Monday, February 1, 2010
Classical Grammy Awards, 2009
Best Classical Album; Best Choral Performance; Best Engineered Album: "Gustav Mahler: Symphony No. 8" - San Francisco Symphony; Michael Tilson Thomas, cond. (SFS) The big winner last night, took all three of these awards. On the Orchestra's own label; our service from them is spotty and we do not have this in our collection, but we have two of their Mahler recordings.
Best Classical Vocal Performance: "Verismo: Arias" - Renee Fleming, soprano; Giuseppe Verdi Symphony Orchestra of Milan; Marco Armiliato, cond. (Decca) Renee Fleming is always popular with our listeners, and this disc was no exception.
Best Orchestral Performance: "Ravel: Daphnis et Chloe" - Boston Symphony Orchestra; Tanglewood Festival Chorus; James Levine, cond. (BSO) - one of two CD releases from the Boston Symphony's own label, and a fine recording, too.
Best Opera Recording: "Benjamin Britten: Billy Budd" - Soloists; London Symphony Orchestra and Chorus; Daniel Harding, cond. (Virgin Classics)
Producer of the Year, Classical: Steven Epstein, for these three recordings:
"John Adams: Doctor Atomic" - St Louis Symphony Orchestra; David Robinson, cond. (Nonesuch)
"Bernstein: Mass" - Baltimore Symphony Orchestra; Marin Alsop, cond. (Naxos)
"John Corigliano: A Dylan Thomas Trilogy" - Thomas Allen, baritone; Nashville Symphony; Leonard Slatkin, cond. (Naxos)
Best Classical Contemporary Composition: Jennifer Higdon: Percussion Concerto - London Philharmonic Orchestra; Marin Alsop, cond. (LPO)
Best Instrumental Soloist: Sharon Isbin: "Journey to the New World" (Sony Classical)
Best Chamber Music Performance: Emerson String Quartet: "Intimate Letters: Music of Janacek and Martinu" (DG)
Best Performance, Soloist with Orchestra: Evgeny Kissin, piano; Philharmonia Orchestra; Vladimir Ashkenazy, cond. "Prokofiev: Piano Concertos 2 & 3" (EMI Classics)
Best Classical Crossover Album: Yo-Yo Ma and Friends: "Songs of Joy and Peace" (Sony Classical)
Best Small Ensemble Performance: David Lang: "The Little Match Girl Passion" - Ars Nova Copenhagen; Theatre of Voices; Paul Hillier, cond. (harmonia mundi usa)
Congratulations to all winners and nominees!
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