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Gramophone Award

The Gramophone Classical Music Awards,[1] launched in 1977, are one of the most significant honours bestowed on recordings in the classical record industry.[2][3] They are often viewed as equivalent to[4] or surpassing[5][6] the American Grammy award, and referred to as the Oscars for classical music.[7][8][9] They are widely regarded as the most influential and prestigious classical music awards in the world.[10][11]

According to Matthew Owen, national sales manager for Harmonia Mundi USA, "ultimately it is the classical award, especially worldwide."[12]

The winners are selected annually by critics for the Gramophone magazine and various members of the industry, including retailers, broadcasters, arts administrators, and musicians. Awards are usually presented in September each year in London.

Gramophone Awards of the 2010s


Winners are listed first, highlighted in boldface.









Complete list

Gramophone Awards of the 2000s











Gramophone Awards of the 1990s


  • Artist of the Year – Martha Argerich
  • Lifetime Achievement – Isaac Stern
  • Special Achievement – Philip's Great Pianists of the 20th Century
  • Opera (Record of the Year) – Antonín Dvo?ák, Rusalka, Mackerras (Decca)
  • Editor's Choice – Naxos's British music series
  • Baroque Instrumental – Jacquet de la Guerre, Premiére livre, Carole Cerasi (Metronome)
  • Baroque Vocal – A Scarlatti, Il primo omicidio, René Jacobs (Harmonia Mundi)
  • Chamber – Robert Schumann, Piano Trios, Florestan Trio (Hyperion)
  • Concerto – Frédéric Chopin, Piano Concertos, Martha Argerich/Dutoit (EMI)
  • 20th-Century Concerto – Maurice Ravel, Piano Concertos, Krystian Zimerman; Pierre Boulez (Deutsche Grammophon|DG)
  • Early Music – Guillaume Dufay, Missa Jacobi, Binchois Consort/Kirkman (Hyperion)
  • Contemporary – Toru Takemitsu, Quotation of Dream, Knussen (DG)
  • Instrumental – Arcadi Volodos, Arcadi Volodos Live at Carnegie Hall (Sony Classical)
  • Orchestral – Anton Bruckner, Symphony No. 4, Wand (RCA)
  • Recital – Renée Fleming, I Want Magic!, Renée Fleming; Levine (Decca)
  • Solo Vocal – Ludwig van Beethoven, Lieder, Stephen Genz; Vignoles (Hyperion)
  • 20th-Century Chamber – Elliott Carter, String Quartets, Arditti Quartett (Auvidis)
  • 20th-Century Instrumental – Luciano Berio, Sequenzas, various artists (DG)
  • 20th-Century Opera – Carl Nielsen, Maskarade, Schirmer (Decca)
  • 20th-Century Orchestral – Edgar Varèse, Complete Orchestral Works, Riccardo Chailly (Decca)
  • 20th-Century Vocal – Hanns Eisler, Hollywood Songbook, Goerne; Schneider (Decca)


  • Artist of the Year – Riccardo Chailly
  • Lifetime Achievement – Menahem Pressler
  • Choral (Record of the Year) – Martin, Pizzetti, Die Schöpfung, Westminster Cathedral Choir/James O'Donnell (Hyperion)
  • Best-selling disc – James Horner, Titanic–Original Soundtrack (Sony Classical)
  • Editor's Choice – Thomas Adès, Adès: Arcadiana Op. 12. The origin of the harp, soloists; Endellion Quartet; London Sinfonietta; King's college choir, Cambridge/Adès, Stenz, Cleobury (EMI Debut)
  • Baroque Non-Vocal – Les Talens Lyriques/Christophe Rousset, Rameau—Overtures (L'Oiseau-Lyre)
  • Baroque Vocal – Monteverdi, Concerto Italiano, Rinaldo Alessandrini;
  • Chamber – Bartók, String quartets, Takacs Quartet (Decca)
  • Concerto – Joshua Bell, Barber, Bloch, Walton, Baltimore Symphony Orchestra/David Zinman (Decca)
  • Contemporary – Birtwistle The Mask of Orpheus, Andrew Davis, Martyn Brabbins, Birtwistle, soloists; BBC Singers; BBC Symphony Orchestra/Andrew Davis, Martyn Brabbins (NMC)
  • Early Music – Canciones and Ensaladas, Ensemble Clément Janequin/Dominique Visse (Harmonia Mundi)
  • Early Opera – Rameau, Les fêtes d'Hébé, Soloists; Les Arts Florissants Chorus and Orchestra/William Christie (Erato)
  • Film Music – Kenneth Alwyn, The Ladykillers, Royal Ballet Sinfonia/Kenneth Alwyn (Silva Screen)
  • Instrumental – Stephen Hough, Mompou (Hyperion)
  • Music Theatre – Kander & Ebb, Chicago, Broadway Cast/Rob Fisher (RCA Victor)
  • Opera – Rossini, Il Turco in Italia, soloists; Milan La Scala Chorus and Orchestra/Riccardo Chailly (Decca)
  • Orchestral – Bartók, The Miraculous Mandarin, Hungarian Radio Chorus; Budapest Festival Orchestra/Ivan Fischer (Philips)
  • Solo Vocal – Schumann, Ian Bostridge, Julius Drake (EMI)



