Gramophone, 22nd August 2016
Gramophone Classical Music Awards 2016 – winners revealed!
It’s the biggest task our critics have to face. Confronted with hundreds of superb recordings reviewed over the past year, their job is to narrow them down to a single winner in each of 12 categories. But now their listening is complete, their votes have been cast – and the results are in! From Early Music to Contemporary, from Concerto to Opera, we can finally unveil the 12 best recordings of 2016.....

Verdi Aida

Anja Harteros sop Aida Jonas Kaufmann ten Radamès Ekaterina Semenchuk mez Amneris Ludovic Tézier bar Amonasro Erwin Schrott bass-bar Ramfis Marco Spotti bass King of Egypt Eleonora Buratto sop Priestess Paolo Fanale ten Messenger Chorus and Orchestra of the Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia / Sir Antonio Pappano

(Warner Classics)
'The singing of the doomed lovers has tenderness and beauty, and the preternaturally quiet Santa Cecilia string-playing is exquisitely managed as the drama makes its longed-for tryst with silence...'

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