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Universal Music Receive Nine Classical Grammy Award Nominations

Universal Music’s Global Classical labels have received nine nominations for the 2021 Grammy Awards which take place in March 2021.

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Universal Music’s Global Classical labels, Deutsche Grammophon, Decca Classics and Mercury KX, have received nine nominations for the 2021 Grammy Awards. The Grammy, which recognises both artistic and technical achievement, is the recording industry’s most prestigious award.

Max Richter – Ad Astra

Composer Max Richter is nominated for Best Score Soundtrack For Visual Media for his innovative soundtrack to Brad Pitt’s sci-fi film Ad Astra (Deutsche Grammophon). Max Richter’s score combines strings, electronics and vocals creating an epic soundtrack which has been described as a “stunning kind of symphony” by Vanity Fair.

Anoushka Shankar – Love Letters

Anoushka Shankar is shortlisted for Best Global Music Album for her personal Love Letters (Mercury KX). The poignant songs on Love Letters document a time of profound personal flux for Anoushka Shankar and show a new, vulnerable and raw side of her as a songwriter and musician.

Daniil Trifonov – Destination: Rachmaninov – Arrival

Pianist Daniil Trifonov is nominated for Best Classical Instrumental Solo for Destination: Rachmaninov – Arrival (Deutsche Grammophon) which features Rachmaninov’s Piano Concertos No.1 & 3, and Trifonov’s own arrangement of ‘Vocalise’.

Cecilia Bartoli – Farinelli

Legendary mezzo-soprano Cecilia Bartoli is nominated for Best Classical Solo Album for her album Farinelli (Decca Classics) which commemorates the life and career of the Baroque legend.

Thomas Adès – Adès Conducts Adès

Conductor and composer Thomas Adès received three nominations for his critically-acclaimed world premiere recording Adès Conducts Adès (Deutsche Grammophon) for Best Classical Instrumental Solo, Best Classical Compendium, and Best Contemporary Classical Composition. The recording features the composer’s Concerto for Piano and Orchestra and Totentanz.

Gustavo Dudamel and the Los Angeles Philharmonic – Charles Ives: The Complete Symphonies

Gustavo Dudamel and the Los Angeles Philharmonic received two nominations for their acclaimed collection of Charles Ives: The Complete Symphonies (Deutsche Grammophon), for Best Engineered Album, Classical and Best Orchestral Performance. The recording features critically acclaimed live performances and offers fresh insights into Charles Ives’ complete symphonies.

Dickon Stainer, President and CEO of Global Classics and Jazz, said, “We are thrilled and humbled for the recognition the Recording Academy has bestowed upon our global family of artists and labels. The musical diversity represented by our nominees is second to none and we are delighted to congratulate our artists for their incredible artistic efforts.”

The 63rd Grammy Awards ceremony will be broadcast on the CBS Television Network on Sunday 14 March 2021.

Universal Music’s Classical nominations for the 2021 Grammy Awards:

Best Global Music Album

Love Letters
Anoushka Shankar (Mercury KX)

Score Soundtrack for Visual Media

Ad Astra
Max Richter (Deutsche Grammophon)

Best Engineered Album, Classical

Charles Ives: Complete Symphonies
Gustavo Dudamel, Los Angeles Philharmonic (Deutsche Grammophon)

Best Orchestral Performance

Charles Ives: Complete Symphonies
Gustavo Dudamel, Los Angeles Philharmonic (Deutsche Grammophon)

Best Classical Instrumental Solo

Adès: Concerto For Piano And Orchestra
Kirill Gerstein, Thomas Adès, Conductor, Boston Symphony Orchestra
(Deutsche Grammophon)

Best Classical Instrumental Solo

Destination Rachmaninov – Arrival
Daniil Trifonov (Deutsche Grammophon)

Best Classical Solo Album

Farinelli
Cecilia Bartoli (Decca Classics)

Best Classical Compendium

Adès Conducts Adès
Mark Stone & Christianne Stotijn; Thomas Adès, Conductor, Nick Squire, Producer
(Deutsche Grammophon)

Best Contemporary Classical Composition

Adès: Concerto For Piano And Orchestra
Thomas Adès, Composer, Kirill Gerstein, Boston Symphony Orchestra
(Deutsche Grammophon)

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