AAM nominated for BBC Music Magazine Award

AAM nominated for BBC Music Magazine Award

Academy of Ancient Music’s world premiere recording of Jan Ladislav Dussek’s Messe Solemnelle, directed by Richard Egarr, is one of three recordings to be nominated for the 2022 BBC Music Magazine’s Choral Award. The release won the Gramophone Choral Award in October 2021.

The project is the result of extensive research that began when Egarr happened upon the neglected work in a library in Florence, culminating in a new scholarly edition prepared by Reinhard Seigert, which was used for the recordings. The release includes artwork by AAM’s 2019-20 Hogwood Fellow and Artist-in-Residence Emma Safe, who describes her involvement here.

AAM Leader Bojan Čičić said: “Richard Egarr discovered this work and put so much energy and scholarship into this recording. The release is presented in a deluxe way that helps bring this unknown piece to life, and includes various points of view. It was fantastic to be a part of this project.”

The winner will be chosen by public vote, which closes on 28 February, and announced on 28 April at the awards ceremony at Kings Place.

“The work is fluent, imaginatively orchestrated with impressive contrapuntal writing. There are some fascinating harmonic touches … this enjoyable, well recorded rendition, with lovely solo singing, has clear passionate advocacy” BBC Music Magazine

“Richard Egarr of the Academy of Ancient Music has set the ambition of searching out neglected music for the group and Dussek’s Messe Solemnelle is certainly that … it is gracious, by turns lively and (more often) sweetly affecting … Egarr, the Academy of Ancient Music and their choir, together with a well-blended quartet of soloists, give it the sensitive performance that Dussek might have imagined. The luxurious packaging includes a hard-backed book of essays.” The Financial Times

Buy the Dussek recording here or listen to it on Apple Music.

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