Artists from Naxos of America Family of Distributed Labels Win Six Grammy® Awards, Including Best Classical Album

John Corigliano’s Mr. Tambourine Man: Seven Poems of Bob Dylan Garners Two Wins:
Best Contemporary Classical Composition and Best Classical Vocal Performance;
The Pacifica Quartet Wins Best Chamber Music Performance for
Elliott Carter’s String Quartets Nos. 1 & 5;
The Los Angeles Opera Production of Kurt Weill’s Rise and Fall of the City of Mahagonny
Wins Best Classical Album and Best Opera Recording;
Charles Bruffy and the Phoenix Chorale Win Best Small Ensemble Performance
for Spotless Rose: Hymns to the Virgin Mary.

On February 8, 2009, The Recording Academy® honored artists from labels Naxos, EuroArts and Chandos Records with six Grammy® Awards.

Israeli-born soprano Hila Plitmann won the Grammy® Award for Best Classical Vocal Performance for the world premiere recording of John Corigliano’s Mr. Tambourine Man: Seven Poems of Bob Dylan. The Naxos recording features Hila Plitmann with conductor JoAnn Falletta and the Buffalo Philharmonic. Pulitzer, Oscar, multi-Grammy®, and Grawemeyer award-winning composer John Corigliano won the Best Classical Contemporary Composition Grammy® Award for the work.

Recently named 2009 Ensemble of the Year by Musical America, The Pacifica Quartet won the Best Chamber Music Performance Grammy® Award for their acclaimed Naxos recording of Elliott Carter’s String Quartets Nos. 1 & 5. The Pacifica Quartet has recorded the complete cycle of Elliott Carter’s string quartets in two volumes, the second of which will be released by Naxos on February 24.

The Los Angeles Opera production of Kurt Weill’s Rise and Fall of The City of Mahagonny, released on DVD by EuroArts, earned Grammy® Awards for Best Classical Album and Best Opera Recording. The performance featured conductor James Conlon, soloists Anthony Dean Griffey, Patti LuPone and Audra McDonald; the Los Angeles Opera Orchestra and Chorus; and was produced by Fred Vogler. This marks the first time ever that DVD recordings have been eligible for Grammy® Award consideration in these categories. Only the audio portion of the DVD is considered.

Charles Bruffy and The Phoenix Chorale took home the Grammy® Award for Best Small Ensemble Performance for their recording Spotless Rose: Hymns to the Virgin Mary, from Chandos Records.


CORIGLIANO: Mr. Tambourine Man: Seven Poems Of Bob Dylan
(JoAnn Falletta; Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra)

Best Classical Contemporary Composition
John Corigliano

Best Classical Vocal Performance
Hila Plitmann

CARTER: String Quartets Nos. 1 And 5
(Pacifica Quartet)

Best Chamber Music Performance

WEILL: Rise And Fall Of The City Of Mahagonny
James Conlon, conductor; Anthony Dean Griffey, Patti LuPone & Audra McDonald; Fred Vogler, producer (Donnie Ray Albert, John Easterlin, Steven Humes, Mel Ulrich & Robert Wörle; Los Angeles Opera Chorus; Los Angeles Opera Orchestra)
Best Classical Album

Best Opera Recording

Spotless Rose: Hymns To The Virgin Mary
(Charles Bruffy, conductor; Phoenix Chorale)

Best Small Ensemble Performance