The Australian Chamber Orchestra has added to its trophy cabinet with an ARIA award for Best Classical Album, presented at a ceremony held in Sydney on Wednesday night.
ACO’s Indies & Idols (read Limelight’s review here), a collection of works by indie rock crossover artists Bryce Dessner, Sufjan Stevens and Jonny Greenwood informed by and programmed alongside work by Polish modernists Witold Lutosławski, Krzysztof Penderecki and Karol Szymanowski took out the award ahead of releases from Ensemble Offspring, Neil Gaiman and FourPlay String Quartet, Roger Benedict and Simon Tedeschi, and Genevieve Lacey.
The Australian Chamber Orchestra is now a three-time ARIA winner, with the director/violinist Richard Tognetti receiving a further two awards for his solo violin recordings. It collected its first 30 years ago for Janáček: Kreutzer Sonata for Strings, Barber: Adagio for Strings, Walton: Sonata for Strings.
Best Original Soundtrack or Musical Theatre Cast Album was awarded to the various artists compilation from the documentary John Farnham: Finding The Voice.
Best Jazz Album was awarded to The Vampires (featuring Chris Abrahams) for Nightjar, ahead of fellow nominees Lance Gurisik, Mike Nock, Sinj Clarke and Surprise Chef.
Best World Music Album was awarded to recent ACO collaborator and oud virtuoso Joseph Tawadros for Those Who Came Before Us.
Troy Sivan was the big winner in last night’s ARIA Awards, taking home four ARIA awards from six nominations for his single, Rush, the lead single off his recent album Something To Give Each Other.