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Gramophone Magazine's Classical Music Awards Winners Include Riccardo Chailly and Gewandhusorchester's Brahms, Violinist Leonidas Kavakos and Conductor Neville Marriner

by Maria Jean Sullivan   Sep 24, 2014 10:17 AM EDT

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This year's Gramophone Classical Music Awards gave the Orchestral Recording of the Year to Riccardo Chailly and the Gewandhusorchester Leipzig for their Brahms Symphony cycle, released on Decca.

James Jolly, former editor-in-chief of Gramophone Magazine, said the recording "epitomizes classical music's way of reinventing itself and staying relevant to every generation."

Violinist Leonidas Kavakos was voted Artist of the Year by an international public vote. The Greek musician’s last Gramophone Award came 23 years ago at the beginning of his solo career.

Other awardees included conductor Neville Marriner, who was presented with an Outstanding Achievement Award, and Northern Irish flautist James Galway received the Lifetime Achievement Award.

"He put the flute on the musical map in modern times," said Jolly. "He is a true classical music superstar — his role in music education is powerful and heartfelt."

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