The Gramophone Awards will be announced on October 1st, and three Rayfield Artists have been shortlisted this year.
David Wilson-Johnson sings the Jester in Sir Peter Maxwell Davies Taverner for NMC records - “a magnificent performance… The Stalwart David Wilson-Johnson steals his scenes as Jester (Death), as he should.”
Matthew Brook’s performance of Vaughan Williams’ Dona Nobis Pacem with the Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra (Naxos) drew wonderful acclaim from the critics with Stephen Pritchard of the Guardian saying that “[Vaughan Williams] would have appreciated these fine soloists, chief among them Matthew Brook, who turns anything he sings to gold” whilst Piers Burton-Page in International Record Reviews said “‘There is infinite compassion, in the third movement … from baritone Matthew Brook, whose grainy timbre I can best compare to that of a youthful John Tomlinson”.
Last but not least, The Cardinall’s Musick (who have already won three Gramophone Awards) have been shortlisted for the final volume in their complete Byrd series for Hyperion - in Gramophone’s own words: “genuinely great music from the Renaissance incomparably performed”.
More information on the shortlist can be found by visiting the Gramophone website.