The 2018 ARIA Award nominees for Best Classical Album have been announced. The list includes Greta Bradman, Ray Chen, Sally Whitwell, Slava Grigoryan and Tamara-Anna Cislowska.

Decca Classics received two nominations for Best Classical Album. Soprano Greta Bradman’s second album, Home, is her first ARIA nomination and features songs requested by fans of the singer, performed with the Adelaide Symphony Orchestra and Adelaide Chamber Singers, conducted by Luke Dollman. The album has been in the number one spot in the Limelight chart since June. Violinist Ray Chen was nominated for The Golden Age, for which he collaborated with his string quartet, Made in Berlin, and the London Philharmonic Orchestra.

Greta Bradman. Photo © Albert Comper 

ABC Classics received three nominations for Best Classical Album, including pianist Sally Whitwell’s album, Philip Glass: Complete Etudes for Solo Piano, which got a five-star review from Limelight‘s Ben Wilkie. The disc is not Whitwell’s first time honoured in the ARIA Awards – her first album of Glass’s solo piano music won the ARIA Award for Best Classical Album in 2011, and her album All Imperfect Things: Solo Piano Music of Michael Nyman won the award in 2013. Also nominated is guitarist Slava Grigoryan’s album, Bach Cello Suites Volume II, following the highly successful Volume I, which won the 2017 ARIA Award for Best Classical Album and Best Independent Classical Album at last year’s AIR Awards. Previous multi-ARIA-nominee and 2015 winner Tamara-Anna Cislowska received a nomination for Into Silence, which features the Tasmanian Symphony Orchestra and violinist Ike See. The album focuses on the music of four Baltic composers: Henryk Gorecki, Arvo Pärt, Pēteris Vasks and Georgs Pelēcis.

The Melbourne Symphony Orchestra (conducted by Benjamin Northey) got a nod for James Morrison’s album with Patti Austin, Ella and Louis, which received a nomination for Best Jazz Album, while composer and Oud virtuoso Joseph Tawadros got a nomination in the World Music category.

The winners of each category will be announced on October 11 at a ceremony at The Art Gallery of NSW.


The Full List of Nominees