Cannes, France -- Quick on the heels of its Grammy Award nomination, Poul Ruders's The Handmaid's Tale has scooped up a prestigious Cannes Classique for best recording of a work by a living composer. Rarely has a contemporary opera attracted as much attention as this work by the Danish composer. In April 2001, BBC music critic Andrew McGregor has written of the "real buzz about it in the press" which he felt fully justified: "the score does a brilliant job of reinforcing the darkness and intensity of this bleak vision of the future. You don't have to imagine the impact it had in the theatre, the recording puts you right there." The libretto, by the acclaimed Canadian author Margaret Atwood, explores a future world of religious extremism.