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THE SCOOP | 2016 JUNO Award Nominees Announced (Classical Music Category)

By Michael Vincent on February 2, 2016

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Elinor Frey’s Berlin Sonatas Nominated for Classical Album of the Year

Announced this morning at a press conference in Calgary, at 11 a.m. EST, the 2016 JUNO Award Nominees have been released. Each nominee will participate in the 2016 JUNO Awards and JUNO Week celebrations over March 28-April 3. The awards will be broadcast Live on CTV from The Scotiabank Saddledome on Sunday, April 3, 2016.

Nominees include two different CD’s with Violinist James Ehnes. Album of the year nominees includes Angela Hewitt‘s Liszt Piano Sonata & Sonnets, and Berlin Sonatas by Montreal-based cellist Elinor Frey, as well as RCM’s ensemble-in-residence ARC Ensemble, Toronto’s Cecilia String Quartet and Stewart Goodyear.

Composition nominees include Dinuk Wijeratne and new Toronto Symphony Orchestra’s RBC Affiliate Composer Jordan Pal. Montrealers Nicole Lizée and Michael Oesterle, and Ontario’s John Burge also made the list.

In the vocal category Suzie Leblanc, Claire de Sévigné, Maria Soulis, Andrea Ludwig, Charles Daniels, John Potter and Marie-Nicole Lemieux are up for the award.

Congratulations to all.

CLASSICAL ALBUM OF THE YEAR: SOLO OR CHAMBER ENSEMBLE

Liszt: Piano Sonata & Sonnets Angela Hewitt Hyperion*HM
Chamber Works by Jerzy Fitelberg ARC Ensemble Chandos*Naxos
Mendelssohn: Op. 44 nos. 1, 2 Cecilia String Quartet Analekta*Select
Berlin Sonatas Elinor Frey Passacaille*Naxos
Franck & Strauss: Violin Sonatas James Ehnes Onyx*HM

CLASSICAL ALBUM OF THE YEAR: LARGE ENSEMBLE OR SOLOIST(S) WITH LARGE ENSEMBLE ACCOMPANIMENT

Vivaldi: Four Seasons James Ehnes with the Sydney Symphony Onyx*HM
Mahler 10 Orchestre Métropolitain ATMA*Naxos
Symphony and New Works for Organ and Orchestra Orchestre Symphonique de Montréal with Olivier
Latry and Jean-Willy Kunz Analekta*Select
Tomasi, Desenclos, Jolivet: French Trumpet Concertos Paul Merkelo, Orchestre Symphonique de
Montréal Analekta*Select
Rachmaninov: Piano Concertos 2 & 3 Stewart Goodyear with the Czech National Symphony
Steinway*Naxos

CLASSICAL ALBUM OF THE YEAR: VOCAL OR CHORAL PERFORMANCE

Vivaldi: Sacred Music, Vol. 4 Claire de Sévigné, Maria Soulis, and Aradia Ensemble Naxos
Sacred Reflections of Canada – A Canadian Mass Canadian Chamber Choir Independent
Peter-Anthony Togni: Responsio Jeff Reilly with Andrea Ludwig, Charles Daniels, John Potter, and Suzie
Leblanc ATMA*Naxos
Las Ciudades de Oro L’Harmonie des Saisons ATMA*Naxos
Chansons Perpétuelles Marie-Nicole Lemieux Naïve*Naxos

CLASSICAL COMPOSITION OF THE YEAR

Two Pop Songs on Antique Poems Dinuk Wijeratne Centrediscs*Naxos
Piano Quartet John Burge Centrediscs*Naxos
The Afar Jordan Pal Independent
Centennials Michael Oesterle Naxos
Bookburners Nicole Lizée Centrediscs*Naxos

For the complete list see here (PDF).

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Michael Vincent is the Editor-in-chief Ludwig Van and CEO of Museland Media. He publishes regularly and writes occasionally. A specialist in digital media for over 15 years, he has worked as a senior editor and is a former freelance classical music critic for the Toronto Star. Michael holds a Doctorate in Music from the University of Toronto.
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