The 2017 Grammy Award Winners for Classical Music
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The 2017 Grammy Award Winners for Classical Music
59th Annual GRAMMY Awards Winners for Classical Music
On Sunday afternoon, February 12th in Los Angeles, the 2017 Grammy Awards in Classical Music were announced. Below we highlight the winners and nominees for several categories and offer links to both our March 2017 catalog as well as the HBDirect sale labels for this month. Please note that we are now in an earnings period for new Music Rewards points! Click to learn more.

----- Winner in three categories - Daugherty: Tales Of Hemingway -----
Michael Daugherty (b.1954): Tales of Hemingway; American Gothic; Once Upon a Castle / Zuill Bailey, cello; Paul Jacobs, organ Michael Daugherty: Tales of Hemingway
WINNER, Best Classical Instrumental Solo (Zuil Bailey)
WINNER, Best Classical Compendium
WINNER, Best Contemporary Classical Composition
GRAMMY® Award-winning composer Michael Daugherty creates colorful musical portraits in this recording, featuring larger-than-life personalities drawn from 20th-century American culture. Tales of Hemingway is a dramatic cello concerto, evoking the turbulent life, adventures and literature of author Ernest Hemingway.

----- Best Opera Recording -----
John Corigliano & William M. Hoffman: The Ghosts of Versailles / Victoria Livengood, Kristinn Sigmundsson, Scott Scully, So Young Park. LA Opera, James Conlon
Recommended TitleCorigliano: The Ghosts of Versailles
James Conlon, LA Opera
"Listening to the ensemble numbers, all floating beauties, sparklingly orchestrated, you can only hope for a second Corigliano opera." -BBC Music Magazine
Jennifer Higdon (b.1962): Cold Mountain, opera / Nathan Gunn, baritone; Isabel Leonard, Emily Fons, mezzo-soprano; The Santa Fe Opera Orch., Miguel Harth-Bedoya
Jennifer Higdon: Cold Mountain
Miguel Harth-Bedoya, Santa Fe Opera Orchestra
Cold Mountain, composed by Pulitzer Prize-winning American composer Jennifer Higdon, is one of three operas that will be released in this series in 2016.
Mozart: Le Nozze di Figaro / Luca Pisaroni, Christiane Karg, Sonya Yoncheva, Thomas Hampson, Angela Brower, Anne Sofie Von Otter, Maurizio Muraro, Rolando Villazón
Recommended TitleMozart: Le Nozze di Figaro
Yannick Nézet-Séguin, Chamber Orchestra of Europe
"You are in his safe hands the moment Mozart's upstairs-downstairs comedy kicks off, the COE's buoyant, textures balanced, colours vibrant..." -Sunday Times

----- Best Orchestral Performance -----
Under Stalin's Shadow - Shostakovich: Symphonies Nos. 5, 8 & 9 / Andris Nelsons/Boston SO
Recommended TitleUnder Stalin's Shadow - Shostakovich: Symphonies
Andris Nelsons, Boston SO
"Nelsons is spry and precisioned and his insistence on super-keen rhythm pays off big-time... To say that it brings the house down is something of an understatement." -Gramophone
Mason Bates (b.1977): The B-Sides; Liquid Interface; Alternative Energy / San Francisco SO, Michael Tilson Thomas
Mason Bates: The B-Sides; Liquid Interface
Thomas, San Francisco SO
These works show Bates reimagining the dimensions of symphonic music by integrating jazz, techno, drum-n-bass, field recordings of a FermiLab particle collider - and more.
Christopher Rouse (b.1949): Various Orchestral Works / New York PO, Alan Gilbert
Christopher Rouse: Symphonies Nos. 3 & 4
Alan Gilbert, New York Philharmonic Orchestra
Christopher Rouse is a highly awarded composer and has received both the Kennedy Center Friedheim Award and the Pulitzer Prize in Music.

