A Rousing Night at the Grammy Awards
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
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.
Best Jazz Vocal Album
For solo vocals and duos or groups with vocals.
[Blue Note Records]
Best Jazz Instrumental Solo
For an instrumental solo performance with or without a group or band.
Michael Brecker, soloist
Track from: Nearness Of You – The Ballad Book
Best Jazz Instrumental Album, Individual, or Group
For solo artists, duos, or groups, instrumental only.
This Is What I Do
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)
Hugh Fordin, producer; Mel Brooks, composer & lyricist (Original Broadway Cast With Nathan Lane & Matthew Broderick)
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
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)
Best Engineered Album, Classical
Bernstein (Arr. Brohn & Corigliano): West Side Story Suite (Lonely Town; Make Our Garden Grow, Etc.)
Richard King, engineer (Joshua Bell)
Producer Of The Year, Classical
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.)
Best Orchestral Performance
Award to the Conductor and to the Orchestra.
Boulez Conducts Varèse (Amériques; Arcana; Déserts; Ionisation)
Pierre Boulez (Chicago Sym. Orch.)
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
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)