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May 12

The other Valkyrie

parterre boxWhile D.C. Wagnerians wait for Nina Stemme’s Brünnhilde to arrive next week, “Trove Thursday” presents the erstwhile Valkyrie of another compelling diva: Anna Caterina Antonacci as Brunehild, the heroine of Ernest Reyer’s Sigurd, a French grand opera also based on the Nibelungenlied. //www.youtube.com/watch?v=Vsbl6q_g4gk The fascinating Antonacci recently collaborated with Yannick Nézet-Séguin on the Wesendonck Lieder, but she hasn’t yet ventured any Wagner heroines. However, in 2013 she headlined this rare concert performance in Geneva of Sigurd opposite rising tenor Andrea Carè in the title role. Although Sigurd had to wait until 1884 for its first performance in Brussels, it was completed well before then and was thus written contemporaneously with some of Wagner’s Ring. The plot of Götterdammerung mirrors that of Reyer’s work, although Hilda (Sigurd’s Gutrune) is a much more active player and Attila (!) hovers off-stage. The opera quickly reached the United States in 1891, but it has never been performed at the Met although one of Sigurd’s arias was sung by tenor Albert Saléza at an 1899 concert. I’ve been unable to track down the date or location of the most recent US performance of Sigurd, but it might be an ideal work for Leon Botstein to revive at Bard SummerScape. There was a brief burst of interest in Sigurd in France in the mid-1990s when it was performed in Montpellier with Chris Merritt in the title role and then in Marseille with Françoise Pollet as Brunehild. It was staged just last year in Erfurt, but otherwise Reyer’s ambitious opera remains best known—if at all—via excerpts recorded by singers from Georges Thill and Germaine Lubin to Régine Crespin to Roberto Alagna and Bryan Hymel. A complete French radio performance from the early 1970s conducted by Manuel Rosenthal and featuring Andrea Guiot, Guy Chauvet and Robert Massard has circulated over the years on both tape and CD. Reyer: Sigurd Genève 8 October 2013 Broadcast Brunehild: Anna Caterina Antonacci Hilda: Anne Sophie Duprels Uta: Marie-Ange Todorovitch Sigurd: Andrea Carè Gunther: Boris Pinkhasovich Hagen: Tijl Faveyts Un prêtre d’Odin: Khachik Matevosyan Un barde: Nicolas Courjal Rudiger: Nicolas Carré Orchestre de la Suisse Romande Conductor: Frédéric Chaslin As befits an epic, Sigurd is over two-and-a-half hours long, so if you want to download it or last week’s Purcell-fest with Scholl and Jaroussky, just go to this link in iTunes or find them via any RSS reader.

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May 5

Double treble

Tomorrow evening Philippe Jaroussky performs songs set to poems by Paul Verlaine at the Morgan Library and in several weeks Andreas Scholl returns to New York for two recitals of English music at the Park Avenue Armory. The concerts are nearly sold out, so “Trove Thursday” presents these two star countertenors in a beguiling all-Purcell program from 2010. In addition to being one of England’s greatest composers, Henry Purcell was also a countertenor and he wrote some exquisite music for that voice, both solos and duets. One used to only hear Purcell performed by British artists but that has thankfully changed although such wonderful recordings as Les Arts Florissants’s The Fairy Queen have been criticized as “Frenchifying” the music. Scholl has made an excellent Purcell recording with Accademia Bizantina where his countertenor partner is Christophe Dumaux, and there’s a Jaroussky Purcell recording with L’Arpeggiata but I’ve avoided it as I dislike Christina Pluhar’s music-making. But this concert from Brussels brings together Scholl and Jaroussky in a rare and happy collaboration. Today’s posting also seems a fitting way to mark the fifth anniversary of my first (or rather DeCaffarrelli’s) piece for Parterre Box—a review of a CD reissue of Hasse’s Cleofide that features four countertenors! Purcell Arias, Songs & Instrumental Pieces December 2010 Palais des Beaux-Arts, Brussels Andreas Scholl Philippe Jaroussky Ensemble Artaserse If you want to download Andreas and Philippe or last week’s Freischütz with Jonas or any previous “Trove Thursday” fare, just go to this link in iTunes or find them via any RSS reader.




