New (and good) Music Wins Big at 2014 Grammys
A lot of great music was heard on the Grammy broadcast, along with some not so great. Â Unfortunately, the Classical category is mostly relegated to pre-broadcast presentations and Lang Lang hoping the onstage pyrotechnics during his performance with Metallica don’t ignite his piano.
That said, the Grammys introduced me to a new (for me) composer and a new ensemble.
American composer Maria Schneider took three Grammys – including the prizes for classical composition and classical vocal solo album – for Winter Morning Walks. Â It features soprano Dawn Upshaw with the Australian Chamber Orchestra and the St. Paul Chamber Orchestra. Â I highly recommend a listen. Â It is lyrical, thought provoking music.
The vocal ensemble Roomful of Teeth is “a vocal project dedicated to mining the expressive potential of the human voice.”
Both are deserving of your time. Â You can see the complete list of Classical Grammy winners here.
Read Grammys 2014: Maria Schneider dominates in classical categories (LA Times)
Listen to Roomful of Teeth
Hear a conversation with Maria Schneider and John Clare from Texas Public Radio