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Gramophone Award Winner - Best Opera Recording

Receiving 97 votes from the speciaists, “Madama Butterfly” double CD won the Gramphone 2009 Award for best recording of an opera.
Congratulations to Angela Gheorghiu, Jonas Kaufmann, Antonio Pappano and to the great orchestra, Accademia Nationale di Santa Cecilia.
I rushed to Borders to buy the magazine. Without internet connection available, this was the only choice. And the best one. There is a short interview in the magainze. Angela says that “this was one of the most wonderful experiences I have ever had".

The editor of Gramphone Magazine says in the editorial that “it has been an amazing year for recordings, perhaps stronger than last year”. There has been taken into consideration new releases drawn from the beginning of June 2008 to the end of May 2009. It was a long list of 500 recordings which the specialists reduced to six discs in each of the 15 categories. The music “was consumed, evaluated, discussed and finally voted upon”. There is a winner for each category. The public could vote for “The Artist of the Year”, the rest of the winners being given by the Gramophone’s editorial team.
The other awards went to:
• Nikolaus Harnoncourt – for lifetime achievement
• ECM – label of the year
• Classic FM Innovation Award – the cooperation between ROH and The Sun that united to give the newspaper’s reader discounted tickets to Don Giovanni.
• Yuja Wang – Young artist of the year
• Purcell-The Complete Fantazias/Fretwork – Baroque Instrumental
• Handel-Coronation Anthems/The Sixteen – Baroque Vocal
• Elgar-The Dream of Gerontius – Choral
• Britten- Piano Concerto/Steven Osborne – Concerto
• The Copenhagen Ring/Royal Danish Opera – DVD
• Tchaikovsky-Manfred Symphony/Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra/Vasily Petrenko – Orchestral
• Martinu-Julietta Fragments/Magdalena Kozena – Recital
• Schumann-Dichterliebe/Gerald Finley – Solo Vocal
• Quatuor Ebene/Ravel-Debussy-Faure – Recording of the Year
• The Sixteen – Artist of the Year
You can see the other winners HERE.


  1. Muchas felicidades para Angela, por este premio merecido!

  2. Hi, just come across this and am very pleased to have awarded Angela the Opera award, it's an excellent recording. Just thought it worth mentioning that in fact the interview in the magazine is entirely new..!
    All the best,
    James Inverne (Editor, Gramophone)

  3. Now, of course you know who I thought should have won...but having listened to it I can't grumble too much about the result.

  4. Hey, HairMan.... did you really have to say that? :)

  5. I couldn't help myself :)