Classical Grammys: the all-time losersmain
You never see the classical Grammys on TV.
In a good year, they turn up at the back of the LA Times website, among the used floss and hairballs.
This year, the NY Times ran a list, somewhere.
It makes no difference. Orchestras will not stab each other in the eye with oboe reeds in a frenzy to sign the next concerto by Aaron Jay Kernis (pic), winner of two Grammys for his violin concerto, nor will the charts explode with sales of the Boston Symphony’s Shostakovich series, winner of best orchestral, excellent though they might be.
The classical sector as dismissed the Grammys long ago as irrelevant.
Here’s the latest list of sorry winners:
Best Engineered Album, Classical: Shostakovich: Symphonies Nos. 4 & 11, Shawn Murphy and Nick Squire, engineers, Tim Martyn, masteering engineer
Producer Of The Year, Classical: Blanton Alspaugh
Best Orchestral Performance: Shostakovich: Symphonies Nos. 4 & 11, Andris Nelsons, conductor
Best Opera Recording: “Bates: The (R)evolution Of Steve Jobs”
Best Choral Performance: “McLoskey: Zealot Canticles,” Donald Nally, conductor
Best Chamber Music/Small Ensemble Performance: “Landfall,” Laurie Anderson and the Kronos Quartet
Best Classical Instrumental Solo: “Kernis: Violin Concerto,” James Ehnes
Best Classical Solo Vocal Album: “Songs Of Orpheus–Monteverdi, Caccini, D’India & Landi,” Karim Sulayman; Jeanette Sorrell, conductor, Apollo’s Fire, ensembles
Best Classical Compendium: “Fuchs: Piano Concerto ‘Spiritualist’; Poems Of Life; Glacier; Rush,” JoAnn Falletta, conductor; Tim Handley, producer
Best Contemporary Classical Composition: “Kernis: Violin Concerto,” James Ehnes, Ludovic Morlot & Seattle Symphony