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A vintage year?

A vintage year?

nother 12 months worth of recordings have been gathered, evaluated and ranked – but, above all, greatly enjoyed, as music

Another 12 months worth of recordings have been gathered, evaluated and ranked – but, above all, greatly enjoyed, as music always should be. On August 27, Gramophone will reveal the 11 recordings that have been voted the best in category from a year’s worth of releases, issued between June 1, 2012 and May 31, 2013. Three weeks later – on September 17 – one of those 11 will be named our Recording of the Year at an event in London that will also reveal our Artist of the Year, Young Artist of the Year, Label of the Year and the recipient of a Lifetime Achievement Award.

11 recordings that have been voted the best in category from a year’s worth of releases, issued between June 1, 2012 and May 31, 2013. Three weeks later – on September 17 – one of those 11 will be named our Recording of the Year at an event in London that will also reveal our Artist of the Year, Young Artist of the Year, Label of the Year and the recipient of a Lifetime will reveal the

Choosing just a single disc in each of the 11 categories is eld and come up cult so to allow you to survey the fi always diffi with your own favourites, we’ve gathered together the reviews of the six discs in each category which have been voted into the Second Round. These emerged from an initial voting by specialist critics, and then the six recordings are voted on by any critic who wants to opt into a particular genre. As a result some categories can be voted on by up to 40 critics who each

Choosing just a single disc in each of the 11 categories is always difficult so to allow you to survey the field and come up with your own favourites, we’ve gathered together the reviews of the six discs in each category which have been voted into the Second Round. These emerged from an initial voting by specialist critics, and then the six recordings are voted on by any critic who wants to opt into a particular genre. As a result some categories can be voted on by up to 40 critics who each receive the selected discs: this is a voting process where a serious consideration of the nominees is guaranteed.

launched its annual Awards in 1977 and in the subsequent 26 years they have established themselves as the

Gramophone launched its annual Awards in 1977 and in the subsequent 26 years they have established themselves as the Oscars of recorded classical music. Numerous now-classic recordings have emerged from our Awards and occupy a special place in music-lovers’ affections: Herbert von Karajan’s live Mahler Ninth, Nigel Kennedy’s Elgar Violin Concerto, Sir Georg Solti’s Die Frau ohne Schatten, the Brahms piano concertos from Nelson Freire and Riccardo Chailly, the SaintSaëns piano concertos from Stephen Hough and Sakari Oramo and The Tallis Scholars’ disc of Masses by Josquin Desprez, to name just a handful of extraordinary recordings.

special place in music-lovers’ affections: Herbert von Karajan’s

The Awards, though, are much more than an annual acknowledgement of the finest recordings, they’re also a health check of an industry that has been metamorphosing and adapting to changing listening habits, a frighteningly contracting market and the demands of new technologies. The 2012-13 crop is a rich one with certain categories (Vocal and Instrumental, for example) in positively abundant good health – no shortage of great artists and great artistry there! And once again, the difference between major company and independent is less discernible: the Beethoven symphonies, this year, come from one of Spain’s most vibrant indies but a splendid liturgical reconstruction comes from a major (Decca).

As has become the norm with our digital magazines we’ve incorporated links that allow you to sample and purchase the recordings with a single click. If you’re reading this on an Apple device (iPhone or iPad – or your computer), if you click on the sleeve image you will be taken immediately to the iTunes store. If you’re reading it on your Kindle Fire, you will be transported to Amazon’s music store. And if you want to stick with good old bricks and mortar, or mail-order, just turn to the retailer directory at the back of this publication. James Jolly, July 2013

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