The Well-Tempered Ear

February 20

Classical music: Here are the Grammy winners for 2016 in classical music along with the nominations. Some have ties to Madison.

By Jacob Stockinger You might remember that at holiday time, The Ear offered a series of roundups of the best recordings and classical music gifts of the past year. The idea is to use them as holiday gift guides. One of those days was Grammy Day. This past Monday night, the winners of the 58th annual Grammy were announced. The Ear notes that there were a few items of special local and regional interest. The late Twin Cities composer Stephen Paulus, whose works was often commissioned and premiered in Madison by the Festival Choir of Madison and groups at the University of Wisconsin-Madison School of Music , was nominated for several works. And he won in two categories. In addition, producer Judith Sherman, who already has several Grammys to her credit, was nominated again and won again. She is also the producer to the two recordings of the six centennial commissions by the Pro Arte Quartet at the University of Wisconsin-Madison . The last one – with a string quartet by Belgian composer Benoit Mernier and a Clarinet Quintet by Canadian composer Pierre Jalbert – will be released this spring. In addition, violinist Augustin Hadelich (below), who has turned in outstanding and memorable performances with the Madison Symphony Orchestra , received his first Grammy for a recording of the late French composer Henri Dutilleux. Plus, the critically acclaimed Chicago-based record company Çedille (below top), which has celebrated its 25th anniversary and which specializes in Midwest artists as well as unusual repertoire of both old and new music, had several nominations and won a Grammy for a recording of the new music group Eighth Blackbird. Two other superb artists who record for Çedille and have performed in Madison with the Wisconsin Chamber Orchestra are violinists Rachel Barton Pine and Jennifer Koh. Here are all the winners in classical music for the 2016 Grammys. All the nominees are listed and the winners are noted with three asterisks (***): BEST ENGINEERED ALBUM, CLASSICAL ***Ask Your Mama (below): Leslie Ann Jones, John Kilgore, Nora Kroll-Rosenbaum & Justin Merrill, engineers; Patricia Sullivan, mastering engineer (George Manahan & San Francisco Ballet Orchestra) Label: Avie Records Dutilleux: Métaboles; L’Arbre Des Songes (Tree of Dreams); Symphony No. 2, ‘Le Double’: Dmitriy Lipay, engineer; Alexander Lipay, mastering engineer (Ludovic Morlot , Augustin Hadelich & Seattle Symphony) Label: Seattle Symphony Media Monteverdi: Il Ritorno D’Ulisse In Patria : Robert Friedrich, engineer; Michael Bishop, mastering engineer (Martin Pearlman , Jennifer Rivera, Fernando Guimarães & Boston Baroque) Label: Linn Records Rachmaninoff: All-Night Vigil: Beyong Joon Hwang & John Newton, engineers; Mark Donahue, mastering engineer (Charles Bruffy, Phoenix Chorale and Kansas City Chorale ) Label: Chandos Saint-Saëns: Symphony No. 3, ‘Organ’: Keith O. Johnson and Sean Royce Martin, engineers; Keith O. Johnson, mastering engineer (Michael Stern and Kansas City Symphony) Label: Reference Recordings 73. PRODUCER OF THE YEAR, CLASSICAL Blanton Alspaugh: • Hill: Symphony No. 4; Concertino Nos. 1 & 2; Divertimento (Peter Bay, Anton Nel & Austin Symphony Orchestra ) • Rachmaninoff: All-Night Vigil (Charles Bruffy, Phoenix Chorale & Kansas City Chorale) • Sacred Songs Of Life & Love (Brian A. Schmidt & South Dakota Chorale) • Spirit Of The American Range (Carlos Kalmar & The Oregon Symphony) • Tower: Violin Concerto; Stroke; Chamber Dance (Giancarlo Guerrero, Cho-Liang Lin & Nashville Symphony) Manfred Eicher: • Franz Schubert (András Schiff) • Galina Ustvolskaya (Patricia Kopatchinskaja, Markus Hinterhäuser & Reto Bieri) • Moore: Dances & Canons (Saskia Lankhoorn) • Rihm: Et Lux (Paul