Tuesday, February 16, 2016

eighth blackbird wins fourth Grammy

eighth blackbird, the new-music sextet in residence at the University of Richmond, has won its fourth Grammy Award for “Filament,” a collection of works by Bryce Dessner, Philip Glass, Nico Muhly and Son Lux.

The disc, on the Cedille label, won in the Chamber Music/Small Ensemble Performance category.

Other major classical 2016 Grammy awards:

* Orchestral Performance: Shostakovich: Symphony No. 10 (“Under Stalin’s Shadow”) – Boston Symphony Orchestra/Andris Nelsons (Deutsche Grammophon).

* Opera Recording: Ravel: “L’Enfant et les Sortilèges;” “Schéhérazade” – Saito Kinen Orchrstra, et al./Seiji Ozawa (Decca).

* Choral Performance: Rachmaninoff: “All Night Vigil” – Kansas City Chorale, et al./Charles Bruffy (Chandos).

* Classical Instrumental Solo: Dutilleux: Violin Concerto (“L’Arbre des Songes”) – Augustin Hadelich, violin; Seattle Symphony/Ludovic Morlot (Seattle Symphony Media).

* Classical Solo Vocal Album: “Joyce and Tony – Live from Wigmore Hall” – Joyce DiDonato, mezzo-soprano; Antonio Pappano, piano (Warner Classics).

* Contemporary Classical Composition: Stephen Paulus: “Prayers and Remembrances” – True Concord Voices & Orchestra/Eric Holtan (Reference Recordings).