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Monday, February 1, 2010

Classical Grammy Awards, 2009

Finding out who won the Classical Music awards at last night's Grammy Awards requires a little digging these days. But I managed to find it on an internet search, from the LA Times in fact (no luck on NPR, or the Washington Post 'sites.) So, as a service to fellow classical music lovers, here are the winners:

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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