The BBC Music Magazine Awards are now in their fifth year, and they have become firmly established as a reliable benchmark of mainstream classical repertoire assessment. These particular awards are one of the few opportunities the public have to take active part in the deciding of major classical prizes. The public votes determine six awards split across each of the main generic categories, and they complement a list of jury awards adjudicated by five leading critics, and the magazine's editorial staff.
The online voting system, which is easily accessible via the link at the bottom of this item, is being facilitated by the availability on the magazine's website of specially-produced videos and audio extracts from each of the recordings up for prizes. In addition, the magazine will enter everyone who casts votes into a prize draw to win one of three Yamaha MCS-1330 hi-fi systems, with iPod docks and Yamaha Piano high polish speakers, as well as all 18 nominated discs.
The variety of repertoire and performers — which ranges from Iván Fischer with the Budapest Festival Orchestra's Mahler 4, to René Jacobs with the Akademie für Alte Musik Berlin in Telemann, to Stephen Kovacevich's Diabelli Variations, to a disc of Austro-German arias from Jonas Kaufmann & Claudio Abbado with the Mahler Chamber Orchestra — is interestingly broad (though it lacks any contemporary repertoire). Voters will surely find plenty to choose from, whilst at the same time being reminded of some of the highlights of what has largely been a decent year for classical music recordings.
The Awards will be announced at the BBC Music Magazine Awards ceremony, being held on Tuesday 13 April at Kings Place.
For full details and lists of nominees, click here