CBC Records brought home two Juno awards in the Classical music category, last night, bringing the recording label's Juno count to 28.
"These awards reflect the excellence of the releases from CBC Records," said René Bourdages, President, CBC/Radio-Canada Merchandising Division. "The Juno Awards celebrate the best in Canadian musical talent and CBC/Radio-Canada is proud of the role it plays in supporting and promoting Canadian artists."
Recognised for virtuosity on the winning album, Mozart Violin Concertos, James Ehnes and the Mozart Anniversary Orchestra won in the Large Ensemble or Soloist(s) with Large Ensemble Accompaniment category. This marks the third Juno for Ehnes' recordings on the CBC Records label. Also winning her third Juno is soprano Isabel Bayrakdarian, who along with tenor Michael Schade and baritone Russell Braun, won in the Vocal or Choral Performance category, for their Mozart CD, Arie e Duetti, with the Canadian Opera Company Orchestra conducted by Richard Bradshaw. Both winning CDs present the music of Mozart, recorded for the 250th anniversary of the composer's birth.
As Canadians' tastes and interests have evolved, CBC Records has expanded its repertoire beyond Classical music to embrace jazz, world, traditional, and alternative rock releases. While CBC Records has led the Classical music industry in regional and national nominations and awards, the 2007 Juno awards demonstrate a broadening excellence in music production. In making the best music available to Canadians, CBC Records, working together with the Corporation's Merchandising Division, is one of the most recognised and respected record labels in the country.
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