Van Nevel, Minguet Quartet & Huelgas Ensemble) • Visions Fugitives (Anna Gourari) Marina A. Ledin, Victor Ledin: • Dances For Piano & Orchestra (Joel Fan, Christophe Chagnard & Northwest Sinfonietta) • Tempo Do Brasil (Marc Regnier) • Woman At The New Piano (Nadia Shpachenko) Dan Merceruio: • Chapí: String Quartets 1 & 2 (Cuarteto Latinoamericano) • From Whence We Came (Ensemble Galilei) • Gregson: Touch (Peter Gregson) • In The Light Of Air – ICE Performs Anna Thorvaldsdottir (International Contemporary Ensemble) • Schumann (Ying Quartet) • Scrapyard Exotica (Del Sol String Quartet ) • Stravinsky: Petrushka (Richard Scerbo & Inscape Chamber Orchestra) • What Artemisia Heard (El Mundo) • ZOFO Plays Terry Riley (ZOFO) ***Judith Sherman: • Ask Your Mama (George Manahan & San Francisco Ballet Orchestra) • Fields: Double Cluster; Space Sciences (Jan Kučera, Gloria Chuang & Moravian Philharmonic Orchestra ) • Liaisons – Re-Imagining Sondheim From The Piano (Anthony de Mare) • Montage – Great Film Composers & The Piano (Gloria Cheng) • Multitude, Solitude (Momenta Quartet) • Of Color Braided All Desire – Music Of Eric Moe (Christine Brandes, Brentano String Quartet, Dominic Donato, Jessica Meyer, Karen Ouzounian, Manhattan String Quartet & Talujon) • Rzewski: The People United Will Never Be Defeated! (Ursula Oppens) • Sirota: Parting The Veil – Works For Violin & Piano (David Friend, Hyeyung Julie Yoon, Laurie Carney & Soyeon Kate Lee) • Turina: Chamber Music For Strings & Piano (Lincoln Trio) BEST ORCHESTRAL PERFORMANCE Bruckner: Symphony No. 4: Manfred Honeck, conductor (Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra ) Label: Reference Recordings Dutilleux: Métaboles; L’Arbre Des Songes; Symphony No. 2, ‘Le Double’: Ludovic Morlot, conductor (Seattle Symphony) Label: Seattle Symphony Media ***Shostakovich: Under Stalin’s Shadow – Symphony No. 10 (below): Andris Nelsons, conductor (Boston Symphony Orchestra ) Label: Deutsche Grammophon Spirit Of The American Range: Carlos Kalmar, conductor (The Oregon Symphony) Label: Pentatone Zhou Long and Chen Yi: Symphony ‘Humen 1839’: Darrell Ang, conductor (New Zealand Symphony Orchestra ) Label: Naxos BEST OPERA RECORDING Janáček: Jenůfa: Donald Runnicles, conductor; Will Hartmann, Michaela Kaune & Jennifer Larmore; Magdalena Herbst, producer (Orchestra Of The Deutsche Oper Berlin; Chorus Of The Deutsche Oper Berlin) Label: Arthaus Monteverdi: Il Ritorno D’Ulisse In Patria: Martin Pearlman, conductor; Fernando Guimarães & Jennifer Rivera; Thomas C. Moore, producer (Boston Baroque) Label: Linn Records Mozart: Die Entführung Aus Dem Serail: Yannick Nézet-Séguin, conductor; Diana Damrau, Paul Schweinester & Rolando Villazón; Sid McLauchlan, producer (Chamber Orchestra Of Europe) Label: Deutsche Grammophon ***Ravel: L’Enfant Et Les Sortilèges; Shéhérazade (belw): Seiji Ozawa, conductor; Isabel Leonard; Dominic Fyfe, producer (Saito Kinen Orchestra; SKF Matsumoto Chorus & SKF Matsumoto Children’s Chorus) Label: Decca Steffani: Niobe, Regina Di Tebe: Paul O’Dette & Stephen Stubbs, conductors; Karina Gauvin & Philippe Jaroussky; Renate Wolter-Seevers, producer (Boston Early Music Festival Orchestra) Label: Erato BEST CHORAL PERFORMANCE Beethoven: Missa Solemnis: Bernard Haitink, conductor; Peter Dijkstra, chorus master (Anton Barachovsky, Genia Kühmeier, Elisabeth Kulman, Hanno Müller-Brachmann & Mark Padmore; Symphonieorchester Des Bayerischen Rundfunks; Chor Des Bayerischen Rundfunks) Label: BR Klassik Monteverdi: Vespers Of 1610: Harry Christophers, conductor (Jeremy Budd, Grace Davidson, Ben Davies, Mark Dobell, Eamonn Dougan & Charlotte Mobbs; The Sixteen) Label: Coro Pablo Neruda – The Poet Sings: Craig Hella Johnson, conductor (James K. Bass, Laura Mercado-Wright, Eric Neuville & Lauren Snouffer; Faith DeBow & Stephen Redfield; Conspirare) Label: Harmonia Mundi Paulus: Far In The