9 GRAMMY® NOMINATIONS – To Telarc International and Heads Up International

Nomination for Best Orchestral Performance goes to
BRUCKNER: SYMPHONY No. 5

Benjamin Zander conducts the Philharmonia Orchestra

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By Seán Martinfield
Sentinel Editor and Publisher
Photo by Lynn Imanaka

Telarc International and Heads Up International, divisions of Concord Music Group, received 9 GRAMMY® nominations, as announced by the National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences (NARAS). The nominations were in a range of categories including pop, jazz and classical. The nominations, covering albums released between October 2008 and September 2009, included Pop, Jazz and Classical. In the Classical category, I am particularly taken by Telarc’s recording of Bruckner: Symphony No. 5 featuring the Philharmonia Orchestra led by Benjamin Zander. It is spectacularly grand, intensely personal, and spiritually opulent. Through meticulous detail and a carefully crafted agenda, Maestro Zander guides the four movements of the symphony in what Bruckner would recognize as a perfect procession through his “Cathedral In Sound”. Employing Direct Stream Digital technology, the recording was made at England’s Watford Colosseum, site of other grand scale projects including soundtracks for Lord of the Rings, The Sound of Music, and the Star Wars Trilogies. The result is a majestic and ultimately powerful soundscape – a Grand Tour through a boundless environment where musical architecture leads, probes, questions, and perhaps stumbles into harmony with the Divine Mind.

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BENJAMIN ZANDER, Conductor

Winners will be announced at the 52nd Annual GRAMMY® Awards on Sunday, January 31st, 2010 (8:00-11:30 PM, ET/PT), at Staples Center in Los Angeles, airing live on the CBS Television Network.

THE NOMINATIONS
Field 1 – Pop. Category 10 – Best Pop Instrumental Album
LEGACY — Hiroshima.
[Heads Up International]

Field 1 – Pop. Category 10 – Best Pop Instrumental Album
DOWN THE WIRE — Spyro Gyra
[Heads Up International]

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Field 10 – Jazz. Category 44 – Best Contemporary Jazz Album
BIG NEIGHBORHOOD – Mike Stern
[Heads Up International]
 
Field 10 – Jazz. Category 44 – Best Contemporary Jazz Album
75 — Joe Zawinul & The Zawinul Syndicate
[Heads Up International]
 
Field 10 – Jazz. Category 45 – Best Jazz Vocal Album
DESIRE — Tierney Sutton Band
[Telarc International]

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Field 26 – Surround Sound. Category 94 – Best Surround Sound Album
TRANSMIGRATION — Michael Bishop, surround mix engineer; Michael Bishop, surround mastering engineer; Elaine Martone, surround producer. Robert Spano, conductor and the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra & Choruses.
[Telarc International]
 
Field 28 – Classical. Category 98 – Best Orchestral Performance
BRUCKNER: SYMPHONY No. 5 — Benjamin Zander, conductor and the Philharmonia Orchestra
[Telarc International]
 
Field 28 – Classical. Category 102 – Best Instrumental Soloist Performance (without Orchestra) 
CAROLINE GOULDING – Caroline Goulding; with Christopher O’Riley and Janine Randall.
[Telarc International]

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Field 28 – Classical. Category 103 – Best Chamber Music Performance
TAKEMITSU, TORU: And Then I Knew ‘Twas Wind — Yolanda Kondonassis, Cynthia Phelps & Joshua Smith.
Track from: Debussy & Takemitsu: Air: Music For Harp, Flute & Strings
[Telarc International]
 
Since 1980, Telarc International, a division of Concord Music Group, has been honored with 57 GRAMMY® Awards for performance, production and engineering. Other important awards include the French Grand Prix du Disque and Diapason d’Or; Japan’s Record of the Year; Germany’s Audiophile CD of the Year; and Gramophone Magazine’s 2004 Label of the Year. Although it began as a classical-only label, Telarc now boasts a catalog of more than 1000 recordings, ranging from classical and classical-crossover to jazz, contemporary jazz, Americana, pop and blues.
 
For nearly 20 years, Heads Up International, a division of Concord Music Group, has been successfully carving its niche in the world of contemporary instrumental music. Heads Up artists and releases have consistently landed on Billboard’s Contemporary Jazz, Traditional Jazz and World Music charts, and have garnered numerous industry awards, including Billboard’s Contemporary Latin Jazz Album of the Year, the AFIM’s Independent Contemporary Jazz Album of the Year, six GRAMMY® Awards and numerous GRAMMY® nominations. Heads Up was also the winner of JazzWeek’s Radio Programmers Album of the Year Award for two consecutive years, and Gibson Guitar’s Best Female Jazz Guitarist. In addition to the awards and accolades, Heads Up artists have regularly captured the #1 slot in national radio airplay.

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Seán Martinfield
Sentinel Editor and Publisher
Seán Martinfield, who also serves as Fine Arts Critic, is a native San Franciscan. He is a Theatre Arts Graduate from San Francisco State University, a professional singer, and well-known private vocal coach to Bay Area actors and singers of all ages and persuasions. His clients have appeared in Broadway National Tours including Wicked, Aïda, Miss Saigon, Rent, Bye Bye Birdie, in theatres and cabarets throughout the Bay Area, and are regularly featured in major City events including Diva Fest, Gay Pride, and Halloween In The Castro. As an Internet consultant in vocal development and audition preparation he has published thousands of responses to those seeking his advice concerning singing techniques, professional and academic auditions, and careers in the Performing Arts. Mr. Martinfield’s Broadway clients have all profited from his vocal methodology, “The Belter’s Method”, which is being prepared for publication. If you want answers about your vocal technique, post him a question on AllExperts.com. If you would like to build up your vocal performance chops and participate in the Bay Area’s rich theatrical scene, e-mail him at: sean.martinfield@comcast.net.

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