Leif Ove Andsnes, Joyce DiDonato and Benjamin Grosvenor are among the prizewinners
The winners of this year’s BBC Music Magazine Awards have been revealed, at a ceremony in Kings Place, London. Leif Ove Andsnes won the Recording of the Year and Concerto Awards for his Beethoven Piano Concertos Nos 2 & 4 – find out more here.
A recording of Bruckner’s Ninth Symphony from the final concert given by the late Claudio Abbado topped the Orchestral category, with the Lucerne Festival Orchestra’s ‘luminous clarity’ making this a revelatory performance of the composer’s unfinished masterpiece.
In the Choral category, Sir Andrew Davis struck gold with Elgar’s Dream of Gerontius, with soloists Sarah Connolly, Stuart Skelton and David Soar joining the BBC Symphony Chorus and Orchestra. And Sarah Connolly, with pianist Joseph Middleton, offered one of three performances at the Awards ceremony, hosted by editor Oliver Condy and BBC Radio 4 Today programme’s James Naughtie. Leif Ove Andsnes and harpsichordist Mahan Esfahani, who was named Newcomer of the Year for his CPE Bach, also both performed at the ceremony.