Nonesuch Recordings Receive Eleven Grammy Awards Nominations

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Congratulations to all of the Nonesuch nominees for the 66th Grammy Awards: the premiere recording of Thomas Adès's Dante, performed by LA Phil and Gustavo Dudamel, for Best Orchestral Performance and Best Contemporary Classical Composition, and the album's producer, Dmitriy Lipay, for Producer of the Year, Classical; Darcy James Argue's Secret Society for Best Large Jazz Ensemble Album for Dynamic Maximum Tension; Julia Bullock for Best Classical Solo Vocal Album for Walking in the Dark; Rhiannon Giddens for Best Americana Album for You're the One and Best American Roots Performance for the album track "You Louisiana Man"; Cécile McLorin Salvant for Best Jazz Vocal Album for Mélusine and Best Arrangement, Instrumental and Vocals for the album track "Fenestra," arranged by Godwin Louis; Molly Tuttle & Golden Highway for Best Bluegrass Album for City of Gold; and The Blue Hour for Best Engineered Album, Classical.

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Congratulations to Thomas AdèsLos Angeles Philharmonic, Gustavo Dudamel, and producer Dmitriy Lipay; Darcy James Argue's Secret Society; Julia Bullock; Rhiannon Giddens; Cécile McLorin SalvantMolly Tuttle & Golden Highway; and the artists behind The Blue Hour, all of whose works have been nominated for the 66th Grammy Awards. You can hear all of the nominated works below.

The premiere recording of Thomas Adès's Dante, performed by the Los Angeles Philharmonic and its Music & Artistic Director Gustavo Dudamel, has been nominated for Best Orchestral Performance and Best Contemporary Classical Composition, and the album's producer, Dmitriy Lipay, is up for Producer of the Year, Classical. Dante—a ballet score in three acts based on Dante Alighieri’s La Divina Commedia—was recorded in concert at Disney Hall for this premiere recording. Dante was first performed at the Royal Opera House as part of Wayne McGregor’s The Dante Project for the Royal Ballet, with the Orchestra of the Royal Opera House and with designs by visual artist Tacita Dean. “In any new shortlist of great ballet scores by Tchaikovsky, Stravinsky, Bartók, Ravel, Prokofiev, Britten, and Bernstein, Dante must newly be included for its musical invention alone,” exclaims the Los Angeles Times. “There is not a second in its 88 minutes that doesn’t delight. All of it is unexpected and wanted.”

Composer and bandleader Darcy James Argue and his Secret Society ensemble are up for Best Large Jazz Ensemble Album for their Nonesuch debut album, Dynamic Maximum Tension. The album pays homage to some of Argue’s key influences with original songs dedicated to R. Buckminster Fuller, Alan Turing, and Mae West. Cécile McLorin Salvant joins the ensemble for “Mae West: Advice.” Dynamic Maximum Tension’s eleven tracks, on two CDs, also include a response to Duke Ellington’s “Diminuendo and Crescendo in Blue,” titled “Tensile Curves,” among other originals. Downbeat exclaims: “Each track ... stands as a marvel of musical architecture, a self-contained miniverse populated by conspiring ensemble players and ace soloists." "Superb," says All About Jazz. "Darcy James Argue’s Secret Society’s Dynamic Maximum Tension is a delight."

Julia Bullock has been nominated for Best Classical Solo Vocal Album for her debut solo album, Walking in the Dark. On the album, Bullock and London’s Philharmonia Orchestra, conducted by Christian Reif, perform Samuel Barber’s Knoxville: Summer of 1915 and a song from John Adams’s El Niño. She is joined by Reif, on piano, for a traditional spiritual and songs by Oscar Brown, Jr., Billy Taylor, Sandy Denny, and Connie Converse. Bullock is “one of the singular artists of her generation,” says the New York Times, “a singer of enveloping tone, startlingly mature presence and unusually sophisticated insight into culture, society and history.”

Rhiannon Giddens is up for two Grammy Awards this year: Best Americana Album, for You're the One, and Best American Roots Performance for the album track "You Louisiana Man." You’re the One is Giddens's third solo studio album and her first of all original songs. This collection of twelve tunes written over the course of her career bursts with life-affirming energy, drawing from the folk music she knows so deeply and its pop descendants. The album was produced by Jack Splash (Kendrick Lamar, Solange, Alicia Keys, Valerie June) and recorded with an ensemble including Giddens' closest musical collaborators from the past decade, a string section, and Miami Horns. The lone featured guest on the album is Jason Isbell on “Yet to Be.”

