“American orchestras monopolized the best orchestral performance category in nominations announced Friday,” writes Richard S. Ginell in Friday’s (12/7) Los Angeles Times. “Manfred Honeck and the Pittsburgh Symphony, who won two Grammys last year, are back with Beethoven’s ‘Eroica’ Symphony … Perennial contenders Michael Tilson Thomas and the San Francisco Symphony scored with their smoothly played set of all four Schumann symphonies, and David Alan Miller’s enterprising survey of American composers Carl Ruggles, Steven Stucky and John Harbison deserves attention [performed by the National Orchestral Institute Philharmonic]. The Seattle Symphony leads all orchestras with three nominations—two for its present music director, Ludovic Morlot, in Aaron Jay Kernis’ traditionally shaped Violin Concerto with soloist James Ehnes (in the classical instrumental solo and contemporary composition categories), and one for its future music director, Thomas Dausgaard, in Nielsen’s Symphonies Nos. 3 and 4 (orchestral performance).” Also nominated for best orchestral performance is “Andris Nelsons and the Boston Symphony’s electric, powerful recordings of Shostakovich’s Symphonies Nos. 4 and 11.” Click here to read the complete list of classical Grammy nominations, including best contemporary composition, best chamber music/small ensemble performance, and more.
Posted December 10, 2018