ECHO Klassik 2017

Germany's prestigious ECHO Klassik Awards have been announced, with American mezzo-soprano Joyce DiDonato crowned Female Singer of the Year, yet another major accolade for her critically-acclaimed #1 Classical album In War & Peace - Harmony Through Music.

Alongside her labelmate Joyce DiDonato, another mezzo-soprano, young French star Marianne Crebassa, took an ECHO prize in the Opera Aria Recital category for her debut album Oh, Boy! - pants-role arias from Mozart to Gounod, recorded with the Mozarteumorchester and Marc Minkowski in Salzburg, where Marianne is set to dazzle audiences once again at the festival this summer. Marianne makes her proms debut next week as soloist in Ravel's Schéhérazade with the Philharmonia Orchestra conducted by Esa-Pekka Salonen. Ravel's Schéhérazade will feature on her new album Secrets out in October.

Schubert lieder specialist - tenor Ian Bostridge - was awarded an ECHO, for a very different recital album: his Shakespeare Songs with Sir Antonio Pappano at the piano paid hommage to the Bard with repertoire inspired by and setting his poetry and spanning 400 years.

In the Instrumental categories, French violinist Renaud Capuçon received an ECHO for his bold album of contemporary concertos composed specially for him (by Pascal Dusapin, Bruno Mantovani and Wolfgang Rihm). Turkish pianist Fazıl Say was honoured with an ECHO was his remarkable 6-CD collection of the complete Mozart Piano Sonatas, truly a labour of love.

Congratulations to all the nominees and winners. The 2017 ECHO Klassik Awards gala will take place on 29th October at Hamburg's stunning new concert venue the Elbphilharmonie.


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