Success for Sir Charles Mackerras, Scottish Chamber Orchestra and Linn Records at the 2009 Classical BRIT Awards

Linn Records and the Scottish Chamber Orchestra are thrilled to announce that Sir Charles Mackerras has won the Critics’ Award at the 2009 Classical BRIT Awards for his recording of ‘Mozart Symphonies 38 – 41’ with the SCO. Whilst both Linn Records and the SCO celebrate this success, the Classical BRIT Awards celebrate their 10th year. Talking about the win, Sir Charles Mackerras said that he regarded the Scottish Chamber Orchestra as “the very best in the world”.

For the Critics’ Award, which was decided by a panel of distinguished media figures, ‘Mozart Symphonies 38 – 41’ beat competition from Paul Lewis' ‘Beethoven Piano Sonatas Vol.4' and Gerald Finley and Julius Drake's ‘Schumann: Dichterliebe & Other Heine Settings’. Sir Charles Mackerras was also nominated in the Male Artist of the Year category, which was won by Venezuelan conductor, Gustavo Dudamel.

Recently named ‘Disc of the Year’ by BBC Music Magazine, ‘Mozart Symphonies 38 – 41’ has enjoyed remarkable success since its release in February 2008. Named the best Classical Record of 2008 by The Sunday Times and HMV Choice it also won, in a public vote, the Orchestral Award at the BBC Music Magazine Awards.

Sir Charles and the Orchestra will return to the recording studio in July 2009 to record a second volume of Mozart Symphonies, featuring Symphonies 29, 31, 32 ‘Paris’, 35 ‘Haffner’ and 36 ‘Linz’. The latest CD release from the SCO/Linn Records partnership sees Sir Charles Mackerras conduct ‘Beethoven Piano Concertos 3, 4 & 5’ with Portuguese pianist Artur Pizarro.

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