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).