MRM singers among 2020 Gramophone Classical Music Awards nominees

4 September 2020

Nominated for the Choral Award, Carolyn Sampson‘s widely praised recording of Bach’s St Matthew Passion with Bach Collegium Japan and Masaaki Suzuki, for BIS Records also won Recording of the Month in the April 2020 edition of the magazine.

Among the Recital Award nominees is Ruby Hughes’ most recent album for BIS of works by Mahler, Berg and Rhian Samuel, together with BBCNOW and Jac van Steen, which has won universal high praise: “it’s Hughes’s performance that carries the whole enterprise: vivid, powerful and superbly committed, bringing a real complexity and vulnerability to the character. She’s impressive in the couplings, too, using her lightish soprano intelligently in a sharply etched account of Mahler’s Rückert Lieder (with an especially fine ‘Um Mitternacht’) and a focused, uncompromising account of Berg’s Altenberg Lieder.” (Hugo Shirley for Gramophone.)

Edgaras Montvidas’ performance as Anatol in Keith Warner’s production of Barber’s Vanessa (2018 Glyndebourne Festival), with Jakub Hrůša and the London Philharmonic Orchestra, is nominated for the Opera Award. “Magnificent,” writes The Spectator. “A beautiful, thought-provoking production of an opera that toys cat-like with your intellect even as it tears at your heart.” The Opus Arte release of the production was awarded the DVD Award in 2020 BBC Music Magazine Awards.

Also nominated for the Opera Award is the Signum Classics release of Purcell’s King Arthur, featuring both Carolyn Sampson and James Way alongside Paul McCreesh and the Gabrieli Players, which won both the Opera Award and Recording of the Year in the 2020 BBC Music Magazine Awards.

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