A Finnish recording of two works by Latvian composer Pēteris Vasks has been honored as the compact disc of the year by the Cannes Classical Awards in France, according to the awards Web site.
The recording includes “Symphony No. 2,” performed by the Tampere Philharmonic Orchestra conducted by John Storgards, and the violin concerto “Tālā gaisma” (Distant Light), performed by the Ostrobothnian Chamber Orchestra conducted by Juha Kangas with Storgards playing a violin solo.
The CD was released in January 2003 by Ondine Inc. of Helsinki, Finland.
The Vasks CD also was named the winner in the 20th century orchestral category. A recording of Estonian composer Arvo Part’s “Passio” by the British choral group Tonus Peregrinus won in the 19th and 20th century choral works category.
Latvian-born violinist Gidon Kremer and his Kremerata Baltica were nominated in the 20th century chamber and solo instrumental category for their Nonesuch recording of George Enescu’s “Octet Op. 7” and “Quintet Op. 29,” but did not win.
The award was announced Jan. 26 during the MIDEM 2004 international music market conference. The awards jury is composed of judges from eight countries.
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