NAXOS’ RECORDING OF WILLIAM BOLCOM’S SONGS OF INNOCENCE AND OF EXPERIENCE WINS THREE GRAMMYS
TIM HANDLEY EARNS PRODUCER OF THE YEAR
FOR NAXOS WORK
First GRAMMY Awards for Naxos Classical
The National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences (NARAS) has honored
Naxos’ recording of William Bolcom’s Songs of Innocence and of Experience
today with three GRAMMY Awards: Best Classical Album, Best Choral Performance,
and Best Classical Contemporary Composition.
In addition, Tim Handley was selected as Classical Producer of
the Year for his work on Naxos recordings of music by John Adams (8.559031),
William Bolcom (8.559216-18),
Johannes Brahms (8.557428),
Michael Daugherty (8.559165),
and Philip Glass (8.559202).
The GRAMMYs for Songs of Innocence and of Experience are the
first such distinctions for a classical recording on the Naxos label.
Naxos, the Gramophone/Classic FM 2005 Label of the Year, was nominated
for 15 GRAMMY Awards, the most of any classical music label this year
and the most ever for Naxos. Recordings distributed by Naxos of
America from CPO, Naïve, and PentaTone also received nominations.
While these are the first GRAMMYs for a Naxos classical music recording,
other discs distributed by Naxos have been honored by NARAS. Last
year, Naxos’ Milken Archive of American Jewish Music producer David Frost
won the GRAMMY for Classical Producer of the Year; in 2004, the Naxos
World CD Sacred Tibetan Chant won a GRAMMY for Best Traditional
World Music Album, one of only two awards given for world music.
BEST CLASSICAL ALBUM
BEST CHORAL PERFORMANCE
BEST CLASSICAL CONTEMPORARY 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
PRODUCER OF THE YEAR
ADAMS: Shaker Loops (Marin Alsop, Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra;
BOLCOM: Songs of Innocence and of Experience (Slatkin, etc.; 8.559216-18)
BRAHMS: Symphony No. 1 (Marin Alsop, London Philharmonic Orchestra;
DAUGHERTY: Philadelphia Stories (Marin Alsop, Colorado Symphony
GLASS: Symphonies Nos. 2 and 3 (Marin Alsop, Bournemouth Symphony