Soprano Sandrine Piau was victorious at the 2023 Gramophone Award. She won the Vocal & Ensemble prize for her Alpha recording, Rivales with Véronique Gens. The honour was announced at the gala ceremony held at London’s stunning De Vere Connaught Rooms on 4 October.
Gramophone’s Tim Ashley writes: “Gens and Piau are both on tremendous form here. …Piau is breathtaking in ‘Se mai senti’ from Gluck’s early La Clemenza di Tito, later re-worked in Iphigénie en Tauride. Their voices blend gorgeously in duets by JC Bach and Nicolas Dalayrac, and there’s thrilling playing, too, from Le Concert de la Loge under Julien Chauvin. The album’s greatness lies not only in its sheer brilliance, but in the fact that it leaves you longing to hear and explore so much more.”
Pianist Frank Dupree thrilled the packed ballroom with his performance with Concerto Prize winner, violist Timothy Ridout. Audiences can relive the magic of Frank’s performance, catch all the action and exceptional performances on Sunday, 8 October from 19:00 (UK time), by watching the much-anticipated Gramophone Awards Highlights stream. The stream, presented by Editor-in-Chief James Jolly, will air on Gramophone’s YouTube channel, medici.tv, classicfm.com, gramophone.co.uk and IMG Artists’ Facebook page. IMG Artists is proud to be a sponsor of the 2023 Gramophone Awards Highlights in the magazine’s 100th Birthday year. We celebrate and congratulate each of the extraordinary musicians and record labels who fill our worlds with music.
Photos: Sandrine Piau – Sandrine Expilly; Frank Dupree – Marco Borggreve