Classical Grammy Awards: Huh?

This is the time of year when Best of the Year lists are being compiled, and Classical Journal is no exception. Coincidentally, it is also the time of year when the Classical Grammy nominations are announced. Of course, the Grammy Awards have a bit different criteria for their choices than do writers and listeners. Frankly, only three of the “best classical” albums on this year’s list were familiar to me, and none were on my best list. So, it is interesting to look at their choices and see if one agrees.

Here then are the 2010 Grammy nominations for best Classical Album. Comments?
(The complete list is here.)

Best Classical Album (2010 Grammy Nominations)

Bruckner: Symphonies Nos. 3 & 4
Conductor: Mariss Jansons;
Producer: Everett Porter;
Mastering engineer: Everett Porter;
(Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra)
Label: RCO Live

Daugherty: Metropolis Symphony; Deus Ex Machina
Conductor: Giancarlo Guerrero; Producer: Blanton Alspaugh;
Engineers/mixers: Mark Donahue, John Hill & Dirk Sobotka, Terrence Wilson;
(Nashville Symphony Orchestra)
Label: Naxos

Steven Mackey: Dreamhouse
Conductor: Gil Rose
Rinde Eckert; Catch Electric Guitar Quartet;
Producer: David Frost
Engineers/mixers: David Frost, Tom Lazarus, Steven Mackey & Dirk Sobotka
Mastering engineer: Silas Brown
(Boston Modern Orchestra Project; Synergy Vocals)
Label: BMOP/sound

Sacrificium

Conductor: Giovanni Antonini
Cecilia Bartoli
Producer: Arend Prohmann
Engineer/mixer: Philip Siney
(Il Giardino Armonico)
Label: Decca

Verdi: Requiem
Conductor: Riccardo Muti;
Chorus master: Duain Wolfe

Producer: Christopher Alder
Engineers/mixers: David Frost, Tom Lazarus & Christopher Willis
(Ildar Abdrazakov, Olga Borodina, Barbara Frittoli & Mario Zeffiri; Chicago Symphony Orchestra; Chicago Symphony Chorus)
Label: CSO Resound

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