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The 2012 Classic BRIT Award winners were announced on 2nd October and Linn is proud to be able to bring you several recordings by the award-winning artists in Studio Master quality.


Firstly a big congratulations to Benjamin Grosvenor, who is having a great fortnight having won a Gramophone Award at the end of September.  His debut album on the Decca label, ‘Chopin, Liszt, Ravel’ saw him crowned winner of the Critics’ Award.  This is a highly prized award as it is voted for by the industry.  Linn’s ‘Mozart Symphonies 38 – 41’ by Sir Charles Mackerras and the Scottish Chamber Orchestra won this award in 2009.


John Williams enjoyed the rare privilege of winning two awards in one night!  He won the Composer Award and the Lifetime Achievement Award, both well deserved.  John Williams’ Concerto for Violin and Orchestra performed by violinist Emmanuelle Boisvert with sterling support from Leonard Slatkin conducting the Detroit Symphony Orchestra is out now on Naxos.


The charismatic conductor Vasily Petrenko was named Best Male Artist for the second time, having first won the award in 2010.  He is already a multiple award winner having won the 2011 Gramophone Awards Orchestral Recording of the Year with the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic as well as the German Echo Klassik Awards 2012 for Newcomer of the Year and the Gramophone Award for Young Artist of the Year 2007.  His recording of Shostakovich’s Symphonies Nos. 2 & 15 is a compelling performance demonstrating both his characteristic depth and flair.


Best Female Artist went to Scottish violinist Nicola Benedetti whose latest album, ‘The Silver Violin’, celebrates the world of 20th century film music.  Highlights include the iconic theme from Schindler’s List and Shostakovich’s Romance from the Gadfly.  This is Nicola’s second BRIT Award having been named Young British Classic Performer in 2008.


MasterCard’s Breakthrough Artist Of The Year was Milos Karadaglic who has wowed the critics with his debut on Decca, ‘Latino’.  Milos’ inspiration moves from the Mediterranean to the sultry sounds and passion of Latin America and his talent is immediately apparent.


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