Gramophone „Special Achievement Award“ für die Einspielung der gesamten Bach-Kantaten
Johann Sebastian Bach, Das Kantatenwerk / Complete Cantatas (1971-1990) Vol.1-48 Wiener Sängerknaben, Chorus Viennensis, Tölzer Knabenchor, King’s College Choir Cambridge, Knabenchor Hannover, Collegium Vocale Gent Concentus Musicus Wien, Leonhardt Consort, Gustav Leonhardt
„1990 saw the introduction of this new Award, designed to draw attention to a project that has enriched the catalogue both in terms of repertoire and artistic achievement.
With the completion in 1990 of Teldec’s monumental series of J. S. Bach’s complete sacred cantatas (in 48 volumes and on 83 discs) the recipient of the Award was in little doubt. Few projects in the gramophone’s history have been quite so worthy of recognition for the remarkable consistency and flair of performance.
The work of Nikolaus Harnoncourt and Gustav Leonhardt and their colleagues in Amsterdam and Vienna has progressed steadily and with consummate musicianship. Each volume in this project offers rich rewards and bears witness not only to Bach’s unparalleled genius but to the remarkable consistency and imagination of the many performers who have contributed to it.“