30.08.2022 #classical #music

Francesco Tristano wins an OPUS KLASSIK award

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Francesco Tristano is the laureate of the OPUS KLASSIK award in the category “Classic without limits” with his album on early music.

On Early Music is not merely a fitting homage to this repertoire; the works are given a fresh, contemporary twist thanks to Tristano’s production skills, studio mastery, and keen eye for detail. All the works featured are tonally and melodically complimentary, and while some have been faithfully reproduced, others have been extensively reworked and reinterpreted. Early music has a reparative power, like a sunrise, and these works give me that uplifting feeling,” he says, “There’s something really primitive about them, but something rejuvenating too.” For Tristano, this repertoire remains as joyful and inspiring as when it was composed over 500 years ago; On Early Music proves it’s also thoroughly deserving of a contemporary audience.

Francesco Tristano is the laureate of the Global Project Grant 2022 (classical/contemporary music) with his project on early music.

About the OPUS KLASSIK Award

The OPUS KLASSIK is the prize for classical music in Germany. The promotion of classical music and in particular the awarding of prizes to the artists of this field is the aim of the Verein zur Förderung der Klassischen Musik e. V. (Foundation for the support of classical music), which shelters the prize. This year, up to 45 winners in 27 categories are awarded by a specialist jury, whose members are representatives from the music and media industry.

In 2022, many Luxembourgish musicians were nominated in some of the OPUS KLASSIK award categories.

Composer of the year:
Albena Petrovic – Dreamlover¨

Young Talent of the year – instrument:
Benjamin Kruithof

Solo recording of the year:
Cathy Krier – György Ligeti, Etudes pour piano
Benjamin Kruihof – Russian Mood
Romain Nosbaum – Reflections
Francesco Tristano – on early music

Concert recording:
Benjamin Kruithof/Conrad van Alphen, Nordwestdeutsche Philharmonie, Russian Mood

Classic without limits:
Francesco Tristano – on early music

Video Clip:
Francesco Tristano – Toccata

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New Classic:
Pascal Schumacher – LUNA
Joan Marti Frasquier / Kebyart Ensemble – Dreamlover – Albena Petrovic : music for saxophone