Balts show strong notes in Grammy Awards

  • 2005-12-14
  • From wire reports
RIGA/L.A. - Three Baltic musicians will be represented at this year's Grammy Awards, the acclaimed music ceremony held annually in Los Angeles. A recording by Estonian conductor Paavo Jarvi was nominated for best instrumental soloist's performance with orchestra in classical music. Latvian mezzo soprano Elina Garanca is contenting along with renowned conductor Mariss Jansons, who is of Latvian descent.

Garanca is up for a Grammy in the best opera recording category with an Antonio Vivaldi opera published by Virgin Classics and produced by Europa Galante company.

Jansons has been nominated in two categories. The first is for the best symphonic orchestra performance, in which Jansons has been shortlisted for his interpretation of Dmitri Shostakovich's ''Symphony No. 13.'' Jansons conducts the Bayreuth orchestra and choir in the recording.

The same recording, published by EMI Classics, has also been nominated in the best classical recording category.

Estonia's Jarvi earned his nomination for conducting a production of Schumann's "Cello Concerto" and Bloch's "Schelomo." Both are by Virgin Classics. The Estonian is accompanied by Norway's Truls Mork on cello and the Orchestre Philharmonique De Radio France.

The award in this category goes to the instrumental soloist(s) and to the conductor.

Last year, the Grammy in the best choral performance category went to a performance of Sibelius' "Cantatas" by the Estonian Ellerhein Girls Choir, the Estonian National Male Choir and the Estonian National Symphony Orchestra with Jarvi as conductor, alongside Tiia-Ester Loitme and Ants Soots as chorus masters.

A national icon, Jarvi conducts the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra, and is art director of the German Chamber Philhar-monic, Bremen, and artistic adviser to the Estonian National Symphony Orchestra.

He will be also working as music director of the Frankfurt Radio Symphony Orchestra starting next season.

The Grammy Awards ceremony will take place in Los Angeles on Feb. 8.