Opus Klassik Award 2021

Stort grattis till alla vinnare av Tysklands största musikpris,
Opus Klassik Award!

Priset delas ut vid Reeperbahn-festivalen i Hamburg, den 23 september. Vi värmer upp inför galan genom att erbjuda ett av albumen till specialpris –Lars Vogts och Ondines Janacek-skiva som utsetts till Best Solo Piano Recording – endast 119 kr (ordinarie pris 159 kr) till och med 19 sept.

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Image Best Solo Piano Recording
Lars Vogt


Lars Vogt’s new solo piano release is dedicated to the piano works of Leos Janacek (1854–1928), one of the most original voices among the 20th century composers. This album includes three of the composer’s most well-known and most extensive solo piano works. These works by Janacek are marked by deep melancholy and passion. They manifest the composer's rich inner world through a musical language that remains to be timeless. Lars Vogt has established himself as one of the leading musicians of his generation. Born in the German town of Düren in 1970, he first came to public attention when he won second prize at the 1990 Leeds International Piano Competition and has enjoyed a varied career for over twenty-five years. His versatility as an artist ranges from the music of Bach, Mozart and Beethoven, to the romantics Schumann, Brahms, Grieg, Tchaikovsky and Rachmaninov, to contemporary works such as the Lutoslawski concerto.

159 kr
Image Singer of the Year
Piotr Beczala

”2020 börjar det bli ont om medelålders tenorer som inte har sjungit sönder sig. Piotr Beczala, däremot, är ett artistiskt föredöme som bara blir bättre med åren.” (Carl-Henric Malmgen, Opus)

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"Piotr Beczala anses som en av dagens främsta lyrisk-dramatiska tenorer. Hans kombination av lyrisk lätthet, musikalisk frasering, vokal skönhet och viss dramatisk styrka är imponerande, vilket han också visar med det nya ariaalbumet Vincerò!." (Rolf Eriksson)

Global star tenor Piotr Beczala presents Vincerò!, the first fruit of his exclusive collaboration with PENTATONE. Vincerò! is a collection of heart-wrenching opera arias by Puccini, Mascagni, Leoncavallo, Giordano and Cilea. For Beczala, this recording documents his vocal transition from the lyrical tenor repertoire to the more dramatic roles of Verismo, and thus simultaneously marks a significant new chapter in his stage career. Beczala is accompanied by the Cor de la Generalitat Valenciana and the Orquestra de la Comunitat Valenciana, led by maestro Marco Boemi; an extraordinary singer’s conductor who has worked with the greatest vocalists of our age. “Piotr Beczala has the kind of voice you want to hang medals on. Its luminosity makes many of his fellow lyric tenors, past and present, sound by comparison like flickering candlewicks. Beczala’s clarity and cleanliness of tone are the essence of his appeal.” (Opera News Awards, 2015)

189 kr
Image Conductor of the year
Marc Albrecht

Marc Albrecht and the Netherlands Philharmonic Orchestra present Zemlinsky’s lush symphonic poem Die Seejungfrau. Zemlinsky was a child of fin-de-siècle Vienna, who for decades has been overshadowed by colleagues such as Gustav Mahler – the man who married Alma, the woman Zemlinsky also loved – and Arnold Schoenberg – the man who would later become his brother-in-law. In recent times, Zemlinsky is finally gaining the recognition he deserves. The same applies to his symphonic poem Die Seejungfrau, based on Andersen’s Little Mermaid story. Zemlinsky withdrew the score after its premiere in 1905; the three movements were first reunited in the 1980s thanks to scholars, after which the piece could start its second life. Die Seejungfrau seems inspired by Zemlinsky’s love in vain for Alma, clothed in cinematic fin-de-siècle music with Debussy-like evocations of the sea. This new recording marks the final PENTATONE album of Marc Albrecht as chief conductor of the Netherlands Philharmonic Orchestra. It is their sixth collective PENTATONE recording, and underlines their proficiency in German late-Romantic repertoire. Previously, they have released Richard Strauss’s Ein Heldenleben/Burleske (2018), Mahler Song Cycles (2017), Brahms/Schoenberg (2015), Mahler’s Fourth Symphony (2015) and his song cycle Das Lied von der Erde (2013).

159 kr
Image Best Solo Cello
Sergey Malov

The personal story of the cello played braced against the shoulder (violoncello da spalla) began when Sergey Malov first listened to a vinyl recording of Bach’s cello suites played by the legendary Pablo Casals from his father’s collection. Later on, when listening to the recordings he could not get rid of the feeling that this light and dancing music does not fit that well with such a heavy big instrument as a cello. Although perhaps he just wanted to play these amazing pieces himself. Malov was dreaming about playing them authentically. He had no idea though what that authentic way was or how he could place such a huge bass instrument on his shoulder. One cold winter day in 2009 he accidentally found a video recording of Allemanda from the 2nd Bach Cello Suite played by Dmitry Badiarov - a violin maker, co-author of the violoncello da spalla revival project and an inspiring violinist himself. Suddenly his boldest dreams and phantasies came true in a most detailed way.

