There may not be quite as many musicians who fantasize about beingthe next Beethoven as they do the next Beyoncé, but up-and-comingclassical players with big dreams are out there. However, with theclassical catalogs of many major labels being among the hardest hit inthe tough music economy, it's been getting tougher for today's crop ofclassical musicians — and the engineers who capture their sounds— to get the financial backing to move forward with newworld-class recordings.
The Classical Recording Foundation (www.classicalrecordingfoundation.org) celebratedcrucial efforts in this direction at its Second Annual Awards Ceremony,held in the beautiful intimacy of Weil Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall(New York City) on November 5, 2003. Four breathtaking performances byaward-winners Andres Diaz, Judith Gordon, Robert Shannon, Anne-MarieMcDermott and Ani Kavafian surrounded the presentation of the Composerof the Year Award to George Crumb. Hopefully, the great artistry of theevening bodes well for the future of this important foundation.
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