Heavens: Eric Holtan, conductor (Sara Fraker, Matthew Goinz, Thea Lobo, Owen McIntosh, Kathryn Mueller & Christine Vivona; True Concord Orchestra; True Concord Voices) Label: Reference Recordings ***Rachmaninoff: All-Night Vigil (below): Charles Bruffy, conductor (Paul Davidson, Frank Fleschner, Toby Vaughn Kidd, Bryan Pinkall, Julia Scozzafava, Bryan Taylor & Joseph Warner; Kansas City Chorale & Phoenix Chorale) Label: Chandos BEST CHAMBER MUSIC/SMALL ENSEMBLE PERFORMANCE Brahms: The Piano Trios: Tanja Tetzlaff, Christian Tetzlaff & Lars Vogt. Label: Ondine ***Filament (below and in a YouTube video at the bottom): Eighth Blackbird. Label: Cedille Records Flaherty: Airdancing For Toy Piano, Piano & Electronics: Nadia Shpachenko & Genevieve Feiwen Lee. Track from: Woman At The New Piano. Label: Reference Recordings Render: Brad Wells & Roomful Of Teeth. Label: New Amsterdam Records Shostakovich: Piano Quintet & String Quartet No. 2: Takács Quartet & Marc-André Hamelin. Label: Hyperion BEST CLASSICAL INSTRUMENTAL SOLO ***Dutilleux: Violin Concerto, L’Arbre Des Songes (below): Augustin Hadelich; Ludovic Morlot, conductor (Seattle Symphony) Track from: Dutilleux: Métaboles; L’Arbre Des Songes; Symphony No. 2, ‘Le Double’ Label: Seattle Symphony Media Grieg & Moszkowski: Piano Concertos: Joseph Moog; Nicholas Milton, conductor (Deutsche Radio Philharmonie Saarbrücken Kaiserslautern) Label: Onyx Classics Mozart: Keyboard Music, Vol. 7: Kristian Bezuidenhout. Label: Harmonia Mundi Rachmaninov Variations: Daniil Trifonov (The Philadelphia Orchestra) Label: Deutsche Grammophon Rzewski: The People United Will Never Be Defeated! Ursula Oppens (Jerome Lowenthal). Label: Cedille Records photo BEST CLASSICAL SOLO VOCAL ALBUM Beethoven: An Die Ferne Geliebte; Haydn: English Songs; Mozart: Masonic Cantata: Mark Padmore; Kristian Bezuidenhout, accompanist. Label: Harmonia Mundi ***Joyce & Tony – Live From Wigmore Hall: Joyce DiDonato; Antonio Pappano, accompanist. Label: Erato Nessun Dorma – The Puccini Album. Jonas Kaufmann; Antonio Pappano, conductor (Kristīne Opolais, Antonio Pirozzi & Massimo Simeoli; Coro Dell’Accademia Nazionale Di Santa Cecilia; Orchestra Dell’Accademia Nazionale Di Santa Cecilia) Label: Sony Classical Rouse: Seeing; Kabir Padavali: Talise Trevigne; David Alan Miller, conductor (Orion Weiss; Albany Symphony) Label: Naxos St. Petersburg: Cecilia Bartoli; Diego Fasolis, conductor (I Barocchisti) Label: Decca BEST CLASSICAL COMPENDIUM As Dreams Fall Apart – The Golden Age Of Jewish Stage And Film Music (1925-1955): New Budapest Orpheum Society; Jim Ginsburg, producer. Label: Cedille Records Ask Your Mama: George Manahan, conductor; Judith Sherman, producer. Label: Avie Records Handel: L’Allegro, Il Penseroso Ed Il Moderato, 1740: Paul McCreesh, conductor; Nicholas Parker, producer. Label: Signum Classics ***Paulus: Three Places Of Enlightenment; Veil Of Tears & Grand Concerto (below): Giancarlo Guerrero, conductor; Tim Handley, producer. Label: Naxos Woman At The New Piano: Nadia Shpachenko; Marina A. Ledin & Victor Ledin, producers. Label: Reference Recordings BEST CONTEMPORARY CLASSICAL COMPOSITION Barry: The Importance Of Being Earnest: Gerald Barry, composer (Thomas Adès, Barbara Hannigan, Katalin Károlyi, Hilary Summers, Peter Tantsits & Birmingham Contemporary Music Group) Label: NMC Recordings Norman: Play: Andrew Norman, composer (Gil Rose & Boston Modern Orchestra Project) Track from: Norman: Play. Label: BMOP/Sound ***Paulus: Prayers & Remembrances (below): Stephen Paulus, composer (Eric Holtan, True Concord Voices & Orchestra). Track from: Paulus: Far In The Heavens. Label: Reference Recordings Tower: Stroke: Joan Tower, composer (Giancarlo Guerrero, Cho-Liang Lin & Nashville Symphony). Track from: Tower: Violin Concerto; Stroke; Chamber Dance. 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February 11

