Yesterday in Los Angeles, a piece of CBC/Radio-Canada history was written as CBC Records/Les disques SRC received its first-ever Grammy Award at the 50th Annual Grammy Awards Celebration.
The winning album – BARBER, KORNGOLD, WALTON (Violin Concertos) – features the extraordinary violinist James Ehnes and the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra under the direction of Bramwell Tovey. The award came in the category of Best Instrumental Soloist Performance with Orchestra, and conductor Bramwell Tovey was in attendance at the Grammys to personally accept it on behalf of James, the Orchestra and CBC/Radio-Canada.
“I'm tremendously excited and honoured to have won this Grammy,” exclaims James Ehnes. “I am particularly proud that a Canadian recording has made such an impact on the global classical music scene. Making this recording was an amazing experience, and I cannot give enough thanks to Bramwell Tovey, the production team, the entire Vancouver Symphony Orchestra, and CBC Records/Les disques SRC for all they did to make this possible.”
The recording was produced in Vancouver by Denise Ball, with recording engineer Don Harder, and with technical assistance from Bruce Dierick. Producer Keith Horner was also involved in the initial development of the project. Randy Barnard, General Manager of CBC Records/Les disques SRC was the Project Manager.
“This project celebrates the continuing partnership between CBC Radio Music and CBC Records/Les disques SRC, and we are delighted it was recognised with such an internationally acclaimed award. It comes on the heels of winning the Western Canadian Music Award for Best Classical Album, and it is also nominated for the upcoming Juno Awards in April. What an absolute thrill!” said René Bourdages, President of CBC/Radio-Canada’s Merchandising Division.
CBC Records/Les disques SRC is part of CBC/Radio-Canada’s Merchandising Division and has won 28 JUNO Awards and many regional awards.
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