Martha Argerich, William Bolcom Lead Classical Grammy Nominations

Classic Arts News   Martha Argerich, William Bolcom Lead Classical Grammy Nominations
Pianist Martha Argerich, the Emerson String Quartet, conductor Mariss Jansons, and composer William Bolcom are among the most-cited classical nominees for the 48th Grammy Awards, announced this morning in New York.

Jazz nominees include Joshua Redman, Dianne Reeves, Sonny Rollins, Wynton Marsalis, and Wayne Shorter.

The awards will be presented on February 8, 2006, in Los Angeles. The CBS television broadcast, which begins at 8 p.m. ET, does not include classical or jazz awards.

Bolcom's Songs of Innocence and of Experience, a choral setting of Blake's poems, was nominated for best classical album, best choral performance, and best contemporary composition. A collection of Bolcom's songs recorded by soprano Carole Farley was also nominated in the vocal category and the best-engineered classical album category.

Martha Argerich and Friends: Live From the Lugano Festival, a three-disc chamber music set from the pianist, was nominated for best classical album and best chamber-music performance. Argerich was also nominated in the soloist-with-orchestra category for her performance of Beeethoven's Piano Concertos Nos. 1 and 2, recorded with Claudio Abbado and the Mahler Chamber Orchestra.

The Emerson Quartet's collection of Mendelssohn string quartets was also nominated for best classical album, best chamber-music performance, and best-engineered classical album; the third volume of Southwest Chamber Music's recordings of Carlos Chšvez's chamber music was nominated for best album and for best small-ensemble performance. A recording of Shostakovich's Thirteenth Symphony ("Babi Yar") led by Jansons was cited for best classical album and in the orchestra category.

Other nominees for best orchestral performances include the Vienna Symphony and conductor Yakov Kreizberg for Bruckner's Symphony No. 7 (which also picked up a nomination for engineering) and the Bournemouth Symphony, conducted by Jos_ Serebrier, for Leopold Stokowski's arrangements of Pictures at an Exhibition and other works by Mussorgsky.

Opera nominees include a recording of Strauss's Daphne with the WDR Sinfonieorchester K‹ln and soprano Ren_e Fleming, and Verdi's Falstaff conducted by Colin Davis. Conspicuous by its absence is EMI's much-anticipated, high-budget studio recording of Wagner's Tristan und Isolde with tenor Plšcido Domingo.

Other top soloists receiving nominations include pianist Evgeny Kissin, nominated in the solo-performance category for a collection of Scriabin, Medtner, and Stravinsky; violinist Maxim Vengerov, nominated in the same category for solo works by Kreisler, Paganini, and others; and singers Thomas Quastoff, Rolando Villaz‹n, Cecilia Bartoli, and Natalie Dessay, all in the vocal category.

Osvaldo Golijov's Ayre, sung by soprano Dawn Upshaw, is among the nominees for best classical contemporary composition.

No jazz albums received multiple nominations. Among the high-profile artists up for awards are vocalist Dianne Reeves, nominated in the vocal category for the Good Night, and Good Luck soundtrack; legendary saxophonist Sonny Rollins, nominated in the instrumental-solo category for "Why Was I Born?," a track from the much-praised live album Without a Song; trumpeter Wynton Marsalis, in the jazz instrumental category, for Live at the House of Tribes; and, in the same category, saxophonist Wayne Shorter for Beyond the Sound Barrier.

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