Grammy nominations include Latvians

A recording of Dmitri Shostakovich’s “Symphony No. 13,” with Latvia-born conductor Mariss Jansons leading the Symphonieorchester des Bayerischen Rundfunks, has been nominated for two Grammy awards.

An opera recording that includes Latvian mezzo-soprano Elīna Garanča also has been nominated in the 48th annual Grammy Awards competition, The Recording Academy announced Dec. 8.

The Shostakovich recording, released on the EMI Classics label in August, is one of five recordings nominated in the Best Classical Albums category. It also is nominated in the Best Orchestral Performance category.

The composer’s “Symphony No. 13” was written in 1961 as a tribute to the tens of thousands of Jews murdered from 1941-1943 at Babi Yar in Ukraine.

Jansons has been chief conductor of the Munich, Germany-based orchestra since the 2003-2004 concert season. This summer, his contract was extended through August 2009. Born in Latvia in 1943, Jansons is the son of conductor Arvīds Jansons.

Garanča appears on Vivaldi: Bajazet, a recording by the Europa Galante ensemble of Antonio Vivaldi’s little-known “Bajazet,” an opera penned in 1735. Fabio Biondi conducts what Virgin Classics calls the recording premiere of the work.

The recording was released in May on the Virgin Classics and EMI Classics label.

Garanča, who was born in Latvia, now performs with the Wiener Staatsoper in Vienna, Austria.

The Grammy Awards presentation is scheduled Feb. 8 in Staples Center in Los Angeles.

Andris Straumanis is a special correspondent for and a co-founder of Latvians Online. From 2000–2012 he was editor of the website.

6 thoughts on “Grammy nominations include Latvians

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  2. I totally agree with the guy/girl above. These stupid Grammy Award shows, have gotta go. They have no purpose in the real life and what kind of message is it sending that you can dance around in practically nothing and get a golden statue?

  3. I think the first two comments are both inappropriate and off-topic, and should have been removed weeks ago, when they were posted.

  4. The first comment is a complete disgrace. I believe in the freedom of speach, however it should have been removed imediately. who the hell does he think he is claiming to be ‘istais Latvietis’.This person has a real problem and should see a shrink without delay. I am embarassed to think he is a Latvian.
    The second comment no doubt is his sister.
    It really suprises me that ‘Latviansonline’ has not removed his post.

  5. how dare you insult me Janis, the grammy award is just another american/jewish filthy tv show to promote nasty dirty sluts like britney and to promote gangsta rap, and dont blame me when you find your kids high on drugs because they thought it was cool because they saw it on mtv in some 50 ###### cent video, which promote stuff like this
    and yes es esmu istais Latvietis,es dzivoju Latvija, unlike most of you Latvians who are Living in Usa or Ireland.

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