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William Bolcom Tops Classical Grammy Awards

Feb 9, 2006

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The 48th annual Grammy Awards were presented on Wednesday night and American composer William Bolcom took three of the top classical awards. His Songs of Innocence and of Experience, a musical interpretation of William Blake's 46 poems, won best classical album, best choral performance and best classical contemporary composition. NPR's Performance Today presents a wrap-up of this year's classical music winners.

Best Classical Album: William Bolcom: Songs of Innocence and of Experience; Leonard Slatkin, conductor; Jerry Blackstone, William Hammer, Jason Harris, Christopher Kiver, Carole Ott & Mary Alice Stollak, choir directors; Tim Handley, producer (Christine Brewer & Joan Morris; University Of Michigan School Of Music Symphony Orchestra) [Naxos]

Best Orchestral Performance: Shostakovich: Sym. No. 13; Mariss Jansons, conductor (Sergei Aleksashkin; Chor Des Bayerischen Rundfunks; Symphonieorchester Des Bayerischen Rundfunks) [EMI Classics]

Best Opera Recording: Verdi: Falstaff; Sir Colin Davis, conductor; Carlos Alvarez, Bülent Bezdüz, Marina Domashenko, Jane Henschel, Ana Ibarra, Maria Josè Moreno & Michele Pertusi; James Mallinson, producer (London Symphony Chorus; London Symphony Orchestra) [LSO Live]

Best Choral Performance: William Bolcom: Songs of Innocence and of Experience; Leonard Slatkin, conductor; Jerry Blackstone, William Hammer, Jason Harris, Christopher Kiver, Carole Ott & Mary Alice Stollak, choir directors (Christine Brewer, Measha Brueggergosman, Ilana Davidson, Nmon Ford, Linda Hohenfeld, Joan Morris, Carmen Pelton, Marietta Simpson & Thomas Young; Michigan State University Children's Choir, University Of Michigan Chamber Choir, University Of Michigan Orpheus Singers, University Of Michigan University Choir & University Musical Society Choral Union; University Of Michigan School Of Music Symphony Orchestra) [Naxos]

Best Instrumental Soloist(s) Performance (with Orchestra): Beethoven: Piano Cons. Nos. 2 & 3; Claudio Abbado, conductor; Martha Argerich (Mahler Chamber Orchestra) [Deutsche Grammophon]

Best Instrumental Soloist Performance (without Orchestra): Scriabin, Medtner, Stravinsky; Evgeny Kissin [BMG Classics RCA Red Seal]

Best Chamber Music Performance: Mendelssohn: The Complete String Quartets; Emerson String Quartet [Deutsche Grammophon]

Best Small Ensemble Performance (with or without Conductor): Boulez: Le Marteau Sans Maître, Dérive 1 & 2; Pierre Boulez, conductor; Hilary Summers; Ensemble Intercontemporain [Deutsche Grammophon]

Best Classical Vocal Performance: Bach: Cantatas; Thomas Quasthoff (Rainer Kussmaul; Members Of The RIAS Chamber Choir; Berlin Baroque Soloists) [Deutsche Grammophon]

Best Classical Contemporary Composition: William Bolcom: Songs of Innocence and of Experience; William Bolcom (Leonard Slatkin) [Naxos]

Best Classical Crossover Album: 4 + Four; Turtle Island String Quartet & Ying Quartet [Telarc]

Best Engineered Album, Classical: Mendelssohn: The Complete String Quartets; Da-Hong Seetoo, engineer (Emerson String Quartet) [Deutsche Grammophon]

Producer Of The Year, Classical : Tim Handley — Adams: Shaker Loops (Marin Alsop); Bolcom: Songs of Innocence and of Experience (Leonard Slatkin, Christine Brewer & Joan Morris); Brahms: Sym. No. 1 (Marin Alsop & London Philharmonic Orchestra); Daugherty: Philadelphia Stories (Marin Alsop & Evelyn Glennie); Glass: Syms. Nos. 2 And 3 (Marin Alsop & Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra)

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