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Classical music news: Here are 52nd Grammy Award nominations for classical music.

December 7, 2009
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By Jacob Stockinger

Here is a list (notice how low the prioritizing of the categories are) of classical music for the 52nd annual Grammy Awards.

The prizes will be awarded live on TV from Los Angeles on Sunday, Jan. 31, on CBS from 7 to 10:30 p.m. (Central Standard Time)

I often find the list a good start to a holiday gift guide for classical music fans.

It’s also fun to try and guess what the academy will do and which nominee will win. Much of the win is merit, but much is also insider industry politics at the academy.

For more information, here is a link to the official Grammy web site form which this list comes (you can see all the nominations in all categories there):

http://www.grammy.com/Recording_Academy/News/Default.aspx?newsID=3650

So leave a comment about the overall quality of the nominees and what you think of the lists well as your picks for the winners (my picks are followed by an asterisk):

Best Engineered Album, Classical (An Engineer’s Award. (Artist names appear in parentheses.))

  • Britten: Billy Budd Neil Hutchinson & Jonathan Stokes, engineers (Daniel Harding, Nathan Gunn, Ian Bostridge, Gidon Saks, Neal Davies, Jonathan Lemalu, Matthew Rose, London Symphony Chorus & London Symphony Orchestra) [Virgin Classics]
  • Mahler: Symphony No. 8; Adagio From Symphony No. 10 Peter Laenger, engineer (Michael Tilson Thomas & San Francisco Symphony) [SFS Media] 
*
  • QSF Plays Brubeck Judy Kirschner, engineer (Quartet San Francisco) [Violinjazz Recordings]
  • Ravel: Daphnis Et Chloé Jesse Lewis & John Newton, engineers (James Levine, Tanglewood Festival Chorus & Boston Symphony Orchestra) [BSO Classics]
  • Shostakovich: Symphonies Nos. 1 & 15 John Newton & Dirk Sobotka, engineers (Valery Gergiev & Orchestra Of The Mariinsky Theatre) [Mariinsky]

Category 96

Producer Of The Year, Classical (A Producer’s Award. (Artist names appear in parentheses.))

  • Blanton Alspaugh
    • Carlson, David: Anna Karenina (Stewart Robertson, Christine Abraham, Sarah Colburn, Robert Gierlach, Christian Van Horn, Kelly Kaduce, Opera Theatre Of Saint Louis & Saint Louis Symphony Orchestra)
    • Menotti: Amahl And The Night Visitors; My Christmas (Alastair Willis, Ike Hawkersmith, Kirsten Gunlogson, Dean Anthony, Todd Thomas, Kevin Short, Bart LeFan, Chicago Symphony Chorus, Nashville Symphony Chorus & Nashville Symphony Orchestra)
    • Ravel: L’Enfant Et Les Sortilèges (Alastair Willis, Julie Boulianne, Chicago Symphony Chorus, Chattanooga Boys Choir, Nashville Symphony Chorus & Nashville Symphony Orchestra)
    • Schubert: Death And The Maiden (JoAnn Falletta & Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra)
    • Sierra, Roberto: Missa Latina ‘Pro Pace’ (Andreas Delfs, Nathaniel Webster, Heidi Grant Murphy, Milwaukee Symphony Chorus & Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra)
  • Steven Epstein *

