Dussek wins Gramophone Choral Award
Academy of Ancient Music has won the Choral Award at this year’s Gramophone Classical Music Awards, for its world premiere recording of Jan Ladislav Dussek’s Messe Solemnelle, directed by Richard Egarr and released in October 2020.
Gramophone wrote of the recording: “Dussek himself could scarcely have hoped for a performance as fine as this one … It’s a fascinating work and an important project, impressively recorded, exquisitely presented and enthusiastically recommended.”
Speaking about the award, Richard Egarr commented: “I’m so happy and excited to receive this award. I want to thank everyone at AAM past and present who have worked tirelessly over the last five years to make this happen. This is such a special project and I hope that it brings Dussek to the fore and that people go and explore his wonderful music. I can’t recommend it highly enough.”
AAM Leader Bojan Čičić added: “Richard Egarr discovered this work and put so much energy and scholarship into this recording. This is also the final recording we made with Richard as Music Director, so this award feels like a wonderful farewell. The recording 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.”
AAM CEO John McMunn said: “Discovery has been a core part of the Academy of Ancient Music’s mission since our debut recording of Thomas Arne’s Eight Overtures in 1973. We are proud to maintain this pioneering spirit today, both on the concert platform and in the studio. Dussek’s Messe Solemnelle is another step along this journey, and we are humbled and gratified that it has been acknowledged by Gramophone with this award.”
The orchestra has also been nominated in Gramophone’s Orchestra of the Year Award, voted on by the public, with the winner to be announced on 5 October.
Buy the Dussek recording here or listen to it on Apple Music.