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Classical BRIT Awards 2010: Nominations announced

Anna Netrebko

Story by Jack Foley

THE nominations for the 11th annual Classical BRIT Awards have been announced and promise plenty of competition in just about every category.

The shortlist of awards contenders includes three double nominatins for British artists Faryl Smith, Howard Goodall and Antonio Pappano, while three previous winners will go head to head for Female Artist of the Year.

Smith also becomes the youngest ever artist to receive two nominations.

London’s May Fair Hotel played host to the nominations launch, where a specially invited audience were treated to performances from the Coldstream Guards, British violinist Jack Liebeck, French quartet Quatuor Ebène and the evening’s host and queen of the night, Danielle De Niese (who took to the stage with a unique performance of the aria Da Tempeste from the Italian opera, Giulio Cesare).

Leading this year’s nominations with two apiece are Britain’s Got Talent star and holder of the fastest-selling solo classical album in British chart history, Faryl Smith, conductor Antonio Pappano and composer Howard Goodall.

Smith released her debut album, Faryl, in March 2009 when she was still only 13-years-old. Now aged 14, she receives nominations for NS&I Album of the Year, as well as Young British Classical Performer or Group alongside British violinist Jack Liebeck and early music British vocal ensemble Stile Antico.

British conductor and pianist Pappano receives two nominations for his work as conductor of the Accademia di Santa Cecilia Orchestra and Chorus on two different albums: Puccini’s Madama Butterfly and Verdi’s Messa da Requiem.

As Male Artist of The Year nominee, he joins four time Classical BRIT winner Bryn Terfel and ‘honorary scouser’ and Russian conductor Vasily Petrenko.

Pappano’s second nomination is the Critics’ Award, an award he won previously in 2006. Chosen by a panel of critics from the national media, Pappano is recognised jointly for Verdi: Messa da Requiem, which also features Rolando Villazon, Anja Harteros, Sonja Ganassi, Rene Pape and Roma Orchestra dell’ Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia.

The critics also singled out Isabelle Faust and Alexander Melnikov for Beethoven Senatas and Scottish pianist Steven Osborne with Rachmaninoff Preludes.

Following his Classical BRIT win for Composer of the Year last year, Howard Goodall receives two nominations in 2010 for his Enchanted Voices album.

With one of the 10 biggest selling albums of the past year, he is nominated for the NS&I Album of the Year, and once again returns in the Composer Of The Year category.

Italian pianist *Ludovico Einaudi*’s Nightbook and British composer, pianist and conductor *Thomas Adès*’ The Tempest complete the Composer of the Year category.

Featuring three previous winners of Female Artist of the Year, the 2010 Female Artist of the Year will be one of the most hotly contested categories on the night.

Romanian soprano Angela Gheorghiu (winner 2001), Russian soprano Anna Netrebko (pictured above, winner 2007 and 2008) and American conductor and violinist Marin Allsop (winner 2005) all receive nominations for Female Artist of the Year.

Three big blockbuster movies will battle it out for Soundtrack of the Year. Star Trek by Michael Giacchino, The Curious Case of Benjamin Button by Alexandre Desplat and *Thomas Newman*’s Revolutionary Road complete the nominations.

As previously announced, the NS&I Album of the Year which is compiled from the 10 biggest selling classical albums of 2009 will be voted for by listeners of Classic FM and readers of Classic FM Magazine.

Visitors to will be able to vote for one of the 10 nominated artists, including…
Music From The Vatican – Alma Mater ft the voice of Pope Benedict XVI
Together – Blake
Camilla Kerslake – Camilla Kerslake
Heroes – Coldstream Guards Band
Faryl – Faryl Smith
Voices of the Valley – Memory Lane – Fron Male Voice Choir
Enchanted Voices – Howard Goodall’s Enchanted Voices
Band of Brothers – Only Men Aloud
O Fortuna – Rhydian
Harmony – The Priests

The Classical BRIT Awards will be hosted for the third year running by Myleene Klass and take place at the Royal Albert Hall on May 13, 2010.

The ceremony itself will include a performance from one of the most loved sopranos of the past century, Dame Kiri Te Kanawa, who will close the show as she is honoured with the Lifetime Achievement in Music award.

Dutch violinist André Rieu will also make his debut appearance on the show – his performances of Strauss Waltzes have earned him the title of the fifth biggest selling artist (of any genre) in the UK this year and made a significant contribution to a staggering 43% increase in sales, in the first quarter of 2010, of classical music year-on-year.

  1. I voted for Goodall – he’s my fav composer and I have made friends over the Net with some of his family members!

    talfonso    Apr 15    #