    • Adams: Doctor Atomic Symphony (David Robertson & Saint Louis Symphony Orchestra)
    • Bernstein: Mass (Marin Alsop, Jubilant Sykes, Asher Edward Wulfman, Morgan State University Choir, Peabody Children’s Chorus & Baltimore Symphony Orchestra)
    • Corigliano: A Dylan Thomas Trilogy (Leonard Slatkin, George Mabry, Sir Thomas Allen, Nashville Symphony Chorus & Nashville Symphony Orchestra)
    • Fauré: Piano Quintets (Fine Arts Quartet & Cristina Oritz)
    • Yo-Yo Ma & Friends: Songs Of Joy And Peace (Yo-Yo Ma & Various Artists)
  • John Fraser
    • Britten: Billy Budd (Daniel Harding, Nathan Gunn, Ian Bostridge, Gidon Saks, Neal Davies, Jonathan Lemalu, Matthew Rose, London Symphony Chorus & London Symphony Orchestra)
    • Midsummer Night (Kate Royal, Edward Gardner, Crouch End Festival Chorus & Orchestra Of English National Opera)
    • Schubert: Schwanengesang (Ian Bostridge & Antonio Pappano)
    • Shadows Of Silence (Leif Ove Andsnes, Franz Welzer-Möst & Sinfonieorchester Des Bayerischen Rundfunks)
  • David Frost
    • An American Journey (Eroica Trio)
    • Journey To The New World (Sharon Isbin, Mark O’Connor & Joan Baez)
    • Korngold: Violin Concerto; Schauspiel Overture; Much Ado About Nothing (Philippe Quint, Carlos Miguel Prieto & Orquesta Sinfonica de Mineria)
    • Mozart: Piano Concertos 21 & 22 (Jonathan Biss & Orpheus Chamber Orchestra)
    • O’Connor, Mark: String Quartets Nos. 2 & 3 (Ida Kavafian, Mark O’Connor, Paul Neubauer & Matt Haimovitz)
  • James Mallinson
    • MacMillan, James: St. John Passion (Sir Colin Davis, Christopher Maltman, London Symphony Chorus & London Symphony Orchestra)
    • Mahler: Symphony No. 8 (Valery Gergiev, Choir Of Eltham College, Choral Arts Society Of Washington, London Symphony Chorus & London Symphony Orchestra)
    • Shostakovich: Symphonies Nos. 1 & 15 (Valery Gergiev & Orchestra Of The Mariinsky Theatre)
    • Shostakovich: The Nose (Valery Gergiev, Andrei Popov, Sergei Semishkur, Vladislav Sulimsky, Chorus Of The Mariinsky Theatre & Orchestra Of The Mariinsky Theatre)

Field 28 — Classical

Category 97

Best Classical Album (Award to the Artist(s) and to the Album Producer(s) if other than the Artist.)

  • Bernstein: Mass Marin Alsop, conductor; Jubilant Sykes; Steven Epstein, producer; Richard King, engineer/mixer (Asher Edward Wulfman; Baltimore Symphony Orchestra; Morgan State University Choir & Peabody Children’s Chorus) [Naxos]
  • Mahler: Symphony No. 8; Adagio From Symphony No. 10 Michael Tilson Thomas, conductor; Ragnar Bohlin, Kevin Fox & Susan McMane, choir directors; Andreas Neubronner, producer; Peter Laenger, engineer/mixer; Andreas Neubronner, mastering engineer (Laura Claycomb, Anthony Dean Griffey, Katarina Karnéus, Quinn Kelsey, James Morris, Yvonne Naef, Elza van den Heever & Erin Wall; San Francisco Symphony; Pacific Boychoir, San Francisco Girls Chorus & San Francisco Symphony Chorus) [SFS Media] 
*
  • Ravel: Daphnis Et Chloé James Levine, conductor; Elizabeth Ostrow, producer; Jesse Lewis & John Newton, engineers/mixers; Mark Donahue, mastering engineer (Boston Symphony Orchestra; Tanglewood Festival Chorus) [BSO Classics]
  • Ravel: L’Enfant Et Les Sortilèges Alastair Willis, conductor; Julie Boulianne; Blanton Alspaugh, producer; Mark Donahue & John Hill, engineers/mixers (Nashville Symphony Orchestra; Chattanooga Boys Choir, Chicago Symphony Chorus & Nashville Symphony Chorus) [Naxos]
  • Shostakovich: The Nose Valery Gergiev, conductor; Andrei Popov, Sergei Semishkur & Vladislav Sulimsky; James Mallinson, producer; John Newton & Dirk Sobotka, engineers/mixers; Mark Donahue, mastering engineer (Orchestra Of The Mariinsky Theatre; Chorus Of The Mariinsky Theatre) [Mariinsky]

Category 98

Best Orchestral Performance (Award to the Conductor and to the Orchestra.)

  • Berlioz: Symphonie Fantastique Simon Rattle, conductor (Susan Graham; Berliner Philharmoniker) [EMI Classics] 
*
  • Bruckner: Symphony No. 5 Benjamin Zander, conductor (Philharmonia Orchestra) [Telarc]
  • Ravel: Daphnis Et Chloé James Levine, conductor (Boston Symphony Orchestra; Tanglewood Festival Chorus) [BSO Classics]
  • Shostakovich: Symphonies Nos. 1 & 15 Valery Gergiev, conductor (Orchestra Of The Mariinsky Theatre) [Mariinsky]
  • Szymanowski: Symphonies Nos. 1 & 4 Antoni Wit, conductor (Jan Krzysztof Broja, Ewa Marczyk & Marek Marczyk; Warsaw Philharmonic Orchestra) [Naxos]

Category 99

Best Opera Recording (Award to the Conductor, Album Producer(s) and Principal Soloists.)

