November 19, 2015

Erato artists win two prizes in the 2015 Charles Cros Académie Awards

Sabine Devieilhe's 'The Weber Sisters' and renegade harpsichordist Jean Rondeau honoured in French music awards.

Due to security reasons, the Maison de Radio France in Paris was forced to cancel the awards ceremony that would have taken place on 18 November for the 68th Grands Prix de l'Académie Charles Cros, the prestigious annual awards for French recording artists.

The Academy has nonetheless announced the winners: "It has never been more imperative today to defend culture, to support and share it - the essential values that are the mission and raison d'être of the Académie Charles Cros,' the organisers said in a statement.

Among the winners carrying the torch for French music and culture: Sabine Devieilhe's Mozart: The Weber Sisters has been awarded the Classical Album of the Year, recorded with the Pygmalion ensemble conducted by her husband Raphaël Pichon. Fittingly, the first notes she sings on the album are from Ah! vous dirais-je maman (Twinkle, Twinkle, Little Star), which Mozart composed in Paris in 1778.

Another young French rising star, Jean Rondeau, was hailed Solo Classical Instrumentalist of the Year. Releasing his debut for Erato early 2015 when he was just 23, the Paris-based harpsichordist took on the great D-Minor Chaconne for Imaginean album devoted to Bach.

Comprised of 50 music industry critics and professionals and named in honour of Charles Cross, a pioneer of sound recording and a friend of the poets Rimbaud and Verlaine, the Académie was founded in 1947 to support French musicians and recording artists.