  • Artist of the Year – Anne Sofie von Otter
  • Lifetime achievement – Yehudi Menuhin
  • Young Artist of the Year – David Pyatt
  • Record of the year & Concerto – Emil von Sauer, Xaver Scharwenka: Piano Concertos; Hough; City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra / Lawerence Foster, Hyperion Records
  • Best-selling disc – Lesley Garrett - Soprano in Red; Lesley Garrett (sop); Crouch End Festival Chorus; Royal Philharmonic Concert Orchestra, Holmes Silva Classics
  • Baroque non-vocal – Vivaldi: Il Proteo - Double, Triple Concertos; Coin (cello); Il Giardino Armonico / Antonini, Teldec
  • Baroque vocal – Vivaldi: Stabat mater. Cessate, omai ces; Scholl (alto); Ensemble 415 / Banchini, Harmonia Mundi
  • Chamber – Haydn: String Quartets Op. 33 Nos 2, 3 and 5; Quatuor Mosaiques; Auvidis Astree
  • Choral – Grainger: Songs and Dancing Ballads; Monteverdi Choir; English Country Gardiner Orchestra / Gardiner, Philips
  • Concerto – Sauer, Scharwenka: Piano Concertos; Hough; City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra / Lawerence Foster, Hyperion Records
  • Contemporary – Harrison Birtwistle: Gawain; Royal Opera House, Covent Garden / Howarth, Collins Classics
  • Early music – Dunstable: Sacred Choral Works; Orlando Consort, Metronome
  • Early opera – Handel: Ariodante; Wilhelmshaven Vocal Ensemble; Freiburg Baroque Orchestra / McGegan, Harmonia Mundi
  • Engineering – Sibelius: Symphony No 5. En saga; Lahti SO / Vänskä, BIS
  • Historic non-vocal – Debussy: Complete Piano Works; Walter Gieseking (pf), EMI
  • Historic vocal – Lucrezia Bori: Opera and Operetta Arias; Bori (sop) with various artists (restored by Ward Marston), Romophone
  • Instrumental – Domenico Scarlatti: Keyboard Sonatas; Mikhail Pletnev (pf), Virgin Classics
  • Music theatre – Gershwin: Oh Kay! Orchestra of St Luke's / Stern, Nonesuch
  • Opera – Prokofiev: The Fiery Angel; Kirov Opera / Gergiev, Philips
  • Orchestral – Schmidt: Symphony No 4. Variations on a Hussar; London PO / Franz Welser-Möst EMI
  • Solo vocal – Schubert: Lieder, Volume 25. Die schöne Mullerin; Bostridge (ten); Fischer-Dieskau (narr); Johnson (pf), Hyperion
  • Video – Yehudi Menuhin - The Violin of the Century, EMI


  • Artist of the Year – Pierre Boulez
  • Lifetime achievement – Sir Michael Tippett
  • Special achievement – Entartete Musik - Korngold: Das Wunder des Heliane; Berlin Radio Chorus; Deutsches SO / Mauceri, Decca
  • Record of the year & Concerto – Prokofiev: Violin Concerto No 1. Shostakovich: Vio; Maxim Vengerov; London Symphony Orchestra / Rostropovich, Teldec
  • Best-selling disc – The Three Tenors in Concert, 1994; José Carreras, Plácido Domingo, Luciano Pavarotti; Los Angeles Music Center Opera Chorus; Los Angeles Philharmonic Orchestra / Zubin Mehta, Teldec
  • Baroque non-vocal – Heinrich Ignaz Franz Biber: Violin Sonatas; Romanesca, Harmonia Mundi
  • Baroque vocal – Jean-Philippe Rameau: Grand Motets; Les Arts Florissants / William Christie, Erato
  • Chamber – Gabriel Fauré: Piano Quintets; Domus, Hyperion
  • Choral & engineering – Karol Szymanowski: Stabat mater. Symphony No. 3. City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra and Chorus / Rattle, EMI
  • Concerto – Sergei Prokofiev: Violin Concerto No 1. Dmitri Shostakovich: Vio; Maxim Vengerov; London Symphony Orchestra / Rostropovich, Teldec
  • Contemporary – György Ligeti: Concertos - Piano; Violin; Cello; Gawriloff; Queyras; Aimard; Ensemble InterContemporain / Boulez DG
  • Early music – Robert Fayrfax: Missa O quam glorifica, etc. The Cardinall's Musick / Carwood, ASV Gaudeamus
  • Early opera – Henry Purcell: King Arthur; Soloists; Les Arts Florissants / Christie, Erato
  • Engineering – Karol Szymanowski: Stabat mater. Symphony No. 3. City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra and Chorus / Rattle, EMI
  • Historic non-vocal – Ludwig van Beethoven: Symphony No. 9; Soloists; Lucerne Festival Chorus; Philharmonia / Furtwängler, Tahra mono
  • Historic vocal – Maurice Ravel: L'enfant et les sortileges; French Radio National Chorus and Orchestra / Bour, Testament
  • Instrumental – Frédéric Chopin: Four Ballades. Mazurkas. Etudes. Nocturne; Murray Perahia (pf), Sony Classical
  • Music theatre – I wish it so - The Songs of Vernon Duke; Dawn Upshaw (sop); orchestra / Eric Stern (pf), Elektra Nonesuch
  • Opera – William Walton: Troilus and Cressida; Chorus & Orchestra of Opera North / Hickox, Chandos
  • Orchestral – Arnold Schoenberg: Chamber Symphony No 1. Erwartung; Phyllis Bryn-Julson (sop); Birmingham Contemporary Music Group; City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra / Rattle, EMI
  • Solo vocal – Franz Schubert: Lieder; Bryn Terfel (bar); Malcolm Martineau (pf), DG
  • Video – The Art of Conducting - Great Conductors of the Past, Teldec


