Congratulations to the winners of the 2022 International Classical Music Awards (ICMA). The honourees were celebrated during a gala concert streamed live from the Philharmonie Luxembourg Thursday 21 April. The prestigious awards are selected by an international jury from leading classical media. Assorted Programmes winner Frank Dupree performed Nikolai Kapustin’s Piano Concerto No. 4 (Finale) with percussionist Meinhard Obi Jenne and the Orchestre Philharmonique du Luxembourg with conductor Adam Fischer. Symphonic Music winner Jakub Hrůša conducted the orchestra in a performance of Dvořák’s Carnival Overture.

Baroque Vocal

Jakub Józef Orliński, countertenor
Anima Aeterna (Erato)

With: Il Pomo d’Oro; Francesco Corti

ICMA writes, “The perfect recipe for a successful production: outstanding voices – Jakub Józef Orliński and Fatma Said – an orchestra and a conductor perfectly attuned to the specificity of baroque music, and repertoire featuring several world premieres and other less known pieces. Orliński, one of the greatest countertenors of our time, shows not only excellent vocal abilities, but also a rare musical intelligence. A must-have for all those who love baroque music.”

Choral Music

Sandrine Piau, soprano
Rossini: Petite Messe Solennelle (Arcana)

With: Josè Maria Lo Monaco, mezzo-soprano; Edgardo Rocha, tenor; Christian Senn, baritone; Francesco Corti, Cristiano Gaudio, piano; Daniel Perer, harmonium; Coro Ghislieri; Giulio Prandi

ICMA writes: “The Petite Messe Solennelle is an enigmatic and mysterious masterpiece. Perhaps it is only with this recording (which for the first time makes use of the new critical edition), wonderfully conducted by Giulio Prandi with the Ghislieri Choir and four top class singers, that we can truly understand the mysteries of the old Rossini, who winks at the opera theatre but from a now distanced perspective.”

Symphonic Music

Jakub Hrůša, conductor
Anton Bruckner: Symphony No. 4 (3 versions) (Accentus Music)

With: Bamberger Symphoniker

ICMA writes: “Bruckner’s Symphony No. 4 has never been presented as lavishly on CD than in this four-CD set. Bamberger Symphoniker under the baton of Jakub Hrůša have recorded all three existing versions plus alternative movements and fragments of this monumental symphony. The listeners are very well served by these recordings and the most rewarding of them all is undoubtedly the 1874 version which has never been heard in a more fresh and colourful, imaginative, and richly blossoming performance than in this one under Jakub Hrůša. The recorded sound is also exceptional.”

Assorted Programmes

Frank Dupree, piano; Case Scaglione, conductor
Nikolai Kapustin: Piano Concerto No. 4 – Concerto for violin, piano & strings – Chamber Symphony Op. 105 (Capriccio)

With: Rosanne Philippens, violin; Württembergisches Kammerorchester Heilbronn

ICMA writes: “Nikolai Kapustin was posthumously christened a ‘Russian in Gershwin’s clothing’. Whoever listens to the recording by Frank Dupree and the Württembergisches Kammerorchester is immediately convinced: this is no exaggeration. Kapustin’s music sounds filigree, virtuosic and full of relish, in an exciting and immediately gripping, transparent performance. The young violinist Rosanne Philippens also comes into play virtuously and confidently in the Double Concerto.”

Watch the 2022 ICMA Gala on Facebook and YouTube.

 

Photo credits: Photo credits: Frank Dupree – Marco Borggrev, Jakub Hrůša – Marian Lenhard, Jakub Józef Orliński – Jiyang Chen, Sandrine Piau – Sandrine Expilly, Case Scaglione – Sonja werner

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