Violinists Anne-Sophie Mutter and Isabelle Faust, cellist Julian
Steckel and the Ébène Quartet are among the winners of this year’s
Echo Klassik Awards. Organised annually by the Deutsche
Phono-Akademie association, the awards honour classical recording
artists from around the world.
At the awards ceremony on 14 October, Mutter will receive the prize for concert recording of the year, for her performances of Wolfgang Rihm’s Lichtes Spiel and Sebastian Currier’s Time Machines, both with the New York Philharmonic. Faust has been named violinist of the year for her recordings of the Beethoven and Berg violin concertos with the Orchestra Mozart. The Ébène Quartet is recognised for its album Mozart: Dissonances, which features the composer’s String Quartets KV421 and 465, plus the Divertimento KV138.
Other winners include the Freiburg Baroque Orchestra for its recording of Mendelssohn’s Concerto in D minor for violin, piano and string orchestra; cellist Maximilian Hornung and the Bamberg Symphony Orchestra for Dvo?ák’s Cello Concerto; and the Amaryllis Quartet for its recording of string quartets by Haydn and Webern. Steckel, 29, will receive a ‘young talent’ award for his performances of concertos by Korngold, Bloch and Goldschmidt, recorded with the Rheinische Philharmonie.
Launched in 1994, the Echo Klassik Awards will this year be held at the Konzerthaus in Berlin. German TV channel ZDF will broadcast the ceremony on the evening of 14 October.