The name’s the same

Three weeks ago “Trove Thursday” presented Mozart’s Lucio Silla and today we have Bach’s—Johann Christian Bach’s, that is—featuring Julia Varady and Sylvia Geszty as its star-crossed lovers. Tomorrow the Met unveils its new production of Manon Lescaut, a rare instance of two operas on the same subject (Puccini’s melodrama and Massenet’s Manon) have both remained in the standard repertoire. Leoncavallo’s La Bohème and Meyerbeer’s Semiramide, on the other hand, haven’t been so lucky. In the 18th century the same plot and even the same libretto were set over and over again—more than 60 operas alone are based on Metastasio’s L’Olimpiade. In the next few months “Trove Thursday” will feature several pairs of operas—not all of them from the 18th century—about the same characters, or in this case, written to the same text—by Giovanni Da Gamerra. Johann Sebastian’s youngest surviving son, J.C. Bach was often known as “The English Bach” or “The London Bach.” Of all of Bach’s composer-sons, J.C. was the one most involved with opera, and his stage works are still occasionally revived, with recordings of both Zanaida and Amadis de Gaule , his final opera (written in French), released in just the past several years. Phlippe Jaroussky also put out a collection of the composer’s arias for castrato. J.C. Bach’s Lucio Silla, composed for Mannheim just three years after Mozart’s, was performed as recently as 2013 during Salzburg’s Mozartwoche alongside a stage revival of Mozart’s and excerpts from Pasquale Anfossi’s. Germany’s Schwetzinger Festival has long been known for its revivals of rare 17th and 18th century operas—this year it will present Cavalli’s Veremonda, l’amazzone di Aragona. This broadcast features one of the earliest recordings I’ve found of the great Varady who soon after sang the trouser role of Cecilio in Leopold Hager’s marvelous recording (currently out-of-print) of Mozart’s Lucio Silla opposite the spectacular Giunia of Arleen Auger. Johann Christian Bach: Lucio Silla Schwetzinger Festival 23 May 1974 Broadcast Giunia: Julia Varady Cecilio: Sylvia Geszty Celia: Gerti Zeumer Lucio Silla: Carlo Gaifa Lucio Cinna: Roland Hermann Capella Coloniensis Conductor: Günter Kehr Trove Thursday offerings can now be downloaded via the audio-player on their page. Just click on the icon of a square with an arrow pointing downward and the resulting mp3 file will appear in your download directory. In addition, both versions of Lucio Silla and all previous “Trove Thursday” fare remain available from iTunes or via any RSS reader .



