Grammy nominations for 2022: American orchestras dominate Best Orchestral Performance category

Posted on: November 24, 2021

The Recording Academy has announced nominees for the 64th Annual Grammy Awards, which will be given on January 31, 2022 at the Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles. In the Best Orchestral Performance category, all the nominees are American orchestras: the Nashville Symphony for its recording of John Adams’s My Father Knew Charles Ives and Harmonielehre; the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra (Beethoven’s Symphony No. 9); the San Francisco Symphony (Nico Muhly’s Throughline); the Philadelphia Orchestra (Florence Price’s Symphonies Nos. 1 and 3); and Seattle Symphony (Strauss’s Also Sprach Zarathustra and Scriabin’s The Poem of Ecstasy). Two recordings by the Metropolitan Opera—Philip Glass’s Akhnaten and Francis Poulenc’s Dialogues of the Carmelites—were nominated for Best Opera Recording. Best Choral Performance nominees include the Los Angeles Philharmonic for Mahler’s Symphony No. 8. Best Classical Instrumental Solo nominees include violinists Jennifer Koh (Alone Together), Augustin Hadelich (Bach: Sonatas and Partitas), and Curtis Stewart (Of Power); pianist Simone Dinnerstein (An American Mosaic); and The Knights/Gil Shaham (Beethoven/Brahms violin concertos). The San Francisco Symphony’s Alban Berg: Violin Concerto, Seven Early Songs, and Three Pieces for Orchestra was nominated for Best Classical Compendium. Nominees for Best Engineered Classical Album include the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra for Beethoven’s Symphony No. 9 and the Los Angeles Philharmonic for Mahler’s Symphony No. 8. Nominees for Best Contemporary Classical Composition include Andy Akiho’s Seven Pillars (featuring Sandbox Percussion), Louis Andriessen’s The Only One (Los Angeles Philharmonic), and Caroline Shaw’s Narrow Sea (Dawn Upshaw, Gilbert Kalish, and Sō Percussion). For details, visit the Grammy website.