Hats off and a hearty round of applause to the Oregon Symphony players and conductor Carlos Kalmar for earning two Grammy nominations in the categories of Best Orchestral Performance and Best Engineered Album, Classical.
Both nominations are for the symphony's 2011 recording, Music for a Time of War, which features works by 20th-century composers Benjamin Britten, John Adams, Charles Ives, and Ralph Vaughn Williams. It was recorded live at the Schnitz in May 2011 by Boston-based recording and mastering company Soundmirror.
Album producer Blanton Alspaugh also was awarded a nomination for Producer of the Year, Classical.
While it would be totally cool to see Kalmar run on stage and get handed a statue by Taylor Swift and Keith Richards on national television, it seems a remote possibility given the less-than-stellar status of classical music in the recording industry.
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