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Thursday, February 18, 2010

The Winners of the Midem Classical Awards 2010

Cannes, January 27th 2010 – Broadcast live for the first time on the France Musique radio station, MIDEM’s showcase classical evening – the MIDEM Classical Awards – took place last night in the Debussy Auditorium at the Palais des Festivals in Cannes. The sixth edition, hosted by the British journalist James Jolly and the Canadian contralto Marie-Nicole Lemieux, saw awards going to 16 discs and three DVDs, chosen from 111 entries from international labels from 20 countries.

Frédéric Chopin and his native Poland were honoured to mark the bicentenary of the composer’s birth with a live performance by the Sinfonietta Cracovia orchestra conducted by John Axelrod and the teenage prodigy pianist Jan Lisiecki, who brought the evening to a close with his brilliant and poetic interpretation of Chopin’s Concerto No 1 for Piano in E minor. The jury of the MIDEM Classical Awards gave two special Chopin prizes, in collaboration with the Fryderyk Chopin Institute. The Special Chopin Award– Best Ever was attributed to EMI’s recording of Chopin’s waltzes by Dinu Lipatti, while the Special Chopin Award – New Recordings went to Nikolai Demidenko for his disc of the composer’s preludes, released by Onyx.

Another high-point of the MIDEM Classical Awards was the moving tribute to the Italian soprano Mirella Freni, whose dazzling career follows in the footsteps of the great cantatrices like Maria Callas and Christa Ludwig. The audience showed their appreciation with a rousing standing ovation as she received the Lifetime Achievement award from Paul Zilk, Chairman and CEO of Reed MIDEM.

The young clarinettist José Franch Ballester, voted revelation of the year, performed a magisterial Rhapsody for Clarinet and Orchestra by Claude Debussy. The Latvian mezzo-soprano Elina Garanca and the German baritone Christian Gerhaher, voted respectively Female and Male Vocalist Artist of the Year, enchanted the audience with their interpretations of La Habanera by Georges Bizet and Gustav Mahler’s lied Ich hab’ ein glühend Messer.

Another great voice resonated last night on stage at the Palais des Festivals, as contralto Marie-Nicole Lemieux gave her rendition of the beautiful Chanson Triste by Henri Duparc. The celebrated King Singers, who won the DVD Concert award for their “Live at the BBC Proms” on Signum Records, interpreted Recipe of Love by Harry Connick Jr.

The MIDEM Classical Awards also bestowed prizes on some of the great figures of the classical music scene, including the conductors Bernhard Kontharsky, Jonathan Nott and Sylvain Cambreling, the pianist Ronald Brautigam, the viol player Jordi Savall, the sopranos Montserrat Figuerras and Sandrine Piau, the quartet Ebène, and Patrick Zelnik, founder and head of naïve, voted label of the year.

The sixth edition of the MIDEM Classical Awards, one of the highlights of the 44th MIDEM global music market, was once again distinguished by its dazzling artistic line-up and its prestigious list of award-winners.

The winners of MIDEM Classical Awards 2010

EARLY MUSIC

Jérusalem, La Ville des deux Paix - La Paix Céleste et la Paix Terrestre
Montserrat Figueras, La Capella Reial de Catalunya, Al-Darwish, Hesperion XXI, Jordi Savall
Alia Vox

BAROQUE MUSIC

Telemann - Brockes-Passion
Birgitte Christensen, Lydia Teuscher, Marie-Claude Chappuis, Daniel Behle, Donát Havár, Johannes Weisser, RIAS Kammerchor, Akademie für Alte Musik Berlin, René Jacobs
Harmonia Mundi

VOCAL RECITALS

Handel - Between Heaven & Earth
Sandrine Piau, Accademia Bizantina, Stefano Montanari
Naïve

CHORAL WORKS

Zimmermann - Requiem for a Young Poet
Claudia Barainsky, David Pittman-Jennings, Lutz Lansemann, Michael Rotschopf, Jan Hage, João Rafael (Live Electronics), Czech Philharmonic Choir Brno, Slovac Philharmonic Choir, EuropaChorAkademie, Eric Vloeimans Quintet, Holland Symfonia, Bernhard Kontarsky
Cybele

