Monday, February 13, 2017

The Classical Music Grammy Winners for 2017

A big night for Adele at the Grammys last night on TV but a small night, as usual, for Classical Music.

What with everything going on these past few weeks, I forgot the Grammys were on TV. No, actually, I was watching something more interesting to me, but I have to admit I forgot to check their website to see if they announced the Classical winners. In past years, they were so inconsequential, they'd post them at 5pm the day of the awards broadcast.

A big night for Michael Daughterty and the folks at Naxos, none the less, though I admit disappointment (as one does with all award shows) for one's own favorites. Nonetheless, here they are, the WINNERS of the GRAMMY AWARDS for CLASSICAL MUSIC, all the waaaay down the bottom of the list with categories #71 through #82 out of a total of 84.

(For the complete list of recordings nominated in these categories, please check this earlier blog-post.)

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75.Best Orchestral Performance

Shostakovich: Under Stalin's Shadow - Symphonies Nos. 5, 8 & 9
Andris Nelsons, conductor (Boston Symphony Orchestra); Label: Deutsche Grammophon

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76.Best Opera Recording

Corigliano: The Ghosts Of Versailles
James Conlon, conductor; Joshua Guerrero, Christopher Maltman, Lucas Meachem, Patricia Racette, Lucy Schaufer & Guanqun Yu; Blanton Alspaugh, producer (LA Opera Orchestra; LA Opera Chorus); Label: Pentatone Music

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77.Best Choral Performance

Penderecki Conducts Penderecki, Volume 1
Krzysztof Penderecki, conductor; Henryk Wojnarowski, choir director (Nikolay Didenko, Agnieszka Rehlis & Johanna Rusanen; Warsaw Philharmonic Orchestra; Warsaw Philharmonic Choir); Label: Warner Classics

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 78.Best Chamber Music/Small Ensemble Performance

Steve Reich
Third Coast Percussion; Label: Cedille Records

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79.Best Classical Instrumental Solo

Daugherty: Tales Of Hemingway
Zuill Bailey; Giancarlo Guerrero, conductor (Nashville Symphony)
Track from: Daugherty: Tales Of Hemingway; American Gothic; Once Upon A Castle; Label: Naxos

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80.Best Classical Solo Vocal Album


Schumann & Berg
Dorothea Röschmann; Mitsuko Uchida, accompanist [sic]; Label: Decca

Shakespeare Songs
Ian Bostridge; Antonio Pappano, accompanist [sic] (Michael Collins, Elizabeth Kenny, Lawrence Power & Adam Walker); Label: Warner Classics

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81.Best Classical Compendium
Daugherty: Tales Of Hemingway; American Gothic; Once Upon A Castle
Giancarlo Guerrero, conductor; Tim Handley, producer; Label: Naxos

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82.Best Contemporary Classical Composition

Daugherty: Tales Of Hemingway
Michael Daugherty, composer (Zuill Bailey, Giancarlo Guerrero & Nashville Symphony); Track from: Daugherty: Tales Of Hemingway; American Gothic; Once Upon A Castle; Label: Naxos

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73.Best Engineered Album, Classical

Corigliano: The Ghosts Of Versailles
Mark Donahue & Fred Vogler, engineers (James Conlon, Guanqun Yu, Joshua Guerrero, Patricia Racette, Christopher Maltman, Lucy Schaufer, Lucas Meachem, LA Opera Chorus & Orchestra); Label: Pentatone Music

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74.Producer Of The Year, Classical

David Frost – Bach: The Cello Suites According To Anna Magdalena (Matt Haimovitz) • Bates: Anthology Of Fantastic Zoology (Riccardo Muti & Chicago Symphony Orchestra) • Beethoven: Piano Sonatas, Vol. 5 (Jonathan Biss) • Brahms & Dvořák: Serenades (Boston Symphony Chamber Players) • Fitelberg: Chamber Works (ARC Ensemble) • Ispirare (Melia Watras) • Overtures To Bach (Matt Haimovitz) • Schoenberg: Kol Nidre; Shostakovich: Suite On Verses Of Michelangelo Buonarroti (Ildar Abdrazakov, Alberto Mizrahi, Riccardo Muti, Duain Wolfe, Chicago Symphony Orchestra & Chorus) • Shadow Of Sirius (Jerry F. Junkin & The University Of Texas Wind Ensemble)

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Congratulations to everyone who won and to all who'd been nominated!

- Dick Strawser