On April 1st, this year's International Classical Music Awards (ICMA) were awarded in Leipzig. The audite production Maureen Forrester won in the category historic recordings. The winners were introduced and honoured with a festive award ceremony and a top-class gala concert with the Gewandhausorchester under Francesco Angelico.
The jury consists exclusively of professional critics for classical music from international media. This guarantees the high level and the independency of the ICMA. Both makes the ICMA the most important international music award, a similar concept on international level cannot be found elsewhere. Thus we feel particularly honoured to receive an ICMA!
Maureen Forrester was one of the few genuine alto singers during the period after 1945. Encouraged by Bruno Walter, she was one of the most important Mahler interpreters of her time. The recordings released here, for the first time, document her activities in the area of the Lied accompanied by piano to an extent unknown until now, including her collaboration with the legendary accompanist Michael Raucheisen. The
Statement of the Jury:
"Historic recordings in a varied song program by Canada's legendary alto Maureen Forrester are something truly rare today. The deep, dark-toned voice reveals the richness of a great singer as well as a magnificent artistic personality."
The 17 members of the ICMA jury from 14 countries are all professional music critics of important magazines, online services and radio stations: Andante (Turkey), Crescendo (Belgium), das orchester (Germany), Gramofon (Hungary), HRT (Croatia), IMZ (Austria), MDR-Figaro (Germany), Musica (Italy), Musical Life (Russia), Musik & Theater (Switzerland), Opera (UK), Orpheus Radio (Russia), Pizzicato (Luxembourg), Radio 100,7 (Luxembourg), Resmusica.com (France), Rondo Classic (Finland), and Scherzo (Spain).
ICMA winners & jury (photo credit: Gert Mothes)
- Ludger Böckenhoff (Tonmeister and producer audite), Sabine Wiedemann (press officer audite), Dr. Hans Dieter Heimendahl (DLR)
- Sabine Wiedemann (Press Officer audite), Dr. Hans Dieter Heimendahl (DLR), Remy Franck (Präsident ICMA)
- Dr. Hans Dieter Heimendahl (DLR)
- Matti Salminen (Lifetime Achievement Award)
- Daniel Müller-Schott, Gewandhausorchester, Francesco Angelico
(photo credits: Martin Hoffmeister, Serhan Bali, Remy Franck)