Magazine article Gramophone

Celebrating the Awards and the Art of Recording

Magazine article Gramophone

Celebrating the Awards and the Art of Recording

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If awards are to be worth anything, those bestowing the accolades must be able to proclaim proudly that they offer to the wider world an account of the very best. We're confident that we do. The various stages of critical listening, which draw on the world's leading experts, make the Gramophone Classical Music Awards an incredibly thorough process.

When talking to those reviewers, I'm often reminded of how listening to music should be an active, not passive, experience. Such is evident in a concert hall, where several thousand people can be united in intense communal concentration. But at its best, listening to a recording can also engage you with a performance every bit as intensely as in the concert hall--and, given that a studio recording is the result of a painstaking process of crafting precisely the performance the artist wants to give, in the best sound possible, sometimes more so.

When talking about live music people often refer to a 'sense of occasion'. Well, yes, there undeniably is. But the flip side, that a recording therefore lacks that, simply isn't true. …

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