ABC Music wins three ARIA Awards and receives 23 nominations across 11 categories
At a ceremony held this morning, it was announced that ABC Music has won three ARIA Awards in the Fine Arts categories, and has been nominated for awards in a further four categories. In total, ABC Music has received 23 nominations across 11 categories.
ABC Music won the ARIA Awards for Best Classical Album (Peter Sculthorpe: Complete Music for Solo Piano – Tamara-Anna Cislowska); Best Jazz Album (Mooroolbark – Barney McAll); and Best Original Soundtrack / Cast / Show Album (triple j: Beat the Drum). With its four nominations this year for Best Classical Album, the ABC Classics label reached 100 nominations in the Best Classical category since the ARIA Awards began in 1987.
The further nominations announced today were for Best Children’s Album (four nominations),
Best Comedy Album (two nominations), Best Country Album and Best Video. The results of these categories will be revealed on 26 November.
“This year's ARIA nominees and winners demonstrate the extraordinary vitality of Australian music over the past year,” commented Natalie Waller, Head of ABC Music. “I’m proud that ABC Music continues to take a leading role across a number of genres, and today we particularly celebrate our strength in the Fine Arts Categories, with wins in the Best Classical, Best Jazz, and Best Original Soundtrack / Cast / Show awards, and in Children’s music (receiving four of the five available nominations). Long-standing ABC country artist Lee Kernaghan has had a particularly remarkable year, with his album Spirit of the Anzacs enjoying four weeks at number one in the ARIA charts and now nominated for three ARIA Awards. Our congratulations to all the winners and nominees across all labels, and best of luck for 26 November!”
THE WINNING ALBUMS
Best Classical Album
Peter Sculthorpe: Complete Works for Solo Piano, performed by Tamara-Anna Cislowska, has been one of the most notable classical albums of recent years. As well as rave reviews in the Australian press, the album – which contains several previously unrecorded works – has been feted by the international music community. Sculthorpe himself was deeply involved with the project until his death in August 2014, shortly after the recording sessions had been completed.
Best Jazz Album
Barney McAll has long been one of Australia's most respected composers and performers, and his album Mooroolbark was recorded by the ABC shortly after he returned to Australia following a decade living in the US. Barney is joined by a line-up of some of Australia's finest jazz musicians, performing his own compositions.
Best Original Soundtrack / Cast / Show Album
triple j's 40th anniversary concert in January 2015 saw Sydney's Domain packed with music-lovers for what was indisputably one of the highlights of this year's music calendar. Featuring Hilltop Hoods, The Cat Empire, The Presets, You am I, Vance Joy and many more, the resulting live album Beat the Drum, released by ABC Music, is an incredible survey of Australian music-making from across the lifespan of our nation's most iconic radio station.
2015 ARIA AWARDS: ABC MUSIC WINNERS AND NOMINEES
ARIA Fine Arts and Artisan winners and nominations, announced 7 October 2015:
BEST CLASSICAL ALBUM
Peter Sculthorpe: Complete Works for Solo Piano (Tamara-Anna Cislowska)
Brandenburg Celebrates (Australian Brandenburg Orchestra / Paul Dyer)
Island Songs (Amy Dickson / Sydney Symphony Orchestra)
I Was Flying (Sally Whitwell)
BEST JAZZ ALBUM
Mooroolbark (Barney McAll)
Solo (Paul Grabowsky)
We Could Be Lovers (Sarah McKenzie)
BEST ORIGINAL SOUNDTRACK / CAST / SHOW ALBUM
triple j: Beat The Drum (Various Artists)
Bliss (Opera Australia)
Paper Planes: Original Soundtrack (Melbourne Symphony Orchestra / Nigel Westlake)
BEST WORLD ALBUM
Heard This and Thought of You (Genevieve Lacey / James Crabb)
Truth Seekers, Lovers and Warriors (Joseph Tawadros)
Virginia Read (Brandenburg Celebrates)
Garth Porter (Spirit of the Anzacs)
Further nominations, winners to be announced 26 November 2015:
BEST CHILDREN’S ALBUM
Hootastic Tunes (Giggle and Hoot)
Favourite Things (Play School)
Perfect is the Enemy of Good (Rhys Muldoon)
Rock & Roll Preschool (The Wiggles)
BEST COMEDY ALBUM
Fuhck The Bahnks (Bondi Hipsters)
Songs to Ruin Every Occasion (Buddy Goode)
BEST COUNTRY ALBUM
Spirit of the Anzacs (Lee Kernaghan)
BEST HARD ROCK / HEAVY METAL ALBUM
Final Words (Born Lion)
Spirit of the Anzacs (Duncan Toombs / Lee Kernaghan)