The Australian Independent Record Labels Association (AIR) will celebrate the 12th AIR Independent Music Awards at Adelaide’s Queen’s Theatre on Thursday 26th July, 2018.
The nominees for Best Independent Classical Album are:
GRIGORYAN BROTHERS – SONGS WITHOUT WORDS
AUSTRALIAN CHAMBER ORCHESTRA/RICHARD TOGNETTI – JONNY GREENWOOD WATER/WOLFGANG AMADEUS MOZART NIGHT MUSIC
SLAVA GRIGORYAN – BACH: CELLO SUITES VOLUME II
SYDNEY CHAMBER CHOIR/PAUL STANHOPE – PAUL STANHOPE: LUX AETERNA
KATE MILLER-HEIDKE/SYDNEY SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA/BENJAMIN NORTHEY –KATE MILLER-HEIDKE LIVE WITH THE SYDNEY SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA
Water was written following Jonny Greenwood’s stint as the ACO’s Composer in Residence in 2012. Its inspiration is Philip Larkin’s poem of the same name, which alludes to a glass of water ‘where any-angled light would congregate endlessly’. Scored for strings, flutes, keyboard, piano and two Indian tanpura, it takes the form of a continuous 15-minute movement.
The LP format inspired the pairing with Mozart’s ubiquitous Eine kleine Nachtmusik. ‘We have chosen an outrageous combination of works that you would never consider pairing, unless it were on an LP,’ says Richard Tognetti. ‘So consider this a curated, deliberate juxtaposition … The notion of surprise is paramount in offering these wildly contrasting works. But ‘a little night music’ is exactly what Jonny’s piece is. It’s something I would suggest you play once the sun sets, for its hypnotic drone-like structure presents something that really works best as daylight fades away…’
In Kate Miller-Heidke's first collaboration with the SSO live at the Sydney Opera House, she performed her most popular hits, favourites from recent albums, songs fromThe Rabbits, covers and some brand new songs.
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