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Three GRAMMY nominations for Dacapo

Dacapo Records are in the run-up for the American Grammy with a whole three nominations

The American GRAMMY Committee has published this year’s nominations for the coveted GRAMMY awards, which are presented in Los Angeles on 26 January and are the music business’s answer to the Oscars of the film world. And the Danish national recording label Dacapo Records is in the run-up with a whole three nominations distributed over two CD releases.

”Best Classical Compendium”

Vagn Holmboe: Concerteos
SACD 6.220599

Erik Heide (violin)
Lars Anders Tomter (viola)
Norrköpings Symphony Orchestra
Dima Slobodeniouk (conductor)
Preben Iwan (recording producer)

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"Among the world’s best concertos"

In the category “Best classical compendium” it is a CD recording of the Danish composer Vagn Holmboe’s concertos recorded by the Swedish Norrköping Symphony Orchestra and the Russian conductor Dima Slobodeniouk that has aroused the enthusiasm of the American jury. Earlier this year the release was honoured in the English music periodical Gramophone, which among other things called Holmboe’s viola concerto “one of the best viola concertos ever written”. The soloists in the recording are Swedish Erik Heide (violin) and Norwegian Lars Anders Tomter (viola), and producer Preben Iwan is behind the scenes. The Danish producer has had several classical GRAMMY nominations on his CV before this, but now for the first time has to chance to receive the award himself in Los Angeles alongside the conductor, since the award in this category goes jointly to the main artist in the recording and the producer.

”Best contemporary classical composition”
”Best classical instrumental solo”

Magnus Lindberg: EXPO, Piano Concerto No. 2, Al largo
CD 8.226076

Yefim Bronfman (piano)
New York Philharmonic
Alan Gilbert (conductor)
Vince Ford (recording prodcuer)

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Sensational collaboration

The remarkable CD release from the Dacapo that may take away no fewer than two GRAMMY awards is a recording of music by the Finnish composer Magnus Lindberg by the New York Philharmonic, conductor Alan Gilbert and piano soloist Yefim Bronfman. The album is nominated in the categories “Best contemporary classical composition” and “Best classical instrumental solo” and was released in the spring of 2013, when the unusual collaboration between the world-famous American symphony orchestra and the small Danish recording label aroused a sensation in the international music business.

Far from mainstream

The President of Dacapo, Henrik Rørdam, says: “It’s fantastic to see that in the Danish context we can deliver recordings of new Nordic music that shoot right to the top in the classical music business. An acknowledgement like a GRAMMY nomination is always a huge pat on the shoulder for the composers, artists and producers involved – but certainly also to us as the recording label behind the three nominations. Obviously we now have renewed energy and faith that Dacapo’s special profile and our selection of both artists and repertoire is exactly right – even if it lies outside the classical mainstream.”

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