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 Awards  Grammy Awards 2017

Grammy Awards 2017Since 1959, the Grammy Awards (presented by the National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences) have been one of the major events in the global record-industry year; held at The Staples Center in Los Angeles, the 59th annual ceremony last night was a typically lavish affair, with live performances from artists including Katy Perry, Beyoncé, Lady Gaga and Metallica.

Though classical music isn't the primary focus of the Awards (Adele, Willie Nelson and David Bowie were among the headlining winners this year), coveted 'golden gramophones' are still awarded in several classical categories, and we've put together this page of this year's winners and nominees. Some of our personal favourites and featured recordings from the last twelve months or so make an appearance (including the second instalment of Andris Nelsons's Shostakovich under Stalin series, John Corigliano's madcap 'grand opera buffa' The Ghosts of Versailles, Sabine Devieilhe's tribute to the women in Mozart's life, and Ian Bostridge's contribution to last year's Shakespeare anniversary), but there are also a few exciting recordings in here which had slipped under our radar!

Best Engineered Album - Classical

Winner

Corigliano: The Ghosts of Versailles

Christopher Maltman, Patricia Racette, Lucas Meachem, Lucy Schaufer; LA Opera, James Conlon

Available Formats: SACD, MP3, CD Quality FLAC, Hi-Res FLAC

Nominated

Dutilleux: Sur le même accord

Seattle Symphony Orchestra, Ludovic Morlot

Available Formats: CD, MP3, CD Quality FLAC, Hi-Res FLAC

Reflections: Britten, Stravinsky, Vaughan Williams

Trondheim Solistene

Available Format: SACD + Blu-ray Audio

Shadow of Sirius: Bryant, Mackey, Puckett (Blu-ray audio)

Marianne Gedigian (flute), University of Texas Wind Ensemble, Jerry Junkin

Available Format: Blu-ray Audio

Shadow of Sirius: Bryant, Mackey, Puckett (download)

Marianne Gedigian (flute), University of Texas Wind Ensemble, Jerry Junkin

Available Formats: MP3, CD Quality FLAC, Hi-Res FLAC

Best Orchestral Performance

Winner

Shostakovich Under Stalin's Shadow: Symphonies Nos. 5, 8 & 9

Boston Symphony Orchestra, Andris Nelsons

Available Formats: CD, MP3, CD Quality FLAC, Hi-Res FLAC

Nominated

Mason Bates: Works for Orchestra

Mason Bates (electronica), San Francisco Symphony, Michael Tilson Thomas

Available Formats: SACD, MP3, CD Quality FLAC, Hi-Res+ FLAC

Neeme Järvi conducts Ibert

Orchestre de la Suisse Romande, Neeme Järvi

Available Formats: SACD, MP3, CD Quality FLAC, Hi-Res FLAC

Prokofiev: Symphony No. 5 in B flat major, Op. 100

Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra, Mariss Jansons

Available Formats: SACD, MP3, CD Quality FLAC, Hi-Res FLAC

Christopher Rouse: Odna Zhizn, Symphonies 3 & 4, Prospero’s Rooms

New York Philharmonic Orchestra, Alan Gilbert

Available Formats: CD, MP3, CD Quality FLAC, Hi-Res FLAC

Best Opera Recording

Winner

Corigliano: The Ghosts of Versailles

Christopher Maltman, Patricia Racette, Lucas Meachem, Lucy Schaufer; LA Opera, James Conlon

Available Formats: SACD, MP3, CD Quality FLAC, Hi-Res FLAC

Nominated

Handel: Giulio Cesare (DVD)

Cecilia Bartoli, Andreas Scholl, Philippe Jaroussky, Anne Sofie von Otter; Il Giardino Armonico, Giovanni Antonini

Available Format: DVD Video

Handel: Giulio Cesare (Blu-ray)

Cecilia Bartoli, Andreas Scholl, Philippe Jaroussky, Anne Sofie von Otter; Il Giardino Armonico, Giovanni Antonini

Available Format: Blu-ray

Higdon: Cold Mountain

Jay Hunter Morris, Robert Pomakov, Nathan Gunn; Santa Fe Opera, Miguel Harth-Bedoya

Available Formats: SACD, MP3, CD Quality FLAC, Hi-Res FLAC

Mozart: Le nozze di Figaro

Luca Pisaroni, Christiane Karg, Thomas Hampson, Sonya Yoncheva; Chamber Orchestra of Europe, Yannick Nézet-Séguin

Available Formats: CD, MP3, CD Quality FLAC, Hi-Res FLAC

Szymanowski: Król Roger (DVD)

Mariusz Kwiecien, Georgia Jarman, Saimir Pirgu; Royal Opera House Covent Garden, Antonio Pappano

Available Format: DVD Video

Szymanowski: Król Roger (Blu-ray)

Mariusz Kwiecien, Georgia Jarman, Saimir Pirgu; Royal Opera House Covent Garden, Antonio Pappano

Available Format: Blu-ray

Best Choral Performance

Winner

Penderecki conducts Penderecki

Johanna Rusanen, Agnieszka Rehlis, Nikolai Didenko; Warsaw Philharmonic Choir & Orchestra, Krzysztof Penderecki

Available Format: CD

Nominated

Himmelrand

Uranienborg Vokalensemble, Elisabeth Holte

Available Format: Blu-ray Audio + SACD

Janacek: Glagolitic Mass

Sara Jakubiak, Susan Bickley, Stuart Skelton, Gábor Bretz; Bergen Philharmonic Orchestra, Bergen Philharmonic Choir, Edward Gardner

