Double GRAMMY: Barbara Hannigan and Patricia Kopatchinskaja win GRAMMY Awards
Barbara Hannigan’sCrazy Girl Crazy wins the GRAMMY award for Best Classical Solo Vocal album. The recording is the first showcase of her work as both a soprano and a conductor, with the Amsterdam-based orchestra LUDWIG. The album was released on 22 September by Alpha Classics.
Crazy Girl Crazy brings together Berg’s Lulu Suite, Berio’s Sequenza IIIfor solo voice, and a specially commissioned arrangement of Gershwin’s Girl Crazy by Tony Award-winning composer and arranger Bill Elliott.
Patricia Kopatchinskaja’sDeath and the Maiden wins the award for Best Chamber Music/Small Ensemble performance. The album is a live recording led by Patricia of a concert in which the movements of Schubert’s string quartet – in Kopatchinskaja’s own string-orchestra version – are interspersed with other music to surprising effect. The album was recorded with The Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra and released in October 2016 on Alpha Classics.
Congratulations also to John Williams who won Best Arrangement, Instrumental or A Cappella for his Escapades For Alto Saxophone And Orchestra From Catch Me If You Can won. You can watch Jess Gillam playing the work here at the BBC Proms.
The 60thGRAMMY Awards show took place at New York City’s Madison Square Garden on 28 January 2018.