Best Classical Instrumental Solo
NASHVILLE, TN. (December 1, 2011) Nashville Symphony Music Director Giancarlo Guerrero and percussionist Christopher Lamb have been honored with a GRAMMY® nomination for Best Classical Instrumental Solo, for the Nashville Symphony’s recording of Joseph Schwantner’s Concerto for Percussion & Orchestra. Recorded at Schermerhorn Symphony Center in February 2011, the piece is a showcase for soloist Lamb, Principal Percussionist of the New York Philharmonic. Since its premiere in 1994, the concerto has become a staple of the American orchestral repertoire.
“Working with Lamb was a true pleasure for the Nashville Symphony,” Guerrero says. “We feel honored to have had the opportunity to record this piece, which captures both the color and vibrancy of Joseph Schwantner’s music and the virtuosity of Lamb’s playing.”
Produced and engineered by Tim Handley, the Nashville Symphony’s recording of the Percussion Concerto is featured on its latest release on the Naxos label, which also includes two other works by Schwantner, Chasing Light… and Morning’s Embrace.
President & CEO Alan Valentine says, “This latest GRAMMY® nomination is a tribute to Giancarlo Guerrero’s strong artistic leadership, and to the Nashville Symphony’s growing profile as one of this country’s leading advocates for American orchestral music. We’re thrilled about this latest recognition, and look forward to more exciting recording projects in the future.”
The orchestra’s previous Naxos recordings have earned a total of six GRAMMY® Awards and 13 nominations.