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NAXOS EARNS 15 GRAMMY NOMINATIONS
Recordings Earn Naxos More Nominations Than Any Other Classical Music Label

Naxos’ William Bolcom Leads the Way: Three Nominations for Songs of Innocence and of Experience, Including Best Classical Album; Two Nominations for Songs CD with Soprano Carole Farley

The National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences (NARAS) honored Naxos, the Gramophone/Classic FM 2005 Label of the Year, today with 15 GRAMMY Award nominations, the most of any classical music label this year and the most ever for Naxos.

The much-acclaimed recording of William Bolcom’s Songs of Innocence and of Experience led the way for Naxos with three nominations, including Best Classical Album, Best Choral Performance, and Best Classical Contemporary Composition.  A CD of Bolcom’s songs with soprano Carole Farley earned two nominations for Best Engineered Album and Best Classical Vocal Performance.

Naxos’ CD of Stokowski’s arrangements of Mussorgsky and Tchaikovsky with José Serebrier and the Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra earned a nomination for Best Orchestral Performance; the SACD version of the recording is a finalist for Best Surround Sound Album.

Performers on three separate Naxos recordings are up for Best Instrumental Soloist(s) Performance with Orchestra this year: the Fred Sherry String Quartet (for Schoenberg’s Concerto for String Quartet and Orchestra); English horn soloist Thomas Stacy (for Eventide from a disc of music by Kenneth Fuchs); and Evelyn Glennie (for UFO on a disc of music by Michael Daugherty).

Other Naxos discs honored include Penderecki’s A Polish Requiem with Antoni Wit and the Warsaw National Philharmonic Orchestra and Choir (Best Choral Performance); the Vermeer Quartet’s complete Bartók String Quartets recording (Best Chamber Music Performance); Peter Boyer’s Ellis Island: The Dream of America (Best Contemporary Classical Composition); and the soundtrack to The Adventures of Mark Twain by Max Steiner (Best Classical Crossover Album).

Tim Handley was nominated for Classical Producer of the Year for his work on five Naxos recordings, including Bolcom’s Songs of Innocence and of Experience, while Michael Fine was nominated for the same honor in part for his work on the Naxos recording of music by Kenneth Fuchs.

NAXOS OF AMERICA DISTRIBUTED LABELS ALSO NOMINATED FOR GRAMMYS

A number of labels distributed by Naxos of America, the leading independent classical music distributor in the United States, also received GRAMMY nominations, giving Naxos of America the most nominations of any classical music distributor.

A disc of choral music by Arnold Schoenberg on Naïve Classique featuring the Accentus Chamber Choir earned a nomination for Best Choral Performance.   CPO’s CD of George Antheil’s “American” Symphony with Hugh Wolff and the Radio-Sinfonie-Orchester Frankfurt was nominated for Best Orchestral Performance, while the label’s recording of Conradi’s Ariadne is up for Best Opera Recording.

Two recordings from PentaTone earned nominations for Best Engineered Album and one disc, of Bruckner’s Symphony No. 7 with Yakov Kreizberg and the Vienna Philharmonic, is up for Best Orchestral Performance.

NAXOS NOMINEES

BEST CLASSICAL ALBUM

WILLIAM BOLCOM: Songs of Innocence and of Experience

Leonard Slatkin, various soloists, Michigan State University Children’s Choir, University of Michigan School of Music Symphony Orchestra and Choirs, University of Michigan Contemporary Directions Ensemble

8.559216-18

BEST ORCHESTRAL PERFORMANCE

MUSSORGSKY/STOKOWSKI: Pictures at an Exhibition; Night on Bare Mountain; Entr’acte to Act IV of Khovanshchina; Symphonic Synthesis of Boris Godunov

Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra, José Serebrier

8.557645

BEST CHORAL PERFORMANCE

WILLIAM BOLCOM: Songs of Innocence and of Experience

Leonard Slatkin, various soloists, Michigan State University Children’s Choir, University of Michigan School of Music Symphony Orchestra and Choirs, University of Michigan Contemporary Directions Ensemble

