Once again, the classical record industry has delivered! A constant stream of recordings continues unabated that bears witness to the creativity, imagination, flair, tenacity, style and prodigious talent of musicians, A&R directors and labels’ creative and editorial teams the world over. From a shortlist of 45 discs (three per category), the 15 winners have now emerged, including Recording of the Year (an unexpected win for little-known early music), Artist of the Year (indefatigable Maltese tenor Joseph Calleja) and Label of the Year (chic French recording house Naïve).
Recording of the Year / Baroque Vocal
Vox Luminis / Lionel Meunier
“What strikes me principally about this wonderful disc is how Vox Luminis delight as much in the abstract brilliance of Schütz’s melodic and harmonic invention as in the mere projection of words – which is why these performances deserve to reach audiences beyond early-music boffins and receive a broad mainstream listenership, like Brahms, for whom Schütz was a guiding star for his own Deutsches Requiem.” – Jonathan Freeman-Attwood
Artist of the Year
Joseph Calleja, tenor
Although still only 34, Joseph Calleja has most definitely arrived – a tenor of uncommon distinction, whose elegance and sense of style are second...