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Wins recording of the Year plus Orchestral and Vocal Awards

American cellist Alisa Weilerstein was yesterday named winner of the BBC Music Magazine Recording of the Year Award with her debut concerto disc of the Elgar and Carter Cello Concertos with the Berlin Staatskapelle and Daniel Barenboim on Decca.

Alisa Weilerstein’s recording was voted for by both the public and BBC Music Magazine’s expert jury and was chosen as the best of more than 1,500 reviewed by the magazine in 2013.

The awards jury said: “Weilerstein avoids nostalgia and produces an account full of passion, grief and nobility of feeling … it’s been years since a new recording of Elgar’s great concerto made this kind of visceral impact.”

Alisa Weilerstein signed an exclusive contract with Decca Classics in 2011. Her winning recording has been widely feted, the New York Times acclaiming “the soloist’s superb control keenly matched by the conductor’s insightful support”.

Riccardo Chailly’s recording of the Brahms symphonies with the Gewandhaus Orchestra won the Orchestral Award (“Chailly combines fiery athleticism with the warmly blended tonalities of the wonderful Leipzig orchestra. The results tingle with immediacy and a pulsating sense of momentum”) and the Vocal Award went to Jonas Kaufmann’s disc of Wagner arias with the Orchester der Deutschen Oper Berlin conducted by Donald Runnicles (“No other Heldentenor can touch Kaufman in this repertoire: radiance, refinement and expressive eloquence mark out these magnificent performances of narrations and lieder”), both on Decca.

The winners were announced yesterday at an exclusive awards ceremony held at Kings Place, London.