Cécile McLorin Salvant has been nominated for Best Jazz Vocal Album for her second Nonesuch album, Mélusine, and the album track "Fenestra," arranged by Godwin Louis, is up for Best Arrangement, Instrumental and Vocals. This follows last year's nomination in the same two categories for her Nonesuch debut, Ghost Song. Mélusine is a mix of originals and interpretations of songs dating as far back as the 12th century, mostly sung in French along with Occitan, English, and Haitian Kreyòl. They tell the folk tale of Mélusine, a woman who turns into a half-snake each Saturday after a childhood curse by her mother. "Anyone who thinks they already know the full extent of Cécile McLorin Salvant's artistry should listen to Mélusine without further delay," exclaims Jazzwise. "It's a remarkable recording in several respects. Beautifully recorded, Salvant continues to confound and delight at every turn."

Singer, songwriter, and musician Molly Tuttle & Golden Highway have been nominated for Best Bluegrass Album for City of Gold, their second album, following last year's win in the category for their debut album, Crooked Tree. Produced by Tuttle and Jerry Douglas and recorded in Nashville, City of Gold was inspired by Tuttle’s near constant touring with Golden Highway and their growth together as musicians and performers, cohering as a band. These 13 tracks—mostly written by Tuttle and Ketch Secor (Old Crow Medicine Show)—capture the electric energy of the band’s live shows by highlighting each member’s musical strengths. City of Gold also features special guest Dave Matthews on the song “Yosemite.”

The Blue Hour is nominated for Best Engineered Album, Classical. The Blue Hour is a song cycle born of a collaboration among five composers—Rachel Grimes, Angélica Negrón, Shara Nova, Caroline Shaw, and Sarah Kirkland Snider—commissioned and performed by the chamber orchestra A Far Cry, who are joined by singer Shara Nova. Set to excerpts from Carolyn Forché’s epic poem On Earth, the music follows one woman’s journey through the liminal space between life and death via thousands of hallucinatory and non-linear images. Exploring memories of childhood, war, love, and loss, The Blue Hour amplifies the beauty, pain, and fragility of human life from a collective female perspective.

The 66th Grammy Awards will be broadcast from Los Angeles on CBS and Paramount+ on Sunday, February 4, beginning at 8pm ET. Prior to the telecast The Grammy Awards Premiere Ceremony, at which many of the above categories will be announced, will stream live on grammy.com starting at 3:30pm ET. For more information, including a complete list of nominees, visit grammy.com.

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  • Friday, November 10, 2023
    Nonesuch Recordings Receive Eleven Grammy Awards Nominations

    Congratulations to Thomas AdèsLos Angeles Philharmonic, Gustavo Dudamel, and producer Dmitriy Lipay; Darcy James Argue's Secret Society; Julia Bullock; Rhiannon Giddens; Cécile McLorin SalvantMolly Tuttle & Golden Highway; and the artists behind The Blue Hour, all of whose works have been nominated for the 66th Grammy Awards. You can hear all of the nominated works below.

    The premiere recording of Thomas Adès's Dante, performed by the Los Angeles Philharmonic and its Music & Artistic Director Gustavo Dudamel, has been nominated for Best Orchestral Performance and Best Contemporary Classical Composition, and the album's producer, Dmitriy Lipay, is up for Producer of the Year, Classical. Dante—a ballet score in three acts based on Dante Alighieri’s La Divina Commedia—was recorded in concert at Disney Hall for this premiere recording. Dante was first performed at the Royal Opera House as part of Wayne McGregor’s The Dante Project for the Royal Ballet, with the Orchestra of the Royal Opera House and with designs by visual artist Tacita Dean. “In any new shortlist of great ballet scores by Tchaikovsky, Stravinsky, Bartók, Ravel, Prokofiev, Britten, and Bernstein, Dante must newly be included for its musical invention alone,” exclaims the Los Angeles Times. “There is not a second in its 88 minutes that doesn’t delight. All of it is unexpected and wanted.”

