Abrahamsen shortlisted for RPS Award

Abrahamsen shortlisted for RPS Award
Wald by Hans Abrahamsen has been shortlisted for the RPS Music Award for Large-Scale Composition.

The annual RPS Music Awards, presented in association with BBC Radio 3, are the highest recognition for live classical music in the UK. Awards, in thirteen categories, are decided by independent panels consisting of some of the music industry’s most distinguished practitioners. The awards honour musicians, composers, writers, broadcasters and inspirational arts organisations. The list of previous winners reads like a Who’s Who of classical music. Presented in association with BBC Radio 3, this year’s RPS Music Awards shortlists, for outstanding achievement in 2010, are drawn from across the UK and feature outstanding artists aged 18-82.

John Gilhooly, Chairman of the Royal Philharmonic Society, comments:
“The RPS Music Awards are decided by independent panels consisting of leading members of the music industry. This year they have put their fingers on the country’s musical pulse and found a rich vein of talent and invention. In the current difficult climate, it is vitally important that we stand up and celebrate the excellence of both our great cultural institutions and of those who are making a profound difference on a smaller stage. I’m glad that the RPS Music Awards can play their part in doing just that.”

Winners will be announced at the RPS Music Awards ceremony at the Dorchester Hotel on Tuesday 10 May. A special ‘Performance on 3’ programme devoted to the RPS Music Awards will be broadcast on BBC Radio 3 on Sunday 15 May, 2-4pm.

RPS Music Award

Reviews for Wald:

It is full of wonderfully teasing sounds, strangely tuned harmonies and moments of magical stillness, as though Abrahamsen was conjuring music of almost Wagnerian breadth and richness from the slenderest instrumental resources.
Andrew Clement, Guardian, 09/08/2010

...its evolution has an intuitive freedom; writing of an animated rhythmic profile surrounding a phase of magically detatched suspense towards the close.
Richard Whitehouse, www.classicalsource.com, 06/08/2010

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