Benjamin and Harvey recordings receive Coup de Cœur prize

Benjamin and Harvey recordings receive Coup de Cœur prize

 Each year the Charles Cros Academy awards a Coup de Cœur to a selected number of recordings which they recognise for their excellence of interpretation, talented new performers and daring or editorial courage. In 2013 the Academy selected two seminal discs of music by George Benjamin and Jonathan Harvey:

 
George Benjamin - Written On Skin
Barbara Hannigan, Bejun Mehta, Christopher Purves, Mahler Chamber Orch. Dir. George Benjamin, prod. Festival Aix-en-Provence 2012, Nimbus. (2013)
 
‘George Benjamin paces the music in a way that makes it seem luxuriant and expansive, yet with an almost imperceptible tremor of tension. On every level it’s masterly.’
BBC Music Magazine (Ivan Hewett), June 2013
 
Jonathan Harvey - Wagner dream
Claire Booth, Gordon Gietz, Ensemble Ictus dir. MartynBrabbins. Cyprès (CYP5624) (2012)
 
‘Wagner Dream is a work that richly repays repeated listenings. All the more reason, then, to welcome the release of a recording that captures what was surely a signal moment in contemporary opera.’
Opera Magazine (Christopher Ballantine), July 2012