  • Britten: Billy Budd Daniel Harding, conductor; Ian Bostridge, Neal Davies, Nathan Gunn, Jonathan Lemalu, Matthew Rose & Gidon Saks; John Fraser, producer (London Symphony Orchestra; Gentlemen Of The London Symphony Chorus) [Virgin Classics] *
  • Messiaen: Saint François D’Assise Ingo Metzmacher, conductor; Armand Arapian, Hubert Delamboye, Rod Gilfry, Henk Neven, Tom Randle & Camilla Tilling; Karin Elzendoorn, producer (The Hague Philharmonic; Chorus Of De Nederlandse Opera) [Opus Arte]
  • Musto, John: Volpone Sara Jobin, conductor; Lisa Hopkins, Joshua Jeremiah, Museop Kim, Jeremy Little, Rodell Rosel & Faith Sherman; Blanton Alspaugh, producer (Wolf Trap Opera Company) [Wolf Trap Recordings]
  • Shostakovich: The Nose Valery Gergiev, conductor; Andrei Popov, Sergei Semishkur & Vladislav Sulimsky; James Mallinson, producer (Orchestra Of The Mariinsky Theatre; Chorus Of The Mariinsky Theatre) [Mariinsky]
  • Tan Dun: Marco Polo Tan Dun, conductor; Stephen Bryant, Sarah Castle, Zhang Jun, Nancy Allen Lundy, Stephen Richardson & Charles Workman; Ferenc van Damme, producer (Netherlands Chamber Orchestra; Cappella Amsterdam) [Opus Arte]

Category 100

Best Choral Performance (Award to the Choral Conductor, and to the Orchestra Conductor if an Orchestra is on the recording, and to the Choral Director or Chorus Master if applicable.)

  • Handel: Coronation Anthems Harry Christophers, conductor (Alastair Ross; The Sixteen Orchestra; The Sixteen) [CORO]
  • Mahler: Symphony No. 8; Adagio From Symphony No. 10 Michael Tilson Thomas, conductor; Ragnar Bohlin, Kevin Fox & Susan McMane, choir directors (Laura Claycomb, Anthony Dean Griffey, Elza van den Heever, Katarina Karnéus, Quinn Kelsey, James Morris, Yvonne Naef & Erin Wall; San Francisco Symphony; Pacific Boychoir, San Francisco Symphony Chorus & San Francisco Girls Chorus) [SFS Media]
  • Penderecki: Utrenja Antoni Wit, conductor (Gennady Bezzubenkov, Iwona Hossa, Piotr Kusiewicz, Piotr Nowacki & Agnieszka Rehlis; Warsaw Philharmonic Orchestra; Warsaw Boys’ Choir & Warsaw Philharmonic Choir) [Naxos]
  • Song Of The Stars: Granados, Casals & Blancafort Dennis Keene, conductor (Erica Kiesewetter; Mark Kruczek & Douglas Riva; Voices Of Ascension) [Naxos]
  • A Spotless Rose Paul McCreesh, conductor (The Gabrieli Consort) [Deutsche Grammophon] 
*

Category 101

Best Instrumental Soloist(s) Performance (with Orchestra) (Award to the Instrumental Soloist(s) and to the Conductor.)

  • Bartók: 3 Concertos Pierre Boulez, conductor (Pierre-Laurent Aimard, Yuri Bashmet, Gidon Kremer, Neil Percy, Tamara Stefanovich & Nigel Thomas; Berliner Philharmoniker & London Symphony Orchestra) [Deutsche Grammophon] *
  • Bermel, Derek: Voices For Solo Clarinet And Orchestra Gil Rose, conductor; Derek Bermel (Boston Modern Orchestra Project) Track from: Bermel, Derek: Voices
[BMOP/Sound]
  • Korngold: Violin Concerto In D Major, Op. 35 Carlos Miguel Prieto, conductor; Philippe Quint (Orquesta Sinfónica de Mineria) Track from: Korngold Violin Concerto; Schauspiel Overture; Much Ado About Nothing
[Naxos]
  • Prokofiev: Piano Concertos Nos. 2 & 3 Vladimir Ashkenazy, conductor; Evgeny Kissin (Philharmonia Orchestra) [EMI Classics]
  • Salonen, Esa-Pekka: Piano Concerto Esa-Pekka Salonen, conductor; Yefim Bronfman (Los Angeles Philharmonic) Track from: Salonen 
[Deutsche Grammophon]

Category 102

Best Instrumental Soloist Performance (without Orchestra) (Award to the Instrumental Soloist.)

