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Naxos Recordings Earn Unprecedented Eleven GRAMMY Nominations
Distributed Labels Naïve and BBC/Opus Arte Honoured as Well

FRANKLIN, TN –On Thursday, 4 December, Naxos artists and composers were honoured with eleven GRAMMY © nominations, the most nominations ever received by Naxos in a single year.   Among the nominees is Naxos conductor José Serebrier, who tops this year’s GRAMMY nominee list with five nominations--the most of any artist in the classical field--for recordings of the Symphonies of Ned Rorem and for a disc of world premiere recordings of his own compositions. Composer George Rochberg has been nominated in the Best Classical Contemporary Composition Category for his Symphony No. 5, which received its premiere recording on a Naxos disc led by Christopher Lyndon-Gee.  Conductor Kenneth Schermerhorn and pianist Alan Feinstein have received a nomination for their recording of Beach's Piano Concerto with the Nashville Symphony, and Ed Thomas's opera Desire Under the Elms has been recognised in the opera category.  The Maggini Quartet, a Naxos stalwart, as well as the acclaimed Vermeer Quartet with pianist Boris Berman, have receive nominations in the chamber category.  A true representative of the breadth of the Naxos catalogue, the Naxos World recording of Sacred Tibetan Chant earned a nomination in the Traditional World Music Album category.

Naxos distributed labels Naïve and BBC Opus Arte also have garnered nominations, with Accentus' Transcriptions (Naïve) being noted in the Best Choral Performance category and Bernstein's Trouble in Tahiti (BBC) in the Best Long Form Music Video category. 

The 46th Annual GRAMMY Awards will be presented in Los Angeles at the STAPLES Center on Sunday, February 8, 2004. The show will be broadcast on the CBS Television Network from 8 - 11:30 p.m.


Category 93 - Best Classical Album (award to artists and producers) Category 94 - Best Orchestral Performance (award to conductor and orchestra) Category 91 - Best Engineered Album, Classical (award to engineer)
Ned Rorem: Three Symphonies
José Serebrier, conductor; Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra;
Nick Parker, producer & Phil Rowlands, producer & engineer

"Though Ned Rorem has long been considered America's finest living composer of art songs, his orchestral scores have never gotten their due. So on the cusp of his 80th birthday, it's a special pleasure to hear this Naxos survey. Four stars out of Four." Detroit Free Press

Category 94 - Best Orchestral Performance (award to conductor and orchestra)

José Serebrier: Symphony No. 3; Passacaglia And Perpetuum Mobile; Variations on a Theme from Childhood;
Elegy for Strings; Momento psicologico; Fantasia; Dorothy and Carmine!; George and Muriel
José Serebrier, conductor; Toulouse National Chamber Orchestra Carole Farley, soprano &Yi Yao, accordion; Laurent le Chennadec, bassoon; Sandrine Tilly, flute; Renaud Gruss, double bass & Xinum Choir 

Category 102 - Best Classical Contemporary Composition (award to composer) José Serebrier: Symphony No. 3
Track from José Serebrier: Symphony No. 3; Passacaglia And Perpetuum Mobile, Etc.

"Jose Serebrier, one of the most eminent conductors of our times, was able to compose this original lyric fantasy, a vital elegant masterwork in the span of a week, earlier this year. This third symphony is a shimmering prism of tone, romantic-impressionistic and spontaneously improvisatorial, as well as clearly formed and with a sure-hand for reaching great heights of ecstasy…Throughout this recording there is a great star quality. Five stars out of Five." FONOFORUM



Category 95 - Best Opera Recording (award to conductor, soloists and producer)

Edward Thomas: Desire Under The Elms
George Manahan, conductor; London Symphony Orchestra
Jerry Hadley, Jeffrey Lentz, Victoria Livengood, James Morris & Mel Ulrich; Thomas Z. Shepard, producer

“Kudos to Naxos for presenting this important and intriguing work, performed with some of the big names in the business…this is a major release. 10/10."

Category 97 - Best Instrumental Soloist Performance with Orchestra (award to soloist and conductor)

Amy Beach: Piano Concerto
Track from Amy Beach: Piano Concerto/‘Gaelic’ Symphony
Kenneth Schermerhorn, conductor; Nashville Symphony Orchestra; Alan Feinberg, piano

"One of the most valuable releases yet in Naxos's American Classics series." - Gramophone, Editor’s Choice


Category 99 - Best Chamber Music Performance (award to artists)

Arthur Bliss: String Quartet No. 1; Conversations for Flute, Oboe, Violin, Viola and Cello, Etc.
Maggini Quartet with Michael Cox, flute & alto flute, Nicholas Daniel, oboe & cor anglais

"Once again Naxos's award-winning Maggini Quartet serves up a first-class disc of English music." The Strad


Category 99 - Best Chamber Music Performance (award to artists)

Dmitri Shostakovich/Alfred Schnittke: Piano Quintets
Boris Berman, piano & Vermeer Quartet

"Pianist Berman and the Vermeer Quartet offer a riveting performance… All told, a marvelous disc, and at Naxos's price, an easily affordable one." Fanfare

Category 102 - Best Classical Contemporary Composition (award to composer)

George Rochberg: Symphony No. 5
George Rochberg (Christopher Lyndon-Gee; Saarbrücken Radio Symphony Orchestra)

"At last, the...earnest fifth symphony of Philadelphia-based George Rochberg is on disc." The Philadelphia Inquirer

Category 70 - Best Traditional World Music Album (award to artist)

Sacred Tibetan Chant             
The Monks Of Sherab Ling Monastery
Naxos World 76044-2 “Beautifully delivered in richly blended unison…The recording quality is exceptional, achieving an atmospheric yet appropriate
sense of space, clarity, balance and resonance.” Songlines


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