2007 Echo Klassik Singer of the Year

ECHO Klassik 2007 prize “Singer of the Year”


Simon is to be awarded the ECHO Klassik 2007 prize “Singer of the Year” for his CD “Tales of Opera”. The event, which is to be staged in Munich on 21 October, will be broadcast live on ZDF TV. More on the ECHO Klassik 2007 awards can be found at… http://www.echo-deutscher-musikpreis.de/

Juraforum, 18 June 2007

Translated by Ursula Turecek

Laureates of “ECHO Klassik” 2007 elected / ZDF will broadcast gala-concert with award ceremony on the 21 October

The celebratory award ceremony of “ECHO Klassik” with it’s international stars and prominent award presenters, and with the title “ECHO der Stars”, is the annual highlight in ZDF’s classical programme. This year the gala-concert will take place with the participation of selected laureates in the Munich “Philharmonie im Gasteig” on the 21 October and will be broadcast in ZDF at 10 p.m.

The register of the winners of ECHO Klassik 2007 that the Deutsche Phono-Akademie will announce today, reads once more like the “who’s who” of the current trends in classical music: Elina Garanca and Simon Keenlyside (singers of the year), Thomas Quasthoff and Till Brönner, the conductors Mariss Jansons, Sir Simon Rattle and Daniel Barenboim, the legendary pianist Maurizio Pollini and the Spanish soprano Montserrat Caballé who receives an award for her lifework.

Among the awards that are assigned in 21 categories a remarkable number goes to German artists like soprano Christine Schäfer, pianist Martin Stadtfeld and violinist Julia Fischer. Also many representatives of the younger generation were honoured, like the violinists Janine Jansen and Leila Josefowicz or the trumpeter Alison Balsom. The award for the “bestseller of the year” goes undisputedly to Anna Netrebko for her “Russian Album”.

Like in the past two years, Maria Furtwängler, one of the most prominent of German actresses, will present in “ECHO der Stars” on ZDF a selection of this year’s laureates to millions of spectators on the 21 October. Once again the classic stars can rely on this occasion on the accompaniment of a worldclass-orchestra: The Munich Philharmonic will play under conductor Andrey Boreyko.

With the German music award “ECHO Klassik” the Deutsche Phono-Akademie honours for the 14th time outstanding classic recordings. The ECHO-laureates are determined by a jury that consists of representatives from politics, culture and media, ZDF’s editorial staff for music and the research group Classic of the Deutsche Phono-Akademie. The “ECHO Klassik”, one of the internationally most important musical awards, wants to make a contribution to the documentation of classical music’s cultural significance and to the further increase of its popularity. Hence with the awards is also judged the artists’ contribution to the popularisation of classical music alongside with the artistic achievement and the personality.

The complete list of all “ECHO Klassik 2007” laureates can be accessed on the internet under www.echo-deutscher-musikpreis.de

Tickets for the gala concert on the 21 October in Munich are available in advance booking, Tickethotline: 01805-481818.

Der Tagesspiegel, 18 June 2007

Translated by Ursula Turecek

Echo Klassik Preis 2007

Singing with reverberation: Klassik-Echo [award] for Garanca and Keenlyside

The singers Elina Garanca and Simon Keenlyside, star-soprano Montserrat Caballé and conductor Mariss Jansons will be awarded the Echo Klassik award 2007. Jazz-trumpeter Till Brönner and bass-baritone Thomas Quasthoff will also be honoured for their work by the Deutsche Phono-Akademie. The academy informed that the awards in 21 categories will be presented in Munich on the 21 October and ZDF will broadcast the gala from the Philharmonie on the same evening at 22 o’clock. In this way the Kulturinstitut der deutschen Phonowirtschaft apprecitated outstanding Classic recordings for the 14th time.

Jansons receives the award for the recording of the complete symphonies by Dmitri Shostakovitch. Among the orchestras of the year rank the Staatskapelle Berlin for the recording of Gustav Mahler’s 9th symphony, Concerto Köln for the recording of the opera “Il divino boemo” by Josef Myslivecek and the Tschechische Philharmonie Brünn for the recording for motets by Anton Bruckner.

As best instrumentalists, cellist Sol Gabetta, pianist Maurizio Pollini, oboist Yeon-Hee Kwak, saxophonist Raaf Hekkema and violinist Julia Fischer will be distinguished. Among the honoured junior artists are soprano Nicole Cabell and conductor Gustavo Dudamel.

For their recordings the West-Eastern Orchestra under Daniel Barenboim, the Gewandhausorchester Leipzig under Ricardo Chailly and the Freiburg Barockorchester under René Jacobs will be distinguished. Pianist Martin Stadtfeld and violinists Janine Jansen and Leila Josefowicz now presented prizewinning recordings too. Thomas Quasthoff and Till Brönner recieve the Echo Klassik for the production “The Jazz Album – Watch What Happens”. Bestseller of the year is Anna Netrebko’s “Russian Album”.

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