  • Caroline Goulding Caroline Goulding (Christopher O’Riley & Janine Randall) [Telarc]
  • Chopin Maria João Pires [Deutsche Grammophon]
  • Journey To The New World Sharon Isbin (Joan Baez & Mark O’Connor) [Sony Classical] 
*
  • Oppens Plays Carter Ursula Oppens [Cedille Records]
  • Sonatas & Etudes Yuja Wang [Deutsche Grammophon]

Category 103

Best Chamber Music Performance (Award to the Artists.)

  • Ginastera: String Quartets (Complete) Enso Quartet (Lucy Shelton) [Naxos]
  • The Hungarian Album Guarneri Quartet [RCA Red Seal]
  • Intimate Letters Emerson String Quartet [Deutsche Grammophon] *
  • Schumann/Bartók: The Berlin Recital Martha Argerich & Gidon Kremer [EMI Classics]
  • Takemitsu, Toru: And Then I Knew ‘Twas Wind Yolanda Kondonassis, Cynthia Phelps & Joshua Smith Track from: Debussy & Takemitsu: Air: Music For Harp, Flute & Strings
[TELARC]

Category 104

Best Small Ensemble Performance (Award to the Ensemble (and to the Conductor.))

  • Bach: Orchestral Suites For A Young Prince Monica Huggett, conductor; Gonzalo X. Ruiz; Ensemble Sonnerie [Avie Records]
  • Josquin: Missa Malheur Me Bat Peter Phillips, conductor; Tallis Scholars [Gimell]
  • Lang, David: The Little Match Girl Passion Paul Hillier, conductor; Ars Nova Copenhagen & Theatre Of Voices [Harmonia Mundi]
  • Song Of Songs Stile Antico (Alison Hill & Benedict Hymas) [harmonia mundi] 
*
  • Vivaldi: Concertos Daniel Hope & Anne Sofie von Otter; Chamber Orchestra Of Europe (Kristian Bezuidenhout) [Deutsche Grammophon]

Category 105

Best Classical Vocal Performance (Award to the Vocal Soloist(s).

  • Bach Anne Sofie von Otter (Lars Ulrik Mortensen; Anders J. Dahlin, Jakob Bloch Jespersen, Tomas Medici & Karin Roman; Concerto Copenhagen) [Deutsche Grammophon]
  • Bel Canto Spectacular Juan Diego Flórez (Daniel Oren; Daniella Barcellona, Patrizia Ciofi, Plácido Domingo, Mariusz Kwiecien, Anna Netrebko & Fernando Piqueras; Orquestra De La Comunitat Valenciana; Cor De La Generalitat Valenciana) [Decca]
  • Recital At Ravinia Lorraine Hunt Lieberson (Drew Minter; Peter Serkin) [Harmonia Mundi]
  • Un Frisson Français Susan Graham (Malcom Martineau) [Onyx Classics]
  • Verismo Arias Renée Fleming (Marco Armiliato; Jonas Kaufmann; Orchestra Sinfonica Di Milano Giuseppi Verdi; Coro Sinfonica Di Milano Giuseppi Verdi) [Decca] *

Category 106

Best Classical Contemporary Composition (A Composer’s Award. (For a contemporary classical composition composed within the last 25 years, and released for the first time during the Eligibility Year.) Award to the librettist, if applicable.)

  • Crumb, George: The Winds Of Destiny George Crumb (James Freeman) Track from: Crumb: American Songbooks 2 & 4
[Bridge Records]
  • Higdon, Jennifer: Percussion Concerto Jennifer Higdon (Marin Alsop) Track from: Alsop Conducts MacMillan, Adès, & Higdon
[London Philharmonic Orchestra]
  • Pärt, Arvo: In Principio Arvo Pärt (Tõnu Kaljuste) Track from: Pärt, Arvo: In Principio
[ECM New Series] *
  • Sierra, Roberto: Missa Latina ‘Pro Pace’ Roberto Sierra (Andreas Delfs) [Naxos]
  • Wyner, Yehudi: Piano Concerto “Chiavi In Mano” Yehudi Wyner (Robert Spano) Track from: Wyner, Yehudi: Orchestral Works
[Bridge Records]

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