IoSR Blog : 19 September 2016

Tonmeister Gramophone nominations

This year, an amazing 19 albums that Tonmeisters had worked on were nominated for Gramophone awards. These nominations cover almost the whole range of categories: every category apart from one had an album partly created by a Surrey Tonmeister. For the Best Choral award, four out of the six nominations were either recorded or edited by Tonmeister graduates.

Particular highlights in the nominations include 1987 graduate Philip Hobbs, who had four recordings nominated for awards. For some of these he was also assisted by recent graduate Robert Cammidge. As chief classical producer & engineer with Linn Records, Philip has won many awards over the years, as well as designing many Linn loudspeakers.

Also included in the nominations was David Hinitt, whose recordings have regularly won Gramophone awards in the last few years. This year his recordings were nominated for three awards.

Below is a list of the nominated albums worked on by Tonmeisters.

Gramophone award nomination: Best Baroque Instrumental

Lawes The Royal Consort Phantasm (Linn) - Producer, Recording: Philip Hobbs.

Gramophone award nomination: Best Baroque Vocal

JS Bach Magnificat in E flat etc Dunedin Consort / John Butt (Linn) - Producer, Engineer: Philip Hobbs; Assistant Engineer: Rob Cammidge.

Gramophone award nomination: Best Chamber

Bruckner String Quintet. String Quartet Fitzwilliam Quartet; James Boyd (Linn) - Producer, Engineer: Philip Hobbs.

Gramophone award nomination: Best Choral

Bliss Morning Heroes etc BBC SO & Chorus / Sir Andrew Davis (Chandos) - Editing: Robert Gilmour.

Howells Collegium Regale etc Trinity College Choir, Cambridge / Stephen Layton (Hyperion) - Engineer: David Hinitt.

'Amuse-Bouche' I FagiolinI / Robert Hollingworth (Decca) - Executive Producer: Alex van Ingen; Engineer, Recording Editor: Andrew Mellor.

'Poetry in Music' The Sixteen / Harry Christophers (Coro) - Engineer: Mike Hatch.

Gramophone award nomination: Best Concerto

Bartók Violin Concerto No 1 Brahms Violin Concerto Janine Jansen; LSO, Santa Cecilia Orch / Sir Antonio Pappano (Decca) - Executive Producer: Alex van Ingen.

Gramophone award nomination: Best Contemporary

Anderson In Liebliche Bläue, Alleluia etc LPO / Vladimir Jurowski (LPO) - Engineer: Deborah Spanton.

Gramophone award nomination: Best Early Music

Compère Magnificat, motets & chansons Orlando Consort (Hyperion) - Engineer: David Hinitt.

Jacquet of Mantua Missa Surge Petre & Motets Brabant Ensemble / Stephen Rice (Hyperion) - Engineer: Phil Rowlands.

'Scattered Ashes' Magnificat / Philip Cave (Linn) - Engineer, Producer: Philip Hobbs.

Gramophone award nomination: Best Instrumental

Brahms Solo Piano, Vol 3 Jonathan Plowright (BIS) - Engineer, Editing: Jeffrey Ginn.

Grieg Lyric Pieces Stephen Hough (Hyperion) - Engineer: David Hinitt.

Gramophone award nomination: Best Opera

Donizetti Les martyrs Sir Mark Elder (Opera Rara) - Assistant Engineer: Emily Merron.

Gramophone award nomination: Best Orchestral

Casella Orch Works, Vol 4 BBC PO / Gianandrea Noseda (Chandos) - Editing: Jonathan Cooper.

Elgar Symphony No 1 Staatskapelle Berlin / Daniel Barenboim (Decca) - Executive Producer: Alex van Ingen.

Gramophone award nomination: Best Recital

‘Arie Napoletane’ Max Emanuel Cencic; Il Pomo D'Oro / Maxim Emelyanyachev (Decca) - Executive Producer: Alex van Ingen.

'Scene!' Christiane Karg, Arcangelo / Jonathan Cohen (Berlin Classics) - Engineer: David Hinitt.

by Russell Mason