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Who Do You Think Should Win Gramophone's Artist of the Year Award?

Magazine article Gramophone

Who Do You Think Should Win Gramophone's Artist of the Year Award?

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Our critics have been spending the last two months listening to the 72 recordings that form the shortlist for the 2016 Gramophone Classical Music Awards; this will result in the 12 category winners and ultimately the Recording of the Year. Now it's your turn to join the voting!

Each year we ask our readers and visitors to our website to vote for our new Artist of the Year and this year we've another 10 musicians for you to consider. We've drawn up a shortlist of artists who, we feel, have made a particularly strong impression this past year, and whose contribution--particularly as represented on recordings--has been exceptional.

Two conductors feature on the list: Sir Antonio Pappano makes three appearances in the Awards shortlist--as conductor of the Warner Classics set of Verdi's Aida, as concerto partner for Janine Jansen on her fine Decca coupling of Bartok and Brahms, and as pianist for the Erato set, 'Joyce and Tony', a live recital with Joyce DiDonato from London's Wigmore Hall. Andris Nelsons, newly re-signed by DG (see right), and now installed in Boston, impressed with a very fine Shostakovich Symphony No 10: he's clearly a conductor to follow.

A couple of singers, both of whom feature on that Pappano-led Aida, have been garnering strong reviews--the tenor of the moment, Jonas Kaufmann (who also gave us a Puccini recital for Sony Classical) and Anja Harteros, better known for live appearances but a thrilling soprano contributor to quite a number of fine recordings too. …

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