Grammys: Boston wins second year in a row

The Boston Symphony won the 2017 Grammy Award for Best Orchestral Performance last night.

The winning entry was DG’s ‘Shostakovich Under Stalin’s Shadow’ – symphonies 5, 8, and 9, conducted by music director Andris Nelsons. Its 2016 winner was Shostakovich 10.

Best opera and best engineered classical album went to Los Angeles Opera’s Corigliano: The Ghost of Versailles.

Best instrumental solo album and best contemporary release was Zuill Bailey’s performance of Michael Daugherty’s Tales of Hemingway. Ian Bostridge’s Shakespeare songs won solo vocal.

Classical producer of the year was David Frost.

Yo Yo Ma’s ensemble won best world music album.

Classical Grammys are insignificant adjuncts to the awards show. They are announced ahead of the main event, getting no screen time at all.



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  • A fine release from Nelsons and the Boston SO. The Grammy was more than merited. May there be many more releases from them.

  • That they repeat the winning combination is telling, that Adele got the most pop Grammy’s is telling too, that David Bowie had to wait till his death to get Grammy’s is telling too, and that they know nothing else in the sector world music than Yo Yo Ma to give one os telling as well.

  • Grammy classical is a joke. Does anyone know who the jury is and how the results are compiled? Well, you will be surprised to find out… These kind of prices mostly are quite silly, but the Grammy classical is the silliest of all, considering the discrepancy between the huge prestige and the falsehood of the methodology to choose the winners.

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