  • Instrumental & Record of the Year – Debussy: Preludes; Krystian Zimmerman (pf), DG
  • Chamber – Tchaikovsky: String Quartets No. 1 - No.3 / Souvenir de Florence; Yuri Yurov (viola), Mikhail Milman (cello), Borodin Quartet; Teldec
  • Opera – Britten: Gloriana; Josephine Barstow, Phillip Langridge, Welsh National Opera / Charles Mackerras, Argo
  • Historic Vocal – Britten: Peter Grimes / The Rape of Lucretia / Folksong Arrangements; Peter Pears (t), Joan Cross (s), BBC Theatre Chorus, Orchestra of The Royal Opera House / Nancy Evans (ca), Pears, Cross, English Opera Group Chamber Orchestra / Sophie Whyss (s), Pears, Britten (piano); EMI
  • Historic Non-Vocal – Schoenberg: Verklaerte Nacht / Schubert: String Quintet in C major; Alvin Dinkin(va), Kurt Reher (cello), Hollywood String Quartet; Testament
  • Engineering – Dutilleux: Symphonies Nos. 1 & 2; BBC Philharmonic / Yan Pascal Tortelier, Chandos
  • Orchestral – Koechlin: The Jungle Book, Symphonic Poems; Berlin Radio Symphony Orchestra / David Zinman, RCA
  • Choral – Delius: Sea Drift, Songs of Farewell, Songs of Sunset; Bryn Terfel (b), Sally Burgess (ms), Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra & Chorus / Hickox, Chandos
  • Concerto – Bartók: Violin Concerto No. 2, Rhapsodies Nos. 1 & 2; Kyung-wha Chung, City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra / Rattle, EMI
  • Contemporary – Robin Holloway: Second Concerto for Orchestra; BBC Symphony Orchestra / Oliver Knussen, NMC
  • Solo Vocal – Samuel Barber: Complete Songs; Cheryl Studer, Thomas Hampson, John Browning, DG
  • Music Theatre – Bernstein: On The Town; LSO / Michael Tilson Thomas, DG
  • Baroque Vocal – Fourth Book of the Montev; Concerto Italiano, Opus 111
  • Baroque Non-vocal – Bach: Goldberg Variations; Pierre Hantai, Opus 111
  • Young Artist of the Year – Maxim Vengerov
  • Lifetime Achievement – Klaus Tennstedt
  • Special Achievement – Richter: The Authorized Edition; Sviatoslav Richter (pf), Phillips
  • Best Selling Record – Canto Gregoriano; Coro de monjes del Monasterio Benedictino de Santo Domingo de Silos / Ismael Fernández de la Cuesta, EMI
  • Early Music – Cipriano de Rore: Missa Praeter rerum seriem; The Tallis Scholars / Peter Phillips, Gimell
  • Video – Bernstein: On The Town; LSO/ Michael Tilson Thomas, Barbican Centre, June 1992, DG
  • Artist of the Year – John Eliot Gardiner



  • Orchestral (Record of the Year) – Beethoven 9 Symphonies. Nikolaus Harnoncourt. The Chamber Orchestre of Europe.
  • Baroque Vocal – Handel. Giulio Cesare. Larmore, Schlick, Fink, Rorholm, Ragin. Rene Jacobs. Concerto Koeln.
  • Baroque Non-Vocal – Rameau. Harpsichord Works. Christophe Rousset.
  • Chamber – Symanowski String Quartets No 1 in C Major, Op.37; No. 2 Op. 56 / Webern Langsamer Satz. Carmina Quartet
  • Choral – Britten. War Requiem, Op. 66; Sinfonia da Requiem, Op. 20; Ballad of Heroes, Op. 14. Harper, Langridge, Hill, Shirley-Quirk. St Paul's Cathedral Choristers, London Symphony Orchestra and Chorus. Richard Hickox.
  • Concerto – Medtner. Piano Conccertos No.2 in C Minor, Op. 50; No 3. in E Minor, Op. 60. Nickolai Demidenko. BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra. Jerzy Maksymiuk.
  • Contemporary – John Tavener. The Protecting Veil; Thrinos / Britten. Solo Cello Suite No. 3, Op. 87. Steven Isserlis. London Symphony Orchestra. Rozhdestvensky.
  • Early Music – The Rose and The Ostrich Feather. Music from the Eton Choirbook. Volume I. The Sixteen. Harry Christophers.
  • Engineering – Britten. War Requiem, Op. 66; Sinfonia da Requiem, Op. 20; Ballad of Heroes, Op. 14. Harper, Langridge, Hill, Shirley-Quirk. St Paul's Cathedral Choristers, London Symphony Orchestra and Chorus. Richard Hickox.
  • Historical Vocal – Covent Garden on Record: A History.
  • Historical Non-Vocal – The Elgar Edition. Volume 1. London Symphony Orchestra. Royal Albert Hall Orchestra. Elgar.
  • Instrumental – Alkan. 25 Preludes dans les tons majeurs et mineur, Op. 31 / Shostakovich. 24 Preludes, Op. 34. Olli Mustonen.
  • Music Theatre – Bernstein. Candide. Hadley, Anderson. London Symphony Orchestra & Chorus. Bernstein (cond).
  • Opera – Strauss. Die Frau ohne Schatten. Behrens, Domingo, Runkel, van Dam, Varady, Jo. Wiener Philharmoniker. George Solti.
  • Solo Vocal – Schubert. Lieder. Brigitte Fassbaender, Aribert Reimann.
  • Special Achievement – Abbey Road Studios.
  • Best-selling Record – Essential Opera.
  • Young Artist of the Year – Bryn Terfel.
  • Artist of the Year – Dame Kiri Janette Te Kanawa.
  • Lifetime Achievement – Sir George Solti.


