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Grammys 2013: Classical nods for 'Ring,' L.A. Percussion Quartet

December 05, 2012|By David Ng
  • A scene from the Metropolitan Opera's production of Wagner's "Die Walkure."
A scene from the Metropolitan Opera's production of Wagner's… (Yves Renaud / Metropolitan…)

[This story has been updated.]

This year's Grammy Award nominees in the classical music categories feature a typically diverse mix of recordings, ranging from gargantuan undertakings such as the Metropolitan Opera's production of Wagner's "Ring" cycle operas, to more intimate albums like the newest release from the Los Angeles Percussion Quartet.

Among the more notable nominees are soprano Renee Fleming, the group eighth blackbird and composer Steven Stucky.

The L.A. Percussion Quartet received two nods for its album "Rupa-Khandha," in the categories of chamber-music performance and surround-sound album. Formed in 2008, the quartet consists of musicians Matthew Cook, Justin DeHart, Eric Guinivan and Nick Terry.

Another L.A. group, Partch, was nominated in the classical compendium category for its album "Bitter Music."

This year's nominees for orchestral performance are notable for the inclusion of the Minnesota Orchestra's recording of Sibelius' Symphonies No. 2 and 5. In recent months, the orchestra has been embroiled in a bitter labor dispute with its musicians, resulting in a lockout. Like many orchestras around the country, it faces millions in debt and other financial hardships.

Last year, the L.A. Philharmonic won the Grammy in the same category for its recording of Brahms' Fourth Symphony.

The Met's "Ring" cycle recording is remarkable for having two conductors -- James Levine, who had to bow out during the production because of health reasons, and Fabio Luisi. The multimillion-dollar production has faced criticism for its post-modern sets, conceived by director Robert LePage. 

Last year, the Met won in the opera category for its recording of "Doctor Atomic" by John Adams.

Stucky, the former composer-in-residence of the L.A. Philharmonic, received a nomination for his piece "August 4, 1964," recorded by the Dallas Symphony Orchestra. The popular new-music group eighth blackbird was nominated for its album "Meanwhile." 

Fleming received a nomination for her album "Poemes." 

The Grammy Awards ceremony will take place Feb. 10 at Staples Center. The winners of the classical categories are usually announced as part of a pre-show event.

[Updated: a previous version of this post omitted the ensemble Partch from among the local classical groups that received nominations.]

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