Daniil Trifonov’s Transcendental,which was named Limelight’s Instrumental Recording of the Year in 2016, has secured the thrice-nominated Russian virtuoso a Grammy in the Best Classical Instrumental Solo category. His recording of Liszt’s Transcendental Études beat out Steven Isserlis’s recording of Haydn Cello Concertos, Murray Perahia’s Bach French Suites, Frank Zimmerman’s Shostakovich Violin Concertos, and an album of Levina’s Piano Concertos by Maria Lettberg.
Meanwhile, Canadian soprano Barbara Hannigan has landed Best Classical Solo Vocal album for Crazy Girl Crazy, a recording of music by Gershwin, Berg and Berio that sees her sing as well as conduct. She triumphs in a strong pool of nominees, which includes Philippe Jaroussky’s recording of Bach and Telemann sacred cantatas, Nicholas Phan’s Gods and Monsters(a disc of German lieder), Joyce DiDonato’s In War & Peace, and Dmitri Hvorostovsky’s Russia Cast Adrift, a recording of Sviridov song cycles that saw the baritone posthumously nominated.
In the Best Orchestral Performance category, Manfred Honeck’s recording of Shostakovich’s Fifth Symphony and Barber’s Adagio with the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra has come out on top. Meanwhile, Berg’s Wozzeck, conducted by Hans Graf and starring Anne Schwanewilms and Roman Trekel...