12 Feb 2019

Is this the best classical music of the past year?

From Upbeat, 3:20 pm on 12 February 2019

American music's "biggest night of the year" The 61st Grammy Awards - have been bestowed for 2018 composition, recording and performances across 84 different categories.

While most are paying attention to the popular music sections, Michelle Obama and red carpet fashion, the team at RNZ Concert has been focused on the classical music award winners.

Here's a taste, including the Boston Symphony Orchestra, the Santa Fe Opera Orchestra and violinist James Ehnes.

Do you agree? What work from the past twelve months would you like to see celebrated?

Best Orchestral Performance

Shostakovich: Symphonies Nos. 4 & 11
Andris Nelsons, conductor (Boston Symphony Orchestra)


Best Opera Recording

Bates: The (R)Evolution Of Steve Jobs
Michael Christie, conductor; Sasha Cooke, Jessica E. Jones, Edward Parks, Garrett Sorenson & Wei Wu; Elizabeth Ostrow, producer (The Santa Fe Opera Orchestra)


Best Choral Performance

McLoskey: Zealot Canticles
Donald Nally, conductor (Doris Hall-Gulati, Rebecca Harris, Arlen Hlusko, Lorenzo Raval & Mandy Wolman; The Crossing)


Best Chamber Music/Small Ensemble Performance

Anderson, Laurie: Landfall
Laurie Anderson & Kronos Quartet


Best Classical Instrumental Solo


Best Contemporary Classical Composition

(For a contemporary classical composition composed within the last 25 years, and released for the first time during the Eligibility Year.)

Kernis: Violin Concerto
Aaron Jay Kernis, composer, James Ehnes, soloist, Ludovic Morlot, conductor (Seattle Symphony)


Best Classical Solo Vocal Album

Songs of Orpheus - Monteverdi, Caccini, D'India & Landi
Karim Sulayman: Jeannette Sorrell, conductor; Apollo's Fire, ensembles


Best Engineered Album, Classical

Shostakovich: Symphonies Nos. 4 & 11
Shaun Murphy & Nick Squire, engineers; Tim Martyn, mastering engineer (Andris Nelsons & Boston Symphony Orchestra)


Best Classical Compendium

Fuchs: Piano Concerto 'Spiritualist'; Poems Of Life; Glacier; Rush
JoAnn Falletta, conductor; Tim Handley, producer


Producer of the Year, Classical

Blanton Alspaugh