Jan 18, 2023 | Wencke Wallbaum News & Rezension ICMA for LUCERNE FESTIVAL production

​Statement of the jury:

"There are recordings that tell stories. And these stories resound anew in every new epoch. On the night of August 20-21, 1968, Soviet tanks rolled across the streets of Prague, ending the Prague Spring. Only a few days later, the Czech Rafael Kubelík, conducted a concert with the New Philharmonia Orchestra in Lucerne. Haydn's Symphony No. 99 is sparkling with vitality and perfection, and Tchaikovsky's Symphony No. 4 is marked by a deep, tragic sense of the inevitability of fate. John Ogdon superbly contributes Schönberg's Piano Concerto. This historic recording is released while Russian tanks are rolling again, and one hears these sounds of all-embracing, defiant and comforting persuasiveness with different ears..."

After numerous enthusiastic reviews and awards from the international press, the production receives with the ICMA now one of the most important awards of the international music scene. We are very happy about this recognition!

The Award Ceremony and Gala Concert are scheduled to take place on 21 April 2023 at the National Forum of Music in Wroclaw (Poland).

The members of the ICMA jury are without exception professional music critics of important magazines, online services and radio stations:

Andante (Türkei), Crescendo (Belgien), das Orchester (Deutschland), Deutsche Welle (Deutschland), IMZ (Österreich), MDR Kultur (Deutschland), Musica (Italien), Musical Life (Russland), Musik & Theater (Schweiz), Opera (England), Papageno (Ungarn), Pizzicato (Luxemburg), Polskie Radio Chopin (Polen), Radio 100,7 (Luxemburg), Radio România Muzical (Rumänien), Resmusica.com (Frankreich), Rondo Classic (Finnland), Scherzo (Spanien) und Unison (Kroatien).