TWO GRAMMY® Nominations for “The Nightingale”
Ugis Praulins Nominated for “Best Contemporary Composition”
- On Wednesday night while “The GRAMMY® Nominations Concert Live!!” was being broadcast from the Bridgestone Arena to music fans around the world, the official nominees for the 55th Annual GRAMMY Awards® were announced - and included TWO nominations for Michala Petri’s collaborative project with Stephen Layton and the Danish National Vocal Ensemble! “The Nightingale” (OUR Recordings 6.220605) received nominations for “Best Choral Performance” and “Best Contemporary Composition” for Ugis Praulin’s choral tour de force, “The Nightingale.”
This year’s Grammy® nominations mark the third time NARAS has honored Michala Petri. Previous nominations include “Movements” (2007) receiving “Best Contemporary Composition” for Joan Albert Amargós’s “Northern Concerto” and again, last year for “Chinese Recorder Concertos” (OUR Recordings 60220603), selected as one of the finalists for “Best Solo Instrumental” album.
“The Nightingale” features the artistry of Michala Petri together with internationally acclaimed, multi-award winning choral conductor Stephen Layton and the Danish National Vocal Ensemble in a program of four newly commissioned works from a quartet of distinguished Nordic composers. Despite the seeming limitations of such an ensemble, each composition reflects a highly personal and distinctive creative vision, including works by Sunleif Rasmussen (Faroe Islands/Denmark), Peter Bruun (Denmark) and Daniel Börtz (Sweden). Receiving additional honors for “Best Contemporary Composition” is Latvian composer Ugis Praulin’s half-hour-long concerto for recorder and choir, “The Nightingale.” Praulins began his musical career performing in various prog rock and later folk rock bands. He would later work as a sound engineer at Latvian Radio and serve as chairman for the Latvian composers’ union all the while composing a wide-ranging oeuvre that embraced film scores, music for the theater, and concert music. It is however, Praulins’ excellence as a choral composer that caught the attention of conductor Stephen Layton, who recorded his “Missa Rigensis” on the internationally acclaimed album, Baltic Exchange.
Since 1957, the Grammy® Award is presented annually by the National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences awarded in Los Angeles. The award is the highest international award for music production, and is equal to the Oscar for the film industry in prestige. The Recording Academy reports that this year’s Grammy® Awards process registered more than 17,000 submissions. Grammy ballots for the final round of voting will be mailed on December 19 to the voting members of The Recording Academy. They are due back to the accounting firm of Deloitte by January 16, 2013, when they will be tabulated and the results kept secret until the 55th Grammy telecast. “The Grammy Awards process once again has produced a diverse and impressive list of nominations across multiple genres,” says Neil Portnow, President/CEO of The Recording Academy. “This year’s nominees truly represent an exceptional and vibrant creative community that exemplifies some of the highest levels of artistry and excellence in their respective fields. Combined with the fifth year of our primetime nominations special, we're off to an exciting start on the road to Music’s Biggest Night.” By Joshua Cheek
The 55th Annual GRAMMY® Awards will take place on February 10, 2013 in Los Angeles at the Staples Center, and broadcast on CBS from 8 p.m. until 11:30 p.m. PT/ET.
The former EMC Board member UGIS PRAULINS has been nominated for the 55th Grammy Award for Best Contemporary Classical Composition. Congratulations!
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2012 Echo Klassik Awards
Winners: World Premiere Recording of the Year – Michala Petri, Danish National Vocal Ensemble (DR Vokalensemblet), Stephen Layton The Nightingale – New Nordic Music for Recorder and Choir Uģis Prauliņš, Daniel Börtz.
Petri, Michala/Danish National Vocal Ensemble/Layton, Stephen
ECHO Klassik 2012
Die Welt - Ersteinspielung des Jahres
Uģis Prauliņš, compositeur Letton, nominé pour un Grammy Award avec "Le Rossignol"
« La musique et l’amour expliquent tout », dit Ugis Praulinš, avec une générosité et un optimisme caractéristiques.