August 01, 2014

Philippe Jaroussky and Martha Argerich among Gramophone Award finalists

The 2014 Gramophone Awards shortlist announced today also includes Sir Simon Rattle and Sabine Devieilhe.

Gramophone has today revealed the shortlist for its prestigious annual classical music awards. The 72 albums selected by the magazine's panel of experts and critics showcase the finest artists recording today.

French countertenor Philippe Jaroussky shines in the Recital category with his album Farinelli: Porpora Arias, replete with "slow arias that could have been tailor-made for Jaroussky's sweetly graceful melodic singing". Read the full review in Gramophone's specially produced online edition presenting the complete shortlist.

In the Chamber category, Martha Argerich's annual Lugano Festival outing with long-established chamber music partners and young protégés alike makes an appearance. “That the archives of these festivals have been so liberally garlanded with awards over the years is unsurprising," opined the Gramophone reviewer. "Each performance on the discs of the 2012 festival is so immaculate that it is an unfailing surprise when the applause appears at the end of a track.” The 3-CD set brings out Argerich's "trademark energy and youthful joy (as well as profound lyricism)".

Young French soprano Sabine Devieilhe is a newcomer to the Gramophone Awards, with her Erato disc of Rameau Arias Le Grand Théâtre de l'Amour astounding critics this year, the 250th anniversary of the composer's death: “Sabine Devieilhe gets everything right, with excellent support from Les Ambassadeurs.”

Meanwhile, Sir Simon Rattle and the Berlin Philharmonic are major contendors for the Orchestral category with their album of Rachmaninov's Symphonic Dances and The Bells. "An interpretation as astutely conceived as it is vital in execution," Gramophone declared. "The local Berlin Rundfunkchor excels in the fearsome scherzo and the orchestra fully illuminates the colours of Rachmaninov’s scoring."

Recent Warner Classics signing Bryan Hymel is among this year's nominees for his truly heroic tour de force in Berlioz's Les Troyens at Covent Garden on DVD (Opus Arte). And French violinist Renaud Capuçon was nominated for the publicly-voted, coveted Artist of the Year accolade.

Stay tuned for the winners, announced in September. Browse the complete shortlist in Gramophone's special online Awards edition.