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Thursday, December 4, 2008

ARC Grammy nomination

Prestigious Grammy Nomination for ARC

The ARC (ARTISTS OF THE ROYAL CONSERVATORY) ensemble's Right Through The Bone, an album devoted to the music of German-Dutch composer Julius Rntgen, has been nominated for a Grammy Award in the category Best Chamber Music Performance. David Frost, the album's producer, has been nominated for Producer of the Year. This is a second nomination in a row for ARC. Their album On the Threshold of Hope was nominated last year for both a Grammy and a Juno award.

Julius Rntgen was a cousin of the Nobel prize-winner Wilhelm Conrad Rntgen, the discoverer of x-rays. The composer Edvard Grieg observed that unlike x-rays Julius Rntgen's music went "right through the bone". Most of the recorded works have not been performed before.

The praise for Right Through The Bone has been unanimously enthusiastic:

"The ARC Ensemble once again shows that as both artists and teachers, they are devoted, talented, collaborative musicians. The ensemble is tight and uniform, sympathetic, complementary and conversational. Julius Rntgen, wherever he is, must be smiling with an ear and eye-opening tribute like this. Like the earlier On The Threshold of Hope, of music by Weinberg, this too is interesting, worthy, fulfilling music, beautifully researched, performed and presented. I'm looking forward to more from this Canadian group. Five stars." Rick Phillips, Sound Advice, CBC Radio, November 2007

"Throughout the disc the Canadian ARC Ensemble [...] display a sheer delight in the sumptuous musicianship that makes Rntgen's music timeless. Altogether I found this a delightful disc, and enthusiastically recommend it to readers' attention."
Calum MacDonald, International Record Review, April 2008

"Music of this quality cries out for exemplary musicianship and the ARC Ensemble sets the skin rippling at every turn with its ear-tingling corporate intonation and magical phrasing, caught to perfection by award-winning producer David Frost." Julian Haylock, The Strad, June 2008

ARC has just returned from New York and Washington, D.C. where they presented their "Music in Exile" series to great critical acclaim, following performances of the repertoire in Toronto, London, Budapest, Rome, Poznan, and Warsaw. This year James Conlon, one of today's preeminent conductors (currently Music Director of Los Angeles Opera and previously principal conductor of the Paris National Opera and the Rotterdam Philharmonic), agreed to be ARC's Honorary Chairman.

Established in 2002, ARTISTS OF THE ROYAL CONSERVATORY, is composed of faculty members of the Glenn Gould School of The Royal Conservatory in Toronto and led by Artistic Director Simon Wynberg. All are seasoned chamber musicians and veteran performers, either as soloists or as principals in major orchestras. They have dedicated themselves to the performance of both the traditional chamber music canon and the rediscovery of repertoire that, through political changes of shifts in musical fashion, have been ignored or marginalized.

"ARC is a standard bearer for the musical excellence of both The Royal Conservatory and Canada. Its members represent the very best this country has to offer and in their roles as mentors and performers they continue to inspire, stimulate, and delight." Dr. Peter Simon, President, The Royal Conservatory



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