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And the Winners Are…

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
[
Naxos

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)
[EuroArts] 

Best Orchestral Performance 

Shostakovich: Symphony No. 4

Bernard Haitink, conductor (Chicago Symphony Orchestra)
[CSO Resound] 

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 Orchestra; Los Angeles Opera Chorus)
[EuroArts] 

Best Choral Performance 

Symphony Of Psalms
Sir Simon Rattle, conductor; Simon Halsey, chorus master (Berliner Philharmoniker; Rundfunkchor
Berlin)
Track from: Stravinsky: Symphonies
[EMI Classics]  

Best Instrumental Soloist(s) Performance (with Orchestra) 

Schoenberg/Sibelius: Violin Concertos
Esa-Pekka Salonen, conductor; Hilary Hahn (Swedish Radio Symphony Orchestra)
[Deutsche Grammophon]  

Best Instrumental Soloist Performance (without Orchestra) 

Piano Music Of Salonen, Stucky, And Lutoslawski

Gloria Cheng
[Telarc]  

Best Chamber Music Performance 

Carter, Elliott: String Quartets Nos. 1 And 5
Pacifica Quartet
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Naxos]  

Comments

Comment from Alan Theisen
Time: February 9, 2009, 12:31 am

Did anyone else see Elliott Carter get a shout-out during the Grammy show (right before the Album of the Year announcement nonetheless)?

Holy crap!

Comment from Steve Layton
Time: February 9, 2009, 12:48 am

Well, when you get to 100 all kind of funny stuff like that happens. (c’mon, weather shout-outs on the morning news?)

Nice to see all that recognition of “Mahagonny”, too, though I’ll still take the old recording any day. One of Weill’s best works, on so many levels.

Comment from Christian
Time: February 9, 2009, 1:47 am

Both Tony Griffey and Hila Plitmann were at Juilliard when I was there. So happy for both of them – and for Gloria, Hilary, and the Pacifica folks too. All in all, a very good year.

Comment from Alan Theisen
Time: February 9, 2009, 9:22 am

I’m not assigning any importance to it, Steve, but any time a composer who writes music like Carter’s gets even five seconds of mention at a pop-world show, the effect is close to a moment of Zen.

Hooray for Haitink with Shosta. 4th, Hahn for her excellent Schoenberg recording, and “Mahagonny” (Weill’s wonderful work).

But as for the Corigliano “Mr. Tambourine Man”… -rolls eyes-

Ick.

Comment from Aaron
Time: February 9, 2009, 5:09 pm

I’m with you Alan. Particularly in regards to the eye-rolling incident :)

Comment from Alan Theisen
Time: February 9, 2009, 6:33 pm

Yeah. I’m sorry, but I listened to “Mr. Tambourine Man” in its entirety twice (it came highly recommended by some friends), and both times I wanted to gag.

Comment from Eric L
Time: February 9, 2009, 10:54 pm

Haven’t heard Mr. Tambourine Man yet, but from what I’ve heard from others, it’s apparently not the most interesting Corigliano–I wouldn’t be surprised if it’s the more bland “Red Violin” kind of neo-romanticism that he can occasionally throw off?

I just got the CD to Circus Maximus however, and it’s just as good as when I heard it live a few years back. A knockout masterpiece.