Winners of BBC Music Magazine Awards 2020

11 May 2020

The winners of the 2020 BBC Music Magazine Awards include MRM Artists soprano Carolyn Sampson, and tenors James Way and Edgaras Montvidas. The awards celebrate the best of classical music recordings and are chosen by shortlist and popular vote.

The Recording of the Year and the Opera Award go to the Signum Classics release of Purcell’s King Arthur, featuring Carolyn Sampson and James Way alongside Paul McCreesh, the Gabrieli Players, and a stellar cast of other soloists. BBC Music Magazine calls it “a ravishing new production,” continuing that the “choruses are more vibrant, dance rhythms more percussive and solos more delicate than in any previous recording.”

Edgaras Montvidas stars in Barber’s Vanessa – winner of the DVD Award – as Anatol, the caddish young man who must choose between two women. The Opus Arte release captures a performance of the Pulitzer Prize-winning opera directed by Keith Warner from the 2018 Glyndebourne Festival, with Jakub Hrůša and the London Philharmonic Orchestra. “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.”

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