The Well-Tempered Ear

December 11

Classical music: The new Grammy nominations can serve as a holiday gift guide.

By Jacob Stockinger Each year at holiday time, The Ear offers a series of roundups of the best recordings and classical music gifts of the past year. The idea is to use them as holiday gift guides. Today is Grammy Day. So far, The Ear has listed choices made by the BBC Music Magazine and the Telegraph newspaper: https://welltempered.wordpress.com/2015/11/27/classical-music-here-are-the-best-classical-music-cds-of-2015-according-to-the-bbc-music-magazine-and-the-telegraph-newspaper/ And another roundup of book and videos as well as CDs by critics for The New York Times: https://welltempered.wordpress.com/2015/11/28/classical-music-its-small-business-saturday-here-are-classical-music-gift-suggestions-from-the-critics-for-the-new-york-times/ Now he adds the 58th annual Grammy nominations of 2016 that were announced this past Monday. The winners will be announced on Sunday, Feb. 15, on CBS television network . The telecast will be live and feature live performances. The Ear likes to see if he can predict the winners. Outguessing the industry can be a fun, if frustrating, game to play. He also notices two items of local interest. The late Twin Cities composer Stephen Paulus, whose works was often commissioned and premiered in Madison by the Festival Choir of Madison and groups at the University of Wisconsin-Madison School of Music , has been nominated for several work. In addition, producer Judith Sherman, who has several Grammy to her credit, is nominated again. She is also the producer to the two recordings of the centennial commissions by the Pro Arte Quartet. Here are the 58th annual Grammy nominees for Classical Music: BEST ENGINEERED ALBUM, CLASSICAL Ask Your Mama: Leslie Ann Jones, John Kilgore, Nora Kroll-Rosenbaum & Justin Merrill, engineers; Patricia Sullivan, mastering engineer (George Manahan & San Francisco Ballet Orchestra) Label: Avie Records Dutilleux: Métaboles; L’Arbre Des Songes; Symphony No. 2, ‘Le Double’: Dmitriy Lipay, engineer; Alexander Lipay, mastering engineer (Ludovic Morlot, Augustin Hadelich & Seattle Symphony ) Label: Seattle Symphony Media Monteverdi: Il Ritorno D’Ulisse In Patria : Robert Friedrich, engineer; Michael Bishop, mastering engineer (Martin Pearlman , Jennifer Rivera, Fernando Guimarães & Boston Baroque) Label: Linn Records Rachmaninoff: All-Night Vigil: Beyong Joon Hwang & John Newton, engineers; Mark Donahue, mastering engineer (Charles Bruffy, Phoenix Chorale and Kansas City Chorale ) Label: Chandos Saint-Saëns: Symphony No. 3, ‘Organ’: Keith O. Johnson and Sean Royce Martin, engineers; Keith O. Johnson, mastering engineer (Michael Stern and Kansas City Symphony) Label: Reference Recording PRODUCER OF THE YEAR, CLASSICAL Blanton Alspaugh: • Hill: Symphony No. 4; Concertino Nos. 1 & 2; Divertimento (Peter Bay, Anton Nel & Austin Symphony Orchestra ) • Rachmaninoff: All-Night Vigil (Charles Bruffy, Phoenix Chorale & Kansas City Chorale) • Sacred Songs Of Life & Love (Brian A. Schmidt & South Dakota Chorale) • Spirit Of The American Range (Carlos Kalmar & The Oregon Symphony) • Tower: Violin Concerto; Stroke; Chamber Dance (Giancarlo Guerrero, Cho-Liang Lin & Nashville Symphony) Manfred Eicher: • Franz Schubert (András Schiff) • Galina