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Congratulations to winners of the 2015 Classical Grammys!

Laurie Niles

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Published: February 8, 2015 at 10:42 PM [UTC]

Winners of the classical Grammys were announced this afternoon at the Grammy Premiere Ceremony at the at Nokia Theatre L.A. Live in Los Angeles. A special congratulations to Hilary Hahn, who won Best Chamber Music/Small Ensemble Performance for her album of encore pieces, "In 27 Pieces." Below is a list of all the classical Grammy winners:

Hilary Hahn
Hilary Hahn. Photo by Michael Patrick O'Leary

BEST ORCHESTRAL PERFORMANCE
John Adams: City Noir
David Robertson, conductor (St. Louis Symphony)
Label: Nonesuch

BEST OPERA RECORDING
Charpentier: La Descente D'Orphée Aux Enfers
Paul O'Dette & Stephen Stubbs, conductors; Aaron Sheehan; Renate Wolter-Seevers, producer (Boston Early Music Festival Chamber Ensemble; Boston Early Music Festival Vocal Ensemble)
Label: CPO

BEST CHORAL PERFORMANCE
The Sacred Spirit Of Russia
Craig Hella Johnson, conductor (Conspirare)
Label: Harmonia Mundi

BEST CHAMBER MUSIC/SMALL ENSEMBLE PERFORMANCE
In 27 Pieces - The Hilary Hahn Encores
Hilary Hahn & Cory Smythe
Label: Deutsche Grammophon

BEST CLASSICAL INSTRUMENTAL SOLO
Play
Jason Vieaux
Label: Azica Records

BEST CLASSICAL SOLO VOCAL ALBUM
Douce France
Anne Sofie Von Otter; Bengt Forsberg, accompanist (Carl Bagge, Margareta Bengston, Mats Bergström, Per Ekdahl, Bengan Janson, Olle Linder & Antoine Tamestit)
Label: Naïve

BEST CLASSICAL COMPENDIUM
Partch: Plectra & Percussion Dances
Partch; John Schneider, producer
Label: Bridge Records, Inc.

BEST CONTEMPORARY CLASSICAL COMPOSITION
John Luther Adams: Become Ocean
John Luther Adams, composer (Ludovic Morlot & Seattle Symphony)
Label: Cantaloupe Music

BEST ENGINEERED ALBUM
Vaughan Williams: Dona Nobis Pacem, Symphony No. 4 & The Lark Ascending
Atlanta Symphony Orchestra
Robert Spano, conductor
Engineering: Michael Bishop
Label: ASO Media

PRODUCER OF THE YEAR, CLASSICAL
Judith Sherman
Beethoven: Cello & Piano Complete (Fischer Duo)
Brahms By Heart (Chiara String Quartet)
Composing America (Lark Quartet)
Divergence (Plattform K + K Vienna)
The Good Song (Thomas Meglioranza)
Mozart & Brahms: Clarinet Quintets (Anthony McGill & Pacifica Quartet)
Snapshot (American Brass Quintet)
Two X Four (Jaime Laredo, Jennifer Koh, Vinay Parameswaran & Curtis 20/21 Ensemble)
Wagner Without Words (Ll_r Williams)

LIFETIME ACHIEVEMENT AWARD
Composer Pierre Boulez

For a complete list of all nominees, please see the Grammy.com winner page.

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From Paul Deck
Posted on February 9, 2015 at 5:20 AM
I'm glad something a little outside the normal box can win a grammy. Good for HH.

Now about those earrings ...

From Laurie Niles
Posted on February 9, 2015 at 6:23 AM
Oh for heaven's sake, let her wear her earrings. Is this mansplainin' or what? You can't wear the really fun ones while playing, so wear them for the photo session. Yes!
From Paul Deck
Posted on February 9, 2015 at 4:24 PM
Sure, but check out yesterday's funnies:

http://zitscomics.com/comics/february-8-2015/

From Laurie Niles
Posted on February 9, 2015 at 4:28 PM
Well we all have different taste in earrings. If I could wear big ones, I would!
From 173.52.45.205
Posted on February 9, 2015 at 5:21 PM
Hi Laurie!

I'm so glad you're talking about this. One of my oldest and dearest friends, Jory Vinikour, was up for his second Best Instrumental Solo Grammy last night. I thought that maybe Leon Fleisher (which spell-check tried to change to "fleshier") would get the sympathy vote, but he didn't win either.

Jory's album, Toccatas, is beautiful, bold and brilliant. His playing is superhuman.

I'm sure if Jory ever reads this comment, he will be embarrassed and will chide me for posting it, but he's too modest. I'll say it straight out -- Jory should have won.

--Lana Marina

From Paul Deck
Posted on February 9, 2015 at 7:47 PM
Lana, thanks for the recommendation. And thanks to Rhapsody, I'm listening to Jory's album "Toccatas" right now. Wow, this is amazing stuff. When I was growing up my parents had a small John Challis harpsichord, and it's very hard to play expressively in the same way as the piano. Hell, it's hard to play *legato* at all on the harpsichord. Listening to Jory play I would swear his instrument has a sustain pedal, is that possible? The Challis instrument did not have one.

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