news_2012_11_02We are very happy to announce that on Monday this week, both Benjamin Grosvenor and Peter Phillips of The Tallis Scholars travelled to Paris to be presented these coveted awards.

Benjamin Grosvenor won the ‘Jeune Talent’ Diapason d’Or award for his Decca debut album ‘Chopin, Liszt & Ravel’. After Benjamin’s performance at the presitigious La Roque d’Antheron Festival in August this year, Diapason Magazine commented on his exceptional playing during the recital.

Over the past year, Critics have marvelled at this album, describing it as a ‘stunning debut’ (BBC Music Magazine), one that is “superlative in every way” (International Record Review).  In addition to the Diapason d’Or award, the album’s success was also celebrated in October 2012, when Benjamin received Gramophone’s ‘Instrumental Award’ and the Classic Brits ‘Critics’ Award’. The album is available to purchase from Decca.

The Tallis Scholars won in the category of Ancient Music for their latest recording of Josquin’s Missa De beata virgine and Missa Ave maris stella.  Described by the Guardian as ‘Ambassadors of the purest art’, this is not the first Josquin recording by The Tallis Scholars to win a Diapason d’Or de l’année.  They received the same accolade in 1989 for their recording of his two L’homme armé masses.  Peter Phillips said ‘It gives me particular pleasure to win a prize of this standing outside the UK. We have worked hard to maintain an international profile, and to be asked live on the radio why the French have so fallen in love with the sound of the Tallis Scholars was music to my ears.’

Both CD’s are available from Gimel

To listen to the Awards Ceremony, please click on the following link: Radio France