The 2011 Gramophone Classical Music Awards
Rarely have the Gramophone Awards so effortlessly celebrated the breadth of what the classical record industry has to offer, and this year there are a few surprises, too. The Awards, which this year we’re delighted to be presenting in association with Steinway & Sons, have been marking the industry’s outstanding work since 1977 and many of the recordings we’ve singled out have taken on classic status.
We have no doubt that this month's Recording of the Year, the Pavel Haas Quartet's recording of Dvorák Quartets Nos 12 (American) and 13 has every chance of earning such status. 'Plenty of feeling', 'rhythmic cut and thrust', 'drama' – these are are the words and phrases Gramophone turned to when inititally reviewing this remarkable recording. Do listen for yourself, and hear a superb ensemble on absolutely top form. You can explore the other category winners by clicking the links at the bottom of this page, as well as the winners of the Special Awards – join us as we celebrate the rich contribution to musical life across many decades made by Dame Janet Baker, and we salute the choice of you, our readers, in the Artist of the Year Award. If you'd like to know more about how the voting process worked, James Jolly explains here.
Download our special Awards Podcast
You can download or stream a special Awards Podcast. Introduced by editor-in-chief James Jolly, Gramophone critics introduce each of the winners, and you can listen to excerpts from the recordings.
Listen to the winners and watch films from the event on the Gramophone Player
We've put together films of all the Gramophone Awards being presented, with comments from the critics and speeches from the recipients. Find them all in the Gramophone Player where you can also listen to tracks from all the winners.
Find out more more about our Awards headline sponsor Steinway & Sons