Gramophone Announces Nominees for Artist of the Year

Classic Arts News   Gramophone Announces Nominees for Artist of the Year
Gramophone magazine has nominated six musicians for the title of artist of the year for 2005-06. Readers will pick the winner through an Internet vote.

The nominees are conductor Michael Tilson Thomas, mezzo-soprano Susan Graham, tenor Rolando Villaz‹n, conductor Ren_ Jacobs, pianist Marc-Andr_ Hamelin, and violinist Anne-Sophie Mutter.

The magazine cited Thomas's recording of Mahler's Ninth Symphony with the San Francisco Symphony; Graham's appearance on CD as Dido in Berlioz's Les Troyens and her French song collection Pomes de l'amour; Villaz‹n's disc of Gounod and Massenet arias; Jacobs' CDs of Haydn's The Seasons and Scena di Berenice; Hamelin's two-disc set of Alb_niz; and Mutter's recordings of Korngold and Tchaikovsky concertos and Dutilleux's Sur le mê_me accord.

Fans may vote until August 3 through the Gramophone web site. The winner will be announced on September 29.

Last season's artist of the year was mezzo-soprano Magdelena Kozenš; in 2003-04 it was conductor Marin Alsop.

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