THE Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra and Chief Conductor, Vasily Petrenko have won two awards at the BBC Music Magazine Awards 2017 for their recording of Tchaikovsky’s Symphonies 1,2 and 5, released in 2016 on the ONYX Classics label.At the ceremony at King’s Place in London the recording was announced as ‘Orchestral Recording of the Year’ – a category decided by public vote. It was accepted on stage on behalf of the Orchestra and Petrenko by Andrew Harvey, Joint Assistant Leader of the Orchestra, and Sandra Parr, Director of Artistic Planning.
The recording also took the BBC Music Magazine Awards’ most prestigious title – ‘Recording of the Year’ as voted by the BBC Music Magazine Jury. This award was presented by Dame Joan Bakewell and accepted on stage by James Clark, joint leader of the Orchestra, Chief Executive Michael Eakin and Matthew Cosgrove, Chief Executive of ONYX Classics.Vasily Petrenko was unable to attend the Awards but said: “Thank you for these beautiful awards, to everyone who voted for us online, to the BBC Music Magazine Awards jury, and most of all to my colleagues in the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra for sharing these Awards with me.“Tchaikovsky was born in my home town St. Petersburg in the same year, 1840, that Liverpool Philharmonic was founded by a small group of the city’s music lovers. We started this Tchaikovsky recording project during my 10th year in Liverpool as Chief Conductor. His music means so much to me and it’s been a wonderful experience to perform his symphonies in concert with this wonderful orchestra, and to record them too. So my thanks as well to Matthew Cosgrove at Onyx for giving us this special opportunity and to all my colleagues at Liverpool Philharmonic who helped make this project happen.”