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ABC Classics has received all four nominations for Best Classical Album 2017 in this year’s AIR (Australian Independent Record Labels Association) Awards, to be held at its new venue, the Queen’s Theatre in Adelaide, next month.
Acknowledging Australiaʼs finest independent recording artists, the AIR Awards have evolved from a small gathering of people at the inaugural event in 2006 to become a key event in the Australian music industry calendar. The event showcases and pays tribute to hundreds of independent artists and labels across many genres including jazz, classical, blues and roots, country, hip hop, hard rock/punk and dance/electronica. According to the AIR website, over 100 individual awards have been presented to date, and for many winners it has been the first industry recognition they have received, serving to help springboard them to national and international attention, recognition and success.
“It’s always a delight to see the incredible artists we work with honoured with award nominations,” said Toby Chadd, Manager of ABC Classics. “Since AIR added the classical category to their longstanding awards four years ago, it’s become a valued part of the classical music scene in Australia – particularly given the close affinity between classical musicians and the independent scene. We wish all the nominees the best of luck for the awards ceremony in July!”
This year’s nominations in the Classical Album category are:
Slava Grigoryan’s Bach Cello Suites Volume I broke records earlier this year, when it spent 13 weeks at number one in the Australian Classical Chart – the longest for any artist album. To date, it has spent 29 consecutive weeks in the top 10 of the Classical Chart.
The Australian Chamber Orchestra and Richard Tognetti’s account of Mozart’s Last Symphonies was recorded live in concert in 2016, and has been praised both at home and abroad, described by The Guardian as “one of the greatest chamber orchestras in the world at its most joyous and inspirational”.
Genevieve Lacey and James Crabb’s Heard This and Thought of You brings together the rare combination of recorder and accordion, playing music composed across four centuries including several contemporary Australian compositions. The album features responses to the recordings by authors including Helen Garner, Luke Davies, Robert Dessaix and Chloe Hooper.
Brandenburg Celebrates marks the 25th anniversary of the Australian Brandenburg Orchestra, conducted by their Artistic Director Paul Dyer. A studio recording made by ABC Classics’ ARIA-Award winning Tonmeister Virginia Read, the album features baroque masterworks as well as a new commission for orchestra and choir by leading Australian composer Elena Kats-Chernin.
ABC also receives two nominations in the Best Jazz Album category, for James Morrison and Don Burrows’ In Good Company, and Vince Jones and Paul Grabowsky’s Provenance. Previous winners of the Best Classical Award include the Sydney Symphony Orchestra, Melbourne Symphony Orchestra and saxophonist Amy Dickson.
This will be AIR's 11th Awards event and thanks to the support of The South Australian Government the prestigious invite-only event will relocate to Adelaide for the next three years.