Sunday, March 19, 2023

Classical Grammies 2023

Engineered Album, Classical

  • WINNER: “Bates: Philharmonia Fantastique – The Making Of The Orchestra”
    Shawn Murphy, Charlie Post & Gary Rydstrom, engineers; Michael Romanowski, mastering engineer (Edwin Outwater & Chicago Symphony Orchestra)
  • “Beethoven: Symphony No. 6; Stucky: Silent Spring”
    Mark Donahue, engineer; Mark Donahue, mastering engineer (Manfred Honeck & Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra)
  • “Perspectives”
    Jonathan Lackey, Bill Maylone & Dan Nichols, engineers; Joe Lambert, mastering engineer (Third Coast Percussion)
  • “Tuvayhun – Beatitudes For A Wounded World”
    Morten Lindberg, engineer; Morten Lindberg, mastering engineer (Anita Brevik, Nidarosdomens Jentekor & Trondheimsolistene)
  • “Williams: Violin Concerto No. 2 & Selected Film Themes”
    Bernhard Güttler, Shawn Murphy & Nick Squire, engineers; Christoph Stickel, mastering engineer (Anne-Sophie Mutter, John Williams & Boston Symphony Orchestra)

Producer of the Year, Classical

  • Jonathan Allen
  • Christoph Franke
  • James Ginsburg
  • Elaine Martone
  • WINNER: Judith Sherman


Orchestral Performance

  • “Adams, John Luther: Sila – The Breath Of The World”
    Doug Perkins, conductor (Musicians Of The University Of Michigan Department Of Chamber Music & University Of Michigan Percussion Ensemble)
  • “Dvořák: Symphonies Nos. 7-9″
    Gustavo Dudamel, conductor (Los Angeles Philharmonic)
  • “Eastman: Stay On It”
    Christopher Rountree, conductor (Wild Up)
  • “John Williams – The Berlin Concert”
    John Williams, conductor (Berliner Philharmoniker)
  • WINNER: “Works By Florence Price, Jessie Montgomery, Valerie Coleman”
    Michael Repper, conductor (New York Youth Symphony)

Opera Recording

  • “Aucoin: Eurydice”
    Yannick Nézet-Séguin, conductor; Barry Banks, Nathan Berg, Joshua Hopkins, Erin Morley & Jakub Józef Orliński; David Frost, producer (The Metropolitan Opera Orchestra; The Metropolitan Opera Chorus)
  • WINNER: “Blanchard: Fire Shut Up In My Bones”
    Yannick Nézet-Séguin, conductor; Angel Blue, Will Liverman, Latonia Moore & Walter Russell III; David Frost, producer (The Metropolitan Opera Orchestra; The Metropolitan Opera Chorus)
  • “Davis: X – The Life And Times Of Malcolm X”
    Gil Rose, conductor; Ronnita Miller, Whitney Morrison, Victor Robertson & Davóne Tines; Gil Rose, producer (Boston Modern Orchestra Project; Odyssey Opera Chorus)


Choral Performance

  • “Bach: St. John Passion”
    John Eliot Gardiner, conductor (English Baroque Soloists; Monteverdi Choir)
  • WINNER: “Born”
    Donald Nally, conductor (Dominic German, Maren Montalbano, Rebecca Myers & James Reese; The Crossing)
  • “Verdi: Requiem – The Met Remembers 9/11″
    Yannick Nézet-Séguin, conductor; Donald Palumbo, chorus master (Michelle DeYoung, Eric Owens, Ailyn Pérez & Matthew Polenzani; The Metropolitan Opera Orchestra; The Metropolitan Opera Chorus)

Chamber Music/Small Ensemble Performance

  • “Beethoven: Complete String Quartets, Volume 2 – The Middle Quartets”
    Dover Quartet
  • “Musical Remembrances”
    Neave Trio
  • “Perspectives”
    Third Coast Percussion
  • WINNER: “Shaw: Evergreen”
    Attacca Quartet
  • “What Is American”

 Classical Instrumental Solo

    “Abels: Isolation Variation”
    Hilary Hahn
    “Bach: The Art Of Life”
    Daniil Trifonov
    “Beethoven: Diabelli Variations”
    Mitsuko Uchida
    WINNER: “Letters For The Future”
    Time For Three; Xian Zhang, conductor (The Philadelphia Orchestra)
    “A Night In Upper Town – The Music Of Zoran Krajacic”
    Mak Grgić

Classical Solo Vocal Album

    Joyce DiDonato, soloist; Maxim Emelyanychev, conductor (Il Pomo D’Oro)
    “How Do I Find You”
    Sasha Cooke, soloist; Kirill Kuzmin, pianist
    “Okpebholo: Lord, How Come Me Here?”
    Will Liverman, soloist; Paul Sánchez, pianist (J’Nai Bridges & Caen Thomason-Redus)
    “Stranger – Works For Tenor By Nico Muhly”
    Nicholas Phan, soloist (Eric Jacobson; Brooklyn Rider & The Knights; Reginald Mobley)
    WINNER: “Voice Of Nature – The Anthropocene”
    Renée Fleming, soloist; Yannick Nézet-Séguin, pianist

Best Classical Compendium

  • WINNER: “An Adoption Story”
    Starr Parodi & Kitt Wakeley; Jeff Fair, Starr Parodi & Kitt Wakeley, producers
  • “Aspire”
    JP Jofre & Seunghee Lee; Enrico Fagone, conductor; Jonathan Allen, producer
  • “A Concert For Ukraine”
    Yannick Nézet-Séguin, conductor; David Frost, producer
  • “The Lost Birds”
    Voces8; Barnaby Smith & Christopher Tin, conductors; Sean Patrick Flahaven & Christopher Tin, producers

Contemporary Classical Composition

  • “Akiho: Ligneous Suite”
    Andy Akiho, composer (Ian Rosenbaum & Dover Quartet)
  • “Bermel: Intonations”
    Derek Bermel, composer (Jack Quartet)
  • “Gubaidulina: The Wrath Of God”
    Sofia Gubaidulina, composer (Andris Nelsons & Gewandhausorchester)
  • WINNER: “Puts: Contact”
    Kevin Puts, composer (Xian Zhang, Time for Three & The Philadelphia Orchestra)
  • “Simon: Requiem For The Enslaved”
    Carlos Simon, composer (Carlos Simon, MK Zulu, Marco Pavé & Hub New Music)


Tuesday, January 24, 2023

Santa Fe Opera 2023 Season



The Met is drifting toward new operas, but Santa Fe is staying firmly in the traditional repertoire.

Tosca by Puccini  June 30 - Aug 26

Angel Blue and Leah Hawkins -- Tosca, Joshua Guerrero and Freddie De Tommaso - Cavaradossi, Reginald Smith, Jr - Scarpia, John Fiore conductor

The Flying Dutchman by Wagner  July 7 - Aug 25

Nicholas Brownlee -- Dutchman, Elza van den Heever -- Senta, Morris Robinson -- Daland, Thomas Guggeis - conductor

Pelléas et Mélisande by Debussy  July 15 - Aug 18

Huw Montague Rendall -- Pelléas, Samantha Hankey -- Mélisande, Harry Bicket - conductor

Rusalka by Dvorak    July 22 - Aug 22

Ailyn Perez -- Rusalka, Robert Watson -- The Prince, Raehann Bryce-Davis -- Jezibaba, Lidiya Yankovskaya - conductor

Orfeo by Monteverdi   July 29 - Aug 24

Rolando Villazon -- Orfeo, Paula Murrihy -- Messaggera, Harry Bicket - conductor