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February 14, 2020


Contact: Kathleen Brittan, Executive Director
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Blue Heron’s latest CD, Johannes Ockeghem: Complete Songs, Volume I, has been named to the first Bestenliste (Quarterly Critics’ Choice) of 2020 by the prestigious Preis der deutschen Schallplattenkritik (“German Record Critics’ Award). Established in Germany in 1963 with the aim of setting the “most rigorous standards for supreme achievement and quality” in the field of music recording, the Preis der deutschen Schallplattenkritik is awarded by a jury made up of music critics, writers, musicologists, and editors from Germany, Austria, and Switzerland. The Bestenliste is widely regarded as a guide to new releases which are outstanding for their quality of interpretation or creativity, or for their value to the repertoire. The CD was also also selected as a Notable Recording of 2019 by Alex Ross of The New Yorker.

About Blue Heron
Engaged in the exploration of Renaissance and medieval vocal music, Blue Heron places the study of original sources in the service of persuasive, vivid, and exciting concert presentations. Led by Scott Metcalfe, Blue Heron is now established as the finest of Renaissance vocal ensembles in North America and offers a home subscription series in Harvard Square, Cambridge, Massachusetts, in addition to touring engagements throughout the United States, Canada, and Europe. With a catalog of ten recordings, Blue Heron is the first group outside of Europe to receive the Gramophone Classical Music Award for Early Music (2018). Blue Heron is Renaissance vocal music for the 21st century.