  • Record of the Year & Choral – Beethoven. Missa Solemnis. Gardiner. English Baroque Soloists. Margiono, Robbin, Kendall, Miles, Monteverdi Choir.
  • Baroque Vocal – Handel. Susanna. Hunt, Minter, Feldman, Parker, Jeffery Thomas, David Thomas. Nicholas McGegan. Philharmonia Baroque Orchestra. U.C. Berkeley Chamber Chorus.
  • Baroque Non-Vocal – Biber. Mystery Sonatas. Holloway (vn), Davitt Moroney(org/hpd), Tragicomedia.
  • Chamber – Brahms: Piano Quartets. Opp. 25, 26 & 60. Ax, Stern, Laredo, Ma.
  • Concerto – Sibelius. Violin Concerto in D Major, op. 47. Kavakos(vn). Lahti Symphony Orchestra, Vanska.
  • Contemporary – John Casken. Golem. Clarke, Hall, Rozario, Robson, Wilson, Morris, Harrhy, Thomas. Music Project London. Richard Bernas.
  • Early Music – Palestrina. Missa Assumpta est Maria/ Missa Sicut Iilium. Tallis Scholars. Peter Phillips.
  • Engineering – Wordsworth. Symphony Nos. 2 & 3. London Philharmonic Orchestra. Braithwaite.
  • Historical Non-Vocal – Berg. Violin Concerto/Lyric Suite. Louis Krasner(vn), Galimir Quartet, BBC Symphony Orchestra, Webern.
  • Historical Vocal – Faure/Chausson/Airs Français. Gerard Souzay. Bonneau (pn).
  • Instrumental – Shostakovich. 24 Preludes and Fugues, op. 87. Tatyana Nikolaieva (pf).
  • Music Theatre – Sondheim. Into The Woods. Original London Cast.
  • Opera – Mozart. Idomeneo. Johnson, von Otter, Martinpelto, McNair, Robson, Winslade. John Eliot Gardiner. English Baroque Soloists.
  • Orchestral – Nielsen. Symphony No. 2 Op. 16 "The Four Temperaments" / Symphony No. 3 Op. 27 "Espansiva." Fromm, McMillan. San Francisco Symphony Orchestra. Herbert Blomstedt.
  • Solo Vocal – Schubert. Die Schoene Mullerin. Schreier, Schiff.
  • Special Achievement – Complete Mozart Edition
  • Artist of the Year – Luciano Pavarotti
  • Lifetime Achievement – Joan Sutherland


  • Chamber - Respighi, Violin Sonata in B Minor, Kyung-Wha Chung and Krystian Zimerman; Deutsche Grammophon
  • Choral - Schumann: Das Paradies und die Peri; Edith Wiens, S. Herman, A. Gjevang; L'Orchestre de la Suisse Romande Armin Jordan (cnd)
  • Concerto - Shostakovich: Violin Concerto No. 1 in A minor, Op. 99, Violin Concerto No. 2 in C-sharp minor, Op. 129; Lydia Mordkovitch (vn); SNO, Neemi Järvi (cnd); Chandos
  • Contemporary - George Benjamin: Antara, Boulez: Dérive, Memoriale; Harvey: Song Offerings; Walmsley-Clark (sp), Bell (fl); London Sinfonietta, George Benjamin (cnd); Nimbus
  • Early Music - Gabrieli: A Venetian Coronation 1595, The Gabrieli Consort and Players, Paul McCreesh (cnd); Virgin Classics
  • Engineering - Britten: The Prince of the Pagodas; London Sinfonietta, Oliver Knussen (cnd); Virgin Classics
  • Historic (vocal) - Massenet: Werther; Georges Thill (ten), Vallin (mez) Roque(bar), Faraldy(sop), Narcon(bass); Chorus and Orchestra of the Opera-Contique, Elie Cohen(cnd); EMI
  • Historic (nonvocal) - Delius: Paris, Eventyr, Irmelin Prelude, Over the Hills and Far Aways; LPO, Sir Thomas Beecham; EMI
  • Instrumental - Debussy: Piano Works; Zoltán Kocsis; Philips
  • Music Theatre - Cole Porter, Anything Goes; John McGlinn; EMI
  • Opera (Record of the Year) - Prokofiev: L'Amour des trois oranges; Choeurs et Orchestre de l'Opéra de Lyon, Kent Nagano; Virgin Classics
  • Orchestral - Vaughan Williams: A Sea Symphony; Lott (sp), Summers (bar); LPO, Bernard Haitink (cnd); EMI
  • Solo Vocal - Schubert: Schwanengesang, Heine and Seidl Lieder; Peter Schreier (ten), András Schiff (pf); Decca
  • Special Achievement - Bach: Complete Sacred Cantatas Vol. 1-45; Vienna Concentus Musicus, Nikolaus Harnoncourt (cnd); Leonhardt Consort, Gustav Leonhardt (cnd); Teldec

Gramophone Awards of the 1980s


  • Chamber (Record of the Year) - Bartók: String Quartets Nos. 1-6; Emerson Quartet; DG
  • Choral - Handel: Jephtha; Dawson, Holton (sops), Sofie von Otter (mez), Chance (counterten), Robson (ten), Varcoe (nar), Ross (hpd), Nicholson (org); Monteverdi Choir, English Baroque Soloists, John Eliot Gardiner (cnd); Philips
  • Concerto - Sibelius: Violin Concerto in D minor, Op. 47 / Nielsen: Violin Concerto, Op. 33; Cho-Liang Lin (vn); Philharmonia Orchestra of London / Swedish Radido Symphony, Esa-Pekka Salonen(cnd); CBS
  • Contemporary - Robert Simpson: Ninth Symphony; Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra, Handley; Hyperion
  • Early Music (Baroque) - Corelli: Concerto Grossi, Op. 6; The English Concert, Pinnock (cnd); Arkiv
  • Early Music (Medieval and Renaissance) - "A Song for Francesca"; Gothic Voices; Hyperion
  • Engineering and Production - Tubin: Symphonies 3, 8; Stockholm Radio Symphony Orchestra, Neeme Järvi; BIS
  • Historic (Non-Vocal) - Mahler: Symphony, No. 9; Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra, Bruno Walter (cnd); EMI
  • Historic (Vocal) - Record of Singing, Volume 4; EMI
  • Instrumental - Mozart: Piano Sonatas 1-18; Mitsuko Uchida, Philips
  • Musical Theatre - Jerome Kern: Show Boat; John McGlinn; EMI
  • Operatic - Gershwin: Porgy and Bess; Glyndebourn, Rattle; EMI
  • Orchestral - Schubert: Symphonies; Chamber Orchestra of Europe, Abbado (cnd); DG
  • Remastered CD - Ravel: L'enfant et les sortilèges; French Radio National Orchestra, Lorin Maazel (cnd); DG
  • Solo Vocal - Schubert: Lieder, Volume 1; Janet Baker(mez), Graham Johnson (pf); Hyperion


