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EMI & Virgin Classics artists shine at Germany’s Echo Classics Awards

DRESDEN, 19 OCTOBER 2009 — EMI Classics is proud to announce that its artists won ten out of twenty two awards at Germany’s ECHO Classics Awards ceremony which took place on October 18th in Dresden’s Semperoper, returning to the venue in which the awards ceremony was first held 15 years ago. The ceremony included performances by two Virgin Classics winners: Pianist of the Year David Fray and Christina Pluhar with her ensemble L’Arpeggiata, who were joined on stage by last year’s winner, counter tenor Philippe Jaroussky.

This year’s lifetime achievement award went to Plácido Domingo, who has made well over 100 recordings, most of them for EMI Classics.

The ceremony was broadcast on live by ZDF and can be streamed on demand for the rest of the week at http://echo.zdf.de/.

EMI Classics and Virgin Classics 2009 ECHO award-winners include:

* Instrumentalist of The Year – Flute
Emmanuel Pahud
Johann Sebastian Bach: Complete Flute Sonatas

* Instrumentalist of the Year – Piano
David Fray
Johann Sebastian Bach: Keyboard Concertos

* Klassik ohne Grenzen Award
Christina Pluhar and L’Arpeggiata
Claudio Monteverdi – Teatro d’Amore

* Piano Concerto Recording of the Year – (18th Century)
Piotr Anderszewski / Die Deutsche Kammerphilharmonie Bremen
Ludwig van Beethoven: Piano Concerto No. 1, Bagatelles

* Concerto Recording of the Year – (18th Century)
Alison Balsom
Haydn/Hummel: Trumpet Concertos

* Cello Concerto Recording of the Year – (20th – 21th Century)
Gautier Capucon
Antonín Dvorák/Victor Herbert: Cello Concertos

* Opera recording of the Year – (20th – 21th Century)
Ian Bostridge, Nathan Gunn, Jonathan Lemalu / London Symphony Orchestra & Chorus /Daniel Harding
Benjamin Britten: Billy Budd

* Vocal/Choir recording of the Year – (20th – 21th Century)
Rundfunkchor Berlin / Berliner Philharmoniker / Sir Simon Rattle
Igor Stravinsky: Symphony of Psalms

* Chamber Music – Recording of the Year – (20th – 21th Century)
Quatuor Ebène
Debussy/Faurè/Ravel: String Quartets

* Music DVD Production of the Year – Opera
Natalie Dessay, Bruno Campanella / The Orchestra of the Royal  Opera House und The Royal Opera Chorus
Gaetano Donizetti: La Fille Du Régiment

* Lifetime Achievement Award
Plácido Domingo


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