3 thoughts on “Last Night’s Classical Grammy Winners

  1. Mark says:

    I pay little attention to the Grammy awards anymore. It seems, wrongly perhaps, that almost the same performers win year after year. If it’s not Tilson-Thomas then it’s Boulez; and probably a Mahler symphony. Same with the Emerson Quartet. Maybe I am just bored with the whole ordeal. Or cynical.

  2. Agreed, for the most part. But here’s a little something to the contrary: In 2005, the premiere recording of On the Transmigration of Souls (with Lorin Maazel conducting the New York Philharmonic) won three Grammy awards: Best Classical Album, Best Orchestral Performance, and Best Classical Contemporary Composition.
    By the way, Adams’s work On the Transmigration of Souls, a choral work commemorating the victims of the September 11, 2001 attacks, won the 2003 Pulitzer Prize for Music. After winning the award Adams expressed “ambivalence bordering on contempt” since he felt that the prize had “lost much of the prestige it still carries in other fields” because “most of the country’s greatest musical minds” have been ignored in favor of academic music.

  3. David Tang says:

    While I am a huge John Adams fan, On the Transmigration of Souls is not one of his best works, regardless of what the Pulitzer organization may think.

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