The 2012 ECHO Klassik Award for Best Chamber Recording (19th Century) has been awarded to French Impressions. One of the most prestigious awards in the classical music world, every year the German Phono Akademie – the cultural institute of the German music industry association honors the outstanding and successful performances of national and international artists. Launched in 1994, the ECHO Klassik celebrates world stars for their musical achievements in addition to burgeoning young talents. The award is determined by a jury from the worlds of politics, the arts, media and the classical wing of the German music industry association. Decisions are based on artistic quality as well as popular success, reflecting the opinion of both critics and the appreciation of music consumers. For more information, visit Echo Klassik.
Additionally, French Impressions has been named by The Arizona Republic as the 2012 Critics Pick for Best Classical CD Recorded in Phoenix. The article noted that the CD could actually qualify for awards in two categories, noting “not only do Bell and Denk do a stunning job with Cesar Franck’s Sonata in A, Camille Saint-Saens’ Sonata No. 1, and Maurice Ravel’s jazzy Violin Sonata, the hall (at The Musical Instrument Museum) itself is a star and easily counts as the best acoustics in the Valley.”