Annual ICMA prize for Berliner Philharmoniker Recordings

Awards for the orchestraʼs own label in two categories

Edition: Kirill Petrenko

Two awards for the Berliner Philharmoniker Recordings: this year the jury of the ICMA - International Classical Music Awards has presented two annual prizes to the orchestraʼs own label. In the Special Awards category, it received the annual prize as Label of the Year. In the Audio Awards, the annual prize in the Symphonic Music category goes to the recently released multimedia edition “Beethoven - Tchaikovsky - Schmidt - Stephan” with recordings documenting the beginning of the collaboration between the Berliner Philharmoniker and their chief conductor Kirill Petrenko.

“Wonderful affirmation"

“We are delighted about the two awards from the International Classical Music Awards”, says Olaf Maninger, principal cellist, media representative and manager of Berlin Phil Media. “The Label of the Year Award is a wonderful affirmation of our commitment to presenting great music in high-quality, thrilling editions. It is also a particular pleasure for us to receive the annual award in the Symphonic Music category for the first component of our discography with our chief conductor Kirill Petrenko. Here we document important programme lines from the beginning of our partnership: music of the Classical-Romantic core repertoire, Russian music, and unjustly forgotten works. At the same time, we believe that these performances make it possible to experience the special intensity of this collaboration, which is so gratifying for us. We sincerely thank the jury for their vote.”

The International Classical Music Awards have been presented since 2011 by a jury consisting of the editors-in-chief of major specialist media and institutions throughout Europe. The awards will be presented on 27 June 2021 at a ceremony followed by a gala concert with selected prize-winners.


Statements of the jury

“Label of the Year”: Berliner Philharmoniker Recordings
“Focussing on large cycles, Berliner Philharmoniker Recordings are distinguished by their sophisticated presentation in luxurious boxes with audio recordings in high-resolution quality and, often, also video recordings. They come with exhaustive documentation about the recordings, the performers and the music, making each release a desirable collector’s item.”

Annual prize in the Symphonic Music category:
Beethoven - Tchaikovsky - Schmidt - Stephan
Berliner Philharmoniker Recordings BPHR20035
“In a phenomenal performance of Ludwig van Beethoven’s Seventh Symphony, Kirill Petrenko fights, so to speak, for every note, for every phrase, illuminating the work completely. The Ninth pulsates with incredibly sonorous rhetoric, the apotheosis being a twenty-one-and-a-half-minute long state of happiness and joy. Petrenko’s account of Franz Schmidt’s Fourth is very emotional and gripping, and that of Tchaikovsky’s Fifth is dramatic and expressive. Rudi Stephan’s grandiose Music for Orchestra is intense, spirited and colourful, yet equally imbued with refined transparency.”