Sting and Paul both vie for Britain’s classical album of the year.

It looks like the British have a classical invasion of their own to contend with.  Both Sting and Paul McCartney have been nominated for classical album of the year.  I am not a strict classical fan by any means, but I have heard both albums.  Ecce Core Meum flows much nicer to me than 16th century Lute music done by Sting. 

 

I mean lute music is pretty, but Paul’s latest classical work really is one for the ages.  I have been listening to it more and more lately and must say that it is really really good.  But, then again I guess as Beatle fans we would be a bit biased.  We’ll keep you posted on the status of these awards.  If it was up to us, you would know he we’d choose.

Here’s what we’ve read.

In a sign of the growing invasion of classical music by pop artists, Sir Paul McCartney and Sting will compete for recognition in this year’s Classical Brit Awards. Both are nominated for the Album of the Year award.

Sting’s opus is Songs From The Labyrinth, an album of 16th-century lute music; Sir Paul, meanwhile, has been jamming with members of the Academy of St Martin-in-the-Fields, to produce a classical oratorio Ecce Cor Meum (Behold My Heart), recorded in English and Latin.

Flying the flag in the Singer of the Year category is Simon Keenlyside, the English baritone, up against the acclaimed Russian soprano Anna Netrebko. George Fenton gains a nomination in the Soundtrack Composer of the Year award, for the score for Planet Earth.

In Sir Paul’s category is another musician who has changed direction — Alfie Boe, a tenor, and former mechanic.

All Angels, who last year were a contender for the Christmas No 1 in the pop charts with their cover of the Robbie Williams track Angels, are nominated for their eponymous album. The violinist Nicola Benedetti is nominated for Young British Classical Performer, and also for Instrumentalist of the Year. Benedetti, 19, is a former BBC Young Musician of the Year.

This Morning presenter Fern Britton will host this year’s ceremony from the Royal Albert Hall in London on May 3.

The winner of the Album of the Year will be chosen by Classic FM listeners and Classic FM magazine readers.

For a compelte list of all nominees, follow the link below.
Source: Times Online

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