Sunday, April 03, 2022

Classical Grammy Nominees for 2022 Plus Winners

BEST ENGINEERED ALBUM, CLASSICAL

  • Archetypes, Sérgio Assad, Clarice Assad & Third Coast Percussion
  • Beethoven: Cello Sonatas – Hope Amid Tears, Yo-Yo Ma & Emanuel Ax
  • Beethoven: Symphony No. 9, Manfred Honeck, Mendelssohn Choir Of Pittsburgh & Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra
  • Chanticleer Sings Christmas, Chanticleer  WINNER
  • Mahler: Symphony No. 8, ‘Symphony of a Thousand,’ Gustavo Dudamel, Fernando Malvar-Ruiz, Luke McEndarfer, Robert Istad, Grant Gershon, Los Angeles Children’s Chorus, Los Angeles Master Chorale, National Children’s Chorus, Pacific Chorale & Los Angeles Philharmonic

PRODUCER OF THE YEAR, CLASSICAL

  • Blanton Alspaugh
  • Steven Epstein
  • David Frost
  • Elaine Martone
  • Judith Sherman WINNER

BEST ORCHESTRAL PERFORMANCE

  • Adams: My Father Knew Charles Ives; Harmonielehre, Nashville Symphony Orchestra
  • Beethoven: Symphony No. 9, Mendelssohn Choir of Pittsburgh & Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra
  • Muhly: Throughline, San Francisco Symphony
  • Price: Symphonies Nos. 1 & 3, Philadelphia Orchestra, cond. Yannick Nézet-Séguin WINNER
  • Strauss: Also Sprach Zarathustra; Scriabin: The Poem Of Ecstasy, Seattle Symphony Orchestra

BEST OPERA RECORDING ALBUM

  • "Bartók: Bluebeard’s Castle,” Helsinki Philharmonic Orchestra
  • “Glass: Akhnaten,” The Metropolitan Opera Orchestra; The Metropolitan Opera Chorus WINNER
  • “Janáček: Cunning Little Vixen,” London Symphony Orchestra; London Symphony Chorus & LSO Discovery Voices
  • “Little: Soldier Songs,” The Opera Philadelphia Orchestra
  • “Poulenc: Dialogues Des Carmélites,” The Metropolitan Opera Orchestra; The Metropolitan Opera Chorus, cond. Yannick Nézet-Séguin

BEST CHORAL PERFORMANCE

  • It’s a Long Way, Jonas Budris, Carrie Cheron, Fiona Gillespie, Nathan Hodgson, Helen Karloski, Enrico Lagasca, Megan Roth, Alissa Ruth Suver & Dana Whiteside; Skylark Vocal Ensemble
  • Mahler: Symphony No. 8, ‘Symphony of a Thousand,’ Leah Crocetto, Mihoko Fujimura, Ryan McKinny, Erin Morley, Tamara Mumford, Simon O’Neill, Morris Robinson & Tamara Wilson; Los Angeles Philharmonic; Los Angeles Children’s Chorus, Los Angeles Master Chorale, National Children’s Chorus & Pacific Chorale  WINNER
  • Rising w/ The Crossing, International Contemporary Ensemble & Quicksilver; The Crossing
  • Schnittke: Choir Concerto; Three Sacred Hymns; Pärt: Seven Magnificat-antiphons, Estonian Philharmonic Chamber Choir
  • Sheehan: Liturgy Of Saint John Chrysostom, Michael Hawes, Timothy Parsons & Jason Thoms; The Saint Tikhon Choir
  • The Singing Guitar, Estelí Gomez; Austin Guitar Quartet, Douglas Harvey, Los Angeles Guitar Quartet & Texas Guitar Quartet; Conspirare

BEST CHAMBER MUSIC/SMALL ENSEMBLE PERFORMANCE

  • Adams, John Luther: Lines Made By Walking, Jack Quartet
  • Akiho: Seven Pillars, Sandbox Percussion
  • Archetypes, Sérgio Assad, Clarice Assad & Third Coast Percussion
  • Beethoven: Cello Sonatas – Hope Amid Tears, Yo-Yo Ma & Emanuel Ax WINNER
  • Bruits, Imani Winds

BEST CLASSICAL INSTRUMENT SOLO

  • “Alone Together,” Jennifer Koh  WINNER
  • “An American Mosaic,” Simone Dinnerstein
  • “Bach: Sonatas & Partitas,” Augustin Hadelich
  • “Beethoven & Brahms: Violin Concertos,” The Knights
  • “Mak Bach,” Mak Grgić
  • “Of Power,” Curtis Stewart

BEST CLASSICAL SOLO VOCAL ALBUM

  • Confessions, Laura Strickling; Joy Schreier
  • Dreams Of A New Day – Songs By Black Composers, Will Liverman; Paul Sánchez
  • Mythologies, Sangeeta Kaur & Hila Plitmann (Virginie D’avezac De Castera, Lili Haydn, Wouter Kellerman, Nadeem Majdalany, Eru Matsumoto & Emilio D. Miler) WINNER
  • Schubert: Winterreise, Joyce Didonato; Yannick Nézet-Séguin
  • Unexpected Shadows, Jamie Barton; Jake Heggie (Matt Haimovitz)

BEST CLASSICAL COMPENDIUM ALBUM

  • American Originals – A New World, A New Canon, Agave & Reginald L. Mobley; Geoffrey Silver, producer
  • Berg: Violin Concerto; Seven Early Songs & Three Pieces for Orchestra, Michael Tilson Thomas, Conductor; Jack Vad, producer
  • Cerrone: The Arching Path, Timo Andres & Ian Rosenbaum; Mike Tierney, producer
  • Plays, Chick Corea; Chick Corea & Birnie Kirsh, producers
  • Women Warriors – The Voices Of Change, Amy Andersson, Conductor; Amy Andersson, Mark Mattson & Lolita Ritmanis, producers  WINNER

