A Rousing Night at the Grammy Awards



Christopher Rouse
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American composer Christopher Rouse took home the award for best contemporary classical composition from the 44th Annual GRAMMY Awards, held last night at Staples Center in Los Angeles and broadcast on CBS. Rouse’s Concert De Gaudí For Guitar and Orchestra (recorded by Sharon Isbin for Teldec ) was up against four non-American works.

Also of particular note, Boulez Conducts Varèse (with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra) picked up the Best Orchestral Performance award and Tan Dun‘s score for Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon won Best Score Soundtrack Album.

The London Symphony Orchestra created a buzz this year, winning Best Classical Album for a self-released live recording of Berlioz’s Les Troyens on their new LSO Live label. With all the trouble in classical recording, industry observers are wondering if the LSO’s success will mark a new direction in recording.

As usual, the Grammy awards for classical and jazz recordings were presented at an earlier, un-televised ceremony. However, Joshua Bell made a musical appearance during the broadcast to perform the Brohn’s West Side Story Suite from his Bernstein disc.

Recordings released between Oct. 1, 2000, and Sept. 30, 2001, were eligible for the 101 categories of the 44th Annual Grammy Awards. The recording academy has 13,000 voting members made up of artists and technical professionals. The GRAMMY Awards are telecast annually to an international audience of over 2 billion in 180 countries.

And the winners are…

Best Contemporary Jazz Album

For instrumental performances only, with or without vocal coloring.
M2
Marcus Miller
[Telarc]

Best Jazz Vocal Album

For solo vocals and duos or groups with vocals.
The Calling
Dianne Reeves
[Blue Note Records]

Best Jazz Instrumental Solo

For an instrumental solo performance with or without a group or band.
Chan’s Song
Michael Brecker, soloist
Track from: Nearness Of You – The Ballad Book
[Verve Records]

Best Jazz Instrumental Album, Individual, or Group

For solo artists, duos, or groups, instrumental only.
This Is What I Do
Sonny Rollins
[Milestone Records]

Best Large Jazz Ensemble Album

For large jazz ensembles, including big band sounds.
Homage To Count Basie
Bob Mintzer Big Band
[Digital Music Products]

Best Musical Show Album

Award to the Album Producer(s), and to the Lyricist(s) & Composer(s)
The Producers
Hugh Fordin, producer; Mel Brooks, composer & lyricist (Original Broadway Cast With Nathan Lane & Matthew Broderick)
[Sony Classical]

Best Score Soundtrack Album For A Motion Picture, Television Or Other Visual Media

Award to Composer(s) for an original composition (not an adaptation) written specifically for a motion picture, television or other visual media.
Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon
Tan Dun, composer
[Sony Classical/Sony Music Soundtrax]

Best Instrumental Composition

A Composer’s Award for an original composition (not an adaptation) with or without lyrics
Cast Away (End Credits)
Alan Silvestri, composer
Track from: Cast Away – The Zemeckis/Silvestri Collection
[Varese Sarabande]

Best Historical Album

Lady Day: The Complete Billie Holiday On Columbia 1933-1944
Michael Brooks & Michael Cuscuna, compilation producers; Matt Cavaluzzo, Harry Coster, Seth Foster, Darcy Proper, Ken Robertson & Mark Wilder, mastering engineers (Billie Holiday)
[Columbia/Legacy Recordings]

Best Engineered Album, Classical

Bernstein (Arr. Brohn & Corigliano): West Side Story Suite (Lonely Town; Make Our Garden Grow, Etc.)
Richard King, engineer (Joshua Bell)
[Sony Classical]

Producer Of The Year, Classical

Albums only.
Manfred Eicher

Best Classical Album

Award to the Artist(s) and to the Album Producer(s) if other than the Artist.
Berlioz: Les Troyens
Sir Colin Davis; Michelle De Young, Ben Heppner, Petra Lang, Peter Mattei, Stephen Milling, Sara Mingardo & Kenneth Tarver; James Mallinson, producer (Various Artists; London Sym. Orch.)
[LSO Live]

Best Orchestral Performance

Award to the Conductor and to the Orchestra.
Boulez Conducts Varèse (Amériques; Arcana; Déserts; Ionisation)
Pierre Boulez (Chicago Sym. Orch.)
[Deutsche Grammophon]

Best Instrumental Soloist(s) Performance (with Orchestra)

Award to the Instrumental Soloist(s) and to the Conductor.
Strauss Wind Concertos (Horn Concerto; Oboe Concerto, Etc.)
Daniel Barenboim, piano/conductor; Dale Clevenger, horn; Larry Combs, clarinet; Alex Klein, oboe; David McGill, bassoon (Chicago Sym. Orch.)
[Teldec Classics International]

Best Small Ensemble Performance (with or without Conductor)

Award to the Ensemble (and to the Conductor.)
After Mozart (Raskatov, Silvestrov, Schnittke, Etc.)
Gidon Kremer, violin; Kremerata Baltica
[Nonesuch Records]

Best Classical Contemporary Composition

A Composer’s Award. (For a contemporary classical composition composed within the last 25 years, and released for the first time during the Eligibility Year.)
Rouse: Concert De Gaudí For Guitar And Orchestra.
Christopher Rouse (Sharon Isbin, guitar; Muhai Tang; Gulbenkian Orch.)
Track from: Rouse: Concert De Gaudí/Tan Dun: Con. For Guitar And Orch. (Yi2)
[Teldec Classics International]

Best Classical Crossover Album

Award to the Artist(s) and/or to the Conductor.
Perpetual Motion (Scarlatti, Bach, Debussy, Chopin, Etc.)
Béla Fleck, banjo (Joshua Bell, violin; Evelyn Glennie, marimba; Gary Hoffman, cello; Edgar Meyer, bass & piano; Chris Thile, mandolin; John Williams, guitar)
[Sony Classical]