The Australian Recording Industry Association has announced the nominees in the Artisan and Fine Arts categories of the 2019 ARIA Awards, and the competition is looking fierce in the Best Classical Album category.

Diana DohertyDiana Doherty. Photo © Christie Brewster

Among the nominations is Sydney Symphony Orchestra’s recording of Nigel Westlake’s Spirit of the Wild concerto, with oboist Diana Doherty as soloist, conducted by the composer, alongside Steve Reich’s The Desert Music, conducted by David Robertson, with Synergy Vocals. The album was Limelight’s Recording of the Month in May.

“Both pieces demand technical brilliance of differing kinds,” wrote Limelight’s Ben Wilkie in his five-star review. “With the uncanny precision of Synergy Vocals, this is perhaps one of the best live recordings of The Desert Music available and, paired with Westlake’s remarkable meditation on the Australian landscape, an essential release.”

The SSO’s album is up against recorder Genevieve Lacey’s recording of the Telemann unaccompanied Fantasias; the Grigoryan Brothers’ Bach Concertos, with the Adelaide Symphony Orchestra under Benjamin Northey; and soprano Nicole Car’s Heroines with the Australian Chamber Orchestra and Richard Tognetti. All four albums are on ABC Classic, and are competing with one Decca release: Paul Kelly and James Ledger’s Thirteen Ways to Look at Birds.

Oud player Joseph Tawadros’s Betrayal of a Sacred Sunflower has been nominated in the Best World Music Album category, up against releases from Chaika, Tara Tiba, Zela Margossian Quintet and the Melbourne Ska Orchestra.

Composer Luke Howard has been nominated in the Best Original Soundtrack or Musical Theatre Cast Album category for his album The Sand That Ate The Sea, up against Burkhard Dallwitz, Gang Of Youths, Trials and music from the ABC’s TV series The Recording Studio.

The winners of the Artisan and Fine Arts categories will be announced at the ARIA Awards Season Launch on October 10 at the Art Gallery of NSW.

The Full List of Nominations