Germany’s “Echo Klassik” Awards

The German recording industry’s annual prizes, “Echo Klassik” were announced yesterday, June 29, and tenor Plácido Domingo was honored for his life’s work. Other winners were mezzo Elīna Garanča as “Female Singer of the Year” for her “Bel Canto” album. Baritone Christian Gerhaher was similarly honored for his “Melancholie” recording. French flautist Emmanuel Pahud, first chair at the Berlin Philharmonic, was a winner for his recording of the Flute Sonatas of J. S. Bach. Pianist David Frey was honored for his recording of Bach. Violinist Anne-Sophie Mutter won honors for her “Bach Meets Gubaidulina” recording. Sylvain Cambreling was named “Conductor of the Year” for his recording of the orchestra works of Messiaen.

Winners also in various other categories were harpist Xavier De Maistre, trumpeter Wolfgang Bauer, the Staatskapelle Dresden, Alison Balsom, Daniel Hope, Lang Lang, Hervé Niquet and his Le Concert Spirituel and last, but not least, Anna Netrebko and Rolando Villazón. The presentations will be made on October 18 at Dresden’s Semper Oper. The full list is at


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