Classical Grammy Winners Announced

On Sunday 8 February the 51st annual Grammy Awards took place in Los Angeles with some exciting winners in the classical music category.

The King's Singers

Weill's 'Rise and Fall of The City of Mahagonny , conducted by James Conlon scooped two awards at this year's ceromony, including Best Classical Album and Best Opera Recording.

Best Choral Performance went to Sir Simon Rattle and Berliner Philharmoniker and a recording of Shostakovich Symphony No.4 by Bernard Haitink and Chicago Symphony Orchestra topped the Best Orchestral Performance category.

It was also good news for The King's Singers who achieved their very first Grammy Award for 'Simple Gifts' in The Best Classical Crossover Album category. This unique collection of ballad, folk song and spiritual vocal arrangements was released in May 2008 in conjunction with the group’s 40th anniversary celebrations.



For a complete list of the 2009 Classical Grammy Winners please see below:



BEST CLASSICAL ALBUM
Weill: Rise And Fall Of The City Of Mahagonny
James Conlon, conductor; Anthony Dean Griffey, Patti LuPone & Audra McDonald; Fred Vogler, producer (Donnie Ray Albert, John Easterlin, Steven Humes, Mel Ulrich & Robert Wörle; Los Angeles Opera Chorus; Los Angeles Opera Orchestra)

BEST ORCHESTRAL PERFORMANCE
Shostakovich: Symphony No. 4
Bernard Haitink, conductor (Chicago Symphony Orchestra)

BEST OPERA RECORDING
Weill: Rise And Fall Of The City Of Mahagonny
James Conlon, conductor; Anthony Dean Griffey, Patti LuPone & Audra McDonald; Fred Vogler, producer (Donnie Ray Albert, John Easterlin, Steven Humes, Mel Ulrich & Robert Wörle; Los Angeles Opera Chorus; Los Angeles Opera Orchestra)

BEST CHORAL PERFORMANCE
Symphony Of Psalms
Sir Simon Rattle, conductor; Simon Halsey, chorus master (Berliner Philharmoniker; Rundfunkchor Berlin)
Track from: Stravinsky: Symphonies

BEST INSTRUMENTAL SOLOIST(S) PERFORMANCE (WITH ORCHESTRA)
Schoenberg/Sibelius: Violin Concertos
Esa-Pekka Salonen, conductor; Hilary Hahn (Swedish Radio Symphony Orchestra)

BEST INSTRUMENTAL SOLOIST PERFORMANCE (WITHOUT ORCHESTRA)
Piano Music Of Salonen, Stucky, And Lutoslawski
Gloria Cheng

BEST CHAMBER MUSIC PERFORMANCE
Carter, Elliott: String Quartets Nos. 1 And 5
Pacifica Quartet

BEST SMALL ENSEMBLE PERFORMANCE
Spotless Rose: Hymns To The Virgin Mary
Charles Bruffy, conductor; Phoenix Chorale

BEST CLASSICAL VOCAL PERFORMANCE
Corigliano: Mr. Tambourine Man: Seven Poems Of Bob Dylan
Hila Plitmann (JoAnn Falletta; Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra)

BEST CLASSICAL CONTEMPORARY COMPOSITION
Mr. Tambourine Man: Seven Poems Of Bob Dylan
John Corigliano (JoAnn Falletta)
Track from: Corigliano: Mr. Tambourine Man: Seven Poems Of Bob Dylan

BEST CLASSICAL CROSSOVER ALBUM
Simple Gifts
The King's Singers


10 February 2009

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