Nominations for this year's JUNO Awards, which recognize excellence and achievement in Canadian music, were announced today, and CBC Records/Les disques SRC has received five nominations, which are in the classical and world music categories.
Since 1984, CBC Records/Les disques SRC, CBC/Radio-Canada's record label, has won 25 JUNO Awards. It is hoped this year's event, held in Saskatoon, April 1, 2007 and hosted by internationally renowned pop star Nelly Furtado, will continue this remarkable history in the recording of some of Canada's finest musicians.
"We're absolutely delighted with the news," said René Bourdages, President, CBC/Radio-Canada Merchandising Division. "We are very proud of the role we play in supporting and promoting Canadian artists, and it is events like the JUNO Awards where we see our efforts being realized."
It's all about Mozart in the classical nominations with several recordings honouring the 250th Anniversary of the composer's birth. Two CBC Records/Les disques SRC nominations are in the category LARGE ENSEMBLE WITH SOLOIST, including Mozart Violin Concertos featuring the amazing James Ehnes who plays and conducts in this performance and Mozart Piano Concertos with performances from one of Canada's ‘'royal' musical families - the Parkers – Jon Kimura, brother James and cousin Ian. Single, double and triple concertos are presented withMario Bernardi conducting the CBC Radio Orchestra.
Three of Canada's most outstanding singers – soprano Isabel Bayrakdarian, tenor Michael Schade, and baritone Russell Braun – collaborate in a third Mozart recording, Arie e duetti, which is nominated in the BEST VOCAL category. They are accompanied by the Canadian Opera Company Orchestra under the direction of Richard Bradshaw.
Rounding out the classical nominations, again in the BEST VOCAL category, is Extase. This recording features the vibrant and critically acclaimed soprano Measha Bruegergossman and l'Orchestre symphonique de Québec under the direction of Yoav Talmi.
CBC Records/Les disques SRC's fifth nomination is for the Canadian Pan-African guitar supergroup African Guitar Summit, who will be hoping to follow their 2005 JUNO success this year in the BEST WORLD MUSIC category for their second CBC Records/Les disques SRC album.
As Canadians' tastes and interests evolve, CBC Records/Les disques SRC has expanded its repertoire beyond classical music to embrace jazz, world, traditional and alternative rock releases. In making the best music available to Canadians, CBC Records/Les disques SRC, working together with the Corporation's Merchandising Division, is becoming one of the most recognized and respected record labels in the country.
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