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Angelich, Degout, Berlioz … Classical music has delivered its Victoires

The baritone Stéphane Degout awarded at the 26th ceremony of the Victoires de la musique classique at La Seine musical in Boulogne-Billancourt on February 13th.
The baritone Stéphane Degout awarded at the 26th ceremony of the Victoires de la musique classique at La Seine musical in Boulogne-Billancourt on February 13th. GEOFFROY VAN DER HASSELT / AFP

The Seine musical hosted, Wednesday, February 13, the ceremony of Victories of classical music broadcast live on France 3 and France Musique. Three hours of a giant concert celebrating both the music and its laureates, divided into six categories. Here are the winners:

  • Category "Instrumental Soloist": Nicholas Angelich (piano)

The triangular is played between two talented pianists, Bertrand Chamayou (37) and Nicholas Angelich (48), facing the cello of Jean-Guihen Queyras (51), undoubtedly one of the best of his generation. All three have already won at least once: Queyras in 2008, Chamayou twice in 2011 and 2016. Already a recipient in 2013, Nicholas Angelich wins once again, a reward that distinguishes the superior art of this transcendent artist (Beethoven, Brahms).

  • Category "Lyrical Artist": Stéphane Degout (baritone)

The three named singers had a particularly rich year. Soprano Elsa Dreisig (28), whose first record, Mirror (s), published by Erato, made a card as she multiplied taking the role at the Berlin Opera. In the same way, his sister, the soprano Sandrine Piau (53 years old), of whom each scenic appearance or recording is an event. But it is the baritone Stephane Degout (43 years) who girdles the laurels. Of Don Carlos from Verdi in March at the Opéra de Lyon in the title role ofHamlet, of Ambroise Thomas, at the Opéra-Comique, going through the world premiere of Lessons in Love & Violence, George Benjamin's new opera at Covent Garden in London last May, the Lyonnais made a no-fault. He has also just sung in The Trojans from Berlioz at the Paris Opera, the role of Chorèbe he interprets in the recording crowned by the Victoires de la Musique 2019.

  • "Registration of the year" category: "The Trojans" by Berlioz

The trojans d'anthologie – year Berlioz oblige – disc released by Warner Classics, brings together an impressive vocal set, from Joyce DiDonato to Marie-Nicole Lemieux, through Michael Spyres, Stephane Degout, Nicolas Courjal, under the direction of John Nelson. The album won the "Best Recording 2018" vote in front of the wonderful Pearl fishermen, of Bizet, engraved by Pentatone (with Julie Fuchs, Cyrille Dubois and Florian Sempey, under the direction of Alexandre Bloch), and the magnificent album of Sandrine Piau, Chimera, an anthology of melodies, lieder and songs by Schumann, Debussy, Wolf, Poulenc, Barber, recorded with his partner, pianist Susan Manoff, at Alpha Classics.

The mezzo-soprano Eléonore Pancrazi was honored at the 26th ceremony of the Victoires de la musique classique at La Seine musical in Boulogne-Billancourt on February 13th.
The mezzo-soprano Eléonore Pancrazi was honored at the 26th ceremony of the Victoires de la musique classique at La Seine musical in Boulogne-Billancourt on February 13th. GEOFFROY VAN DER HASSELT / AFP
  • Category "Revelation lyric artist": Eleanor Pancrazi (mezzo-soprano)

This first distinction brought to light most of the artists who make the news of the opera scene. Of the three named, a bass-baritone and two mezzos. Guilhem Worms (28), a native of Milly-la-Forêt, belonged to the "young talents" Barber of Seville presented at the Théâtre des Champs-Elysées in December 2017. Like Eléonore Pancrazi (28), a native of Ajaccio and a graduate of the Ecole Normale de Musique in Paris: she won the trophy in front of the Breton mezzo , Ambroisine Bré (30), classic revelation of the Adami and winner of the "Opera Mozart" 2017.

  • Category "Composer of the Year": Guillaume Connesson

Guillaume Connesson (48), already devoted in 2015, is undoubtedly the most capped of the three composers who were in the running. He owes the victory to Horizons perdus, for violin and orchestra, created on September 14 in Flagey (Belgium) by Renaud Capuçon who is both the sponsor and the dedicatee, and ahead of the young pianist and composer Jean-Frédéric Neuburger (32), who has just played his own Piano Concerto, February 9, as part of the festival Presences, and the very young Benjamin Attahir (30 years February 25), which saw the creation of his Adh dhohr, for snake and orchestra January 26 by the National Orchestra of Lille, where he is composer in residence.

  • Category "Instrumental solo revelation": Thibaut Garcia (guitarist)

A touchstone of the Victoires, this category gives pride of place to the young pianists, both former members of the Paris Conservatoire: Niçois Théo Fouchenneret (24), winner of the prestigious Concours de Genève, and the Clermontois Alexandre Kantorow (21), son of violinist Jean-Jacques Kantorow, whose last record, Russian way, published by Bis, made a strong impression. But it is the prodigy guitarist, Thibaut Garcia (24), six virtuoso strings and as many international prizes, which is popular with the public. The Toulouse native of Spain has revived the torch of Narcisso Yepes and Alexandre Lagoya, as evidenced by the success of his record, Leyendas, interpreted on an instrument of Spanish tradition, published in 2016, followed in 2018 by Bach Inspirations, both at Erato.

Pianist Lang Lang (center) at the 26th Victoires de la musique classique at La Seine musical in Boulogne-Billancourt on February 13th.
Pianist Lang Lang (center) at the 26th Victoires de la musique classique at La Seine musical in Boulogne-Billancourt on February 13th. GEOFFROY VAN DER HASSELT / AFP
  • A Victory of Honor: Lang Lang (pianist)

It has been awarded to the Chinese pianist (36 years), for his entire career. His next record, Piano Book, is expected in March at Deutsche Grammophon.

Read the lighting on the Victoires de la musique classique: Youth on the front of the stage

On the Web: www.francemusique.fr/musique-classique/palmares-des-victoires-de-la-musique-classique-2019-69813

Marie-Aude Roux

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