The International Classical Music Awards – ICMA – has announced its winners for 2013.
Rub your eyes before and after reading this list:
LIFETIME ACHIEVEMENT AWARD: Aldo Ciccolini
ARTIST OF THE YEAR: Carolin Widmann
YOUNG ARTIST OF THE YEAR VOCAL: Valer Barna-Sabadus
YOUNG ARTIST OF THE YEAR INSTRUMENTAL: Alessandro Mazzamuto
LABEL OF THE YEAR: Audite
CLASSICAL WEBSITE AWARD: Philharmonia Orchestra
SPECIAL ACHIEVEMENT AWARD: Robert von Bahr
SPECIAL ACHIEVEMENT AWARD: Orchestra LaVerdi
Is that the best they could find? Here’s how they pick ‘em:
“The ICMA Jury comprising 17 leading media from 13 countries include six Special Awards paying respect to exceptional musicians and producers. All this Awards are the expression of our jury’s aim of making the difference between good and exceptional,” said
Remy Franck, President of the Jury.
The ICMA is based in Luxembourg. The awards will be presented in Milan.
Oh, and the year’s best opera and symphony recordings are….. fanfare….
Stanislaw Moniuszko: Verbum nobile
Aleksander Teliga, Aleksandra Buczek, Leszek Skrla, Michal Partyka, Janusz
Lewandowski, Chor i Orkiestra Opery na Zamku / Warcislaw Kunc
Albert Roussel: Le festin de l’araignée (The Spider’s Banquet), Padmâvatî
Royal Scottish National Orchestra, Stéphane Denève
Read some further disparagements here.