Classical music celebrated at Grammys

A host of classical stars picked up awards at the 55th Grammy Awards at glamorous ceremony in Los Angeles last night.

Renee Fleming - Verismo

Renée Fleming and performers from the Metropolitan Opera are among the classical musicians to be recognised at the 55th Grammy Awards last night. Classical music picked up awards in eight categories, including Best Chamber Music/Small Ensemble Performance, Best Choral Performance, and Best Opera Performance.

After picking up the award for Best Classical Vocal Solo, Renée tweeted: "So thankful about the Grammy! To be among such brilliant ladies - Joyce, Natalie, Anne Sofie & Ute- also for music of the great H. Dutilleux! Grateful for the artistry of maestri @GilbertConducts and Seiji Ozawa. It's a lucky soprano who works with conductors like these!"

Other categories included Best Classical Instrumental Solo, won by violist Kim Kashkashian, and Best Classical Compendium, awarded to an album of music by Penderecki, conducted by Antoni Wit.

Classical music at the Grammys: list of winners

Best Orchestral Performance
Adams: Harmonielehre & Short Ride In A Fast Machine
Michael Tilson Thomas, conductor (San Francisco Symphony)

Best Opera Recording
Wagner: Der Ring Des Nibelungen
James Levine & Fabio Luisi, conductors; Hans-Peter König, Jay Hunter Morris, Bryn Terfel & Deborah Voigt; Jay David Saks, producer (The Metropolitan Opera Orchestra; The Metropolitan Opera Chorus)

Best Choral Performance
Life & Breath - Choral Works By René Clausen
Charles Bruffy, conductor (Matthew Gladden, Lindsey Lang, Rebecca Lloyd, Sarah Tannehill & Pamela Williamson; Kansas City Chorale)

Best Chamber Music/Small Ensemble Performance
Meanwhile
Eighth Blackbird

Best Classical Instrumental Solo
Kurtág & Ligeti: Music For Viola
Kim Kashkashian

Best Classical Vocal Solo
Poèmes
Renée Fleming (Alan Gilbert & Seiji Ozawa; Orchestre National De France & Orchestre Philharmonique De Radio France)

Best Classical Compendium
Penderecki: Fonogrammi; Horn Concerto; Partita; The Awakening Of Jacob; Anaklasis
Antoni Wit, conductor; Aleksandra Nagórko & Andrzej Sasin, producers

Best Contemporary Classical Composition
Hartke, Stephen: Meanwhile - Incidental Music To Imaginary Puppet Plays
Stephen Hartke, composer (Eighth Blackbird)
Track from: Meanwhile