Grammy Awards: Daugherty’s ‘Metropolis Symphony’ and Verdi’s ‘Requiem’ top classical Grammy awards


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Michael Daugherty’s ‘Metropolis Symphony’ -- a five-movement piece inspired by the Superman comics and performed by the Nashville Symphony Orchestra -- and Verdi’s ‘Requiem’ performed by the Chicago Symphony Orchestra were the two big winners in the classical categories at the 2011 Grammy Awards.

Verdi’s ‘Requiem,’ conducted by Riccardo Muti, won the Grammy for classical album of the year in addition to the award for choral performance.


‘Metropolis’ won the awards for contemporary composition, orchestral performance and engineering. The Naxos album also features Daugherty’s ‘Deus Ex Machina.’

Standing well over 6 feet tall, Daugherty joked that he was ‘the tallest composer in the world’ when he accepted one of his awards at the pre-telecast ceremony in Los Angeles.

Kaija Saariaho’s ‘L’Amour de Loin’ won the Grammy for opera recording. The album features the Deutsches Symphonie-Orchester Berlin under the direction of Kent Nagano, the former music director of the Los Angeles Opera.

Other winners include mezzo-soprano Cecilia Bartoli, the Parker Quartet and producer David Frost.

You can read the full story at the Awards Tracker blog and keep reading for the full list of classical Grammy winners...

Best Classical Album Verdi: Requiem
Riccardo Muti, conductor; Duain Wolfe, chorus master; Christopher Alder,
producer; David Frost, Tom Lazarus & Christopher Willis, engineers/mixers; Silas Brown, mastering engineer (Ildar Abdrazakov, Olga Borodina, Barbara Frittoli & Mario Zeffiri; Chicago Symphony Orchestra; Chicago Symphony Chorus)
[CSO Resound]

Producer Of The Year, Classical

David Frost

Best Orchestral Performance

Daugherty: Metropolis Symphony; Deus Ex Machina
Giancarlo Guerrero, conductor (Terrence Wilson; Nashville Symphony)

Best Opera Recording

Saariaho: L’Amour De Loin
Kent Nagano, conductor; Daniel Belcher, Ekaterina Lekhina & Marie-Ange
Todorovitch; Martin Sauer, producer (Deutsches Symphonie-Orchester Berlin; Rundfunkchor Berlin)
[Harmonia Mundi]

Best Choral Performance

Verdi: Requiem
Riccardo Muti, conductor; Duain Wolfe, chorus master (Ildar Abdrazakov, Olga
Borodina, Barbara Frittoli & Mario Zeffiri; Chicago Symphony Orchestra; Chicago Symphony Chorus)
[CSO Resound]

Best Instrumental Soloist(s) Performance (with Orchestra)

Mozart: Piano Concertos Nos. 23 & 24
Mitsuko Uchida (The Cleveland Orchestra)

Best Instrumental Soloist Performance (without Orchestra)

Messiaen: Livre Du Saint-Sacrement
Paul Jacobs

Best Chamber Music Performance

Ligeti: String Quartets Nos. 1 & 2
Parker Quartet

Best Small Ensemble Performance

Dinastia Borja
Jordi Savall, conductor; Hespèrion XXI & La Capella Reial De Catalunya (Pascal
Bertin, Daniele Carnovich, Lior Elmalich, Montserrat Figueras, Driss El Maloumi, Marc Mauillon, Lluís Vilamajó & Furio Zanasi; Pascal Bertin, Daniele Carnovich, Josep Piera & Francisco Rojas)
[Alia Vox]

Best Classical Vocal Performance

Cecilia Bartoli (Giovanni Antonini; Il Giardino Armonico)

Best Classical Contemporary Composition

Daugherty, Michael: Deus Ex Machina
Michael Daugherty (Giancarlo Guerrero)
Track from: Daugherty: Metropolis Symphony

Best Classical Crossover Album

Tin, Christopher: Calling All Dawns
Lucas Richman, conductor (Sussan Deyhim, Lia, Kaori Omura, Dulce Pontes, Jia
Ruhan, Aoi Tada & Frederica von Stade; Anonymous 4 & Soweto Gospel Choir; Royal Philharmonic Orchestra)
[Tin Works Publishing]

Best Engineered Album, Classical

Daugherty: Metropolis Symphony; Deus Ex Machina
Mark Donahue, John Hill & Dirk Sobotka, engineers (Giancarlo Guerrero &
Nashville Symphony Orchestra)

Porter, Quincy: Complete Viola Works
Leslie Ann Jones, Kory Kruckenberg, Brandie Lane & David Sabee, engineers (Eliesha Nelson & John McLaughlin Williams)
[Dorian Sono Luminus]


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[Updated: this version of the post corrects information about Cecilia Bartoli.]

-- David Ng