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The classical Grammy winners are…

Orchestral: Michael Tilson Thomas and San Francisco SO for John Adams album (SFSO)


Opera: James Levine and the Met for Wagner’s Ring (DG).

No dream for Minnesota.

Taken from live stream

Best choral: Life & Breath, Rene Clausen (Chandos)

Best chamber: Eighth Blackbird (Cedille)

Best instrumental solo: Kim Kashkashian (ECM)

Best vocal solo: Renee Fleming (Decca)

Best contemporary: Stephen Hartke (Cedille)

Best compilation: Penderecki (Naxos)

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  1. What Levine Ring? The one he recorded 20 years ago. Only now it got an award?

  2. Very happy with the winners, although I was rooting for Minnesota. The shock is the Met Opera Ring, but it has proven far more popular with audiences than reviewers. Grammy voters are audiences, after all.

    • Judith Lynn says:

      Agree re the Met OPera Ring. I loved it and suspect there was a lot of politics being aired in the reviews.

  3. Does anyone know who votes for the GRAMMY awards for classical music ???

    • Classical musicians? Is that not how it works?

    • Here are the Grammy guidelines.
      Anyone who is a member of NARAS can vote.
      And to become a member of NARAS you need to have:
      Recordings commercially released in the U.S. through recognized online music retailers.
      Must have 12 qualifying physical or digital tracks or equivalent duration of content.
      One qualifying track must have been released within five years of receipt of application.
      Releases must be currently available for purchase through recognized online music retailers.

      -Record companies and individuals may submit recordings to be nominated. Nominations are made online and a physical copy of the work is sent to the National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences. Once a work is entered, reviewing sessions are held, by more than 150 experts from the recording industry, to determine whether the work is eligible and entered in the correct category for official nomination. The resulting list is circulated to all NARAS members, each of whom may vote to nominate in the general field (Record of the Year, Album of the Year, Song of the Year, and Best New Artist) and in no more than nine out of 30 other fields on their ballots. The five recordings that earn the most votes in each category become the nominees. There may be more than five nominees if there is a tie in the nomination process. Whereas members of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences are generally invited to screenings or are sent DVDs of movies nominated for Oscars, NARAS members do not receive nominated recordings. After nominees have been determined, final voting ballots are sent to Recording Academy members, who may then vote in the general fields and in no more than eight of the 30 fields. NARAS members are encouraged, but not required, to vote only in their fields of expertise.

      So, any NARAS member from any genre of music can vote on anything they choose. So, someone like Mariah Carey can vote for Best Vocal solo classical.

  4. Robert Berger says:

    Having seen the new Met Ring on PBS, I can vouch that it was anything but dull , like the controversial production or not !

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