July 27, 2017

Joyce DiDonato crowned Singer of the Year in Germany's ECHO Klassik Awards

Joyce DiDonato, Marianne Crebassa & Ian Bostridge among this year's ECHO Klassik winners prizewinners.

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.

Bostridge Pappano Shakespeare final
Another Schubert lieder specialist - tenor Ian Bostridge - was awarded an ECHO, for a very different recital album: his Shakespeare Songs with Sir Antonio Pappano at the piano paid hommage to the Bard with repertoire inspired by and setting his poetry and spanning 400 years.
Alongside her labelmate Joyce DiDonato, another mezzo-soprano, young French star Marianne Crebassa, took an ECHO prize in the Opera Aria Recital category for her debut album Oh, Boy! - pants-role arias from Mozart to Gounod, recorded with the Mozarteumorchester and Marc Minkowski in Salzburg, where Marianne is set to dazzle audiences once again at the festival this summer.
Renaud Capucon Contemporary Concertos
In the Instrumental categories, French violinist Renaud Capuçon received an ECHO for his bold album of contemporary concertos composed specially for him (by Pascal Dusapin, Bruno Mantovani and Wolfgang Rihm).

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.

ECHO Klassik 2017