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Naxos Nominations for the 52nd Grammy® Awards

December 10, 2009

Bernstein’s MASS performed by Marin Alsop and the Baltimore SO & Ravel’s L’Enfant et les sortilèges performed by Alastair Willis and the Nashville SO, both Naxos recordings, earn nominations for Best Classical Album.

Two Naxos recordings received Best Classical Album nominations: Marin Alsop’s widely-acclaimed recording of Leonard Bernstein’s MASS performed by the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra  featuring Jubilant Sykes, the Morgan State University Choir and the Peabody Children’s Chorus (Steven Epstein, producer; Richard King, engineer); and Alastair Willis’s recording of Ravel’s L’Enfant et les sortilèges performed by the Nashville Symphony Orchestra featuring Julie Boulianne, the Nashville Symphony Chorus, the Chicago Symphony Chorus and the Chattanooga Boys Choir (Blanton  Alspaugh, producer; Mark Donahue & John Hill, engineers).


BEST CLASSICAL ALBUM
Producer of the Year, Classical (Steve Epstein)


BERNSTEIN Mass
Jubilant Sykes, baritone
Baltimore Symphony Orchestra
Marin Alsop, conductor

8.559622–23

 

BEST CLASSICAL ALBUM
Producer of the Year, Classical (Blanton Alspaugh)


RAVEL L’Enfant et les sortilèges
Boulianne, Després, Gunlogson, Castagner
Greenlaw, Short, Martel, Prévost, Cox
Chicago Symphony Chorus, Chattanooga Boys Choir
Nashville Symphony Chorus & Orchestra
Alastair Willis, conductor

8.660215

 

Conductor Antoni Wit and the Warsaw Philharmonic Orchestra received a Best Orchestral Performance nomination for their Naxos recording of Szymanowski’s Symphonies Nos. 1 & 4. Antoni Wit also earned a Best Choral Performance nomination for his Naxos recording of Penderecki’s Utrenja with the Warsaw Boys’ Choir and the Warsaw Philharmonic Choir & Orchestra. Dennis Keene and the Voices of Ascension were also nominated in the Best Choral Performance category for Song of the Stars, their Naxos recording featuring the works of Granados, Casals & Blancafort.

BEST ORCHESTRAL PERFORMANCE


SZYMANOWSKI Symphonies Nos 1 & 4
Jan Krzysztof Broja, piano
Warsaw Philharmonic Orchestra
Antoni Wit, conductor

8.570722

 

BEST CHORAL PERFORMANCE


Song of the Stars
– Music by Granados, Casals & Blancafort

Douglas Riva, piano
Mark Kruczek, organ
Erica Kiesewetter, violin
Voices of Ascension
Dennis Keene, conductor

8.570533



Renowned violinist Philippe Quint was honored with a nomination for Best Instrumental Soloist Performance with Orchestra for his Naxos recording of Korngold’s Violin Concerto in D Major, Op. 35, and Ursula Oppens earned a nomination for Best Instrumental Performance without Orchestra for her album Oppens Plays Carter from Chicago-based Cedille Records (distributed by Naxos of America).

BEST INSTRUMENTAL SOLOIST(s) PERFORMANCE (with Orchestra)
Producer of the Year, Classical (David Frost)


KORNGOLD Violin Concerto
Philippe Quint, violin
Mineria Symphony Orchestra
Carlos Miguel Prieto, conductor

8.570791

 

BEST INSTRUMENTAL SOLOIST PERFORMANCE (without Orchestra)


Oppens Plays Carter
CEDILLE RECORDS CDR 108

 




The Ensō Quartet received a nomination for Best Chamber Music Performance for their Naxos recording of Ginastera’s Complete String Quartets.

BEST CHAMBER MUSIC PERFORMANCE


GINASTERA Complete String Quartets
Lucy Shelton, soprano
Enso String Quartet

8.570780

 



Two Opus Arte DVD productions earned nominations for Best Opera Recording: Messiaen’s Saint François D’Assise (Ingo Metzmacher, conductor; Armand Arapian, Hubert Delamboye, Rod Gilfry, Henk Neven, Tom Randle & Camilla Tilling; Karin Elzendoorn, producer; The Hague Philharmonic; Chorus Of De Nederlandse Opera) and Tan Dun’s Marco Polo (Tan Dun, conductor; Stephen Bryant, Sarah Castle, Zhang Jun, Nancy Allen Lundy, Stephen Richardson & Charles Workman; Ferenc van Damme, producer; Netherlands Chamber Orchestra; Cappella Amsterdam).

