PENTATONE: The 63rd Grammy Awards nominations are revealed!

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.

Aspects of America: The Pulitzer Edition with the Oregon Symphony and Carlos Kalmar is nominated for the Best Orchestral Performance.

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 HaimovitzDevon GuthrieNancy AndersonElise QuagliataAvi SteinJulian WachnerNOVUS NYChoir 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).

Broadway World | LUNA PEARL WOOLF: Fire and Flood Nominated for 2021 GRAMMY Award

by BWW News Desk Nov. 25, 2020

Today, LUNA PEARL WOOLF: Fire and Flood has been nominated for a 2021 GRAMMY Award in the category of Best Classical Compendium. The composer-portrait album, released in February, 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.

This new Grammy nomination coincides with the 20th anniversary of the ground-breaking, Grammy Award-winning OXINGALE RECORDS. Launched in 2000 by cellist Matt Haimovitz and composer Luna Pearl Woolf, the label embraces both mind and heart, melding genres and boldly navigating between the worlds of classical, new music, Jazz, crossover and opera.

Releasing their first recording of the Bach cello suites in 2000, they boldly took the music of Bach into then-unimaginable venues for classical music, like punk palace CBGB, sparking what would become the alt-classical genre. Cutting-edge collaborators over two decades have included DJ Olive, David Sanford, John McLaughlin, Vijay Iyer, pianist Christopher O’Riley, the Miró Quartet, and conductor Dennis Russell Davies, among many others. January 2015 marked the debut of the PENTATONE Oxingale Series, a new partnership with the Amsterdam-based label, renowned for its discerning artistic quality and superior audiophile technology.