OPERA

Shostakovich - The Nose
Vladislav Sulimsky, Alexei Tanovitski, Tatiana Kravtsova, Andrei Popov, Sergei Semishkur, Mariinsky Orchestra and Chorus, Valery Gergiev
Mariinsky

SOLO INSTRUMENT

Paganini - 24 Capricci
Thomas Zehetmair
ECM

CHAMBER MUSIC

Ravel, Debussy, Fauré - String Quartets
Quatuor Ebène
Virgin Classics

CONCERTOS

Beethoven - Piano Concertos WoO4 & No. 2
Ronald Brautigam, Norrköping Symphony Orchestra, Andrew Parrott
BIS

SYMPHONIC WORKS

Mahler - Symphony No. 9
Bamberger Symphoniker, Jonathan Nott
Tudor

CONTEMPORARY MUSIC

Messiaen - The Works for Orchestra
Roger Muraro, Yvonne Naef, EuropaChorAkademie, SWR Sinfonieorchester Baden-Baden und Freiburg, Sylvain Cambreling
Hänssler Classic

FIRST RECORDING

Rigel - Symphonies
Concerto Köln
Berlin Classics

HISTORICAL

Friedrich Gulda - The Early Recordings
Friedrich Gulda, Klavier, RIAS-Symphonie-Orchester Berlin, Igor Markevitch
Audite

DVD: OPERA / BALLET

Tchaikovsky - Eugene Onegin
Mariusz Kwiecien, Tatiana Monogarova, Margarita Mamsirova, Andrey Dunaev, Anatolij Kotscherga, The Bolshoi Theatre Soloists, Chorus & Orchestra, Dmitri Tcherniakov, Chloé Perlemutter, Alexander Vedernikov
Bel Air Classiques

DVD: CONCERTS

The King's Singers Live at the BBC Proms
Signum Records

DVD: DOCUMENTARIES

Sergiu Celibidache - You don't do anything - You let it evolve
A film by Jan Schmidt-Garre
Arthaus Musik

CLASSICAL DOWNLOAD

Classicsonline.com

OUTSTANDING YOUNG ARTIST (in cooperation with IAMA)

José Franch- Ballester

JURY NOMINATION

Bach- 6 solos
Sonatas & Partitas
Viktoria Mullova
Onyx

ARTIST OF THE YEAR – INSTRUMENTALIST

Angela Hewitt *
Piano (Canada)

ARTIST OF THE YEAR – FEMALE VOCALIST

Elīna Garanča *
Mezzo soprano (Latvia)

ARTIST OF THE YEAR – MALE VOCALIST

Christian Gerhaher *
Baritone (Germany)

LIFETIME ACHIEVEMENT

Mirella Freni *
Soprano (Italy)

LABEL OF THE YEAR

Naïve Classique (France) *

RECORDING OF THE YEAR

Zimmermann - Requiem for a Young Poet
Claudia Barainsky, David Pittman-Jennings, Lutz Lansemann, Michael Rotschopf, Jan Hage, João Rafael (Live Electronics), Czech Philharmonic Choir Brno, Slovac Philharmonic Choir, EuropaChorAkademie, Eric Vloeimans Quintet, Holland Symfonia, Bernhard Kontarsky
Cybele

SPECIAL CHOPIN AWARD – BEST EVER
(in cooperation with the National Chopin Institute Warsaw)

Frédéric Chopin: 14 Waltzes, Barcarolle, Nocturne in D flat, Mazurka in C sharp minor
Dinu Lipatti, piano
EMI/Angel

SPECIAL CHOPIN AWARD – NEW RECORDING
(in cooperation with the National Chopin Institute Warsaw)

Frédéric Chopin: 24 Préludes op. 28, Sonata No.3 in B minor, op.58
Nikolai Demidenko, piano
ONYX

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