The Metropolitan Opera's recent recording of Wagner's "Ring" cycle and the Chicago new-music sextet Eighth Blackbird were winners in the classical music categories at the Grammy Awards on Sunday.
The classical category winners were announced as part of a pre-show ceremony at Nokia Theater in downtown Los Angeles.
The Met won in the category of opera recording. Its new "Ring" production was conducted by James Levine and Fabio Luisi and features singers Jay Hunter Morris and Deborah Voigt. The new production, directed by Robert Lepage, has divided classical critics.
Eighth Blackbird's album "Meanwhile" was recognized with awards in the chamber music category as well as for composer Stephen Hartke's title work, which won in the classical composition category.
The San Francisco Symphony won the award for orchestral performance for its live-concert album of music by John Adams, including "Harmonielehre" and "Short Ride in a Fast Machine." Michael Tilson Thomas, the orchestra's music director, conducted the recording.