A final short note on the Gramphone Awards. We had had some outstanding awards remaining, to be revealed during last night’s award ceremony.
Album of the Year
A well deserved victory for Igor Levit. See my five star review here.
Artist of the Year
Daniel Trifonov is another of the most exciting pianists of our generation.
Young Artist of the Year
Here we got a name that was completely unknown to me, the young German baritone Benjamin Appl. A name to watch I guess. The entire world of the Schubert Lieder is one I’m only just starting to discover.
Lifetime Achievement Award
Christa Ludwig!!! Yes of course! I didn’t even know she was still alive. But I very much treasure many of her great recordings from the 1960s, be it the Verdi Requiem with Giulini, Das Lied von der Erde with Klemperer, Cosi Fan Tutte with Böhm, and obviously the great Fidelio, again with Klemperer.
Congratulations to all the winners!