Michel Camilo and Barcelona Symphony Win Classical Latin Grammy for Rhapsody in Blue

Classic Arts News   Michel Camilo and Barcelona Symphony Win Classical Latin Grammy for Rhapsody in Blue
 
Amid all the hoopla over Shakira's victories at the Latin Grammy Awards last night, it's easy to forget, or not even to realize, that some classical musicians had an invitation to the party as well.

Six recordings competed for the Grammy in the "Mejor Album de M‹sica Clšsica" category, and the winner was Rhapsody in Blue, a recording of Gershwin's piano-and-orchestra favorite (along with the composer's Concerto in F and Prelude No. 2 for solo piano) on the Telarc Jazz label. The performers are Dominican jazz pianist Michel Camilo and the Barcelona Symphony Orchestra (officially the Orquestra Simf‹nica de Barcelona i Nacional de Catalunya, the name under which the ensemble records for Naxos and other labels) under the baton of Ernest Mart‹nez Izquierdo.

The five remaining nominees were:
- Vol. 3 of the complete chamber works of Carlos Chšvez, performed by the ensemble Southwest Chamber Music (Cambria Records);
- Concierto Barocco, a recording of works by Antonio Vivaldi, Arvo P‹rt and Roberto Sierra by guitarist Victor Pablo P_rez and the Orquesta Sinf‹nica de Galicia (Koch International Classics);
- Contratenor, a collection of arias performed with piano by Handel, Mozart, Gluck and others sung by Brazilian pop star Edson Cordeiro (Paulus);
- Encantamento, a disc of Latin American orchestral works by Revueltas, Piazzolla, Camargo Guarnieri and other composers, performed by the Berliner Symphoniker conducted by Eduardo Marturet (Tempo Primo); and
- Tempo Caboclo, a series of Brazilian classical works played by jazz instrumentalists Mauro Senise and Jota Moraes. (Boscoito Fino).


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