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The 2023 Abbiati Record Awards assigned by the National Association of Music Critics
Among the winners are the Orchestra and Choir of the Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia with director Antonio Pappano, the Danish National Symphony Orchestra conducted by Fabio Luisi, the Accademia Bizantina of Ottavio Dantone, Marco Angius and the Orchestra of Padua and Veneto
L'National Association of Music Critics announced the winners of the Abbiati Record Award 2023: the prestigious recognition, reached 5th edition, every year selects the best record releases by electing two winners for each of the six categories, Operatic, symphonic, solo repertoire, ensemble music, new music and special prize.

In recent weeks, the music critics registered with the Association, active throughout the national territory, have sent their reports which were discussed by the jury formed this year by Alessandro Cammarano, Attilio Cantore, Luca Chierici, Monique Ciola, Andrea Estero, Carlo Fiore, Angelo Foletto (president of the jury), Gianluigi Mattietti, Gregorio Moppi, Stefano Nardelli, Paolo Petazzi, Francesco Ermini Polacci, thus representing the newspapers «Amadeus», «Classic Voice», «Il Corriere musica», «Il Giornale della Music», «Musica», «Music Paper», «la Repubblica», «Rete Toscana Classica», «Le Salon Musical», «Suonare News».

These are the winners of the 2023 Abbiati Disco Award:

For the category "Opera repertoire" The vestal by Gaspare Spontini performed by Les Talens Lyriques directed by Christophe Rousset (Bru Zane editions) e La voix humaine by Francis Poulenc starring the French soprano Véronique Gens and the director Alexandre Bloch driving theOrchester National de Lille (Alpha).

For the "Symphonic repertoire” the recording (Warner) of the Mass of Glory by Gioachino Rossini performed by the Orchestra and Choir ofNational Academy of Santa Cecilia directed by Antonio Pappano is The Symphonies by Carl Nielsen with the Danish National Symphony Orchestra directed by Fabio Luisi (Deutsche Grammophon).

In the category "Ensemble music” they win the Pratensis Chapel of Stratton Bull for the engraving of Miss Maria Zartby Jacob Obrecht (Challenge Classics) and theByzantine Academy of Ottavio Dantone for the execution of Concertos Grossi Op. 3 and op. 6 by Georg Friedrich Händel (HDB).

The pianists Leif Ove Andsnes is Bertrand Chamayou win in the categorySolo repertoire” respectively for the recordings of Poetic paintings op. 85 by Antonín Dvořák (Sony) and the suite Vingtregards sur l'Enfant Jesus by Olivier Messiaen (Erato).

For the category "New music” they win Dérives of Gérard Grisey performed by WDR Sinfonieorchester directed by Sylvain Cambreling and Emilio Pomàrico (Bastille musique) e Prozession by Enno Poppe leading the Ensemble Nikel and the Ensemble Musikfabrik (Wergo).

Finally the "Special award” goes to Robert Levin for the album The Piano Sonatas by Mozart published by ECM ea Marco Angius and the Orchestra of Padua and Veneto for the engraving of Ten Ten Lines by Emily Dickinson and Word by Beckett by Giacomo Manzoni.

The reasons will be communicated during the meeting awards ceremony which will be held in Cremona, as part of the Cremona Musica International Exhibition on September 24 at 1.30pm in the Media Lounge.

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«The Abbiati Award for the album – he explains Andrea Estero, President of the National Association of Music Critics – realizes that dream of a record award that represents the entirety of the music press – both specialized and otherwise – that deals with record criticism. In the jury and among our 130 members who send the reports, there are all the publications that deal with reviewing the new proposals of the recording world: this representativeness means that the Abbiati for the album is the only award in Italy that hear all the souls of the musical journalistic world synthesizing them in a single voice expressed by an independent and autonomous association like ours".

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