The Jury of the International Classical Music Awards (ICMA) announced today the Awards for 2019. In the Audio and Video categories, 19 productions are awarded a prize. In the category Symphonic Music the winner is the recording with Sibelius’ Symphony No. 2 played by the Gürzenich Orchestra Cologne under the baton of Dmitrij Kitajenko

(Oehms Classics OC457). The Jury statement says: “In Sibelius’ Second Symphony Dmitrij Kitajenko comes closer to the spirit of the score than a lot of other conductors, and his performance is one the most atmospheric and gripping available on disc. With extremely rich and differentiated textures, it breathes with stunning immediacy and impact. The playing of the Gürzenich Orchestra is superlative throughout.”