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Classical Music Grammys Dominated By Contemporary Works

By Alkis Karmpaliotis

This year's Grammy awards for classical music celebrated contemporary artists more than ever, continuing the Academy's recent trend of rewarding new works over recordings of canon pieces.

The award for Best Opera Recording went to the Metropolitan Opera's rendition of Terence Blanchard's Champion, featuring conductor Yannick Nézet-Séguin, bass-baritones Ryan Speedo Green and Eric Owens, and soprano Latonia Moore. This was the Met's fourth consecutive victory in this category.

The award for Best Orchestral Performance went to the LA Philharmonic and Gustavo Dudamel for their recording of Thomas Adès's ballet Dante, based on Dante Alighieri'sThe Divine Comedy.

The award for Best Choral Performance went to the Helsinki Chamber Choir's recording of Finnish composer Kaija Saariaho's "Reconnaissance" under the baton of Nils Schweckendiek.

The award for Best Classical Solo Vocal Album went to soprano Julia Bullock for her crossover album "Walking In The Dark" with maestro Christian Reif.

With each of these awards going to recordings of 21st-century works, the Academy seems to be setting a standard for all future nominees.

Congratulations to all winners for their well-deserved Grammys!


I'm Alkis Karmpaliotis, and I'm a Junior at the Ethical Culture Fieldston School in New York. I hope you enjoyed this article! I founded in 2019, and you can support my work by becoming a member and reading some of my other articles!

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