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 with the Houston Symphony, has been named Best Opera Recording.
Patricia Kopatchinskaja and the Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra’s experimental Death & The Maiden has won in the Best Chamber Music/Small Ensemble Performance category. Best Choral Performance went to Donald Nally’s recording of Bryars’ The Fifth Century, performed by his chamber choir The Crossing with the PRISM Quartet.
Finally, Jennifer Higdon’s compositions have secured a Grammy each in the Best Classical Compendium category and Best Contemporary Classical Composition category. Giancarlo Guerrero’s All Things Majestic has seen him recognised in the former category, while the viola concerto from the same album has won in the latter.
Moving away from the world of classical music, the Best Musical Theatre Album has gone to the Original Broadway Cast Recording of Pasek and Paul’s Dear Evan Hansen.