In Thursday’s (12/2) Los Angeles Times, David Ng writes, “The classical nominations for the 53rd annual Grammy Awards feature a sprawling mix of musicians and composers from around the world. Leading the nominations are Michael Daugherty’s ‘Deus Ex Machina,’ for piano and orchestra, with five nods, and Steve Mackey’s ‘Dreamhouse,’ an eclectic orchestral work, with three nods. Among the nominees with ties to Southern California is Estonian composer Arvo Pärt for his Symphony No. 4, ‘ Los Angeles,’ a piece that was commissioned by the Los Angeles Philharmonic and debuted at Walt Disney Concert Hall in 2009. L.A.-based composer Avner Dorman’s Mandolin Concerto is also up for an award. … The nominations for classical album are Bruckner’s Symphonies No. 3 and 4 from the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra; Daugherty’s ‘Deus Ex Machina’ and ‘Metropolis Symphony’ from the Nashville Symphony Orchestra; Steven Mackey’s ‘Dreamhouse’ from the Boston Modern Orchestra Project and Synergy Vocals; ‘Sacrificium—the Art of the Castrati’ featuring various artists; and Verdi’s ‘Requiem’ from the Chicago Symphony Orchestra and Chorus.” Best Orchestra Performance nominees include the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra, Nashville Symphony, Boston Modern Orchestra Project, Mannheim Mozartorchester, and Chicago Symphony Orchestra. Two Cleveland Orchestra recordings received nominations in the Instrumental Performance and Vocal Performance categories.
Posted December 2, 2010