Niche label wins more Grammy noms than classical majors

Time to adjust the viewfinders. A niche label from New Rochelle has earned five Grammy nominations, more than any of the so-called majors.

Here’s the Bridge Records record:

Nominee # 1, Best Classical Instrumental Solo: “All the Things You Are” performed by Leon Fleisher, piano (BRIDGE 9429)

Nominee #2, Best Chamber Music/Small Ensemble Performance; Harry Partch: Plectra and Percussion Dances, performed by Partch (BRIDGE 9432)

Nominee #3, Best Classical Compendium; Harry Partch: Plectra and Percussion Dances; John Schneider, Producer. (BRIDGE 9432)

Nominee #4, Best Contemporary Classical Composition: George Crumb: Voices from the Heartland; Performed by Ann Crumb, Patrick Mason, James Freeman and Orchestra 2001 (BRIDGE 9413)

Nominee #5 “Producer of the Year, Classical”: David Starobin.

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  • It’s about time! Bridge has been creatively integrating niche rep and artists, historical and archival gems, as well as prominent names for decades. I’m crossing fingers for a big win; if that happens, the classical recording industry might just make a tectonic shift.

  • The opening music is a short excerpt from Arlene Sierra’s “Moler”, performed by the BBC National Orchestra of Wales, with Jac van Steen conducting.

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