  • Chamber - Menndelssohn: Violin Sonatas in F minor and F major; Shlomo Mintz(vn), Paul Ostrovsky(pf); DG
  • Choral - Verdi: Requiem; Atlanta Symphony Orchestra and Chorus; Robert Shaw; Telarc
  • Concerto - Tchaikovsky: Piano Concerto No. 2; Peter Donohoe(pf); Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra, Rudolf Barshai; EMI
  • Contemporary - Sir Harrison Birtwistle: Carmen Arcadiae Mechanicae Perpetuum, Silbury Air, Secret Theatre; London Sinfonietta, Elgar Howarth; Etcetera
  • Early Music (Baroque) - Leclair: Scylla et Glaucus; Donna Brown, Rachel Yakar, Howard Cookk; Monteverdi Choir, English Baroque Soloists; John Eliot Gardiner; Erato
  • Early Music (Medieval and Renaissance) - "The Service of Venus and Mars: Music for the Knights of the Garter"; Gothic Voices, Christopher Page; Hyperion
  • Engineering and Production - Mahler: Symphony No. 2, "Resurrection"; Arleen Augér, Janet Baker; City of Birmingham Symphony Chorus & Orchestra; Simon Rattle
  • Historic (Non-Vocal) - Brahms: Violin Concerto in D minor, Op. 47 / Sibelius: Concerto for Violin and Orchestra in D, Op. 77; Ginette Neveu (vn); Philharmonia Orchestra, Issay Dobrowen, Walter Süsskind; EMI
  • Historic (Vocal) - Feodor Chaliapin: 1873-1938; Chaliapin(bass) et al.; EMI
  • Instrumental - Poulenc: Piano Works; Pascal Roge; Decca Musical Theatre
  • Operatic - Benjamin Britten: Paul Bunyan; The Plymouth Music Series Chorus and Orchestra; Philip Brunelle; Virgin Classics
  • Orchestral (Record of the Year) - Mahler: Symphony No. 2, "Resurrection"; Arleen Augér, Janet Baker; City of Birmingham Symphony Chorus & Orchestra; Simon Rattle
  • Period Performance - Haydn: Mass in D minor, "Nelson" / Te Deum in C major; Felicity Lott, Carolyn Watkinson, Maldwyn Davies, David Wilson-Johnson; The English Concert and Choir; Trevor Pinnock; Archiv;
  • Remastered CD - Strauss: Der Rosenkavalier; Elisabeth Schwarzkopf, Christa Ludwig, Teresa Stich Randall, Otto Edelmann, Eberhard Wächter; London Philharmonia Orchestra and Chorus, Herbert von Karajan; EMI
  • Solo Vocal - Schubert: Die Schöne Müllerin; Olaf Bär(bar), Geoffrey Parsons(pf); EMI


  • Chamber - Chausson: Concert in D major for Piano, violin, and string quartet, String quartet in C minor. Jean-Phillipe Collard, (pf), Augistine Dumay(vn), Muir Quartet. EMI
  • Choral - Handel: Athalia. Joan Sutherland, Emma Kirkby, James Bowman, Aled Jones, Anthony Johnson, David Thomas. The Academy of Ancient Music / Christopher Hogwood. Decca
  • Concerto - Hummel: Piano Concerto No. 2 in A minor, Op 85; No. 3 in B minor, Op 89. Stephen Hough. English Chamber Orchestra / Bryden Thomson. Chandos
  • Contemporary - Sir Michael Tippett: The Mask of Time. Faye Robinson, Sarah Walker, Robert Tear, John Cheek. BBC Symphony Orchestra and Chorus / Andrew Davis. EMI
  • Early Music (Record of the Year) - Josquin Desprez: Missa Pange lingua, Missa La sol fa re mi. The Tallis Scholars / Peter Phillips. Gimell
  • Engineering and Production - Holst: The Planets. Montréal Symphony Orchestra / Charles Dutoit. Decca.
  • Historic (Non-Vocal) - Schubert: String Quartets, Piano Trio, Fantasia. Busch Quartet, Rudolf Serkin (pf). EMI.
  • Historic (Vocal) - The Art of Tito Schipa. Tito Schipa (ten). EMI.
  • Instrumental - Haydn: Piano Sonatas. Alfred Brendel (pf). Philips.
  • Operatic - Verdi: La forza del destino. Rosalind Plowright, Agnes Baltsa, José Carreras, Bruson, Burchuladze, Pons, Tomlinson, Ambrosian Opera Chorus. Philharmonia Orchestra / Giuseppe Sinopoli. DG.
  • Orchestral - Mahler: Symphony No. 8. Elizabeth Connell, Edith Wiens, Felicity Lott, Trudeliese Schmidt, Nadine Denize, Richard Versalle, Jorma Hynnimen, Hans Sotin, Tiffin School Boys' Choir. London Philharmonic Orchestra & Choir / Klaus Tennstedt. EMI.
  • Period Performance - Beethoven: Symphonies 2 & 8. London Classical Players / Sir Roger Norrington. EMI.
  • Remastered CD - Beecham Conducts Delius: The Complete Stereo Recordings. Royal Philharmonic Orchestra / Sir Thomas Beecham. EMI.
  • Solo Vocal - Liszt, R. Strauss: Lieder. Brigitte Fassbaender, Irwin Gage. DG.


