By Culturekiosque Staff
LOS ANGELES, 16 FEBRUARY 2012 Hardly a surprise, Venezuelan
Dudamel and the Los Angeles Philharmonic received a 2012 Grammy in the
Best Orchestral Performance category for their recording on Deutsche
Grammophon of Brahms Symphony No. 4. Recorded live at Walt Disney Concert
Hall last summer and released as a digital-only recording, this Grammy is
Gustavo Dudamels first.
Having studied conducting with "El Sistema"
founder Dr. José Antonio Abreu in Caracas, Gustavo Dudamel, who attracts
connoisseurs as well as the much coveted younger audiences, hopes to
achieve similar results as those in Venezuela with low-income children in
Atomic by John Adams won the Best Opera Recording at this year's
Grammy Awards. The Sony DVD recording was of Penny Woolcock's 2008
production at the Metropolitan Opera, conducted by Alan Gilbert
with a cast that included Gerald Finley in the title role.
First seen and heard in Amsterdam at the Holland Festival and then at
the San Francisco Opera, Doctor Atomic explores physicist J.
Robert Oppenheimer's work on the atomic bomb at The Manhattan Project
laboratory in Los Alamos, New Mexico during World War II.The
opera signaled renewed cooperation between John Adams and
director Peter Sellars after Nixon in China and The Death of
Klinghoffer. Meanwhile, Robert Aldridges opera Elmer
Gantry, on Naxos, won a Grammy for Best Contemporary Classical
Composer and conductor Eric Whitacre won the Grammy for Best Choral
Performance. The album, entitled Light & Gold, is a
collection of Whitacres most famous choral works and was recorded with
The King's Singers, Laudibus and The Eric Whitacre Singers. This is
the first recording where Whitacre has conducted his own works. The
Grammy win comes just weeks before the release of Whitacres second album
on Decca, Water Night.
Best Classical Instrumental Solo went to Naxos' recording of Joseph
Schwantner's Concerto For Percussion & Orchestra, notably for the
track Chasing Light. Gancarlo Guerrero leads the Nashville
Symphony and soloist Christopher Lamb.
Mezzo-soprano Joyce DiDonato won the 2012 Grammy Best Classical Vocal
Solo for a collection of arias entitled Diva on Virgin Classics.
She is accompanied by conductor Kazushi Ono, the Orchestre De L'Opéra
National De Lyon and the Choeur De L'Opéra National De Lyon.
In the category of Best Small Ensemble Performance the winner was
Steven Mackey for his Lonely Motel recorded by Eighth Blackbird
on Cedille Records
Lastly, The Kings
Speech nabbed the Grammy for Best Score Soundtrack, with music
written by multiple Oscar and Golden Globe nominee, Alexandre Desplat.
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