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 Awards, Grammy Nominations 2018

For almost six decades, the Grammys (presented by the National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences) have been one of the major events in the global record-industry year, and yesterday the shortlist for the 2018 Awards was announced, with nominees including Joyce DiDonato, Murray Perahia, Steven Isserlis, and the late Dmitri Hvorostovsky. The winners will be revealed in a star-studded ceremony at New York City's Madison Square Gardens in New York on Sunday 28th January.

Read on for full details of the five contenders nominated in each of the eight classical categories - many of our own favourites from the past twelve months or so make an appearance, plus a few wild cards which we'll be exploring in more depth over the coming weeks!

Orchestral Performance

Concertos for Orchestra

Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra, Louis Langrée

Available Formats: MP3, CD Quality FLAC

Copland: Symphony No. 3 & Three Latin American Sketches

Detroit Symphony Orchestra, Leonard Slatkin

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

Debussy: Images, Jeux & La Plus Que Lente

San Francisco Symphony, Michael Tilson Thomas

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

Mahler: Symphony No. 5

Minnesota Orchestra, Osmo Vänskä

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

Shostakovich: Symphony No. 5 & Barber: Adagio for Strings

Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra, Manfred Honeck

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

Opera Recording

Berg: Lulu

Marlis Petersen, Susan Graham, Daniel Brenna, Paul Groves, Johan Reuter; Metropolitan Opera, Lothar Koenigs, William Kentridge

Available Format: Blu-ray + DVD Video

Berg: Wozzeck

Roman Trekel, Anne Schwanewilms, Marc Molomot, Nathan Berg; Houston Symphony. Hans Graf

Available Formats: 2 CDs, MP3, CD Quality FLAC, Hi-Res FLAC

Bizet: Les Pêcheurs de Perles (DVD)

Diana Damrau, Matthew Polenzani, Mariusz Kwiecien; Metropolitan Opera, Gianandrea Noseda, Penny Woolcock

Available Format: DVD Video

Bizet: Les Pêcheurs de Perles (Blu-ray)

Diana Damrau, Matthew Polenzani, Mariusz Kwiecien; Metropolitan Opera, Gianandrea Noseda, Penny Woolcock

Available Format: Blu-ray

Handel: Ottone

Max Emanuel Cenčić, Lauren Snouffer, Ann Hallenberg, Xavier Sabata; Il Pomo d’Oro, George Petrou

Available Formats: 3 CDs, MP3, CD Quality FLAC, Hi-Res FLAC

Rimsky Korsakov: Le Coq d'Or

Vladimir Feliauer, Andrei Popov, Aida Garifullina; Mariinsky Orchestra & Chorus, Valery Gergiev

Available Format: DVD Video + Blu-ray

Choral Performance

Gavin Bryars: The Fifth Century

The Crossing & PRISM Saxophone Quartet, Donald Nally

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

Handel: Messiah (new concert edition by Sir Andrew Davis)

Erin Wall (soprano), Elizabeth DeShong (mezzo-soprano), Andrew Staples (tenor), John Relyea (bass-baritone); Toronto Mendelssohn Choir, Toronto Symphony Orchestra, Sir Andrew Davis

Available Formats: 2 SACDs, MP3, CD Quality FLAC, Hi-Res FLAC

Tigran Mansurian: Requiem

Anja Petersen (soprano), Andrew Redmond (bass); RIAS Chamber Choir Berlin, Munich Chamber Orchestra, Alexander Liebreich

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

Music of the Spheres: Part Songs of the British Isles

Tenebrae, Nigel Short

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

Marcel Tyberg: Masses

Christopher Jacobson (organ), South Dakota Chorale, Brian A. Schmidt

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

Chamber Music/Small Ensemble Performance

Buxtehude: Trio Sonatas, Op. 1

Sophie Gent (violin), Jonathan Manson (cello), Thomas Dunford (lute); Arcangelo, Jonathan Cohen

Available Format: CD

Schubert: Death and the Maiden

Patricia Kopatchinskaja (violin), The Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra

Available Format: CD

Giaches de Wert: Divine Theatre

Stile Antico

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

Works for Violin and Piano by Franck, Kurtag, Previn & Schumann

Augustin Hadelich (violin), Joyce Yang (piano)