  • Operatic (Record of the Year) - Rossini: Il Viaggio a Reims. Katia Ricciarelli, Lucia Valentini-Terrani, Lella Cuberli, Cecilia GasdIa, Francisco Araiza, Eduardo Gimenez, Leo Nucci, Ruggero Raimondi, Samuel Ramey, Enzo Dara. Prague Philharmonic Chorus, The Chamber Orchestra of Europe / Claudio Abbado. DG.
  • Chamber - Faure: Piano Quartets No. 1 in C minor, Op 15; No. 2 in G minor, Op 45. Domus. Hyperion.
  • Choral - Janá?ek: Glagolitic Mass. Elisabeth Söderström, Drahomíra Drobková, Franti?ek Livora, Richard Novák. Czech Philharmonic Orchestra / Sir Charles Mackerras. Supraphon
  • Concerto - Beethoven: Piano Concertos Nos. 3 & 4. Murray Perahia. Concertgebouw Orchestra / Bernard Haitink. CBS.
  • Contemporary - Lutos?awski. Symphony No. 3. Los Angeles Philharmonic / Salonen. CBS.
  • Early Music (Baroque) - Bach: Die Kunst Der FugeBWEV 1080. Davitt Moroney(hp). Harmonia Mundi.
  • Early Music (Medieval and Renaissance) - Chansons de Toile au temps du Roman de la Rose. Ether Lamandier. Alienor.
  • Historic (Non-Vocal) - Beethoven: Late String Quartets. HMV.
  • Historic (Vocal) - The Record of Singing: Vol.3. HMV.
  • Instrumental - Shubert: Fantasie in F minor for piano duet, D940 / Mozart: Sonata for 2 pianos in D major, K448. Murray Perahia, Radu Lupu. CBS
  • Orchestral - Vaughan Williams: Sinfonia Antarctica. Sheila Armstrong. London Philharmonic Orchestra & Choir / Bernard Haitink. EMI.
  • Solo Vocal - Schubert: Winterreise. Peter Schreier, Sviatoslav Richter. Philips.
  • Remastered CD - Britten: Peter Grimes. Peter Pears, Claire Watson, James Pease. Royal Opera House Chorus & Orchestra / Benjamin Britten. London.
  • Engineering and Production - Respighi: Belkis, Queen of Sheba; Metamorphoseon. Philharmonia Orchestra / Geoffrey Simon. Chandos.


  • Concerto (Record of the Year) - Elgar: Violin Concerto in B minor Op. 61. Nigel Kennedy. London Philharmonic Orchestra / Vernon Handley. EMI.
  • Chamber - Beethoven: Late String Quartets Opp. 127, 130, 131, 132, 133 & 135. Alban Berg Quartett. HMV.
  • Choral - Faure: Requiem, Cantique de Jean Racine Op. 11. Caroline Ashton, Stephen Varcoe, Simon Standage, John Scott. The Cambridge Singers, City of London Sinfonia / John Rutter. Conifer.
  • Contemporary - Kurtag: Messages de Feu Demoiselle R.V. Troussova: 21 poèmes de Rimma, Dalos, Op. 17 / Britwistle: ...Agm.... Adrienne Csengery, Marta Fabian. John Alldis Choir. Ensemble Intercontemporain / Pierre Boulez. Erato.
  • Early Music (Baroque) - Charpentier: Médée. Jill Feldman, Jacques Bona, Sophie Boulin, Phillipe Cantor, Agnes Mellon, Gilles Ragon. Les Arts Florissants / William Christie. Harmonia Mundi.
  • Early Music (Medieval and Renaissance) - Victoria: O quam gloriosum, Ave maris stella. Westminister Cathedral Choir / David Hill. Hyperion.
  • Historic (Non-Vocal) - Carl Nielsen: Symphonies. Erik Tuxen, Launy Grøndhal, Thomas Jensen / Danish Radio Symphony Orchestra. Danacord.
  • Historic (Vocal) - Claudia Muzio: The Columbia Recordings 1934-5. Italian Opera Arias, Italian, French and German Songs. HMV.
  • Instrumental - Liszt: Anées de pèlerinage: Première Anée: Suisse. Jorge Bolet. Decca.
  • Operatic - Mozart: Don Giovanni. Thomas Allen, Carol Vaness, Maria Ewing, Elizabeth Gale, Keith Lewis, Richard Van Allan. Glyndebourne Chorus. London Philharmonic Orchestra / Bernard Haitink. HMV.
  • Orchestral - Prokofiev: Symphony No. 6 in E-flat minor Op. 111, Three waltzes Op. 110. Scottish National Orchestra / Neeme Järvi. Chandos.
  • Solo Vocal - Sibelius: Complete Songs. Tom Krause, Irwin Gage, Elisabeth Söderstöm, Vladimir Ashkenazy. Decca.
  • Engineering and Production - Ravel: Ma Mère l'Oye, Pavane pour une infante défunte, Le Tombeau de Couperin, Valses nobles et Sentimentales. Montréal Symphony Orchestra / Charles Dutoit. Decca.


