Magazine article Gramophone

Excellence, Awards ... and Alfred Brendel

Magazine article Gramophone

Excellence, Awards ... and Alfred Brendel

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Appreciation of artistic excellence underpins almost everything we do here at Gramophone, though the past few months have seen our attention specially focused on exactly what that means. Our June issue's Hall of Fame celebrated the greats from the past (and, in some cases, present) who have transformed classical music recording--there's a rich archive of articles and videos to explore on our website.

Then in the past few weeks, the process behind the Gramophone Classical Music Awards has swung into action. As I write, our panel of expert critics are listening intently to the recordings in the running for each category--all of which, by this stage of voting, are potential worthy winners and certainly worthy of the time and money of any Gramophone reader. We've also, after much enjoyable discussion, drawn up our shortlist of 10 artists for this year's Gramophone Artist of the Year: 10 people whose contribution to musical life over the past 12 months has enriched our world. The ballot is open--see page 9 for more details about who to vote for and how you can do so. …

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