Two CD recordings released by Dacapo Records with music by Rued Langgaard and Poul Ruders respectively have been nominated for the BBC Music Magazine Awards 2011
The BBC Music Magazine Awards are among the classical music industry's most prestigious prizes. This year the BBC jury has for the first time ever nominated two of Dacapo Records' CD releases for the prizes, which will be presented in London on 12th April.
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CHORAL RELEASE OF THE YEAR
Rued Langgaard: Music of the Spheres
Danish National Symphony Orchestra; Danish National Vocal Ensemble; Danish National Choir; Thomas Dausgaard - Inger Dam-Jensen; Johan Reuter; Peter Lodahl; Hetna Regitze Bruun
In the category Choral Release of the Year the BBC jury has nominated Dacapo Records' CD release of Rued Langgaard's visionary major work Music of the Spheres from 1918, which along with the works From the Deep and The Time of the End has been recorded by the Danish National Symphony Orchestra, the Danish National Vocal Ensemble, conductor Thomas Dausgaard and the vocal soloists Inger Dam-Jensen, Johan Reuter, Peter Lodahl and Hetna Regitze Bruun.
The BBC's jury member Stephen Johnson describes the nominated CD release in enthusiastic terms:
"The Dane Rued Langgaard is one of the outstanding oddities of 20th-century music. At his best he is breathtakingly original, and nowhere more so than in Music of the Spheres. The score abounds in effects that seem ahead of their time, while the dreamlike sequence of events seems closer to contemporary ‘trance music' than anything from the 1910s. No one has got closer to the heart of this music than Thomas Dausgaard in this truly ‘live' recording."
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CHAMBER MUSIC RELEASE OF THE YEAR
Poul Ruders: Four Dances
Birmingham Contemporary Music Group; Oliver Knussen
Like Music of the Spheres, Dacapo Records' CD release of three of Poul Ruders' central chamber music works has received fine reviews in the Danish, British and American press. The CD has been recorded by Birmingham Contemporary Music Group, one of Europe's leading contemporary music ensembles, and the British conductor Oliver Knussen. Besides the title work Four Dances in One Movement from 1983, the recording includes the works Nightshade (1987) and Abysm (2000), the last of which was composed specifically for Birmingham Contemporary Music Group.
BBC Music Magazine's jury member Christopher Dingle motivated the nomination of the release as follows:
"Even by its high standards, Birmingham Contemporary Music Group is in exceptionally good form in this gripping exploration of Poul Ruders' mesmerizing music. From the diaphanous, flittering opening of Four Dances to the unresolved menace that closes Abysm, the performances, marshalled by Oliver Knussen bristle with controlled energy, colour and a sense of presence that belies the modest forces involved. The music both beguiles and unsettles, revealing a stunning mastery of chamber forces from a composer associated with a larger canvas."
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About BBC Music Magazine Awards
The BBC Music Magazine Awards are among the most coveted honours in the classical music industry, and the only international classical music award whose final result is determined by votes from the public - like the Danish P2 Prize.
The total of 18 nominations by the jury, spread over six categories, have been selected as the best releases among the more than 1500 classical albums reviewed in BBC Music Magazine last year.
The nominated CDs are all presented with the jury's arguments for their choices at the BBC's special website, where you can also listen to a selected track from each of the releases so you can make your choice and vote for your favourite in each category.
The public vote for the BBC Music Magazine Awards has just been given its starting shot, and lasts until Tuesday 1st March. All the votes cast will also compete for a Cambridge Audio 650 hi-fi system and a copy of each of the nominated CD releases. Everyone can vote - irrespective of nationality!
This year's prizewinners will be announced at a ceremony held by BBC Music Magazine on Tuesday 12th April at King's Place in London.
Take part in the voting before 1st March: www.classical-music.com/awards