  • Orchestral (Record of the Year) - Mahler: Symphony No. 9. Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra/ Herbert von Karajan. DG.
  • Chamber - Beethoven: Late String Quartets Opp. 127, 130, 131, 132, 133 & 135. Lindsay Quartet. ASV.
  • Choral - Mozart: Requiem. Margaret Price. Trudeliese Schmidt. Francisco Araiza. Theo Adam. Dresden State Orchestra / Peter Schreier. Philips.
  • Concerto - Mozart: Piano Concertos No 15, 16. Murray Perahia. English Chamber Orchestra. CBS.
  • Contemporary - Brian Ferneyhough: Quartet No. 2 / Jonathan Harvey: Quartet No. 2 / Carter: Quartet No. 3/ Arditti Quartet (Irvine Arditti, Levine Andrade, Lennox MacKenzie, Rohan de Saram). RCA.
  • Early Music (Baroque) - Bach: Kammermusik. Musica Antigua Köln / Reinhard Goebel. Archiv.
  • Early Music (Medieval and Renaissance) - Dunstable: Motets. Hilliard Ensemble / Paul Hiller. EMI.
  • Historic (Non-Vocal) - Beethoven: Piano Sonatas No. 30 in E major, Op. 109, No. 31 in A-flat major, Op. 110, No 32 in C minor Op. 111. Egon Petri. dell'Arte.
  • Historic (Vocal)
  • Instrumental - Beethoven: Piano Sonata No. 29 in B-flat major, Op. 106. Emil Gilels. DG.
  • Operatic - Janá?ek: Jen?fa. Elisabeth Söderström, Wies?aw Ochman, Petr Dvorsk?, Eva Randová, Lucia Popp. Vienna Philharmonic. Charles Mackerras. Decca.
  • Solo Vocal - Strauss: Four Last Songs. Jessye Norman. Gewandhaus Orchestra / Kurt Masur. Philips.
  • Engineering and Production - Bax: Symphony No. 4 and Tintagel. Ulster Orchestra / Bryden Thomson. Chandos.


  • Chamber - Borodin, String Quartets nos. 1 and 2, Borodin Quartet (EMI)
  • Choral - Bach, Mass in B Minor, Joshua Rifkin conducting Bach Ensemble (Elektra-Nonesuch)
  • Concerto (Record of the Year) - Tippett, Triple Concerto, Sir Colin Davis conducting London Symphony Orchestra (Philips)
  • Contemporary - Boulez, Pli Selon Pli, Pierre Boulez conducting BBC Symphony Orchestra; solo: Bryn-Julson (Erato)
  • Early-Baroque - Acteon, William Christie conducting Les Arts Florissants Vocal (Harmonia Mundi)
  • Early-Medieval - Hildegard of Bingen, A Feather on the Breath of God - Sequences and Hymns, Christopher Page conducting Gothic Voices (Hyperion)
  • Engineering - Shostakovich, Symphony No. 5, Bernard Haitink conducting Concertgebouw Orchestra (Decca)
  • Historical Vocal - Schubert, Historical Recordings of Lieder, various artists (HMV)
  • Historical Non-Vocal - Bartók, At the Piano Vol. 1, Béla Bartók (Hungaraton)
  • Instrumental - Liszt, Piano Sonata in B Minor, Alfred Brendel (Philips)
  • Operatic - The Cunning Little Vixen, Sir Charles Mackerras conducting Vienna State Opera and Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra (Decca)
  • Orchestral - Strauss, Metamorphosen, Herbert von Karajan conducting Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra
  • Solo Vocal - Brahms, Lieder, Kurt Masur conducting Leipzig Gewandhaus Orchestra; solo: Norman (Philips)


  • Operatic (Record of the Year) - Wagner, Parsifal, Herbert von Karajan conducting Deutsche Opera and Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra (Deutsche Grammophon)
  • Chamber - Bartók, String Quartets nos. 1-6, Tokyo Quartet (Deutsche Grammophon)
  • Choral - Delius, Fenby Legacy, Eric Fenby conducting Royal Philharmonia Orchestra (Unicorn-Kanchan)
  • Concerto - Beethoven, Violin Concerto in D Minor, Carlo Maria Giulini conducting Philharmonia; solo: Perlman (EMI)
  • Contemporary - Tippett, King Priam, David Atherton conducting London Sinfonietta (Decca)
  • Early Music - Various artists, German Chamber Music, Cologne Music Antiqua (Archiv)
  • Engineering - Massenet, Werther, Sir Colin Davis conducting Royal Opera House Orchestra (Philips)
  • Historical Vocal - Various artists, Hugo Wolf Society Lieder, various artists (HMV)
  • Historical Non-Vocal - Brahms, Chamber Works, Busch Quartet, Rudolf Serkin, Reginald Kell and Aubrey Brain (World Records)
  • Instrumental - Liszt, Piano Works, Alfred Brendel (Philips)
  • Orchestral - Mahler, Symphony No. 9, Herbert von Karajan conducting Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra (Deutsche Grammophon)
  • Solo Vocal - Liszt, Lieder, Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau and Daniel Barenboim (Deutsche Grammophon)


  • Operatic (Record of the Year) - Janá?ek, From the House of the Dead, Sir Charles Mackerras conducting Vienna State Opera and Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra (Decca
  • Chamber - Brahms, Piano Quintet, Quartetto Italiano; solo: Pollini (Deutsche Grammophon)
  • Choral - Handel, L'Allegro, il Penseroso, John Eliot Gardiner conducting Monteverdi Choir (Erato)
  • Concerto - Ravel, Piano Concerto in G, Lorin Maazel conducting French National Orchestra; solo: Collard (HMV)
  • Contemporary - Birtwistle, Punch and Judy, David Atherton conducting London Sinfonietta (Etcetera)
  • Early Music - C.P.E. Bach, Sinfonias, Trevor Pinnock conducting The English Concert (Archiv)
  • Engineering - Debussy, Nocturnes, Jeux, Bernard Haitink conducting Concertgebouw Orchestra (Philips)
  • Historical Vocal - Various artists, Gramophone Co. Recordings, Fernando de Lucia (Rubini)
  • Historical Non-Vocal - Bartók, Contrasts for Clarinet, Violin and Piano, Béla Bartók, Joseph Szigeti and Benny Goodman (Sony)
  • Instrumental - Brahms, Piano Sonatas nos. 1 and 2, Krystian Zimerman (Deutsche Grammophon)
  • Orchestral - Debussy, Nocturnes, Jeux, Bernard Haitink conducting Concertgebouw Orchestra (Philips)
  • Solo Vocal - Various artists, A Shropshire Lad, Graham Trew and Roger Vignoles (Meridian)


