Naxos Scores Two Grammy Nominations
The nominees for the 45th Annual Grammy Awards were announced on January 7, 2003, and two acclaimed Naxos recordings received accolades. The Grammys, given by the US-based National Academy for the Recording Arts and Sciences, are among the highest honours given in the American recording industry.
Both recordings were part of the innovative American Classics series, which is devoted to presenting a comprehensive collection of American art music, including familiar names such as Ives, Sousa, and Copland as well as lesser-known composers including George Frederick McKay and Elie Siegmeister.
A nomination for Best Instrumental Solo Performance with Orchestra went to James Buswell for his brilliant solo work on Samuel Barber's Violin Concerto (8.559044), supported by the Royal Scottish National Orchestra with Marin Alsop conducting. Deemed "a performance with a genuine heart, superbly played, with a marked care for detail, instrumental colour and melodic inflection" (Geoffrey Norris, The Daily Telegraph), the performance is not one to be missed. Rounding out the album are Barber's Souvenirs (Ballet Suite) Op.28 and Serenade for Strings Op.1, creating a substantial programme filled with the stirring complexities of Barber's works.
Audio engineer John Newton was recognised with a nomination for Best Engineered Album, Classical for his work on a volume of orchestral works by George Whitefield Chadwick. The album includes a selection of Chadwick's symphonic poems played by the Nashville Symphony, with Kenneth Schermerhorn conducting. With a recorded sound that is "just right, with enough ambiance for warmth, yet still with plenty of detail" (Rad Bennett, goodsound.com), the recording is brought to life through Newton's masterful touch. This is another fine addition to the Nashville Symphony's Naxos recordings, which also include works by Bernstein, Ives, and Hanson.
The Grammy Awards ceremony will be held on February 23rd in New York.