Albums featuring two of America’s best-known living composers won Grammy Awards in the classical categories on Sunday.
The Saint Louis Symphony, conducted by David Robertson, won the Grammy for Best Orchestral Performance for its recording of John Adams’s latest scores: City Noir and the Saxophone Concerto. The album marks the second consecutive win in this category for Adams. Last year, the San Francisco Symphony’s recording of his Harmonielehre and Short Ride in a Fast Machine took home the award.
The Seattle Symphony, which was up for six Grammys, received one, for Best Contemporary Classical Composition for its recording of John Luther Adams’s Become Ocean. The orchestral work, inspired by the Pacific Ocean and the effects of climate change, got its premiere by the Seattle Symphony under Ludovic Morlot in 2013. Last year it won the Pulitzer Prize for music.
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