Soprano Montserrat Caball_ Shares Classical Latin Grammy

Classic Arts News   Soprano Montserrat Caball_ Shares Classical Latin Grammy
Montserrat Caball_, the legendary soprano who at age 74 is still appearing at such venues as the Vienna State Opera, is one of two winners in the classical category of this year's Latin Grammy Awards. The honors were announced and presented last night by the Latin Academy of Recording Arts & Sciences at a ceremony in Las Vegas.

She won for her CD titled "La Canci‹n romšntica espaê±ola," a collection of 14 art songs from 19th-century Spain which she recorded last year on the Spanish label Sello Autor. The disc is the fourth Caball_ has made in a series surveying the history of Spanish solo vocal music; the first three releases featured medieval melodies, Renaissance songs for voice and vihuela, and 20th-century art songs.

Tied for top honors in the "Mejor Album de M‹sica Clšsica" category is an all-Beethoven CD on the Brazilian label Boscoito Fino by the Orquestra Sinfêänica do Estado de Sê£o Paulo under the baton of its artistic director, John Neschling. The disc includes the Symphony No. 6 and the Consecration of the House Overture.

The other three classical nominees were:
- "Gitano," a collection of zarzuela arias sung by tenor Rolando Villaz‹n and conducted by Plšcido Domingo (Virgin Classics);
- Vol. 3 in a series of the complete Mozart piano sonatas recorded by Brazilian pianist Clara Sverner (Azul Music); and
- Vol. 4 of the complete chamber works of Carlos Chšvez, performed by the ensemble Southwest Chamber Music (Cambria Records).

Vol. 3 of the Chšvez series was a nominee last year for both Latin and anglophone Grammy Awards; Vols. 1 and 2 were Grammy winners in 2004 and 2005.

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