159 kr
Image Best Trumpet Concert
Selina Ott

As first woman ever in the seventy-year history of the ARD International Music Competition Munich, Selina Ott was awarded 1st Prize in the category trumpet in September 2018 at the age of only 20. Subsequently, she has been invited to perform with leading orchestras such as the WDR Symphony Orchestra, the Tonkünstler-Orchester Niederösterreich and the Czech Philharmonic, and to international festivals. Selina Ott started her music studies at the age of five years on the piano. One year later, she began to study trumpet with her father Erich Ott. She continued her studies at the University of Music and Performing Arts in Vienna with Martin Mühlfellner and at the University of Music in Karlsruhe with Reinhold Friedrich. In 2020 she graduated with distinction in the class of Roman Rindberger at the Music and Arts University of the City of Vienna (MUK). In addition, she attended several masterclasses by Gabor Tarkövi, Jens Lindemann, Hans Gansch, Guillaume Couloumy and the like. On her debut album with the ORF Vienna Radio Symphony Orchestra and Roberto Paternostro, the young artist presents an exciting selection from the opulent range of 20th century trumpet concertos that have been written in close temporal proximity to one another: the very frequently performed concerto by Arutunian is accompanied by the much rarer first concerto by Vladimir Peskin. By exhibiting completely different facets of musical diction, the piece of the Frenchman Alfred Desenclos forms a charming contrast to these two Soviet works. Selina Ott says that the concerto by Desenclos ‘is really my favourite piece’. She performed it in the first round of the ARD International Music Competition in 2018, where she ultimately won the First Prize.

169 kr
Image Best Violin Concert
Patricia Kopatchinskaja

Giovanni Antonini and his ensemble Il Giardino Armonico celebrate the composer who made them famous: Antonio Vivaldi. Their recordings of The Four Seasons and Cecilia Bartoli’s famous first Vivaldi recital left an indelible mark on the discography of the red-haired Priest! Their musical fireworks display continues with a programme of concertos that is bound to provoke strong reactions, since it is the result of a meeting with a musician who is equally adept at shifting boundaries, the violinist Patricia Kopatchinskaja. Together they have devised a programme entitled What’s Next Vivaldi? which interweaves ultra-virtuosic concertos by Vivaldi with, between each concerto, short pieces written by much more recent composers, Luca Franesconi, Simone Movio, Giancinto Scelsi, Aureliano Cattaneo and Giovanni Sollima, and mostly commissioned by Patricia Kopatchinskaja especially for this programme.

169 kr
Image Best Chamber Music Duo
András Schiff & Jörg Widmann

Two great artists, pianist András Schiff and composer/clarinettist Jörg Widmann, join forces for the first time on record, performing Brahms’s late masterpieces, the clarinet sonatas op. 120, written in 1894. In between the sonatas Schiff plays Widmann’s evocative Intermezzi for piano. As Jörg Widmann explains in a programme note, these are works inspired by his friendship with András Schiff and by a shared love of Brahms, to whom they pay tribute. The album was recorded at Neumarkt’s Historischer Reitstadel.

169 kr
Image Best Chamber Music Quartet
Dejan Lasic

159 kr
Image Best Chamber Music Cello
Isang Enders

Isang Enders just released his third album with Berlin Classics: "Vox Humana" is exceptional not only musically but also conceptually. The cellist carefully selected French works from four centuries for this concept album. Also featured are outstanding instrumentalists with whom Isang Enders takes his audience on an exciting chamber music journey. "I believe in the magic of sound and the fascination of hearing. Although each of us who can hear does hear, all the time and as a matter of course, the way each one of us perceives what we hear is the truly unique element. Wouldn’t it be wonderful if we could let everyone hear what we are hearing within us? Wouldn’t we be pleased if we could wordlessly communicate what we feel? It is my instrument alone that sets limits, not my will. My desire is to find the expression, feel the words and experience the sound. That is why these works - all French music - belong here, because they have accompanied me on a voyage of discovery towards the inner voice, the human voice. Debussy’s works of art are the gateway to this inspiration. Where does it come from, where does it go? Those were my key questions." - Isang Enders

159 kr
Image Best Classical Crossover
Ragnhild Hemsing

With 'Røta', her debut album on Berlin Classics, Ragnhild Hemsing on the violin and hardanger fiddle presents her Norwegian roots, addresses her identity and the connection to her musical upbringing. Central to this is the relationship between classical music and Norwegian folk music, as well as the contrast of the different sounds of the two instruments. In addition to works by well-known Norwegian composers, Ragnhild Hemsing has recorded four different folk melodies for Hardanger fiddle from her homeland for 'Røta'.

'I find it very interesting to combine the repertoire of composers who have been inspired by the folk music and traditions of their respective countries,' Hemsing explains the choice of works selected for this album. Ole Bull, Edvard Grieg, Johan Svendsen or Johan Halvorsen are Norwegian greats of the 19th century whose music gives her the comforting feeling of 'being at home'. Together with Mario Häring on piano and Benedict Kloeckner on cello, she embarks on a journey through her native sound world.

159 kr
Image Best Contemporary Opera (DVD)
Orchester der Komischen Oper Berlin

Czech-born composer Jaromír Weinberger, best known for his opera Schwanda the Bagpiper, was forced to flee to America in order to escape Nazi terror. Frühlingsstürme, staged in 1933 but soon closed down by the Nazi government, was the last operetta of the Weimar Republic. It is filled with cultural complexity, combining serious operatic style with light comedy, and presents a thrilling story involving a doomed love affair set against war between Japan and Russia. This lavish production is staged by the award-winning Australian director Barrie Kosky.

379 kr
Image Best Contemporary Opera (BLU-RAY)
Orchester der Komischen Oper Berlin

379 kr
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