BEST OPERA RECORDING


MESSIAEN Saint François D’Assise
Camilla Tilling, Rod Gilfry, Hubert Delamboye, Henk Neven, Tom Randle, Donald Kaasch, Armand Arapian
Netherlands Opera Chorus, Hague Philharmonic Orchestra Ingo Metzmacher, conductor

OPUS ARTE OA1007D

 

BEST OPERA RECORDING


TAN DUN Marco Polo
Charles Workman, Sarah Castle, Stephen Richardson, Nancy Allen Lundy, Jun Zhang, Tania Kross, Stephen Bryant
Capella Amsterdam
Netherlands Chamber Orchestra
Tan Dun, conductor

OPUS ARTE OA1010D

 




Best Classical Contemporary Composition nominations went to Roberto Sierra for his work Missa Latina ‘Pro Pace’ (Naxos) and to Jennifer Higdon for her Percussion Concerto (London Philharmonic Orchestra).

BEST CLASSICAL CONTEMPORARY COMPOSITION


SIERRA Missa Latina ‘Pro Pace’
Heidi Grant Murphy, soprano; Nathaniel Webster, baritone
Milwaukee Symphony Chorus & Orchestra
Andreas Delfs, conductor

8.559624

 

BEST CLASSICAL CONTEMPORARY COMPOSITION


HIGDON Percussion Concerto
LONDON PHILHARMONIC ORCHESTRA LPO-0035

 




Award-winning sound-pioneers from 2L (distributed by Naxos of America) earn two Best Surround Sound Album nominations: for the album Flute Mystery (Morten Lindberg & Hans Peter L’Orange, surround mix engineers; Morten Lindberg, surround mastering engineer; Morten Lindberg, surround producer; performed by Emily Beynon, Vladimir Ashkenazy, Fred Johnny Berg, Catherine Beynon & the Philharmonia Orchestra) and for the album Treble & Bass (Morten Lindberg & Hans Peter L’Orange, surround mix engineers; Morten Lindberg, surround mastering engineer; Morten Lindberg, surround producer; performed by Daniel Reuss, Trondheim Symfoniorkester, Mariann Thorsen & Göran Sjölin).

BEST SURROUND SOUND ALBUM


Flute Mystery
2L 2L058SABD

(Morten Lindberg & Hans Peter L’Orange, surround mix engineers; Morten Lindberg, surround mastering engineer; Morten Lindberg, surround producer)

 

BEST SURROUND SOUND ALBUM


KLEIBERG Treble & Bass
2L 2L059SACD

(Morten Lindberg & Hans Peter L’Orange, surround mix engineers; Morten Lindberg, surround mastering engineer; Morten Lindberg, surround producer)




Blanton Alspaugh, Steven Epstein and David Frost each earned Producer of the Year, Classical nominations for work including Naxos recordings.
Blanton Alspaugh as producer of Menotti’s Amahl And The Night Visitors (Alastair Willis, Chicago Symphony Chorus, Nashville Symphony Chorus & Orchestra); Ravel’s L’Enfant et les sortilèges (Alastair Willis, Chicago Symphony Chorus, Chattanooga Boys Choir, Nashville Symphony Chorus & Orchestra); Schubert’s Death And The Maiden Symphony (JoAnn Falletta & Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra); Roberto Sierra’s Missa Latina ‘Pro Pace’ (Andreas Delfs, Nathaniel Webster, Heidi Grant Murphy, Milwaukee Symphony Chorus & Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra).
Steven Epstein as producer of Bernstein’s MASS (Marin Alsop, Jubilant Sykes, Morgan State University Choir, Peabody Children’s Chorus & Baltimore Symphony Orchestra); Corigliano’s A Dylan Thomas Trilogy (Leonard Slatkin, George Mabry, Sir Thomas Allen, Nashville Symphony Chorus & Orchestra); Fauré’s Piano Quintets (Fine Arts Quartet & Cristina Ortiz). David Frost as producer of Korngold’s Violin Concerto, Schauspiel Overture, Much Ado About Nothing (Philippe Quint, Carlos Miguel Prieto & Orquesta Sinfonica de Mineria).

PRODUCER OF THE YEAR, CLASSICAL (Blanton Alspaugh)


MENOTTI Amahl and the Night Visitors, My Christmas
Hawkersmith, Gunlogson, Anthony, Thomas, Short, LeFan
Nashville Symphony Chorus & Orchestra, Chicago Symphony Chorus
Alastair Willis & George Mabry, conductors

8.669019

 

PRODUCER OF THE YEAR, CLASSICAL (Blanton Alspaugh)


SCHUBERT ‘Death and the Maiden’ & ‘Unfinished’ Symphonies
Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra
JoAnn Falletta, conductor

8.572051

 

PRODUCER OF THE YEAR, CLASSICAL (Steve Epstein)


CORIGLIANO A Dylan Thomas Trilogy
Sir Thomas Allen, baritone
Ty Jackson, boy soprano
John Tessier, tenor
Nashville Symphony Chorus & Orchestra
Leonard Slatkin, conductor

8.559394

 

PRODUCER OF THE YEAR, CLASSICAL (Steve Epstein)


FAURÉ Piano Quintets
Sir Thomas Allen, baritone
Ty Jackson, boy soprano
John Tessier, tenor
Nashville Symphony Chorus & Orchestra
Leonard Slatkin, conductor

8.570938

 


The 52nd GRAMMY® Award Winners will be announced on January 31, 2010.

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