The 2012 BBC Music Magazine Awards took place on April 12 at London's Kings Place.
The Jerusalem Quartet were awarded in the chamber category for their recording of Mozart's String Quartets for Harmonia Mundi. Praising the disc, Helen Wallace commented: "I defy anyone not to find something new in these scintillating performances." The quartet were previously awarded a BBC prizes in 2010 for their second volume of Haydn's String Quartets and 2008 for their Shostakovich album.
No single group or artist has won as many awards as the Jerusalem Quartet, now on to their third, with a dazzling disc of Mozart Quarters. Violinist Alexander Pavlovsky is quick to pay tribute to their long-time producer, Martin Sauer: 'He is our audience when we record, and we always learn so much from him: it's an exciting experience.' One of the surprise highlights of the disc is the early Milanese Quarret Kl57: 'We thought it was simple, but as we worked on it, a wide world of colours and connections opened up. The arioso has links to the Requiem, there are so many subtleties to be found in each repeat, we ended up taking the longest time on this one.' He compares Mozart to one of Chagall's paintings of his airborne wife: 'Haydn is earth-bound, but Mozart is ethereal; you sense a genius; that operatic feeling and warmth is unique.'