Soli Deo Gloria off the Grammy Awards radar
How on earth did Sir John Eliot Gardiner and the Monteverdi Choir and English Baroque Soloists miss out on even a nomination, yet alone a Grammy award, for their recording of Bach's Cantatas BWV 167, 7, 30, 75, 20 & 39? After all it is not just me singing its praises, it did win the respected Record of the Year Award at the 2005 Gramophone Awards. But perhaps this musician run label was too threatening for the Grammy Recording Academy which comprises professionals with creative or technical credits on six or more commercially released tracks - i.e. typically corporate record company personnel.
But the good news is that Johann Sebastian Bach did get a look in at the Grammys. The Bach Cantatas (BWV 566.-9, BWV 15810.-14 and BWV82) with Thomas Quasthoff won the award for Best Classical Vocal Performance. But then of course it was released by Deutsche Grammophon who are part of Universal Music, and are the biggest record company in the world with a 25.5% market share. Now Deutsche Grammophon also happens to be the company that decided not to release John Eliot Gardiner's Bach Cantatas, and prompted the formation of SDG. Meanwhile Universal owns Island Records, which is U2's record label. And, by sheer coincidence, U2 won five Grammys this year including song of the year and album of the year ...Image credit - SDG
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They do a great job of positioning themselves as the underdogs, but as I pointed out in Music-like-water
they are very much a global force with a dominant share of classical CD sales in most major markets worldwide as the following figures show:
UK - 15%, Finland - 40%, Sweden - 50%, Norway - 50%, Denmark -30%, Canada - 25%, Greece - 45%, South Africa - 45%, Spain - 20% and Germany - 20%.
In the United States, Soundscan lists Naxos as the leading independent classical music label.
The Gramophone said: This is a magnificent achievement that illustrates how Gardiner's independence gives him an increased capacity to reinvigorate our recording collections for years to come.