November 25, 2020
We are proud to announce that our releases of Aspects of America: The Pulitzer Edition and LUNA PEARL WOOLF: Fire and Flood are nominated for the 63rd Grammy Awards which will be held in January 2021.
“These Pulitzer-winning pieces are excursions in an essentially conservative style by established figures.” – The Sunday Times
Oregon Symphony and Carlos Kalmar continue their acclaimed Aspects of America series with this second instalment, featuring three symphonic works that were all awarded a Pulitzer Prize. Walter Piston’s Symphony No. 7 (Pulitzer Prize 1961) is a pastoral and jubilant glorification of nature, while Morton Gould’s Stringmusic (Pulitzer Prize 1995) was composed for star cellist Rostropovich, and showcases all possible sounds and colors of the string orchestra. In his Symphony No. 4 “Requiem” (Pulitzer Prize 1944), Howard Hanson explores the mysteries of life and death in an American musical idiom that simultaneously reveals the composer’s Nordic roots.
LUNA PEARL WOOLF: Fire and Flood with Matt Haimovitz, Devon Guthrie, Nancy Anderson, Elise Quagliata, Avi Stein, Julian Wachner, NOVUS NY, Choir of Trinity Wall Street is nominated for the Best Classical Compendium.
“A wonderful crosssection of Woolf’s vocal writing that bodes well for the new opera.” – The WholeNote
The composer-portrait album, released in January, encompasses 25 years of dramatic vocal and choral works and hauntingly re-imagined Leonard Cohen masterpieces by the innovative American-Canadian composer. LUNA PEARL WOOLF: Fire and Flood (PENTATONE Oxingale Series) features performances from The Choir of Trinity Wall Street and NOVUS NY conducted by Julian Wachner, cellist Matt Haimovitz, soprano Devon Guthrie, mezzo-soprano Elise Quagliata, and Broadway actress Nancy Anderson.
We are also honoured to announce that Blanton Alspaugh is nominated as Producer of The Year for the production of Aspects of America: The Pulitzer Edition and LUNA PEARL WOOLF: Fire and Flood. Jesse Lewis is nominated for the production of Missy Mazzoli & Royce Vavrek: Proving Up (Opera Omaha, International Contemporary Ensemble and Christopher Rountree).