On May 10th, this year's International Classical Music Awards (ICMA) were awarded in Lucerne. The audite production Sergei Prokofiev: Cantata for the 20th Anniversary of the October Revolution won in the category Choral. The winners were introduced and honoured with a festive award ceremony and a top-class gala concert with the Lucerne Symphony under Lawrence Foster.
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!
In the Cantata for the 20th Anniversary of the October Revolution Prokofiev played out his genuine enthusiasm for mass scorings. The cantata oscillates between revolutionary vehemence and lyrical melodies, between Russian folklore and riotous military tumult. An exceptional historical document of the highest compositional level - realised with the Staatskapelle Weimar, the Ernst Senff Chor Berlin and members of the Erfurt Air Force Band under the baton of Kirill Karabits in the year of the 100th anniversary of the October Revolution.
Statement of the Jury:
"Kirill Karabits frees Prokofiev's October RevolutionCantata from any possible revolutionary pathos, enhancing the satirical and destructive character of the music, which Prokofiev didn't dare to publish. The large ensemble united for this performance delivers a taut and focused sound, superbly caught by the microphones."
The 19 members of the ICMA jury from 15 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), Scherzo (Spain), Deutsche Welle (Germany), and Radio Chopin (Poland).