The Well-Tempered Ear

Classical music news: Here are the classical music Grammy winners for 2010

February 2, 2010
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By Jacob Stockinger

If you heard the Emerson String Quartet perform Ives, Dvorak and Beethoven at the Wisconsin Union Theater a week ago Friday night, you heard a winner!

Sunday night, the Emerson took home the 2010 Grammy for Best Classical Chamber Music.

It was for their album “Intimate Letters” (Deutsche Grammophon), a follow-up to “Intimate Voices” CD of Grieg, Nielsen and Sibelius (which also won a Grammy). The “Intimate Letters” CD features the two string quartet of Leos Janacek and the Three Madrigals for Violin and Viola  of Bohuslav Martinu.

Below is a complete list of this year’s classical Grammy winners, which never get the publicity of the more popular categories like pop, rock, R&B, country and so forth.

The Ear is also pretty proud of how accurately he predicted the Grammy winners back on Dec. 7. You can check the list of nominees by putting the date or the term “Grammy” in blog’s search engine. But in the list below I have also put an asterisk by each category I was right about.

Maybe that will help my credibility and bring in some more readers to “The Well-Tempered Ear.”

Both the nominees and the winners offer good additions to your CD library.

Happy listening.

And let me know what you think of this year’s Grammy winners.

The Ear wants to hear.


*Engineered Album, Classical: Mahler: Symphony No. 8; Adagio From Symphony No. 10, Michael Tilson Thomas and San Francisco Symphony

*Producer of the Year, Classical: Steven Epstein

*Classical Album: Mahler: Symphony No. 8; Adagio From Symphony No. 10

Orchestral Performance: Boston Symphony Orchestra; Tanglewood Festival Chorus, Ravel: Daphnis et Chloé

*Opera Recording: Britten: Billy Budd, London Symphony Orchestra; Gentlemen of the London Symphony Chorus

Choral Performance: Mahler: Symphony No. 8; Adagio From Symphony No. 10, Laura Claycomb, Anthony Dean Griffey, Elza van den Heever, Katarina Karnéus, Quinn Kelsey, James Morris, Yvonne Naef and Erin Wall; San Francisco Symphony; Pacific Boychoir, San Francisco Symphony Chorus and San Francisco Girls Chorus

Instrumental Soloist(s) Performance (With Orchestra): Prokofiev: Piano Concertos Nos. 2 & 3, Philharmonia Orchestra

*Instrumental Soloist Performance (Without Orchestra): Journey to the New World, Sharon Isbin

*Chamber Music Performance: Intimate Letters, Emerson String Quartet

Small Ensemble Performance: Lang, David: The Little Match Girl Passion, Ars Nova Copenhagen & Theatre of Voices

*Classical Vocal Performance: Renée Fleming, Verismo Arias

Classical Contemporary Composition: Higdon, Jennifer: Percussion Concerto, Jennifer Higdon

*Classical Crossover Album: Yo-Yo Ma & Friends: Songs of Joy and Peace, Yo-Yo Ma

Surround Sound Album: Transmigration, Robert Spano, Atlanta Symphony Orchestra & Choruses

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