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.
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