Emma Matthews takes on the nation’s biggest orchestra for the Best Classical Album ARIA.

The Australian ARIA panel have today announced the 2014 nominations for Fine Arts awards to be presented at a ceremony held at the Art Gallery of NSW on October 7.

Nominations in the Best Classical Album category have been diverse and disparate, from early to contemporary, with iconic Australian soprano Emma Matthews‘  Mozart Ariasgoing head to head with the proverbial Goliath of orchestras, the magnificent Australian World Orchestra, conducted by Zubin Mehtain Stravinsky’s Rite of Springand Mahler’s Symphony No 1. The popular Matthews was Limelightcover artist back in March this year and her album was a subsequent Editor’s Choice. The AWO live recording reflects the highly praised concerts that took place in Sydney and Melbourne last year. It should be quite a contest.

Zubin Mehta conducting the AWO

Other contenders include Lior and the Sydney Symphony Orchestra and Nigel Westlake with  Compassion ; and Melbourne Symphony Orchestra, collaborating with  Andrew Macleod, Benjamin Northey and Markus Stenz on Adès Polarisand Paul Stanhope’s Piccolo Concerto....