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THE SCOOP | Ensemble Made In Canada Wins Classical Album Of The Year

By Michael Vincent on June 5, 2021

Ensemble Made In Canada
Ensemble Made In Canada wins 2021 Classical album of the year: solo or chamber.

Awards for the 2021 annual Juno Gala were presented to 37 winners last night online.

Hosted by Angeline Tetteh-Wayoe from CBC Music’s The Block, special honour awards included the Walt Grealis Special Achievement Award, Humanitarian Award, International Achievement Award, and the MusiCounts Inspired Minds Ambassador Award.

The main televised event will be broadcast live on June 6 at 8 p.m. ET on CBC.

And the winners are….

Classical album of the year: solo or chamber

  • Mosaïque, Ensemble Made In Canada
  • Bach & Brahms Reimagined, James Ehnes, Jon Kimura Parker, Jens Lindemann Beethoven: Violin Sonatas Nos. 4, 5 & 8, James Ehnes with Andrew Armstrong
  • La Peste, Les Barocudas
  • Ana Sokolović: Short Stories, Quatuor Bozzini Collection

Classical album of the year: large ensemble

  • Mozart: Concertos pour piano/Piano Concertos Nos. 22 & 24, Les Violons du Roy, conducted by Jonathan Cohen, featuring Charles Richard-Hamelin
  • Saint-Saëns: Piano Concertos Nos. 3, 5, & Other Works, Louis Lortie with BBC Philharmonic, conducted by Edward Gardner
  • Jacques Hétu: Concertos, Orchestre symphonique de Laval, conducted by Alain Trudel, featuring Jean-Philippe Sylvestre
  • Ginastera – Bernstein – Moussa: Œuvres pour violon et orchestre/Works for Violin and Orchestra, Orchestre symphonique de Montréal, conducted by Kent Nagano, featuring Andrew Wan
  • Penderecki: St. Luke Passion, Orchestre symphonique de Montréal with Kraków Philharmonic Choir & Warsaw Boys’ Choir, conducted by Kent Nagano

Classical album of the year: vocal or choral

  • La passione, Barbara Hannigan with Ludwig Orchestra
  • Massenet: Thaïs, Erin Wall, Joshua Hopkins, Andrew Staples, Toronto Mendelssohn Choir with Toronto Symphony Orchestra, conducted by Sir Andrew Davis
  • Nuits blanches: Airs d’opéra à la cour de Russie au XVIIe siècle/Opera Arias at the Russian Court of the 18th Century, Karina Gauvin with Pacific Baroque Orchestra, conducted by Alexander Weimann
  • Sea Dreams, Luminous Voices conducted by Timothy Shantz
  • Sarah Slean and Symphony Nova Scotia, Sarah Slean with Symphony Nova Scotia, conducted by Bernhard Gueller

Classical composition of the year

  • Take the dog Sled, Alexina Louie
  • Commedia dell’arte, Ana Sokolović Collection
  • Harbour, Anna Höstman
  • Violin Concerto “Adrano,” Samy Moussa 
  • Tachitipo, Zosha Di Castri

Congrats to all the Juno nominees and winners! 

Full Disclosure – Michael Vincent, the author of this article, was an official judge for the 2021 Juno Awards.

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