Published August 16, 2015

The free Gramophone Awards Shortlist 2015 digital magazine contains the complete original reviews of each of the 72 recordings shortlisted for Gramophone Awards this year.

Once again, the Instrumental category is one of the strongest with pianists Grigory Sokolov, Piotr Anderszewski, Benjamin Grosvenor, Peter Hill and Igor Levit lined up against the harpsichordist Mahan Esfahani (who also appears among the Baroque Instrumental contenders). But looking through all 12 categories, the quality of music-making is striking and in a category like Recital, imagination and flair too are abundant – these programmes have been assembled with enormous style and theatricality. The Opera category has shifted largely towards DVD, something I’m sure the composers would feel entirely appropriate – opera as an audio-only experience would have struck many of them as most peculiar!

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