Pianist Igor Levit wins Newcomer Prize at BBC Music Magazine Awards


09 April 2014
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imports_PIA_0-7hcb6mw2-100000_08846.png Pianist Igor Levit wins Newcomer Prize at BBC Music Magazine Awards
Pianist Igor Levit, whose Beethoven Sonatas CD won our Editor's Choice in issue 75, received the Jury's Newcomer Award at the BBC Music Magazine Awards yesterday 8th April ...
Pianist Igor Levit, whose Beethoven Sonatas CD won our Editor's Choice in issue 75, received the Jury's Newcomer Award at the BBC Music Magazine Awards yesterday 8th April. The Awards were announced at a ceremony which too place at King's Place, London. 

Levit’s award was for that very same recording - his breath-taking debut account of Beethoven’s late piano sonatas that, according to the jury, 'stands comparison with the greatest in the catalogue'. 
 
American cellist Alisa Weilerstein has won the BBC Music Magazine Recording of the Year Award with her debut concerto disc, the Elgar and Carter Cello Concertos, with the Berlin Staatskappelle and Daniel Barenboim, released on the Decca label.

Other winners include two landmark recordings of works by Benjamin Britten: Peter Grimes was the recipient of the Opera Award for the centenary production staged on Aldeburgh beach last summer, while theWar Requiem, recorded by Polish and English forces under the direction of Paul McCreesh, took the Choral Award. Pre-eminent Baroque violinist Rachel Podger won the Instrumental category for her solo recital Guardian Angel, while the acclaimed German tenor, Jonas Kaufmann, walked away with the Vocal Award for his disc of Wagner arias. Riccardo Chailly’s recent performances of Brahms’s symphonies with the Gewandhaus Orchestra drew rapturous reviews all over Europe, and won the Orchestral category, while the vivacious French Quatuor Ebène scored their second BBC Music Magazine Award in the Chamber category for quartets by Fanny and Felix Mendelssohn.
 
The Awards were announced on 8 April at a ceremony that took place at King's Place in London. It was hosted by BBC Music Magazine Editor Oliver Condy and Radio 3's In Tune presenter Sean Rafferty, and attended by artists and representatives from across the classical music industry, as well as 100 BBC Music Magazine readers. Performers included Bryn Terfel, Rachel Podger and Igor Levit and presenters included soprano Dame Anne Evans, actor Sam West and pianist Pierre-Laurent Aimard.

Igor Levit’s Beethoven CD was reviewed inside issue 75. And he was interviewed inside issue 73
 



 
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