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Grammys Cast a Wider Net Than Usual

Awards * Breaking recent tradition, the academy's nominations are spread out among many acts.


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Best Classical Album: Bach: "Goldberg" Variations, Murray Perahia, piano; Andreas Neubronner, producer. Chopin: 24 Preludes, Opus 28; Sonata No. 2, Opus 35; Polonaise, Opus 53, Evgeny Kissin, piano; Jay David Saks, producer. Haydn: Piano Concertos Nos. 3, 4 and 11, Leif Ove Andsnes, piano/conductor; Tony Harrison, producer (Norgewian Chamber Orchestra). Mahler: Symphony No. 10, Simon Rattle, conductor; Stephen Johns, producer (Berlin Philharmonic). Shostakovich: The String Quartets, Emerson String Quartet; Da-Hong Seetoo and Max Wilcox, producers.

Best Orchestral Performance: Beethoven: The Symphonies, Daniel Barenboim, conductor (Berlin Staatskapelle). Brahms: Serenades Nos. 1 and 2, Charles Mackerras, conductor (Scottish Chamber Orchestra). Mahler: Symphony No. 10, Simon Rattle (Berlin Philharmonic). Sibelius: "En Saga," Opus 9; "Lemminkainen Legends," Opus 22, Mikko Franck, conductor (Swedish Radio Symphony Orchestra). Tchaikovsky: Symphony No. 6, "Pathetique"; "Romeo and Juliet," etc., Valery Gergiev, conductor (Kirov Orchestra).

Best Opera Recording: Berg: "Wozzeck," Ingo Metzmacher, conductor; Angela Denoke; Bo Skovhus; John Fraser, producer (various artists; Hamburg State Orchestra.) Britten: "Billy Budd," Richard Hickox, conductor; Simon Keenlyside; Philip Langridge; John Tomlinson; Brian Couzens, producer (London Symphony Orchestra). Busoni: "Doktor Faust," Kent Nagano, conductor; Kim Begley; Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau; Dietrich Henschel; Markus Hollop; Eva Jenis; Torsten Kerl; Martin Sauer, producer (Lyon National Opera Orchestra). Prokofiev: "Semyon Kotko," Valery Gergiev, conductor; Lyudmila Filatova; Viktor Lutsiuk; Olga Savova; Stan Taal, producer (various artists; Kirov Orchestra). Rameau: "Dardanus," Marc Minkowski, conductor; John Mark Ainsley; Veronique Gens; Laurent Naouri; Michel Gache and Arend Prohmann, producers (Les Musiciens du Louvre).

Best Choral Performance: Bach: Christmas Oratorio, Helmuth Rilling (Gachinger Kantorei; Bach Collegium, Stuttgart). Bach: Easter Cantatas BWV 6 and 66, John Eliot Gardiner, conductor (Monteverdi Choir; English Baroque Soloists). Bach: Mass in B minor, Martin Pearlman, conductor (Boston Baroque). Bach: "St. Matthew" Passion, Philippe Herreweghe, conductor; Michael Ghljs, chorus master (Collegium Vocale Gent; Schola Cantorum Cantate Domino). Penderecki: Credo, Helmuth Rilling, conductor (Oregon Bach Festival Chorus; Oregon Bach Festival Orchestra).

Best Instrumental Soloist(s) Performance (with Orchestra):

Busoni: Piano Concerto, Opus 39, Marc-Andre Hamelin, piano; Mark Elder, conductor (City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra). Carter: Clarinet Concerto, Michael Collins, clarinet; Oliver Knussen, conductor (London Sinfonietta). Haydn: Piano Concertos Nos. 3, 4 and 11, Leif Ove Andsnes, piano/conductor (Norwegian Chamber Orchestra). Maw: Violin Concerto, Joshua Bell, violin; Roger Norrington, conductor (London Philharmonic Orchestra). Rachmaninoff: Concerto No. 3 in D Minor, Opus 30, Arcadi Volodos, piano; James Levine, conductor (Berlin Philharmonic).

Best Instrumental Soloist Performance (without Orchestra): Bach: "Goldberg" Variations, Murray Perahia, piano. Chopin: 24 Preludes, Opus 28; Sonata No. 2, Opus 35; Polonaise, Opus 53, Evgeny Kissin, piano. "Dreams of a World" (Works of Lauro, Ruiz-Pipo, Duarte, etc.), Sharon Isbin, guitar. Godowsky: The Complete Studies on Chopin's Etudes, Marc-Andre Hamelin, piano. Messiaen: "Vingt Regards sur l'Enfant-Jesus" (1-10), Pierre-Laurent Aimard, piano.

Best Chamber Music Performance: Beethoven/Franck: Violin Sonatas, Itzhak Perlman, violin; Martha Argerich, piano. Debussy: The Complete Chamber Music, members of the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center. Duos for Violin and Cello (Works of Ravel, Handel, Halversen, etc.), Lynn Harrell, cello; Kennedy, violin. Haydn: String Quartets, Opus 76 (Nos. 1-6), Quatuor Mosanques. Shostakovich: The String Quartets, Emerson String Quartet.

Best Small Ensemble Performance (with or without Conductor): "Diaspora Sefardi (Por que llorax blanca nina; Las Estrellas de los cielos), Montserrat Figueras, canto; Hesperion XXI; Jordi Savall, conductor. Hindemith: Kammermusik Nr. 2, 3, 6 and 7, Members of the Berlin Philharmonic, Claudio Abbado, conductor. "Shadow Dances," Orpheus Chamber Orchestra. "South American Getaway" (Works of Villa-Lobos, Piazzolla, Salgan, etc.), Juliane Banse, soprano; cellists of the Berlin Philharmonic. Telemann: String Concertos (Concerto Polonais in G; Divertimento in B Flat, etc.), Musica Antiqua Koln; Reinhard Goebel, conductor.

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