Nominations for the 50th Grammy Awards were announced yesterday in Santa Monica, California, and CBC Records recordings are featured in two categories.
The first is in the category, Best Instrumental Solo Performance with Orchestra, with a nomination for the recording, Barber, Korngold, Walton Violin Concertos, featuring James Ehnes and the Vancouver Symphony conducted by Bramwell Tovey. The recording was produced in Vancouver by Denise Ball, with Recording Engineer Don Harder, and with technical assistance from Bruce Dierick. This is always an extremely competitive category, and we find ourselves in the esteemed company of Lang Lang and the Orchestre de Paris conducted by Christoph Eschenbach, Simon Rattle and the Berlin Philharmonic featuring Sabine Meyer and Anastasia Khitruk with the Russian Philharmonic Orchestra.
CBC Records is also featured in the category, Best Remixed Recording, Non Classical, which presents an interesting twist for a primarily classical record label. The band, Delerium, best known for their beat-driven electronica musical montages, did a remix using a track from Canadian soprano Isabel Bayrakdarian's first release on CBC Records’ Joyous Light. This is a remixer award, with Andy Moor getting the nomination for the track Angelicus (Nettwerk Records). The original team for Joyous Light included Producer Neil Crory, Recording Engineer Doug Doctor and Digital Editor, Peter Cook.
This is incredible news, of course, with the 50th Annual Grammy Awards to be held on "Grammy Sunday," Feb. 10, 2008, at Staples Center in Los Angeles.
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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