Naxos Recording of Joan Tower’s Made in America Wins Three GRAMMY® Awards
February 11, 2008
Naxos is proud to announce that its recording of Made in America by the American composer Joan Tower has won three GRAMMY® Awards: ‘Best Classical Album’, ‘Best Orchestral Performance’ and ‘Best Classical Contemporary Composition’. The results were announced on Sunday at the 50th Annual GRAMMY® Awards in Los Angeles.
Made in America is a fantasy on the theme of the unofficial national anthem, America the Beautiful, and its orchestration depicts the colour and landscape of the country. It was commissioned by a consortium of 65 regional orchestras with the help of the American Sympony Orchestra League and the Ford Motor Company Fund. Made in America has already been performed in all fifty states, an unprecedented achievement for a brand-new composition. On the Naxos recording, the works are performed by the Nashville Symphony Orchestra under the direction of Leonard Slatkin. The producer was Tim Handley.
Naxos, Gramophone/Classic FM 2005 Label of the Year, was nominated for 11 GRAMMY® Awards this year. It is the second time that a Naxos album tops the GRAMMY® Awards for classical music. In 2005, Naxos’ recording of William Bolcom’s Songs of Innocence and of Experience won the awards for ‘Best Classical Album’, ‘Best Choral Performance’ and ‘Best Classical Contemporary Composition’. Producer Tim Handley received an award for ‘Classical Producer of the Year’ in recognition of his work on several Naxos recordings.