The Gods have spoken
Or to be more precise, the jury at Gramophone has today officially published the winners in each category.
So, how did my little Crystal Ball work this year?
Here I forecasted a win for Rachel Podger’s Rosary sonatas.
Gramophone seemed to agree. Congratulations to Mrs Podger, well deserved!
As documented here, my vote went to Sebastian Daucé.
However, I’m perfectly supportive of the winner as well, congratulations to Les Arts Florissants for their winning Monteverdi album!
While my vote would have been for the Quatuor Ebène, the jury went for the Heath Quartet’s Tippett album. Ok, no comment here, it’s just not my cup of tea.
I just noticed I completely forgot to even mention this section in my previous posts, don’t know what happened here. Well, anyhow, here’s the winner. I haven’t heard it, so no comment from my side.
As written here, I’d have voted for Trifonov, but the Gramophone Jury liked Vilde Frang’s Britten and Korngold better. Congrats to Mrs Frang, and I’ll leave it at this, given that this album doesn’t really speak to me.
I didn’t write about this section at all as I’m not really qualified, however, I must admit the winner looks interesting enough that I’ll check it out in more detail:
Again a section I completely ignored in my posts.
I’ll take time to check this out formally, looks certainly interesting
Now we’re back in familiar territory, and while I would have appreciated the recognition for Chamayou’s Ravel, Levit very much deserves this price IMHO.
My coverage of the Opera section was a bit light, but at least my prediction of the winning album was correct:
This album really is a must-have.
Very interestingly, here I correctly predicted the winner without even having actively previously listened to any of the nominated albums. Congratulations to Andris Nelsons!
Yes, she did it! As I was hoping, Sabine Devieilhe wins in her category. Couldn’t agree more!!!!
This is another section I completely skipped in my blog post.
For reference, here’s the winning album:
I really like Véronique Gens, but had only very briefly sampled this album, I’ll make sure to give it a proper listen now.
Let me virtually brag a bit (sorry!) and say that my crystal ball did a pretty good job this year. Out of 8 categories I wrote about, I got 5 “right”. Not a bad score (insert smiley here). OK, bragging mode off again.
What do you think? Who would you have chosen?
I really appreciate your feedback!