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THE SCOOP | And The 2017 Juno Award Winners Are... (Classical Category)

By Jennifer Liu on April 1, 2017

OTTAWA — This evening, diverse members of Canada’s classical music community were honoured at the Juno Awards Ceremony.

CLASSICAL ALBUM OF THE YEAR: SOLO OR CHAMBER ENSEMBLE

New Orford String Quartet

Brahms: String Quartets, Op. 51 NOS. 1 & 2

(Label: Bridge)

With their recordings of Brahms’s popular Op. 51 string quartets, the New Orford String Quartet nabbed their first Juno award. During most of the year, the members are disbanded and sit in the orchestras of Montreal, Toronto, and Detroit. However, the foursome remains committed to giving performances across Canada; at this point, they have concert engagements into late April.

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

Steve Wood and the Northern Cree Singers, Tanya Tagaq, Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra

Going Home Star – Truth and Reconciliation

(Label: Centrediscs*Naxos)

In his remarks at this afternoon’s Classical Nominees’ Showcase, composer Christos Hatzis paid homage to the Aboriginal Canadians who, in a dark chapter of history, had been mistreated by the country. Hatzis weaved the stories they shared with him into this composition; as we know now, this collaboration yielded a Juno-winning result.

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CLASSICAL ALBUM OF THE YEAR: VOCAL OR CHORAL PERFORMANCE

Kent Nagano. (Photo: Felix Broede)

L’Aiglon

Orchestre Symphonique de Montréal; Kent Nagano, conductor

(Label: Decca)

Recorded live in concert at Montreal’s Maison symphonique, the Decca engineers turned out a Juno-winning recording which captures the true-to-life acoustics of the concert hall.

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CLASSICAL COMPOSITION OF THE YEAR

Immersion

Jordan Nobles, composer

(Label: Redshift)

A comparative newcomer among his co-nominees, Nobles has previously won honours along the west coast of North America as well as in Australia. At this afternoon’s Nominees’ Showcase, he vowed to be back at next year’s Juno Awards.

Of note: only composers Jordan Nobles and Christos Hatzis were present to collect awards. But before Hatzis could make it to the stage to accept on behalf of the WSO, the host, Tom Power, moved into another category. Soprano Krisztina Szabo reported via twitter that he was eventually allowed to make an acceptance speech. 

Stay tuned for commentary from the musicians at the Classical Nominees’ Showcase.

For more CLASSICAL MUSIC NEWS, visit HERE.

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Jennifer Liu

Jennifer Liu

Jennifer holds a master's degree in piano performance and is pursuing her degree in journalism at Carleton University. Previously, she lived for classical music in Toronto and Montreal.
Jennifer Liu
Jennifer Liu

Jennifer Liu

Jennifer holds a master's degree in piano performance and is pursuing her degree in journalism at Carleton University. Previously, she lived for classical music in Toronto and Montreal.
Jennifer Liu

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