The St. Louis Symphony Orchestra’s recording of John Adams’s City Noir has won the 2015 Grammy Award for Best Orchestral Performance. Other nominees in that category included the Seattle Symphony’s recording of works by Dutilleux, the Pittsburgh Symphony’s recording of Dvorák’s Symphony No. 8 and Janáček’s Symphony Suite from Jenůfa, the Berlin Philharmonic’s recording of Sibelius symphonies, and the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra’s all-Sibelius recording. The Seattle Symphony’s recording of John Luther Adams’s Become Ocean won Best Contemporary Classical Composition, and the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra’s all-Vaughan Williams recording—Dona Nobis Pacem, Symphony No. 4, and The Lark Ascending—was named Best Engineered Album. Other winners included Harry Partch’s Plectra & Percussion Dances (Best Classical Compendium); In 27 Pieces—The Hilary Hahn Encores (Best Chamber Music/Small Ensemble Performance); guitarist Jason Vieaux’s Play (Best Classical Instrumental Solo); the vocal group Conspirare’s The Sacred Spirit of Russia (Best Choral Performance), and the Boston Early Music Festival Chamber Ensemble’s recording of Charpentier’s La Descente d’Orphée aux Enfers (Best Opera Recording). Conductor and composer Pierre Boulez received a lifetime achievement award. A complete list of winners can be found at the Grammy website

Posted February 9, 2015