    Composer and bandleader Darcy James Argue and his Secret Society ensemble are up for Best Large Jazz Ensemble Album for their Nonesuch debut album, Dynamic Maximum Tension. The album pays homage to some of Argue’s key influences with original songs dedicated to R. Buckminster Fuller, Alan Turing, and Mae West. Cécile McLorin Salvant joins the ensemble for “Mae West: Advice.” Dynamic Maximum Tension’s eleven tracks, on two CDs, also include a response to Duke Ellington’s “Diminuendo and Crescendo in Blue,” titled “Tensile Curves,” among other originals. Downbeat exclaims: “Each track ... stands as a marvel of musical architecture, a self-contained miniverse populated by conspiring ensemble players and ace soloists." "Superb," says All About Jazz. "Darcy James Argue’s Secret Society’s Dynamic Maximum Tension is a delight."

    Julia Bullock has been nominated for Best Classical Solo Vocal Album for her debut solo album, Walking in the Dark. On the album, Bullock and London’s Philharmonia Orchestra, conducted by Christian Reif, perform Samuel Barber’s Knoxville: Summer of 1915 and a song from John Adams’s El Niño. She is joined by Reif, on piano, for a traditional spiritual and songs by Oscar Brown, Jr., Billy Taylor, Sandy Denny, and Connie Converse. Bullock is “one of the singular artists of her generation,” says the New York Times, “a singer of enveloping tone, startlingly mature presence and unusually sophisticated insight into culture, society and history.”

    Rhiannon Giddens is up for two Grammy Awards this year: Best Americana Album, for You're the One, and Best American Roots Performance for the album track "You Louisiana Man." You’re the One is Giddens's third solo studio album and her first of all original songs. This collection of twelve tunes written over the course of her career bursts with life-affirming energy, drawing from the folk music she knows so deeply and its pop descendants. The album was produced by Jack Splash (Kendrick Lamar, Solange, Alicia Keys, Valerie June) and recorded with an ensemble including Giddens' closest musical collaborators from the past decade, a string section, and Miami Horns. The lone featured guest on the album is Jason Isbell on “Yet to Be.”

    Cécile McLorin Salvant has been nominated for Best Jazz Vocal Album for her second Nonesuch album, Mélusine, and the album track "Fenestra," arranged by Godwin Louis, is up for Best Arrangement, Instrumental and Vocals. This follows last year's nomination in the same two categories for her Nonesuch debut, Ghost Song. Mélusine is a mix of originals and interpretations of songs dating as far back as the 12th century, mostly sung in French along with Occitan, English, and Haitian Kreyòl. They tell the folk tale of Mélusine, a woman who turns into a half-snake each Saturday after a childhood curse by her mother. "Anyone who thinks they already know the full extent of Cécile McLorin Salvant's artistry should listen to Mélusine without further delay," exclaims Jazzwise. "It's a remarkable recording in several respects. Beautifully recorded, Salvant continues to confound and delight at every turn."

    Singer, songwriter, and musician Molly Tuttle & Golden Highway have been nominated for Best Bluegrass Album for City of Gold, their second album, following last year's win in the category for their debut album, Crooked Tree. Produced by Tuttle and Jerry Douglas and recorded in Nashville, City of Gold was inspired by Tuttle’s near constant touring with Golden Highway and their growth together as musicians and performers, cohering as a band. These 13 tracks—mostly written by Tuttle and Ketch Secor (Old Crow Medicine Show)—capture the electric energy of the band’s live shows by highlighting each member’s musical strengths. City of Gold also features special guest Dave Matthews on the song “Yosemite.”

    The Blue Hour is nominated for Best Engineered Album, Classical. The Blue Hour is a song cycle born of a collaboration among five composers—Rachel Grimes, Angélica Negrón, Shara Nova, Caroline Shaw, and Sarah Kirkland Snider—commissioned and performed by the chamber orchestra A Far Cry, who are joined by singer Shara Nova. Set to excerpts from Carolyn Forché’s epic poem On Earth, the music follows one woman’s journey through the liminal space between life and death via thousands of hallucinatory and non-linear images. Exploring memories of childhood, war, love, and loss, The Blue Hour amplifies the beauty, pain, and fragility of human life from a collective female perspective.

    The 66th Grammy Awards will be broadcast from Los Angeles on CBS and Paramount+ on Sunday, February 4, beginning at 8pm ET. Prior to the telecast The Grammy Awards Premiere Ceremony, at which many of the above categories will be announced, will stream live on grammy.com starting at 3:30pm ET. For more information, including a complete list of nominees, visit grammy.com.

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