkish pianist Fazıl Say was honoured with an ECHO was his remarkable 6-CD collection of the complete Mozart Piano Sonatas, truly a labour of love.
Congratulations to all the nominees and winners. The 2017 ECHO Klassik Awards gala will take place on 29 October at Hamburg's stunning new concert venue the Elbphilharmonie.