April 03, 2006 09:11 ET

ANALEKTA Winner of Three Prizes at the 2006 JUNO Awards

MONTREAL, QUEBEC--(CCNMatthews - April 3, 2006) - ANALEKTA is proud to announce that three of its recordings were awarded JUNO Awards at the JUNO Gala Dinner & Awards, held at the World Trade and Convention Centre of Halifax on April 1.

Two recordings of the Tafelmusik Baroque Orchestra were rewarded. The recording of Beethoven's Symphonies Nos. 5 and 6 under the direction of Bruno Weil, won the JUNO for Classical Album Of the Year: Large Ensemble or Soloist(s) with Large Ensemble Accompaniment while Baroque Adventure: The Quest for Arundo Donax won Children's Album Of The Year. Alison Mackay was responsible for the conception, scenario and musical program of this attractive educational project of the ensemble. Tafelmusik, Canada's orchestra on period instruments, was founded in 1979. Since the arrival of its Music Director and concertmaster Jeanne Lamon in 1981, Tafelmusik has achieved international recognition for its concerts and recordings. Tafelmusik's success has taken it around the world, with regular tours across North America, Europe, and Asia. The ensemble has released 70 CDs and has been awarded numerous international recording prizes, including five JUNO awards.

Isabel Bayrakdarian received the JUNO for Classical Album Of The Year: Large Ensemble or Soloist(s) with Large Ensemble Accompaniment for her recording of Viardot-Garcia's Lieder, chansons, canzoni and mazurkas. Her husband, pianist Serouj Kradjian, was also featured on this recording. Isabel Bayrakdarian won for a third consecutive year the award in this category. She has successfully combined an international operatic career with an exciting schedule that includes recitals, orchestral concerts and film projects. Applauded in the opera houses of Salzburg, Paris, Chicago and others, she is admired for her stunning stage presence and her uncommon musicality.

ANALEKTA had five nominations this year. With these three new prizes, ANALEKTA confirms its unique status on the Canadian classical music market and establishes itself as one of the major labels in Quebec - all genres taken together

Founded in 1988 by Mario Labbe, Analekta has become the largest independent classical record company in Canada. The recipient of many distinguished prizes, notably for the quality of its recordings and the rigorous musicianship of its artists, Analekta has earned a reputation of excellence on the international music scene.

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