Ustvolskaya (Patricia Kopatchinskaja, Markus Hinterhäuser & Reto Bieri) • Moore: Dances & Canons (Saskia Lankhoorn) • Rihm: Et Lux (Paul Van Nevel, Minguet Quartet & Huelgas Ensemble) • Visions Fugitives (Anna Gourari) Marina A. Ledin, Victor Ledin: • Dances For Piano & Orchestra (Joel Fan, Christophe Chagnard & Northwest Sinfonietta) • Tempo Do Brasil (Marc Regnier) • Woman At The New Piano (Nadia Shpachenko) Dan Merceruio: • Chapí: String Quartets 1 & 2 (Cuarteto Latinoamericano) • From Whence We Came (Ensemble Galilei) • Gregson: Touch (Peter Gregson) • In The Light Of Air – ICE Performs Anna Thorvaldsdottir (International Contemporary Ensemble) • Schumann (Ying Quartet) • Scrapyard Exotica (Del Sol String Quartet ) • Stravinsky: Petrushka (Richard Scerbo & Inscape Chamber Orchestra) • What Artemisia Heard (El Mundo) • ZOFO Plays Terry Riley (ZOFO) Judith Sherman: • Ask Your Mama (George Manahan & San Francisco Ballet Orchestra) • Fields: Double Cluster; Space Sciences (Jan Kučera, Gloria Chuang & Moravian Philharmonic Orchestra ) • Liaisons – Re-Imagining Sondheim From The Piano (Anthony de Mare) • Montage – Great Film Composers & The Piano (Gloria Cheng) • Multitude, Solitude (Momenta Quartet) • Of Color Braided All Desire – Music Of Eric Moe (Christine Brandes, Brentano String Quartet , Dominic Donato, Jessica Meyer, Karen Ouzounian, Manhattan String Quartet & Talujon) • Rzewski: The People United Will Never Be Defeated! (Ursula Oppens) • Sirota: Parting The Veil – Works For Violin & Piano (David Friend, Hyeyung Julie Yoon, Laurie Carney & Soyeon Kate Lee) • Turina: Chamber Music For Strings & Piano (Lincoln Trio BEST ORCHESTRAL PERFORMANCE Bruckner: Symphony No. 4: Manfred Honeck, conductor (Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra ) Label: Reference Recordings Dutilleux: Métaboles; L’Arbre Des Songes; Symphony No. 2, ‘Le Double’: Ludovic Morlot, conductor (Seattle Symphony) Label: Seattle Symphony Media Shostakovich: Under Stalin’s Shadow – Symphony No. 10: Andris Nelsons, conductor (Boston Symphony Orchestra ) Label: Deutsche Grammophon Spirit Of The American Range: Carlos Kalmar, conductor (The Oregon Symphony) Label: Pentatone Zhou Long and Chen Yi: Symphony ‘Humen 1839’: Darrell Ang, conductor (New Zealand Symphony Orchestra ) Label: Naxos BEST OPERA RECORDING Janáček: Jenůfa: Donald Runnicles, conductor; Will Hartmann, Michaela Kaune & Jennifer Larmore; Magdalena Herbst, producer (Orchestra Of The Deutsche Oper Berlin ; Chorus Of The Deutsche Oper Berlin) Label: Arthaus Monteverdi: Il Ritorno D’Ulisse In Patria: Martin Pearlman, conductor; Fernando Guimarães & Jennifer Rivera; Thomas C. Moore, producer (Boston Baroque) Label: Linn Records Mozart: Die Entführung Aus Dem Serail: Yannick Nézet-Séguin, conductor; Diana Damrau, Paul Schweinester & Rolando Villazón; Sid McLauchlan, producer (Chamber Orchestra Of Europe) Label: Deutsche Grammophon Ravel: L’Enfant Et Les Sortilèges; Shéhérazade: Seiji Ozawa, conductor; Isabel Leonard; Dominic Fyfe, producer (Saito Kinen Orchestra; SKF Matsumoto Chorus & SKF Matsumoto Children’s Chorus) Label: Decca Steffani: Niobe, Regina Di Tebe: Paul O’Dette & Stephen Stubbs, conductors; Karina Gauvin & Philippe Jaroussky; Renate Wolter-Seevers, producer (Boston Early Music Festival Orchestra) Label: Erato BEST CHORAL PERFORMANCE