8.559216-18

KRZYSZTOF PENDERECKI: A Polish Requiem

Antoni Wit, Warsaw National Philharmonic Orchestra and Choir, soloists

8.557386

BEST CHAMBER MUSIC PERFORMANCE

BARTOK: The Complete String Quartets

Vermeer Quartet

8.557543-44

BEST CLASSICAL VOCAL PERFORMANCE

WILLIAM BOLCOM: Songs

Carole Farley (soprano), William Bolcom (piano)

8.559249

BEST INSTRUMENTAL SOLOIST(S) PERFORMANCE (WITH ORCHESTRA)

SCHOENBERG: Concerto for String Quartet, etc.

Robert Craft, Twentieth Century Classics Ensemble, Fred Sherry String Quartet, etc.

8.557520

KENNETH FUCHS (b. 1956): An American Place; Eventide (Concerto for English horn); Out of the Dark (Suite for Chamber Orchestra)

JoAnn Falletta, London Symphony Orchestra, Thomas Stacy (English horn)

8.559224

MICHAEL DAUGHERTY: Philadelphia Stories; UFO for Solo Percussion and Orchestra

Marin Alsop, Colorado Symphony Orchestra, Evelyn Glennie (percussion)

8.559165

BEST CONTEMPORARY CLASSICAL COMPOSITION

WILLIAM BOLCOM: Songs of Innocence and of Experience

Leonard Slatkin, various soloists, Michigan State University Children’s Choir, University of Michigan School of Music Symphony Orchestra and Choirs, University of Michigan Contemporary Directions Ensemble

8.559216-18

PETER BOYER: ELLIS ISLAND: THE DREAM OF AMERICA

Peter Boyer, Philharmonia Orchestra, Barry Bostwick, Blair Brown, Olympia Dukakis, Anne Jackson, Bebe Neuwirth, Eli Wallach, Louis Zorich; directed by Martin Charnin

8.559246

BEST CLASSICAL CROSSOVER ALBUM

MAX STEINER: The Adventures of Mark Twain

William Stromberg, Moscow Symphony Orchestra and Choir

8.557470

BEST ENGINEERED CLASSICAL ALBUM

WILLIAM BOLCOM: Songs

Carole Farley (soprano), William Bolcom (piano)

8.559249

BEST SURROUND SOUND ALBUM

MUSSORGSKY/STOKOWSKI: Pictures at an Exhibition; Night on Bare Mountain; Entr’acte to Act IV of Khovanshchina; Symphonic Synthesis of Boris Godunov

Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra, José Serebrier

8.557645



PRODUCER OF THE YEAR

TIM HANDLEY

ADAMS: Shaker Loops (Marin Alsop, Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra)

BOLCOM: Songs of Innocence and of Experience (Slatkin, etc)

BRAHMS: Symphony No. 1 (Marin Alsop, London Philharmonic Orchestra)

DAUGHERTY: Philadelphia Stories (Marin Alsop, Colorado Symphony Orchestra)

GLASS: Symphonies Nos. 2 and 3 (Marin Alsop, Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra)


NAXOS OF AMERICA DISTRIBUTED LABEL NOMINATIONS

NAÏVE

    Best Choral Performance
  • SCHOENBERG: Choral Music (Accentus Chamber Choir, Laurence Equilbey, etc; V5008)

PENTATONE

    Best Engineered Album
  • BRITTEN, BARTOK, and HARTMANN (Gordan Nikolic and Netherlands Chamber Orchestra; PTC5186056)
  • BRUCKNER: Symphony No. 7 (Yakov Kreitzberg and Vienna Philharmonic; PTC5186051)
    Best Orchestral Performance
  • BRUCKNER: Symphony No. 7 (Yakov Kreitzberg and Vienna Philharmonic; PTC5186051)

CPO

    Best Orchestral Performance
  • ANTHEIL: “American” Symphony, etc. (Hugh Wolff, Radio-Sinfonie-Orchester Frankfurt; 777040-2)
    Best Opera Performance
  • CONRADI: Ariadne (Paul O’Dette, Boston Early Music Festival Orchestra and Chorus, soloists; 777073-2)









 
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