Lisa Batiashvili; Isabelle Faust; Renaud Capuçon Short-Listed for Gramophone Awards 2017

August 16, 2017, 9:12 AM · Violinists Lisa Batiashvili, Isabelle Faust and Renaud Capuçon are among those short-listed for the Gramophone Classical Music Awards 2017, announced today by London-based Gramophone Magazine. This year marks the 40th anniversary of the awards.

Faust, Batiashvili, Capucon
Isabelle Faust, Lisa Batiashvili and Renaud Capuçon.

Both Lisa Batiashvili and Isabelle Faust were nominated in the Concerto category; Batiashvili for her recording of Sibelius and Tchaikovsky and Faust for her recording of the complete Mozart Violin Concertos. Renaud Capuçon was nominated in the Contemporary category for his recording of works by Wolfgang Rihm; Pascal Dusapin and Bruno Mantovani Congratulations to all nominees!

Winners in each of 12 categories will be announced Sept. 1, and among those, one will go on to win Recording of the Year, to be announced at a special ceremony Sept. 13. Other awards, including Young Artist of the Year, Artist of the Year, Lifetime Achievement Award, Special Achievement and Label of the Year will also be announced at the ceremony, which will live-streamed via

Below is the the Gramophone Awards Shortlist announced Wednesday; click here for a full list of all 72 recordings that were initially nominated.

Baroque Instrumental

Baroque Vocal





Early Music





Solo Vocal

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August 19, 2017 at 05:41 AM · I'm sorry but i have to be mean.

I live in France and I've heard capucon on several occasions live and he's not good.

just the fact that his technique is bad. The arrogance of the album title le violon roi. The King violin.

But let's be honest his brother is a much greater musician.

The truth is he's just a symptom.

Of France being unable to produce any good violinists lately. They never win these days, the conservatory set pieces are unknown in most cities. And they're very snobby.

I miss Ferras.

August 20, 2017 at 03:50 PM · If i may add a couple of more things.

I do not wish to appear as a ' hater '

I first heard Renaud when i was younger whilst looking for Gluck Melodie interpretations.

Too much sliding so i never looked at him since.

I didn't know his name at the time. In 2013 i got to hear him live playing brahms double concerto with his brother.

The technical passages were a bit mushy. Same as the third movement from the sibelius where he struggled with the octaves.

It was still nice.

I heard him again playing Mozart 3rd con

It was nice but the lack of conductors made the small orchestra swallow him. Couldn't hear him during the adagio.

The cadenzas were his a bit too linear lacking counterpoint. I guess Madam Hahn spoiled me with her cadenzas.

He's not a bad player. There's better and it's sad how certain players get more recognition than others.

I could link his playing to the French society and write an essay, currently working on one on studies here. But that's for another day.

The point I'm trying to make is.

Don't bother spending your money on him. Someone better will come along if you're in a well positioned city.

Apologies Laurie for turning this news post into a stream of consciousness draft.

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