Nominations have been announced for the Grammy Awards, with the winners to be named on January 28, 2018 at Madison Square Garden in New York City. Nominees for best orchestral performance include the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra’s Concertos for Orchestra (Louis Langrée, conductor); the Detroit Symphony Orchestra’s Copland: Symphony No. 3 and Three Latin American Sketches (Leonard Slatkin, conductor); the San Francisco Symphony’s Debussy: Images, Jeux, and La Plus Que Lente (Michael Tilson Thomas, conductor); the Minnesota Orchestra’s Mahler: Symphony No. 5 (Osmo Vänskä, conductor); and the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra’s Shostakovich: Symphony No. 5 and Barber: Adagio (Manfred Honeck, conductor). Nominees for best contemporary classical composition include two Nashville Symphony recordings: Danielpour: Songs of Solitude and Higdon: Viola Concerto (composers Richard Danielpour and Jennifer Higdon), plus the Kansas City Symphony’s Schoenberg, Adam: Picture Studies (composer Adam Schoenberg) and the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra’s Zhou Tian: Concerto for Orchestra (composer Zhou Tian). The Nashville Symphony’s Higdon: All Things Majestic, Viola Concerto and Oboe Concerto is among the nominees for best classical compendium. The Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra’s Death and the Maiden with violinist Patricia Kopatchinskaja has been nominated for best chamber music/small ensemble performance. Nominees for best choral performance include a Handel Messiah recording featuring the Toronto Symphony Orchestra and Mendelssohn Choir, led by Andrew Davis. The Houston Symphony’s Berg: Wozzeck recording—conducted by Hans Graf with singers from the Shepherd School of Music, Rice University, and Houston Grand Opera Children’s Chorus—is among the nominees for best opera recording.  

Posted November 28, 2017