Photo Isabelle Françaix
Two classical Edisons have been awarded this year to the Dutch cellist Lidy Blijdorp. For her highly anticipated debut album Journeyers, with works and own adaptations by Maurice Ravel and Zoltán Kodály, she won both the audience award and the award for best debut. That was announced on Sunday evening at the television program Podium Witteman.
The Edison jury praised the cellist for her purity and individuality. More Dutch winners are mezzo-soprano Olivia Vermeulen, who “combines humor with sensuality in a fascinating way” on her song CD Dirty Minds (category “discovery”) and pianist Pieter de Graaf with Vortex (“neo-classical”).
Volodos and Quatuor Arod
Other classical Edisons this year go to pianist Arcadi Volodos for his Schubert album, to baritone Matthias Goerne for CD with songs by Beethoven and to the Quatuor Arod for The Mathilde Album.