The winners of the 2018 60th Annual Grammy Awards have been announced in New York City – including experimental Moldovan-Austrian violinist Patricia Kopatchinskaja and celebrated American composer Jennifer Higdon.
The 2018 ‘Best Chamber Music/Small Ensemble Performance’ Grammy Award was presented to violin virtuoso Patricia Kopatchinskaja and The Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra – for their innovative string ensemble arrangement of Schubert’s ‘Death & The Maiden’ on the Alpha Classics label.
PATRICIA KOPATCHINSKAJA | SCHUBERT | DEATH AND THE MAIDEN | THE SAINT PAUL CHAMBER ORCHESTRA | ALPHA CLASSICS
The ‘Best Contemporary Classical Composition’ Grammy Award was awarded to American composer Jennifer Higdon for her ‘Higdon Viola Concerto‘- released with viola soloist Robert Diaz, conductor Giancarlo Guerrero and the Nashville Symphony on the Naxos label.
The concerto was co-commissioned by the Library of Congress and the Curtis Institute of Music – where she serves a faculty position.
Jennifer was awarded her first Grammy in 2009 in the same category for her ‘Percussion Concerto’.
ROBERTO DIAZ | HIGDON VIOLA CONCERTO | 1ST MVT | GIANCARLO GUERRERO & NASHVILLE SYMPHONY | NAXOS
ROBERTO DIAZ | HIGDON VIOLA CONCERTO | 2ND MVT | GIANCARLO GUERRERO & NASHVILLE SYMPHONY | NAXOS
ROBERTO DIAZ | HIGDON VIOLA CONCERTO | 3RD MVT | GIANCARLO GUERRERO & NASHVILLE SYMPHONY | NAXOS
The entire Jennifer Higdon disc ‘Higdon: All Things Majestic, Viola Concerto & Oboe Concerto,‘ produced by Tim Handley and with oboist James Button, was also awarded a 2018 Grammy Award for the ‘Best Classical Compendium’ release.
The ‘Best Classical Instrumental Solo’ Grammy was awarded to Russian piano virtuoso Daniil Trifonov for his album ‘Transcendental‘ – on the Deutsche Grammophon label.
The ‘Best Orchestral Performance’ Grammy was awarded to conductor Manfred Honeck and the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra – for their recording of ‘Shostakovich: Symphony No. 5; Barber: Adagio’ – on the Reference Recordings label.
The ‘Best Opera Recording’ Grammy was awarded to conductor Hans Graf for his release of ‘Berg: Wozzeck’ with soprano Anne Schwanewilms & baritone Roman Trekel – on the Naxos Label.
The ‘Classical Producer of the Year’ Grammy was awarded to record producer and pianist David Frost.
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Daniil Trifonov Plays Franz Liszt
Daniil Trifonov, Piano
Release Date: October 7, 2016
Shostakovich: Symphony No. 5 |CD|
Manfred Honeck, Conductor
Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra
Release Date: August 18, 2017
Jennifer Higdon: All Things Majestic |CD|
Roberto Diaz, Viola
James Button, Oboe
Giancarlo Guerrero & Nashville Symphony
Release Date: March 10, 2017
Alban Berg: Wozzeck |CD|
Hans Graf, Conductor
Houston Symphony, Orchestra
Release Date: January 13, 2017
Death and the Maiden |CD|
Franz Schubert, Composer
Patricia Kopatchinskaja, Violin
The Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra
Release Date: October 28, 2016
Crazy Girl Crazy |CD|
Barbara Hannigan, Vocalist & Arranger
Release Date: September 22, 2017
Gavin Bryars: The Fifth Century |CD|
Donald Nally, Conductor
PRISM Saxophone Quartet, Orchestra
The Crossing Choir
Release Date: November 18, 2016
ECM New Series