Beethoven: Missa Solemnis: Bernard Haitink, conductor; Peter Dijkstra, chorus master (Anton Barachovsky, Genia Kühmeier, Elisabeth Kulman, Hanno Müller-Brachmann & Mark Padmore; Symphonieorchester Des Bayerischen Rundfunks; Chor Des Bayerischen Rundfunks) Label: BR Klassik Monteverdi: Vespers Of 1610: Harry Christophers, conductor (Jeremy Budd, Grace Davidson, Ben Davies, Mark Dobell, Eamonn Dougan & Charlotte Mobbs; The Sixteen) Label: Coro Pablo Neruda – The Poet Sings: Craig Hella Johnson, conductor (James K. Bass, Laura Mercado-Wright, Eric Neuville & Lauren Snouffer; Faith DeBow & Stephen Redfield; Conspirare) Label: Harmonia Mundi Paulus: Far In The Heavens: Eric Holtan, conductor (Sara Fraker, Matthew Goinz, Thea Lobo, Owen McIntosh, Kathryn Mueller & Christine Vivona; True Concord Orchestra; True Concord Voices) Label: Reference Recordings Rachmaninoff: All-Night Vigil: Charles Bruffy, conductor (Paul Davidson, Frank Fleschner, Toby Vaughn Kidd, Bryan Pinkall, Julia Scozzafava, Bryan Taylor & Joseph Warner; Kansas City Chorale & Phoenix Chorale) Label: Chandos BEST CHAMBER MUSIC/SMALL ENSEMBLE PERFORMANCE Brahms: The Piano Trios: Tanja Tetzlaff, Christian Tetzlaff & Lars Vogt. Label: Ondine Filament: Eighth Blackbird. Label: Cedille Records Flaherty: Airdancing For Toy Piano, Piano & Electronics: Nadia Shpachenko & Genevieve Feiwen Lee. Track from: Woman At The New Piano. Label: Reference Recordings Render: Brad Wells & Roomful Of Teeth. Label: New Amsterdam Records Shostakovich: Piano Quintet & String Quartet No. 2: Takács Quartet & Marc-André Hamelin. Label: Hyperion BEST CLASSICAL INSTRUMENTAL SOLO Dutilleux: Violin Concerto, L’Arbre Des Songes: Augustin Hadelich; Ludovic Morlot, conductor (Seattle Symphony) Track from: Dutilleux: Métaboles; L’Arbre Des Songes; Symphony No. 2, ‘Le Double’. Label: Seattle Symphony Media Grieg & Moszkowski: Piano Concertos: Joseph Moog; Nicholas Milton, conductor (Deutsche Radio Philharmonie Saarbrücken Kaiserslautern). Label: Onyx Classics Mozart: Keyboard Music, Vol. 7: Kristian Bezuidenhout. Label: Harmonia Mundi Rachmaninov Variations: Daniil Trifonov (The Philadelphia Orchestra) Label: Deutsche Grammophon Rzewski: The People United Will Never Be Defeated! Ursula Oppens (Jerome Lowenthal). Label: Cedille Records BEST CLASSICAL SOLO VOCAL ALBUM Beethoven: An Die Ferne Geliebte; Haydn: English Songs; Mozart: Masonic Cantata: Mark Padmore; Kristian Bezuidenhout, accompanist. 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Philippe Jaroussky

Philippe Jaroussky (13 February 1978) is a French sopranist countertenor. He began his musical career with the violin, winning an award at the Versailles conservatory and then took up the piano before turning to singing. He is noted for a virtuosic coloratura technique and for compelling and enlivened interpretations of baroque cantatas and operas. Jaroussky was inspired to sing by the Martinique-born countertenor Fabrice di Falco. He received his diploma from the Early Music Faculty of the Conservatoire de Paris. Since 1996, he has studied singing with Nicole Fallien. He has formed his own ensemble called Artaserse, and also often performs with the Ensemble Matheus under Jean-Christophe Spinosi and with L'Arpeggiata under Christina Pluhar.



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