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The 2016 Classical GRAMMYs Go To...

The best classical recordings according to the 2016 Grammy Awards, held Monday night, February 15th at the Staples Center in Los Angeles, California, are:


Engineered Album, Classical
Ask Your Mama, Leslie Ann Jones, John Kilgore, Nora Kroll-Rosenbaum and Justin Merrill, engineers; Patricia Sullivan, mastering engineer (George Manahan and San Francisco Ballet Orchestra)

Producer of the Year, Classical
Judith Sherman

Orchestral Performance
Shostakovich: Under Stalin’s Shadow — Symphony No. 10, Andris Nelsons, conductor (Boston Symphony Orchestra)

Opera Recording
Ravel: L’Enfant et les Sortilèges; Shéhérazade, Seiji Ozawa, conductor; Isabel Leonard; Dominic Fyfe, producer (Saito Kinen Orchestra; SKF Matsumoto Chorus and SKF Matsumoto Children’s Chorus)

Choral Performance
Rachmaninoff: All-Night Vigil, Charles Bruffy, conductor (Paul Davidson, Frank Fleschner, Toby Vaughn Kidd, Bryan Pinkall, Julia Scozzafava, Bryan Taylor; Joseph Warner; Kansas City Chorale ; Phoenix Chorale)

Chamber Music/Small Ensemble Performance
Filament, Eighth Blackbird

Classical Instrumental Solo
Dutilleux: Violin Concerto, L’Arbre des Songes, Augustin Hadelich; Ludovic Morlot, conductor (Seattle Symphony)

Classical Solo Vocal Album
Joyce & Tony — Live From Wigmore Hall, Joyce DiDonato; Antonio Pappano, accompanist

Classical Compendium
Paulus: Three Places of Enlightenment; Veil of Tears; Grand Concerto, Giancarlo Guerrero, conductor; Tim Handley, producer

Contemporary Classical Composition
Paulus: Prayers & Remembrances, Stephen Paulus, composer (Eric Holtan, True Concord Voices & Orchestra)