Available Formats: SACD, MP3, CD Quality FLAC, Hi-Res FLAC

Thomas Lloyd: Bonhoeffer

The Crossing, Donald Nally

Available Formats: MP3, CD Quality FLAC

Steinberg: Passion Week

The Clarion Choir, Steven Fox

Available Formats: CD, MP3, CD Quality FLAC, Hi-Res FLAC

Best Chamber Music/Small Ensemble Performance

Winner

Reich: Mallet Quartet, Sextet, Nagoya Marimbas & Music for Pieces of Wood

Third Coast Percussion

Available Formats: CD, MP3, CD Quality FLAC, Hi-Res FLAC

Nominated

Music In Exile Vol. 2: Chamber Works by Jerzy Fitelberg

ARC Ensemble

Available Formats: CD, MP3, CD Quality FLAC

Serious Business

Spektral Quartet

Available Formats: CD + Blu-ray Audio, MP3, CD Quality FLAC, Hi-Res FLAC, Hi-Res+ FLAC

Trios from Our Homelands

Lincoln Trio

Available Formats: CD, MP3, CD Quality FLAC, Hi-Res FLAC

Best Classical Instrumental Solo

Winner

Michael Daugherty: Tales of Hemingway

Zuill Bailey (cello) & Paul Jacobs (organ), Nashville Symphony Orchestra, Giancarlo Guerrero

Available Formats: CD, MP3, CD Quality FLAC, Hi-Res FLAC

Nominated

John Adams: Scheherazade.2

Leila Josefowicz (violin), St. Louis Symphony, David Robertson

Available Formats: CD, MP3, CD Quality FLAC, Hi-Res FLAC

Mozart: Keyboard Music Volumes 8 & 9

Kristian Bezuidenhout (fortepiano)

Available Formats: CD, MP3, CD Quality FLAC, Hi-Res FLAC

Dvorak: Violin Concerto & Romance

Christian Tetzlaff (violin), Helsinki Philharmonic Orchestra, John Storgårds

Available Formats: SACD, MP3, CD Quality FLAC, Hi-Res FLAC

1930s Violin Concertos, Vol. 2

Gil Shaham (violin), Stuttgart Radio Symphony Orchestra, Stéphane Denève, The Knights, Eric Jacobsen

Available Formats: CD, MP3, CD Quality FLAC, Hi-Res FLAC

Best Classical Vocal Album

Winner (tie)

Schumann and Berg: Dorothea Röschmann & Mitsuko Uchida

Dorothea Röschmann (soprano), Mitsuko Uchida (piano)

Available Formats: CD, MP3, CD Quality FLAC, Hi-Res FLAC

Winner (tie)

Shakespeare Songs

Ian Bostridge (tenor), Antonio Pappano (piano), Elizabeth Kenny (lute)

Available Formats: CD, MP3, CD Quality FLAC, Hi-Res FLAC

Nominated

Monteverdi

Magdalena Kožená, La Cetra, Andrea Marcon

Available Formats: CD, MP3, CD Quality FLAC, Hi-Res FLAC

Mozart: The Weber Sisters

Sabine Devieilhe (soprano), Pygmalion, Raphaël Pichon

Available Formats: CD, MP3, CD Quality FLAC, Hi-Res FLAC

Verismo (standard CD version)

Anna Netrebko (soprano), Orchestra dell’Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia, Antonio Pappano

Available Formats: CD, MP3, CD Quality FLAC, Hi-Res FLAC

Verismo (vinyl version)

Anna Netrebko (soprano), Orchestra dell’Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia, Antonio Pappano

Available Format: Vinyl

Best Classical Compendium

Winner

Michael Daugherty: Tales of Hemingway

Zuill Bailey (cello) & Paul Jacobs (organ); Nashville Symphony Orchestra, Giancarlo Guerrero

Available Formats: CD, MP3, CD Quality FLAC, Hi-Res FLAC

Nominated

Gesualdo

Estonian Philharmonic Chamber Choir, Tallinn Chamber Orchestra, Tõnu Kaljuste

Available Formats: CD, MP3, CD Quality FLAC, Hi-Res FLAC

Ralph Vaughan Williams: Discoveries

BBC Symphony Orchestra, Martyn Brabbins

Available Formats: CD, MP3, CD Quality FLAC, Hi-Res FLAC

Gernot Wolfgang: Passing Through

New Hollywood String Quartet

Available Formats: MP3, CD Quality FLAC

200 Motels - The Suites

Los Angeles Philharmonic, Los Angeles Master Chorale, Esa-Pekka Salonen

Available Format: CD

Best Contemporary Classical Composition

Winner

Michael Daugherty: Tales of Hemingway

Zuill Bailey (cello) & Paul Jacobs (organ); Nashville Symphony Orchestra, Giancarlo Guerrero

Available Formats: CD, MP3, CD Quality FLAC, Hi-Res FLAC

Nominated

Mason Bates: Anthology of Fantastic Zoology

Chicago Symphony Orchestra, Riccardo Muti

Available Formats: MP3, CD Quality FLAC, Hi-Res FLAC

Higdon: Cold Mountain

Jay Hunter Morris, Robert Pomakov, Nathan Gunn; Santa Fe Opera, Miguel Harth-Bedoya

Available Formats: SACD, MP3, CD Quality FLAC, Hi-Res FLAC

Theofanidis: Bassoon Concerto

Martin Kuuskmann (bassoon), Northwest Sinfonia, Tallinna Kammerorkester, Barry Jekowsky, Risto Joost

Available Formats: MP3, CD Quality FLAC