Composition by Great Garbo nominated for international award

"La Célébration," composed by Great Garbo for the "Krug x Music" event series, has been nominated for the prestigious 2023 Music + Sound Awards.

The two categories for which the symphonic work is nominated are: Best Original Composition in Branding and Best Artist + Brand Collaboration. In addition to the Baldenweg trio and their production company Great Garbo, the six finalists include renowned brands such as FC Liverpool, Mastercard and Deutsche Telekom, as well as artists such as Domino Saints and Robbie Williams.

Firmly convinced that music, as an intuitive universal language, can trigger new sensations and intensify the taste experience of champagne, Krug created the "Krug x Music" event series, for which Maison Krug partnered with Diego Baldenweg, Nora Baldenweg, and Lionel Baldenweg in 2023. The trio composed a symphonic piece of music and associated with it a unique tasting experience for the new Grande Cuvée 171ème Edition. The composition was recorded with the renowned symphonic orchestra Musikkollegium Winterthur conducted by Roberto González-Monjas.

The Baldenwegs.

The London-based Music + Sound Awards is the world's first and only global awards ceremony that recognizes and celebrates the indispensable role and outstanding contribution of music and sound design in film, television, advertising, branding and games. The annual international awards ceremony recognizes the creative achievements of composers, music supervisors, sound designers and other professionals involved in the production of audiovisual content. The program typically includes several categories, including Best Original Composition, Best Sound Design and awards for specific genres or industries. The 2023 winners will be announced on October 12, and will then be announced on published.

"The collaboration with Maison Krug was an inspiring journey for us. Composing and recording 'La Célébration' with the great Musikkollegium Winterthur was a unique creative experience. The nominations for the 2023 Music + Sound Awards reinforce our belief that our music aptly captures the emotion and spirit of Krug Grande Cuvée 171ème Edition," say Diego Baldenweg, Nora Baldenweg and Lionel Baldenweg.

"The creation of 'La Célébration' was a harmonious fusion of creativity and expertise," summarizes Julie Cavil, cellar master at Maison Krug.

Diego Baldenweg with Nora Baldenweg & Lionel Baldenweg are a multi-award winning international composing team. In 2004, the Swiss/Australian siblings founded the music production company Great Garbo and have since composed custom music for over 350 international advertising campaigns and brands. As film music composers, they have composed the music for more than 20 feature films. These include for the box office hit "Die kleine Hexe" with Karoline Herfurth, for the international remake of Til Schweiger's well-known tragicomedy "Head full of Honey (Honig im Kopf)" with Nick Nolte and for the Oscar-nominated "La Femme et le TGV" with Jane Birkin. They just celebrated the world premiere of their latest work "In the Land of Saints and Sinners" with Liam Neeson at the 80th Venice International Film Festival. In 2010, they won the SUISA Award for Best Film Score at the Locarno International Film Festival. In 2018, they were awarded the prize for "Best Film Score" by the Swiss Film Academy and in 2019, they were nominated for "Score of the Year (Public Choice)" at the World Soundtrack Awards for their music for the historical drama "Zwingli - Der Reformator". The Baldenwegs have been nominated three times for the Australian Academy Award for their music in TV series.

As inspiration for the instrumental work "La Célébration", the Swiss-Australian composer trio Baldenweg visited the Maison Krug in Reims, France, and followed the melody of champagne. This is created when the champagne bottles are turned a few degrees each day. The 7/8 rhythm revealed in this sound served as the basis for the composition. Just as music acquires its melodic expression through the interaction of the individual notes, the Grand Cuvée does so through the harmony of the various wines. Only the perfect interplay of each individual component brings out the character of Krug champagnes and that of any music.

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