On 9 October, the ECHO Klassik awards were presented at a gala event in the Berlin Konzerthaus. Among the winners were the Berliner Philharmoniker in the “Ensemble/Orchestra” category. The award was won for the complete recording of the seven symphonies of Jean Sibelius which the orchestra, under the direction of its chief conductor Sir Simon Rattle, released on its own label Berliner Philharmoniker Recordings in 2015. The award ceremony host, Thomas Gottschalk, presented the ECHO to the recording producer of the Sibelius edition, Christoph Franke.
Sir Simon Rattle commented: “Over the past six years, the Berliner Philharmoniker and I have been working hard together to revive the Sibelius tradition started by Karajan in the 1950s. As he has been a composer far from the centre of German musical life, it is a special thrill that our Sibelius cycle should be honoured with an ECHO prize, and we all hope that it will encourage more people to experience this astonishing music.”
The German music award ECHO is one the most important and renowned music awards worldwide. Each year, the Deutsche Phono-Akademie, the cultural institute of the Bundesverband Musikindustrie (German music industry federation), awards the ECHO to honour the most successful and outstanding achievements of German and international musicians.