Thursday, February 09, 2006

Full listing of Grammy classical winners - but ....

Many congratulations to Sir Colin Davis, William Bolcom and all the others who won Grammy Awards last night. But shame there was nothing for Ngawang Tashi Bapu's (Lama Tashi) Tibetan Master Chants .

Tremendous achievement for all the winners, but let's put it into perspective. There are actually 108 Grammy categories (of which 13 are classical), and the winner of each gets an award. If you want to print out all the 2006 nominees it takes forty-six sheets of A4 paper. Or as a classical musician once said to me: "There were so many winners even my Grammy got one".


But no party-pooping. Let's hear it for all the classical category winners, here's the complete list:

Best Engineered Album, Classical
(An Engineer's Award. (Artist names appear in parenthesis.))
Mendelssohn: The Complete String Quartets
Da-Hong Seetoo, engineer (Emerson String Quartet)
[Deutsche Grammophon]

Producer Of The Year, Classical
(A Producer's Award. (Artist names appear in parenthesis.))
Tim Handley
• Adams: Shaker Loops (Marin Alsop)
• Bolcom: Songs Of Innocence And Of Experience (Leonard Slatkin, Christine Brewer & Joan Morris)
• Brahms: Sym. No. 1 (Marin Alsop & London Philharmonic Orchestra)
• Daugherty: Philadelphia Stories (Marin Alsop & Evelyn Glennie)
• Glass: Syms. Nos. 2 And 3 (Marin Alsop & Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra)

Best Classical Album
(Award to the Artist(s) and to the Album Producer(s) if other than the Artist.)
Bolcom: Songs Of Innocence And Of Experience
Leonard Slatkin, conductor; Jerry Blackstone, William Hammer, Jason Harris,
Christopher Kiver, Carole Ott & Mary Alice Stollak, choir directors; Tim
Handley, producer (Christine Brewer & Joan Morris; University Of Michigan School Of Music Symphony Orchestra)
[Naxos]

Best Orchestral Performance
(Award to the Conductor and to the Orchestra.)
Shostakovich: Sym. No. 13
Mariss Jansons, conductor (Sergei Aleksashkin; Chor Des Bayerischen Rundfunks;
Symphonieorchester Des Bayerischen Rundfunks)
[EMI Classics]

Best Opera Recording
(Award to the Conductor, Album Producer(s) and Principal Soloists.)
Verdi: Falstaff
Sir Colin Davis, conductor; Carlos Alvarez, Bülent Bezdüz, Marina Domashenko, Jane Henschel, Ana Ibarra, Maria Josè Moreno & Michele Pertusi; James Mallinson, producer (London Symphony Chorus; London Symphony Orchestra)
[LSO Live]

Best Choral Performance
(Award to the Choral Conductor, and to the Orchestra Conductor if an Orchestra is on the recording, and to the Choral Director or Chorus Master if applicable.)
Bolcom: Songs Of Innocence And Of Experience
Leonard Slatkin, conductor; Jerry Blackstone, William Hammer, Jason Harris, Christopher Kiver, Carole Ott & Mary Alice Stollak, choir directors (Christine Brewer, Measha Brueggergosman, Ilana Davidson, Nmon Ford, Linda Hohenfeld, Joan Morris, Carmen Pelton, Marietta Simpson & Thomas Young; Michigan State University Children's Choir, University Of Michigan Chamber Choir, University Of Michigan Orpheus Singers, University Of Michigan University Choir & University Musical Society Choral Union; University Of Michigan School Of Music Symphony Orchestra)
[Naxos]

Best Instrumental Soloist(s) Performance (with Orchestra)
(Award to the Instrumental Soloist(s) and to the Conductor.)
Beethoven: Piano Cons. Nos. 2 & 3
Claudio Abbado, conductor; Martha Argerich (Mahler Chamber Orchestra)
[Deutsche Grammophon]

Best Instrumental Soloist Performance (without Orchestra)
(Award to the Instrumental Soloist.)
Scriabin, Medtner, Stravinsky
Evgeny Kissin

[BMG Classics RCA Red Seal]

Best Chamber Music Performance
(Award to the Artists.)
Mendelssohn: The Complete String Quartets
Emerson String Quartet
[Deutsche Grammophon]

Best Small Ensemble Performance (with or without Conductor)
(Award to the Ensemble (and to the Conductor.))
Boulez: Le Marteau Sans Maître, Dérive 1 & 2
Pierre Boulez, conductor; Hilary Summers; Ensemble Intercontemporain
[Deutsche Grammophon]

Best Classical Vocal Performance
(Award to the Vocal Soloist(s).)
Bach: Cantatas
Thomas Quasthoff (Rainer Kussmaul; Members Of The RIAS Chamber Choir; Berlin
Baroque Soloists)
[Deutsche Grammophon]

Best Classical Contemporary Composition
(A Composer's Award. (For a contemporary classical composition composed within the last 25 years, and released for the first time during the Eligibility Year.))
Bolcom: Songs Of Innocence And Of Experience
William Bolcom (Leonard Slatkin)
[Naxos]

Best Classical Crossover Album
(Award to the Artist(s) and/or to the Conductor.)
4 + Four
Turtle Island String Quartet & Ying Quartet
[Telarc]

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2 comments:

Guthry Trojan said...

Does anyone ever wonder - let alone have the impertinence to ask - what the criteria are for selecting the gramophone award winners? It's hard to imagine what it could be - unless the candidates are selected on the same basis as the American government alocated the Iraq reconstruction contracts.

Pliable said...

Guthry, you make a good point.

My article on the UK Booker literary award Industry awards are a sore point probably said it all.