The ensemble founded in 1989 and conducted by Jordi Savall is the first independent orchestra to have been selected by this prestigious British magazine from among 10 world-class orchestras, along with the Berlin Philharmonic, the Chicago Symphony Orchestra or the London Philharmonic. Orchestra, to opt for the distinction of “Orchestra of the Year 2023” awarded by this publication with the public vote.
Gramophone has nominated Le Concert des Nations for the CD Schubert, Transfiguration (Alia Vox, 2022) with Symphony n.8 in B minor “Unfinished” and Symphony n.9 in A major “The Great”, that are in the playlist made by the magazine with the recent recordings of each orchestra.
“Rather like Nikolaus Harnoncourt and Frans Brüggen, Jordi Savall stepped up from soloist (he remains a magnificent viol-player) to being an inspired conductor – and with an ever-expanding repertoire. At home in Baroque and Classical music, he’s forging forward into the 19th century with performances of impressive ambition and poise. Of their Schubert Unfinished and Great C major coupling, David Threasher from Gramophone commented how ‘the ensemble remains solid even in the motoric, stamina-sapping string figures that propel the finale of the Ninth,’ resulting is what may now be the ideal choice. This impressive period ensemble, largely employing musicians from Mediterranean and South American countries, has tremendous personality and a unique spirit.”
All the information of the 10 nominated orchestras and the form to vote the “Orchestra of the Year 2023”: https://www.gramophone.co.uk/awards/gramophone-classical-music-awards-2023