The Well-Tempered Ear

Here are the classical music Grammy nominees for 2010. Use them as a gift guide. Part 1 of 2

December 9, 2010
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By Jacob Stockinger

Well, the list is long, but here are the newly released names and titles of the classical music nominees for the 2010 Grammy Awards, the 53rd annual ones, which will be given out on Feb. 13, 2011 at the Staples Center in Los Angeles. The event will be broadcast live at 7 p.m. CST on CBS.

The nominees make for interesting reading by themselves. But at this time of the year, they can also serve a gift-giving guide.

The Ear sees several trends or at least important features.

There seems to be a lot of relatively unknown names, both of performers and composers.

Modern and contemporary works, and not just the traditional favorites, are present in abundance.

And many smaller labels, including private labels of symphonies and the like, are represented.

For more information about the Grammys, go to:

95. Best Engineered Album, Classical

An Engineer’s Award. (Artist names appear in parentheses.)

Daugherty: Metropolis Symphony; Deus Ex Machina, Mark Donahue, John Hill and Dirk Sobotka, engineers (Giancarlo Guerrero andNashville Symphony Orchestra) [Naxos]

Have You Ever Been…? Robert Friedrich, engineer (Turtle Island Quartet, Stefon Harris and Mike Marshall) [Telarc]

Mackey, Steven: Dreamhouse, David Frost, Tom Lazarus, Steven Mackey & Dirk Sobotka, engineers (Gil Rose, Rinde Eckert, Catch Electric Guitar Quartet, Synergy Vocals & Boston Modern Orchestra Project) [BMOP/sound]

Porter, Quincy: Complete Viola Works, Leslie Ann Jones, Kory Kruckenberg and David Sabee, engineers (Eliesha Nelson and John McLaughlin Williams) [Dorian Sono Luminus]

Vocabularies, Steve Miller, Allen Sides and Roger Treece, engineers (Bobby McFerrin), [Emarcy]

96. Producer Of The Year, Classical

A Producer’s Award. (Artist names appear in parentheses.)

Blanton Alspaugh

  • Corigliano: Violin Concerto ‘The Red Violin’ (Michael Ludwig, JoAnn Falletta and Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra)
  • Daugherty: Metropolis Symphony; Deus Ex Machina (Giancarlo Guerrero and Nashville Symphony)
  • Rachmaninov: Symphony No. 2 (Leonard Slatkin & Detroit Symphony Orchestra)
  • Tower Of The Eight Winds – Music For Violin and Piano By Judith Shatin (Borup-Ernst Duo)
  • Tyberg: Symphony No. 3; Piano Trio (JoAnn Falletta and Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra)
  • Wind Serenades (Gregory Wolynec and Gateway Chamber Ensemble)

David Frost

  • Britten’s Orchestra (Michael Stern and Kansas City Symphony)
  • Chambers, Evan: The Old Burying Ground (Kenneth Kiesler and The University Of Michigan Symphony Orchestra)
  • Dorman, Avner: Concertos For Mandolin, Piccolo, Piano And Concerto Grosso (Andrew Cyr, Eliran Avni, Mindy Kaufman, Avi Avital and Metropolis Ensemble)
  • The 5 Browns In Hollywood (5 Browns)
  • Mackey, Steven: Dreamhouse (Gil Rose, Rinde Eckert, Catch Electric Guitar Quartet, Synergy Vocals and Boston Modern Orchestra Project)
  • Meeting Of The Spirits (Matt Haimovitz)
  • Two Roads To Exile (ARC Ensemble)

Tim Handley

  • Adams: Nixon In China (Marin Alsop, Tracy Dahl, Marc Heller, Thomas Hammons, Maria Kanyova, Robert Orth, Chen-Ye Yan, Opera Colorado Chorus and Colorado Symphony Orchestra)
  • Debussy: Le Martyre De Saint Sébastien (Jun Märkl and Orchestre National De Lyon)
  • Dohnányi: Variations On A Nursery Song (JoAnn Falletta, Eldar Nebolsin and Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra)
  • Harris: Symphonies Nos. 5 and 6 (Marin Alsop and Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra)
  • Hubay: Violin Concertos Nos. 1 And 2 (Chloë Hanslip, Andrew Mogrelia and Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra)
  • Messiaen: Poèmes Pour Mi (Anne Schwanewilms, Jun Märkl and Orchestre National De Lyon)
  • Piazzolla: Sinfonía Buenos Aires (Daniel Binelli, Tianwa Yang, Giancarlo Guerro and Nashville Symphony Orchestra)
  • Ries: Works For Flute And Piano (Uwe Grodd and Matteo Napoli)
  • Roussel: Symphony No. 1 (Stéphane Denève and Royal Scottish National Orchestra)
  • Shchedrin: Concertos For Orchestra Nos. 4 & 5 (Kirill Karabits and Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra)
  • Stamitz: Flute Concertos (Robert Aitken, Donatas Katkus and St. Christopher Chamber Orchestra)
  • Strauss, R: Josephs-Legende; Rosenkavalier; Die Frau Ohne Schatten (Orchestral Suites) (JoAnn Falletta & Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra) Marina A. Ledin, Victor Ledin
  • Brubeck: Songs Of Praise (Lynne Morrow, Richard Grant, Quartet San Francisco & The Pacific Mozart Ensemble)
  • Cascade Of Roses (Janice Weber)
  • Gnattali: Solo and Chamber Works For Guitar (Marc Regnier)
  • If I Were A Bird (Michael Lewin)
  • Kletzki: Piano Concerto (Joseph Banowetz, Thomas Sanderling and Russian Philharmonic Orchestra)
  • Porter, Quincy: Complete Viola Works (Eliesha Nelson and John McLaughlin Williams)
  • Rubinstein: Piano Music (1852-1894) (Joseph Banowetz)
  • Rubinstein: Piano Music (1871-1890) (Joseph Banowetz)
  • 20th Century Harp Sonatas (Sarah Schuster Ericsson)

James Mallinson

  • Mahler: Symphony No. 2 (Bernard Haitink, Duain Wolfe, Miah Persson, Christianne Stotijn, Chicago Symphony Chorus &Chicago Symphony Orchestra)
  • Prokofiev: Romeo And Juliet (Valery Gergiev & London Symphony Orchestra)
  • Shchedrin: The Enchanted Wanderer (Valery Gergiev, Evgeny Akimov, Sergei Aleksashkin, Kristina Kapustinskaya, Mariinsky Chorus & Mariinsky Orchestra)
  • Strauss, R: Ein Heldenleben; Webern: Im Sommerwind (Bernard Haitink & Chicago Symphony Orchestra)
  • Strauss, R: Eine Alpensinfonie (Bernard Haitink & London Symphony Orchestra)
  • Tchaikovsky: Rococo Variations; Prokofiev: Sinfonia Concertante (Gautier Capuçon, Valery Gergiev & Orchestra Of The Mariinsky Theatre)
  • Wagner: Parsifal (Valery Gergiev, Gary Lehman, Violeta Urmana, René Pape, Evgeny Nikitin, Alexei Tanovitski, Nikolai Putilin, Mariinsky Chorus & Mariinsky Orchestra)

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