Emma Matthews takes on the nation’s biggest orchestra for the Best Classical Album ARIA.
The Australian ARIA panel have today announced the 2014 nominations for Fine Arts awards to be presented at a ceremony held at the Art Gallery of NSW on October 7.
Nominations in the Best Classical Album category have been diverse and disparate, from early to contemporary, with iconic Australian soprano Emma Matthews‘ Mozart Arias going head to head with the proverbial Goliath of orchestras, the magnificent Australian World Orchestra, conducted by Zubin Mehta in Stravinsky’s Rite of Spring and Mahler’s Symphony No 1. The popular Matthews was Limelight cover artist back in March this year and her album was a subsequent Editor’s Choice. The AWO live recording reflects the highly praised concerts that took place in Sydney and Melbourne last year. It should be quite a contest.
Zubin Mehta conducting the AWO
Other contenders include Lior and the Sydney Symphony Orchestra and Nigel Westlake with Compassion; and Melbourne Symphony Orchestra, collaborating with Andrew Macleod, Benjamin Northey and Markus Stenz on Adès Polaris and Paul Stanhope’s Piccolo Concerto. It’s been a good year for Stanhope following his Jandamarra project with Sydney Symphony Orchestra and recently applauded Björk concert with Sydney Chamber Choir.
In line with previous years, the Fine Arts and Artisan ARIAs are to be presented at an awards event seven weeks before the main ARIA Awards night, thus effectively sidelining classical music. The ARIA Awards was first split into two ceremonies in 2005, in a move that has further defined the divide between ‘pop’ and ‘high’ culture.
ARIA Chairman and Chairman of Sony Music Asia Denis Handlin congratulated all the nominees, saying “ARIA is delighted to present these awards and to recognise the highly talented Australian musicians and artisans across the diversity of the seven award categories.”
Also with a nomination is sound engineer Virginia Read, who made history last year when she became the first female, and the first classical engineer, to win the Engineer of the Year Award. She’s nominated for her work on Simon Tedeschi’s popular Gershwin: Take Two.
Imagery by iconic Australian artist Ken Done will represent this year’s awards, with the main ARIA Awards ceremony to be held on November 26 at The Star, broadcast by Channel Ten.
FINE ARTS AWARDS | NOMINATED ARTISTS
Best Classical Album
Australian World Orchestra, Zubin Mehta – Stravinsky Rite of Spring/Mahler Symphony No.1
Emma Matthews, Tasmanian Symphony Orchestra, Marko Letonja – Mozart Arias
Joe Chindamo & Zoe Black – Dido’s Lament
Latitude 37 – Empires
Lior, Sydney Symphony Orchestra, Nigel Westlake – Compassion
Melbourne Symphony Orchestra, Andrew Macleod, Benjamin Northey, Markus Stenz – Adès Polaris/Stanhope Piccolo Concerto
Topology – Share House
Best Jazz Album
Andrea Keller Quartet with Strings – Wave Rider
Emma Pask – Season Of My Heart
Graeme Lyall, John Hoffman, Tony Gould, Ben Robertson, Tony Floyd – The Hunters & Pointers
Paul Grabowsky Sextet – The Bitter Suite
Vince Jones – The Monash Sessions
Best Original Soundtrack/Cast/Show Album
Geoffrey Gurrumul Yunupingu, Sydney Symphony Orchestra – Gurrumul: His Life And Music
Glenn Shorrock & Brian Cadd – The Story of Sharky and The Caddman
Katie Noonan – Fierce Hearts
Various Artists – Spirit Of Akasha
Various Artists – triple j’s One Night Stand: Mildura
Best World Music Album
Astronomy Class – Mekong Delta Sunrise
Jane Rutter – Flute Spirit: Dreams and Improvisations
Joseph Tawadros – Permission to Evaporate
The Barons of Tang – Into The Mouths of Hungry Giants
William Barton – Birdsong at Dusk
ARTISAN AWARDS | NOMINATED ARTISTS
Engineer of the Year
Dustin Tebbutt for Dustin Tebbutt – Bones EP
Eric J Dubowsky for Chet Faker – Built On Glass
Matthew Lambert and Barry Francis for Hilltop Hoods – Walking Under Stars
Nicholas Wilson and Dann Hume for Sticky Fingers – Land Of Pleasure
Paul McKercher for Andy Bull – Sea Of Approval
Virginia Read for Simon Tedeschi, James Morrison, Sarah McKenzie – Gershwin: Take Two
Producer Of The Year
Alex JL Hiew and SLUMS for Troye Sivan – TRXYE
Dann Hume for Sticky Fingers – Land Of Pleasure
John Castle and Josh Pyke for Josh Pyke – The Beginning and the End of Everything
Nicholas Murphy for Chet Faker – Built On Glass
Stuart Stuart for Sheppard – Bombs Away
Best Cover Art
Angus & Julia Stone for Angus & Julia Stone – Angus & Julia Stone
Celeste Potter for DZ Deathrays – Black Rat
Sia for Sia – 1000 Forms of Fear
The Leonard Brothers for 360 – Utopia
Tin & Ed for Chet Faker – Built On Glass