PITTSBURGH – The Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra (PSO) is proud to announce that its Exton recording of Gustav Mahler’s Symphony No. 4, conducted by Music Director Manfred Honeck and featuring soprano Sunhae Im, won a prestigious International Classical Music Award (ICMA) for symphonic music.
The Jury of the International Classical Music Awards announced the winners for 2012 on Monday in Vienna.
“For our international and independent Jury musical quality is the only criterion for selection. The winners come from a nomination list comprising 250 CD and DVD productions and are the expression of the highest artistry. In a musical world showing an increasing number of recordings, our choice honors outstanding productions of superior quality and provides reliable guidance to the music lovers. The ICMA also include six awards to pay respect to exceptional musicians and producers,” said Remy Franck, President of the Jury.
“I am delighted. This is a tremendous honor for Manfred Honeck and the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra,” said PSO President and CEO James A. Wilkinson.
The winners will receive the ICMA Trophies during the annual Award Ceremony on May 15 in Nantes, France. The evening also will feature a Gala Concert at La Cité, with the participation of some of ICMA winners, and the Orchestre National des Pays de la Loire conducted by its music director John Axelrod. The concert will be broadcast by France Musique and other radio stations of the European Broadcasting Union’s worldwide network.
The International Classical Music Awards are the preeminent awards for classical music on an international level. The jury consists of leading music critics and editors of the most important magazines, online services and radio stations: Andante (Turkey), Crescendo (Belgium), Fono Forum (Germany), Gramofon (Hungary), IMZ (Austria), MDR-Figaro (Germany), Musica (Italy), Musik & Theater (Switzerland), Orpheus Radio (Russia), Pizzicato (Luxembourg), Radio 100.7 (Luxembourg), Resmusica.com (France), Scherzo (Spain) and Viva Classica (Finland).
The PSO’s award-winning recording was nominated alongside Exton’s release of another PSO recording – Mahler’s Symphony No. 3, featuring mezzo-soprano Michelle DeYoung, the Mendelssohn Choir of Pittsburgh, and Children’s Festival Chorus of Pittsburgh. PSO’s recordings of Mahler’s Fourth and Third symphonies are available at http://pittsburghsymphonyorchestra.bigcartel.com/category/cds and at Heinz Hall, 600 Penn Ave., downtown.