  • Chamber (Record of the Year) - Haydn, Piano Trios, Beaux Arts Trio (Philips)
  • Choral - Schoenberg, Gurrelieder, Seiji Ozawa conducting Tanglewood Festival Chorus and Boston Symphony Orchestra (Philips)
  • Concerto - Bartók, Piano Concertos nos. 1 and 2, Claudio Abbado conducting Chicago Symphony Orchestra; solo: Pollini (Deutsche Grammophon)
  • Contemporary - Maxwell Davies, Symphony No. 1, Simon Rattle conducting Philharmonia Orchestra (Decca)
  • Early Music - Mozart, Symphonies Vol. 3, Christopher Hogwood conducting Academy of Ancient Music (L'Oiseau-Lyre)
  • Engineering - Debussy, Images, Prélude à l'après-midi, André Previn conducting London Symphony Orchestra (EMI)
  • Historical - Various artists, Record of Singing Vol. 2, various artists (HMV)
  • Instrumental - Bach, Organ Works Vol. 3, Peter Hurford (Argo)
  • Operatic - Berg, Lulu, Pierre Boulez conducting Paris Opera Orchestra (Deutsche Grammophon)
  • Orchestral - Debussy, Images, Prélude à l'après-midi, André Previn conducting London Symphony Orchestra (EMI)
  • Solo Vocal - Grechaninov, etc., Five Children's Songs, Elisabeth Söderström and Vladimir Ashkenazy (Decca)


  • Chamber - Bartók, Sonata for 2 Pianos; Debussy, En Blanc; Mozart, Andante With 5 Variations for Piano, Martha Argerich, Stephen Bishop-Kovacevich, Willy Goudswaard and Michael de Roo (Philips)
  • Choral - Handel, Dixit Dominus, John Eliot Gardiner conducting Monteverdi Choir and Orchestra (Erato)
  • Concerto - Prokofiev, Piano Concerto No. 1, Simon Rattle conducting London Symphony Orchestra; solo: Gavrilov (EMI Studio Plus)
  • Contemporary - Webern, Complete Works, Pierre Boulez conducting Juilliard String Quartet and London Symphony Orchestra (Sony)
  • Early Music - Handel, Acis and Galatea, John Eliot Gardiner conducting English Baroque Soloists (Archiv)
  • Historical - Gluck, Orfeo ed Euridice, Charles Bruck conducting Netherlands Opera Chorus and Orchestra (EMI)
  • Instrumental - Liszt, Piano Works, Alfred Brendel (Philips)
  • Operatic (Record of the Year) - Puccini, La Fanciulla del West, Zubin Mehta conducting Royal Opera House Choir and Orchestra (Deutsche Grammophon)
  • Orchestral - Mozart, Symphonies nos. 25 and 29, Benjamin Britten conducting English Chamber Orchestra (Decca)
  • Solo Vocal - Chausson, Poeme; Duparc, Melodies, André Previn conducting London Symphony Orchestra; solo: Baker (HMV)


  • Chamber - Shostakovich, String Quartets nos. 4 and 12, Fitzwilliam Quartet (Decca)
  • Choral - Elgar, Coronation Ode; Parry, I Was Glad, Philip Ledger conducting Kings College Choir and New Philharmonia Orchestra (EMI)
  • Concerto - Mozart, Piano Concerto No. 22, Neville Marriner conducting Academy of St. Martin-in-the-Fields; solo: Brendel (Philips)
  • Contemporary - Berio, Concerto for Two Pianos, Pierre Boulez conducting London Symphony Orchestra and Luciano Berio conducting BBC Symphony Orchestra (RCA Red Seal)
  • Early Music - Dowland, Lute Works, Julian Bream (RCA Red Seal)
  • Historical - Various artists, Record of Singing, various artists (HMV)
  • Instrumental - Beethoven, Piano Sonatas nos. 27-32, Maurizio Pollini (Deutsche Grammophon)
  • Operatic (Record of the Year) - Janá?ek, Kata Kabanova, Charles Mackerras conducting Vienna State Opera and Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra (Decca)
  • Orchestral - Elgar, Symphony No. 1, Sir Adrian Boult conducting London Philharmonic Orchestra (EMI)
  • Solo Vocal - Shostakovich, Suite, Six Songs to Lyrics, etc., Maxim Shostakovich conducting Moscow Radio Symphony Orchestra (HMV Melodiya)


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  14. ^ Lifetime Achievement 2016
  15. ^ a b Instrumental 2016
  16. ^ Artist of the Year 2016
  17. ^ Orchestral 2016]
  18. ^ Young Artist of the Year 2016
  19. ^ Baroque Instrumental 2016
  20. ^ Chamber 2016
  21. ^ Choral 2016
  22. ^ Concerto 2016
  23. ^ Contemporary 2016
  24. ^ Early Music 2016
  25. ^ Opera 2016
  26. ^ Recital 2016
  27. ^ Solo vocal 2016
  28. ^ Artist of the Year 2015
  29. ^ Label of the Year 2015
  30. ^ Lifetime Achievement 2015
  31. ^ Young Artist of the Year 2015
  32. ^ Lifetime Achievement 2012
  33. ^ Supraphon 2012 Gramophone Award Archived 24 December 2013 at the Wayback Machine

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