Monday, February 9, 2009

Classical Grammy Awards

A rundown of the Grammy Awards in non-technical classical categories:

Multiple winners included the DVD of the Los Angles Opera production of Kurt Weill’s "The Rise and Fall of the City of Mahagonny" (Euro-Arts), conducted by James Conlon, which won in both the Best Classical Album and Best Opera Recording categories, and John Corigliano’s "Mr. Tambourine Man: Seven Poems of Bob Dylan" (Naxos), recorded by soprano Hila Plitmann and the Buffalo Philharmonic, JoAnn Falletta conducting, which won both Best Classical Vocal Performance and Best Classical Contemporary Composition.

Best Orchestral Performance went to a disc of Shostakovich’s Fourth Symphony (CSO Resound) by the Chicago Symphony, Bernard Haitink conducting. The recording of Stravinsky’s "Symphony of Psalms" (EMI Classics) by Simon Rattle, the Berlin Philharmonic and Berlin Radio Choir, won Best Choral Performance.

Violinist Hilary Hahn won in the Best Instrumental Soloist Performance with Orchestra category for her disc of the Schoenberg and Sibelius concertos (Deutsche Grammophon) with Esa-Pekka Salonen and the Swedish Radio Symphony. Gloria Cheng’s recording of piano works by Salonen, Lutoslawski and Steven Stucky (Telarc) won Best Instrumental Soloist Performance without Orchestra.

The Pacifica Quartet’s disc of Elliott Carter’s quartets Nos. 1 and 5 (Naxos) won in the Best Chamber Music Performance category. "Spotless Rose: Hymns to the Virgin Mary" (Chandos), a disc by the Phoenix Chorale, Charles Bruffy directing, won Best Small Ensemble Performance.

Best Classical Crossover Album went to the King’s Singers for "Simple Gifts" (Signum).