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

Martha Argerich & Friends: Live from Lugano 2016

Martha Argerich (piano), Renaud Capuçon (violin), Stephen Kovacevich (piano), Orchestra della Svizzera Italiana

Available Formats: 3 CDs, MP3, CD Quality FLAC, Hi-Res FLAC

Classical Instrumental Solo

JS Bach: French Suites

Murray Perahia (piano)

Available Formats: 2 CDs, MP3, CD Quality FLAC, Hi-Res FLAC

Haydn & CPE Bach: Cello Concertos

Steven Isserlis (cello/director), The Deutsche Kammerphilharmonie Bremen

Available Format: CD

Zara Levina: The Piano Concertos

Maria Lettberg (piano), Rundfunk-Sinfonieorchester Berlin, Ariane Matiakh

Available Formats: CD, MP3, CD Quality FLAC

Shostakovich: Violin Concertos Nos. 1 & 2

Frank Peter Zimmermann (violin), NDR Elbphilharmonie Orchester, Alan Gilbert

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

Transcendental: Daniil Trifonov plays Franz Liszt

Daniil Trifonov (piano)

Available Formats: 2 CDs, MP3, CD Quality FLAC, Hi-Res FLAC

Classical Solo Vocal Album

JS Bach & Telemann: Sacred Cantatas (jewelcase edition)

Philippe Jaroussky (countertenor), Freiburger Barockorchester

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

JS Bach & Telemann: Sacred Cantatas (CD+DVD Deluxe)

Philippe Jaroussky (countertenor), Freiburger Barockorchester

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

Crazy Girl Crazy: Gershwin, Berio and Berg

Barbara Hannigan (soprano/conductor), Ludwig Orchestra

Available Format: CD + DVD Video

Gods & Monsters

Nicholas Phan (tenor), Myra Huang (piano)

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

In War & Peace: Harmony Through Music

Joyce DiDonato (mezzo), Il Pomo d'Oro, Maxim Emelyanychev

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

In War & Peace - Vinyl Edition

Joyce DiDonato (mezzo), Il Pomo d'Oro, Maxim Emelyanychev

Available Format: 2 Vinyls

Sviridov: Russia Cast Adrift

Dmitri Hvorostovsky (baritone), St Petersburg State Symphony Orchestra, Style of Five Ensemble, Constantine Orbelian

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

Classical Compendium

Barbara

Alexandre Tharaud (piano), with Juliette Binoche, Vanessa Paradis, Jane Birkin et al

Available Formats: 2 CDs, MP3, CD Quality FLAC, Hi-Res FLAC

Jennifer Higdon: All Things Majestic

Roberto Díaz (viola), James Button (oboe), Nashville Symphony Orchestra, Giancarlo Guerrero

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

Kurtág: Complete Works for Ensemble and Choir

Asko, Schoenberg Ensemble, Netherlands Radio Choir, Reinbert de Leeuw

Available Formats: 3 CDs, MP3, CD Quality FLAC, Hi-Res FLAC

Les Routes de l'Esclavage

Hespèrion XXI, La Capella Reial de Catalunya, Jordi Savall

Available Formats: 2 SACDs + DVD Video, MP3, CD Quality FLAC, Hi-Res FLAC

Mademoiselle - Premiere Audience (Unknown Music of Nadia Boulanger)

Nicole Cabell (soprano), Alek Shrader (tenor), Edwin Crossley-Mercer (baritone), Amit Peled (cello), François-Henri Houbart (organ), Lucy Mauro (piano)

Available Formats: 2 CDs, MP3, CD Quality FLAC, Hi-Res FLAC

Contemporary Classical Composition

Richard Danielpour: Songs of Solitude

Thomas Hampson (baritone), Nashville Symphony Orchestra, Giancarlo Guerrero

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

Jennifer Higdon: Viola Concerto

Roberto Díaz (viola), Nashville Symphony Orchestra, Giancarlo Guerrero

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

Tigran Mansurian: Requiem

Anja Petersen (soprano), Andrew Redmond (bass), RIAS Chamber Choir Berlin, Munich Chamber Orchestra, Alexander Liebreich

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

Adam Schoenberg: Picture Studies

Kansas City Symphony, Michael Stern

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

Zhou Tian: Concerto for Orchestra

Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra, Louis Langrée

Available Formats: MP3, CD Quality FLAC