Gustavo Dudamel and the Los Angeles Philharmonic received the Grammy for orchestral efficiency Sunday, and a workforce that features the UCLA scholar singers took residence the award for choral efficiency for work by composer and UCLA professor Richard Danielpour.
The L.A. Phil’s Grammy was for “Ives: Full Symphonies,” which delivered to life the symphonies of American composer Charles Ives — performances that Instances music critic Mark Swed referred to as “a milestone … for each the conductor and the startlingly nice orchestra.”
Competitors within the class included the San Francisco Symphony (nominated with outgoing Music Director Michael Tilson Thomas conducting Copland’s Third Symphony), the Oregon Symphony, the Iceland Symphony Orchestra and the Finnish Radio Symphony Orchestra.
Danielpour’s “The Ardour of Yeshua” received for the choral efficiency by the UCLA Chamber Singers alongside the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra and the Buffalo Philharmonic Refrain. Buffalo’s JoAnn Falletta served as conductor, and UCLA’s James Ok. Bass (director of choral research on the Herb Alpert College of Music) and Buffalo’s Adam Luebke served as refrain masters. Opera singers J’Nai Bridges, Timothy Fallon, Kenneth Overton, Hila Plitmann and Matthew Price additionally contributed for the win.
“The Ardour of Yeshua” was additionally up for up to date classical composition and engineered classical album. “Ives: Full Symphonies” was added competitors within the latter class, however neither L.A. workforce took the win, which went to “Shostakovich: Symphony No. 13, ‘Babi Yar,’” recorded by Chicago Symphony Orchestra audio engineer Charlie Submit.
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