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3 October 2012

Kalkadungu - William Barton wins 2012 ARIA for Best Classical Album

Kalkadungu - William Barton wins 2012 ARIA for Best Classical Album

Kalkadungu - William Barton, has won the 2012 ARIA for Best Classical Album at the Fine Arts and Artisan awards on 3 October, presented at the Art Gallery of NSW.

The ABC Classics release features the title track Kalkadungu, a collaborative work by Barton and Matthew Hindson, along with solo works by Barton and Peter Sculthorpe's Earth Cry and Requiem (part 8 - Communion). Also nominated for Best Classical Album was pianist Sally Whitwell's new album, The Good, the Bad and the Awkward (also released by ABC Classics). A journey of film characters through music, the album includes a recording of Elena Kats-Chernin's Russian Rag, featured in the Australian clay-animated film Mary and Max. Whitwell's first album, Mad Rush, recording the piano music of Philip Glass, won the 2011 ARIA for Best Classical Album. Virginia Read, the producer of The Good, the bad and the Awkward, was also nominated for Producer of the Year.

Nominations for Best Jazz Album included McGann - Wending, celebrating the 75th birthday of the highly respected Australian Jazz musician, Bernie McGann. Other nominees included Barney McAll, Grace Knight, James Morrison and Steven Rossitto. The winner of Best Jazz Album was Sarah McKenzie for Close your eyes.

Composer and oud virtuoso, Joseph Tawadros, won the ARIA for Best World Music Album - his 10th ARIA nomination. His new album Concerto of the Greater Sea also features James Tawadros, Richard Tognetti and the Australian Chamber Orchestra, Matt McMahon and Chris Moore. Tawadros performed at the 2012 Art Music Awards with his brother James, and the Grigoryan brothers, Slava and Leonard.

The Fine Arts Awards were presented by Katie Noonan, whose latest album, Songs of the Southern Skies - a collaboration with guitarist Karin Schaupp - has been nominated for two ARIAs in the categories of Best Adult Contemporary Album and Best Independent Release. An exploration of music close to home, Songs of the Southern Skies includes recordings of Richard Charlton's Southern Cross dreaming, and All things conspire by Elena Kats-Chernin with text by Judith Wright, which was written especially for the album. Winners for these categories will be announced at the official ARIA Awards in late November.

Further links

Full list of 2012 ARIA Fine Arts Awards and nominees

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