Gil, Fischer-Dieskau Win Polar Music Prize

Brazilian singer Gilberto Gil and German romance singer Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau are the 2005 winners of the Polar Music Prize for their contributions to music.

Brazilian singer Gilberto Gil and German romance singer Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau are the 2005 winners of the Polar Music Prize for their contributions to music.

Gil, who also is Brazil's culture minister, and Fischer-Dieskau will each receive $137,043. They are expected to travel to Sweden to collect the award on May 23 from King Carl XVI Gustaf.

The award was founded in 1989 by Stig Anderson, manager of Swedish pop group ABBA, through a donation to the Royal Swedish Academy of Music.

The academy cited the 62-year-old Gil for his "unflinching creative engagement in bringing to the world the heart and soul of the rich music of Brazil," and called him a "unique composer powered by immense talent and curiosity. A unique musical ambassador powered by firm cultural conviction."

Fischer-Dieskau, 79, is considered the premiere master of German lieder, or arts song, and his opera singing is regarded as some of the best worldwide. He was cited for "his unique artistry in every area of classical singing and for his unparalleled achievements as a penetrating and innovative interpreter of art songs in the German language."

The prize is typically split between pop artists and classical musicians. Previous winners include Paul McCartney, Isaac Stern, Bruce Springsteen, Pierre Boulez and Quincy Jones.


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