St. Louis Symphony Nominated for Two Grammy Awards

By Christopher Reilly
In Culture

The ultimate recognition for accomplishment in the field of music remains the Grammy awards, and for an orchestra this is especially true. Now, after a Grammy drought that lasted 23 years without even a nomination, the St. Louis Symphony can let out its breath with two nominations announced Friday, one for Best Orchestral Performance and another for Best Engineered (Classical) Album, both for John Adam’s composition ‘City Noir.’

David Robertson conducts the St. Louis Symphony Orchestra. Photo by Scott Ferguson.

David Robertson conducts the St. Louis Symphony Orchestra.
Photo by Scott Ferguson.

The Nonesuch recordings—John Adam’s ‘City Noir’—include two recent compositions by American composer Adams; the symphonic work, ‘City Noir,’ and the Saxophone Concerto, featuring soloist Timothy McAllister. Both works were recorded in 2013 live at Powell Hall with St. Louis Symphony Music Director David Robertson conducting. Adam’s work includes “On the Transmigration of Souls (2002),” a choral piece commemorating the victims of the September 11, 2001 attacks (for which he won a Pulitzer Prize in 2003), and his popular operas “Nixon in China (1987),” “Doctor Atomic (2005),” which covers Robert Oppenheimer, the Manhattan Project, and the building of the first atomic bomb, and “The Death of Klinghoffer (1991).”

The recording had already received accolades. The CD was selected as one of the top 25 so far in 2014 by National Public Radio, which said both the St. Louis Symphony Orchestra and conductor David Robertson were “born naturals for this music, turning in fresh, dynamic and invigorating performances.” And although the symphony has not received a single nomination since 1991, they aren’t strangers to the coveted gramophone statuettes; they’ve received 56 nominations and received six Grammy awards in its history. The Grammy awards ceremonies will be held in Los Angeles on February 8, 2015.

For more information, visit the St. Louis Symphony website.

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