BEST CONTEMPORARY CLASSICAL COMPOSITION

  • Akiho: Seven Pillars, Andy Akiho, composer (Sandbox Percussion)
  • Andriessen: The Only One, Louis Andriessen, composer (Esa-pekka Salonen, Nora Fischer & Los Angeles Philharmonic)
  • Assad, Clarice & Sérgio, Connors, Dillon, Martin & Skidmore: Archetypes, Clarice Assad, Sérgio Assad, Sean Connors, Robert Dillon, Peter Martin & David Skidmore, composers (Sérgio Assad, Clarice Assad & Third Coast Percussion)
  • Batiste: Movement 11′, Jon Batiste, composer (Jon Batiste)
  • Shaw: Narrow Sea, Caroline Shaw, composer (Dawn Upshaw, Gilbert Kalish & Sō Percussion) WINNER

 

Tuesday, March 29, 2022

Don Carlos in HD


Patrick Furrer

Conductor -Patrick Furrer


Headshot of Sonya Yoncheva

Élisabeth de Valois -Sonya Yoncheva


Headshot of Jamie Barton

Eboli -Jamie Barton


Headshot of Matthew Polenzani

Don Carlos -Matthew Polenzani

Headshot of Etienne Dupuis

Rodrigue -Etienne Dupuis


Headshot of Eric Owens

Philippe II - Eric Owens


Headshot of John Relyea

Grand Inquisitor - John Relyea

Production by David McVicar

Saturday we viewed the live HD performance of the French version of Verdi's Don Carlos. This opera seems to be attempting to imitate reality, so perhaps a little reality is required. This is a calendar of historical events related to the life of Philip II of Spain. 

1527 Philip born
1543 Philip marries Maria Manuela of Portugal
1545 Carlos born, Maria Manuela mother
1545 Maria dies
1545 Elisabeth of Valois born
1554 Philip marries Mary I of England [bloody Mary] becoming her co-regent
1556 Philip becomes King of Spain
1558 Mary dies, Philip returns to Spain
1559 Philip marries Elisabeth of Valois
1568 Elisabeth dies
1568 Carlos dies
1570 Philip marries Anna of Austria
1580 Anna dies
1598 Philip dies

From this we see that Carlos and Elisabeth were about the same age and died at about the same time. Philip was already King of Spain for three years before he married Elisabeth of Valois. So it is unlikely that his coronation took place after he married Elisabeth.

The plot begins when Carlos, who believes he will marry Elisabeth, wishes to meet his future wife and tracks her to the Forest of Fontainebleau, France. They meet and fall in love.  By the end of the scene a political agreement has been reached offstage, and Carlos and Elisabeth find that she is to marry Carlos' father Philip.  This is the context for the rest of the opera, so the story doesn't make much sense if this scene is omitted.

I thought this was a brilliantly and beautifully executed performance.  The story felt right, perhaps for the first time.  This is the most I have liked Sonya Yoncheva whose performance shaped the drama.  I never felt a desire to go home early because it was all so fascinating.

Wednesday, February 23, 2022

Met season 22-23

I prefer a chronological sequence:



HD date
Medea New Production Luigi Cherubini Sep 27 - Oct 28 10/22/2022
Idomeneo Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart Sep 28 - Oct 20
Lady Macbeth of Mtsensk Dmitri Shostakovich Sep 29 - Oct 21
Tosca Giacomo Puccini Oct 4 - Apr 15
Peter Grimes Benjamin Britten Oct 16 - Nov 12
La Traviata Giuseppe Verdi Oct 25 - Mar 18 11/5/2022
Don Carlo Giuseppe Verdi Nov 3 - Dec 3 11/19/2022
Rigoletto Giuseppe Verdi Nov 10 - Dec 29
The Hours New Production Kevin Puts / LIBRETTO BY Greg Pierce Nov 22 - Dec 15 12/10/2022
Aida Giuseppe Verdi Dec 2 - May 18
The Magic Flute—Holiday Presentation Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart Dec 16 - Jan 6
Fedora New Production Umberto Giordano Dec 31 - Jan 28 1/14/2023
L’Elisir d’Amore Gaetano Donizetti Jan 10 - Apr 29
Dialogues des Carmélites Francis Poulenc Jan 15 - Jan 28
Lohengrin New Production Richard Wagner Feb 26 - Apr 1 3/18/2023
Norma Vincenzo Bellini Feb 28 - Mar 25
Falstaff Giuseppe Verdi Mar 12 - Apr 1
Der Rosenkavalier Richard Strauss Mar 27 - Apr 20 4/15/2023
Champion New Production TERENCE BLANCHARD / LIBRETTO BY Michael Cristofer Apr 10 - May 13 4/29/2023
La Bohème Giacomo Puccini Apr 21 - Jun 9
Don Giovanni New Production Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart May 5 - Jun 2 5/20/2023
Die Zauberflöte New Production Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart May 19 - Jun 10 6/3/2023
Der Fliegende Holländer Richard Wagner May 30 - Jun 10

Perhaps I'll post some details later.

Tuesday, January 11, 2022

Saturday, January 08, 2022

Lise Davidsen Grieg Songs


Lise Davidsen's Grieg album with fellow Norwegian Leif Ove Andsnes on piano came out yesterday.  I am listening on the Amazon stream.  There are 28 tracks, and so far only two of them are familiar:  Op. 25 - 2. En Svane (The Swan) and Op. 5 - 3. Jeg elsker Dig! (I love you).  This whole album is very beautiful.  This is Lise's sweet voice.  For Wagner and Verdi she shows much heavier singing.

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