We would like to congratulate Hilary Hahn, Johan Dalene, Sandrine Piau and John Chest on being nominated for the 2023 BBC Music Magazine Awards!
Hilary Hahn is nominated for the Concerto Award for her album Eclipse, featuring the Frankfurt Radio Symphony and Andrés Orozco-Estrada. BMM said, “In breath-taking performances of concertos by Dvořák and Ginastera, Hilary Hahn shared not just her usual technical brilliance, but revealed a deeper view of the music somehow. As our original review said, ‘Phrases are now more subtly lingered over, as though on occasion she can hardly bear to let them go’.”
Also nominated for the Concerto Award is Johan Dalene, for his album Nielsen & Sibelius: Violin Concertos. BMM said, ” ‘How can tone that’s so delicate, fragile almost, also be so full of feeling?,’ asked our original review in the May issue. This recording was a very Nordic affair indeed, the Swedish orchestra and the talented Swedish-Norwegian violinist showcasing an engaging musical dialogue, Dalene a sublimely articulate soloist throughout.”
Soprano Sandrine Piau is nominated for the Vocal Award for her album Handel: Enchantresses. BMM said, “Sandrine Piau unleashed a ‘ferocious vocalism’ in this frankly dazzling selection of Handel’s sorceress-heroine arias. Magic, sparkle, musicality and vulnerability were the order of the day, the French soprano proving why she remains one of the world’s greatest Baroque singers. As the March issue review declared, ‘Handel confections have rarely been more deliciously served’.” To vote for Sandrine Piau, click here.
Il Pomo d’Oro and Maxim Emelyanychev’s rendition of Handel’s Theodora, starring baritone John Chest, is nominated for the Choral Award. BMM said, “‘This is now the benchmark Theodora; it is optimally cast, dramatically intense and luminously beautiful.’ So said our original review in the Christmas issue, and it hits the nail on the head as all involved brought their A-game to Handel’s mighty oratorio.” To vote for John Chest, click here.
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