Tafelmusik, Diana Krall Among Leading Nominees for Canada's Juno Awards

Classic Arts News   Tafelmusik, Diana Krall Among Leading Nominees for Canada's Juno Awards
Jazz singer and pianist Diana Krall and the Tafelmusik Baroque Orchestra each received multiple nominations for Canada's annual Juno Awards.

The Canadian Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences announced the nominations yesterday. The awards will be presented at a televised ceremony on April 3.

Krall is competing against such pop stars as Avril Lavigne, Bryan Adams, and Celine Dion for the Album of the Year, Artist of the Year, and the Juno Fan Choice awards. Her album The Girl in the Other Room was also nominated for Vocal Jazz Album of the Year.

Tafelmusik, a 26-year-old Toronto-based ensemble, was nominated in the Classical Album of the Year: Vocal or Choral Performance category for Cleopatra, a collection of arias sung by soprano Isabel Bayrakdarian, and a CD of Italian oratorios featuring countertenor Matthew White. In the Classical Album of the Year: Large Ensemble or Soloist(s) With Large Ensemble Accompaniment category, the group was nominated for an album of music by Jean-Phillippe Rameau with violinist Jeanne Lamon.

Composer John Estacio was cited in the Large Ensemble category for Frenergy, a collection of his music performed by the Edmonton Symphony Orchestra, and in the Classical Composition of the Year category for A Farmer's Symphony, one of the compositions on the ESO album.

Other nominees included pianist Renee Rosnes, whose Ryga/Rosnes Quartet was nominated in the Traditional Jazz Album of the Year category, and pianists Angela Hewitt and Marc-Andr_ Hamelin, both nominated in the Classical Album of the Year: Solo or Chamber Ensemble category.

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