THE SCOOP Juno 2022 Classical Music Nominees A Diverse Group In New Category Scheme


(LR) Emily D'Angelo;  Yannick Nézet-Séguin;  Saman Shahi;  Keiko Devaux;  Johannes Debus
(LR) Emily D’Angelo; Yannick Nézet-Séguin; Saman Shahi; Keiko Devaux; Johannes Debus

The nominations for the 2022 Juno Awards have been announced, with a shake up in the classical music division.

The vocal / choral category has been eliminated to create four separate awards. Three are based on the scale of the works in question, including Solo Artist, Large Ensemble, and Small Ensemble, with a fourth designated for composition.

The absence of a specific category for vocal and choral pieces caused some consternation in the musical community, but a look at the list of this year’s nominees includes five works that fall into that genre, including Emily D’Angelo’s highly acclaimed energy.

No surprise – Yannick Nézet-Séguin leads the nominations with three in two categories after a busy year of releases.

At least somewhat surprising is the absence of another Quebec superstar, Charles Richard-Hamelin, and his recording of Chopin Preludes, from the solo category, although he did still garner a nomination for his release of Beethoven violin sonatas with Andrew Wan in the small ensemble slot.

Here’s a look at all the nominees in the classical music division.

CLASSICAL ALBUM OF THE YEAR (SOLO ARTIST) CLASSIC CLUB ALBUM (SOLO)

  • Remote Together by Catherine Lee (Redshift)
  • energy by Emily D’Angelo (Deutsche Grammophon / Universal)
  • Chopin: Complete Nocturnes by Jan Lisiecki (Deutsche Grammophon / Universal0
  • Songs for Murdered Sisters by Joshua Hopkins (Pentatone / Naxos)
  • Introspection: Solo Piano Sessions by Yannick Nézet-Séguin (Deutsche Grammophon / Universal)

CLASSICAL ALBUM OF THE YEAR (LARGE ENSEMBLE) ALBUM CLASSIC ALBUM (GRAND ENSEMBLE)

  • Messiah / Complex by Against the Grain Theater with Toronto Symphony Orchestra, conducted by Johannes Debus (Against the Grain / Independent)
  • Solfeggio by L’Harmonie des saisons, conducted by Eric Milnes ft. Hélène Brunet (ATMA / Naxos)
  • Sibelius 3 by the Orchestra of the Metropolitan of Montreal, conducted by Yannick Nézet-Séguin (ATMA / Universal)
  • L’HOMME ARMÉ by Studio de ancienne musique de Montréal, conducted by Andrew McAnerney (ATMA / Naxos)
  • Rachmaninoff: Symphony No. 1 & Symphonic Dances by The Philadelphia Orchestra, conducted by Yannick Nézet-Séguin (Deutsche Grammophon / Universal)

CLASSICAL ALBUM OF THE YEAR (SMALL ENSEMBLE) CLASSIC ALBUM OF THE ANNIVERSARY (LITTLE ENSEMBLE)

  • Beethoven: Sonatas for violin and piano / Violin Sonatas Nos. 1, 2, 3 & 5 by Andrew Wan and Charles Richard-Hamelin (Analekta / FAB / The Orchard)
  • Immersion by Angèle Dubeau & La Pietà (Analekta / FAB / The Orchard)
  • Klebanov: Chamber Works by ARC Ensemble (Chandos)
  • No Time for Chamber Music by Collectif9 (Alpha Classics / Naxos / Independent)
  • 20C Remix by Standing Wave (Redshift / Independent)

CLASSICAL COMPOSITION OF THE YEAR CLASSIC COMPOSITION OF THE ANNIVERSARY

  • Flight by Dorothy Chang (Redshift)
  • Chamber Symphony No. 2 “Children’s War Diaries” by Jaap Nico Hamburger (Leaf Music / Naxos)
  • Concerto for Violin and Percussion Orchestra by Kati Agócs (Independent)
  • Arras by Keiko Devaux (Analekta / FAB / The Orchard)
  • Breathing in the Shadows by Saman Shahi (Leaf Music / Naxos)

The 2022 Juno Awards ceremony will take place on May 15, 2022 in Toronto. Good luck to all the nominees.

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