----- Best Classical Solo Vocal Album -----
Schumann: Liederkreis; Frauenliebe und Leben; Berg: Sieben frühe Lieder / Dorothea Röschmann, soprano; Mitsuko Uchida, piano
Recommended TitleDorothea Röschmann Sings Schumann & Berg Lieder
Dorothea Röschmann, soprano; Mitsuko Uchida, piano
"Dorothea Röschmann's voice is now, surely, one of the most beautiful in the lyric soprano range... it is shown almost to perfection in this gorgeous recital disc... the perfect Lieder recital." -BBC Music Magazine
Roger Quilter (1877-1953): Shakespeare Songs / Ian Bostridge, tenor; Antonio Pappano, piano
Ian Bostridge Sings Shakespeare Songs
Ian Bostridge, tenor; Antonio Pappano, piano
This album is a collection of some of the greatest settings of the words of Shakespeare, ranging from composers of the time such as Robert Johnson and William Byrd, to Hadyn, Arne and Schubert.
Italian Opera Arias - 'Verismo' / Anna Netrebko, soprano; Antonio Pappano, Orchestra dell'Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia
Recommended TitleAnna Netrebko Sings Italian Opera Arias - "Verismo"
Anna Netrebko, soprano; Antonio Pappano, Orchestra dell'Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia
"Her rich, dark chocolate and red wine tone is the main sell here, along with her satisfyingly growly low register and wall-shaking top notes..." -The Times

----- Best Small Ensemble Performance -----
Third Coast Percussion: Third Coast Percussion & Steve Reich [Digipak]
Steve Reich: Third Coast Percussion
Third Coast Percussion
Third Coast Percussion, which is ensemble-in-residence at the University of Notre Dame, teaches and performs a concert series in Chicago, and has commissioned dozens of new works.
Rebecca Clarke (1886-1979): Violin Trio; Arno Babajanian: Piano Trio; Frank Martin: Trio Sur des Melodies Popularies Irlandaises; 'Trios From Our Homelands' / Lincoln Trio
Trios From Our Homelands
Lincoln Trio
Chicago based ensemble Lincoln Trio presents this personal program of 20th century piano trios by composers who hail from the members' ancestral homelands of England, Armenia, and Switzerland.
Serious Buriness - Sky Macklay: Many Many Cadences (2014); David Reminick: The Ancestral Mousetrap (2014); Haydn: String Quartet, Op. 33/2 / Spektral Quartet [CD + Blu-ray Audio]
Serious Business
Spektral Quartet
In addition to finding vehicles for bringing classical music into everyday life, the Spektral Quartet prioritizes immersion and inclusivity and delivers the majority of its Chicago concerts in vibrant, unconventional venues.

----- Best Engineered Album -----
John Corigliano & William M. Hoffman: The Ghosts of Versailles / Victoria Livengood, Kristinn Sigmundsson, Scott Scully, So Young Park. LA Opera, James Conlon
Recommended TitleCorigliano: The Ghosts of Versailles
James Conlon, LA Opera
"The LA Opera production is well cast, with strong contributions from soprano Patricia Racette, who is a dramatically effective..." -Gramophone
'Shadow of Sirius' - Works for Wind Band by Steven Bryant, Joel Puckett and John Mackey / University of Texas Wind Ensemble; Jerry F. Junkin [Blu-Ray Audio]
Shadow of Sirius
Jerry F. Junkin, University of Texas Wind Ensemble
They perform three highly virtuosic and expressive works conceived to give the listener a surround sound experience in the concert hall, recreated on this recording in stunning 5.1.
Henri Dutilleux: Sur le Même Accord; Les Citations; Mystère de l'Instant; Timbres, Espace, Mouvement / Ludovic Morlot, Seattle Symphony
Henri Dutilleux: Sur le Même Accord
Ludovic Morlot, Seattle Symphony
Especially notable on this installment, is the inclusion of a live performance of Dutilleux's masterpiece "Timbres, espace, mouvement."

----- Best Musical Theater Album -----
The Color Purple [New Broadway Cast Recording]
Recommended TitleThe Color Purple
New Broadway Cast Recording
"This album has become a favorite in the house for everyone and it's not unusual for one of the kids to push the replay button, especially Celie's songs and the duet with Erivo and Hudson." -Customer Review
Fiddler on the Roof [2016 Broadway Cast]
Fiddler on the Roof
2016 Broadway Cast
The original production won ten Tony Awards, the longest-running Broadway musical of all time--and now you can experience this new production, starring Tony nominees Danny Burstein and Jessica Hecht.
Bright Star [Original Broadway Cast Recording]
Recommended TitleBright Star
Original Broadway Cast
"Bright Star's simple story of love and redemption is a familiar one, and that familiarity provides fertile ground for Martin and Brickell's bucolic and agreeable melodies."

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