Gil Shaham’s recording of Beethoven and Brahms Violin Concertos is nominated for a GRAMMY under the Best Classical Instrumental: Solo category. The Album was recorded with Brooklyn-based The Knights conducted by Eric Jacobsen and released by Shaham’s label, Canary Classics.
Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra’s recording of Beethoven’s masterful Symphony No.9 features Chinese bass-baritone Shenyang under the baton of their Music Director Manfred Honeck, and is nominated in two categories: Best Orchestra and Best Engineered Album.
Karita Mattila’s haunted portrayal of Madame de Croissy was heralded by critics and is immortalised in the Metropolitan Opera’s DVD release of Dialogues Des Carmélites which is nominated in the Best Opera Recording Category.
Anthony Roth Costanzo’s universally-acclaimed portrayal of the Egyptian Pharoah Akhnaten in Philip Glass’ opera of the same name, was recorded for release by The Metropolitan Opera and is nominated for Best Opera Recording as well as Producer of the Year.
Also in the Producer of the Year category is the world premiere of Tarik O’Regan’s opera The Phoenix, charting the trials and tribulations of Mozart’s long-standing collaborative librettist Lorenzo da Ponte. Mezzo-soprano Rihab Chaieb features in a triple of roles: as Nancy da Ponte, Maria Malibran, and Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart himself.
Jamie Barton’s unique collaboration with composer Jake Heggie — Unexpected Shadows — is a celebration in words and music of exceptional women and nominated in the Best Classical Solo Vocal Album. Jamie and Jake bring the programme to Frankfurt, Saffron Walden and London next week.
Stewart Copeland’s new album with Ricky Tej Divine Tides has been nominated in the Best New Age Album category. Copeland collaborates with Indian composer, keyboardist, and multi-instrumentalist Ricky Kej. Together, they have created an album focused on world music delights, with the sounds of South Asia at its base.
Kej brings to the table his lifelong love of and deep-seated passion for Indian music, along with a stellar line-up of accomplished and renowned Indian, African, and international musicians and vocalists. Copeland brings his unique sense of time and rhythm to the proceedings, as well as his kinetic compositional contributions.