Classic FM Gramophone Award 2007 for Julian Anderson CD (03.10.2007)

Ondine's recording of five orchestral works by British composer Julian Anderson has won a prestigious 2007 Classic FM Gramophone Award in the category 'Best Contemporary' (ODE 1012-2). The Awards ceremony took place on Wednesday, 3 October 2007, in London.

Julian Anderson's début recording contains his first acknowledged work, Diptych, which was composed when he was 23 and won him the 1992 RPS Award for Young Composers, as well as The Stations of the Sun, Julian's first BBC Proms commission, and a number of further career landmark orchestral works such as Alhambra Fantasy and Khorovod (London Sinfonietta commissions) and The Crazed Moon (BBC NOW commission). Oliver Knussen conducts performances shared between the London Sinfonietta and BBC Symphony Orchestra.

Since its release in summer 2006, the winning disc has continuously received outstanding reviews and accolades throughout the international press, including 'Orchestral Choice' in the August 2006 issue of the BBC Music Magazine, as well as 'Editor's Choice' in the September 2006 issue of Gramophone.

Regarded as the Oscars of the classical music world, the Classic FM Gramophone Awards are the biggest event in the Classical music industry's calendar. For the third year running, Gramophone – the world's oldest and most respected classical record review magazine – teamed up with Classic FM – the world's largest classical music radio station.

This is altogether the third time and the second year in a row that Ondine won a Gramophone Award. In 2006, the winner in the same category 'Best Contemporary' was clarinetist Kari Kriikku's recording of Magnus Lindberg's Clarinet Concerto, coupled with Gran Duo and Chorale and featuring Sakari Oramo and the Finnish Radio Symphony Orchestra (ODE 1038-2). In 2002, an 'Editor's Choice' award was given to soprano Soile Isokoski for her recording of Four Last Songs and orchestral songs by Richard Strauss, accompanied by Marek Janowski and the Rundfunk-Sinfonieorchester Berlin (ODE 982-2).

Born in London in 1967, Julian Anderson is currently Professor of Composition at Harvard University and Artistic Director of the Philharmonia Orchestra's 'Music of Today' series. in 2005, he became the fourth composer to be appointed Cleveland Orchestra's prestigious Daniel R. Lewis Young Composer Fellow. Julian Anderson is nominated in the British Composer awards 2007 for his oratorio, a BBC Proms commission, Heaven is Shy of Earth.

For further information about the 2007 Classic FM Gramophone Awards, please visit the website of Gramophone.

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