As many as three albums recorded by Poznan Philharmonic Orchestra led by Łukasz Borowicz have just been nominated for the prestigious ICMA award 2022. Poznan Philharmonic is the only Polish musical institution and symphonic orchestra with such a number of nominations. Two of the albums have been recorded with the participation of Poznan Chamber Choir (prepared by Bartosz Michałowski) – the only Polish choir to receive two ICMA 2022 nominations.
Following albums have been nominated for this most prestigious phonographic award in the world:
– in the Assorted Programs category – ”Michał Bergson, Concerto symphonique pour piano et orchestre op. 62 /Music from the opera Luisa di Monfort” (Jonathan Plowright – piano, Jakub Drygas – clarinet, Aleksandra Kubas-Kruk – soprano, Łukasz Borowicz – conductor, Poznan Philharmonic Orchestra);
– in the Opera category – ”Kashchey the Immortal” by Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov led by Łukasz Borowicz and performed by Poznan Philharmonic Orchestra, soloists (Savva Khastaev – tenor, Antonina Vesenina – soprano, Irina Shishkova – mezzosoprano, Yaroslav Petryanik – baritone, Mikhail Kolelishvili – bass) and Poznan Chamber Choir prepared by Bartosz Michałowski;
– in the Premiere Recordings category – ”Faniska” opera by Luigi Cherubini featuring Natalia Rubiś (soprano), Krystian Adam (tenor), Katarzyna Belkius (soprano), Robert Gierlach (bass-baritone), Tomasz Rak (baritone), Justyna Ołów (mezzosoprano), Piotr Kalina (tenor), Poznan Chamber Choir (prepared by Bartosz Michałowski) and Poznan Philharmonic Orchestra led by Łukasz Borowicz.
All the records were published by DUX label.
It is not the first time the recordings of Poznan Philharmonic Orchestra appear on the ICMA list. The ensemble received this prestigious award in 2018 for the Feliks Nowowiejski’s ”Quo Vadis” album recorded by distinguished soloists: Wioletta Chodowicz (soprano), Robert Gierlach (baritone), Wojtek Gierlach (bass), Sławomir Kamiński (pipe organ), as well as Opera and Philharmonic Choir prepared by Violetta Bielecka and Poznan Philharmonic Orchestra conducted by Łukasz Borowicz.
In 2019 the album with the 2nd and 3rd Symphony by Feliks Nowowiejski received an ICMA nomination, while in 2021 – ”Cantatas Milda/Nijola” by Stanisław Moniuszko.
This year the Poznan albums compete with almost 400 nominations from all over the world. We will find out who the finalists are on the 14th of December, while the winners will be announced on the 20th of January 2022. The prize-giving ceremony and the gala concert will be held on the 21st of April 2022 in the Luxembourg Philharmonic.