Congratulations to our own Blanton Alspaugh for winning Producer of the Year, Classical! Also, we are thrilled for our friends at The Santa Fe Opera and Elizabeth Ostrow for winning in the Best Opera Recording category. These are two well deserved awards and we are so proud of everyone involved. Onward and upward!
We are thrilled and thankful for the TWELVE (!!!) Grammy Nominations that Soundmirror recordings have earned this year!
Congratulations to our three incredible producers for their individual nominations in Producer of the Year, Classical: Blanton Alspaugh, Dirk Sobotka, and our honorary Soundmirror producer and dear friend, Elizabeth Ostrow! This is both Liz and Dirk’s first nomination in the Producer category. We are so happy for you three!
In the Best Engineered Album, Classical category, we have 2 nominations. One for Mark Donahue and Dirk Sobotka for their work on Bates: “The (R)evolution of Steve Jobs” (The Santa Fe Opera) and another nomination for Mark on the Beethoven: Symphony No. 3; Strauss: Horn Concerto album (Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra). Well done, guys!
The Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra’s Beethoven/Strauss album also earned a nomination in Best Orchestral Performance. The PSO won in this category last year as well as Best Engineered Album, Classical – we have our fingers crossed!
For Best Opera Recording, we have Bates: “The (R)evolution of Steve Jobs” which is The Santa Fe Opera’s second Grammy nomination with Soundmirror in this category.
Next up, we have a nomination in Best Choral Performance for the stunning Chesnokov: “Teach Me Thy Statutes” recording with the PaTRAM Institute Male Choir. This is the PaTRAM Institutes first nomination – congrats!
Craig Morris’ impressive recording of Glass: “Three Pieces in the Shape of a Square” was nominated in Best Classical Instrumental Solo. This was an interesting recording to make so check it out when you can!
In the Best Classical Compendium category, the Toronto Symphony’s Vaughan Williams album was nominated. It’s a gorgeous sounding record and we’re proud to be the Toronto Symphony’s recording partner.
Lastly, we’re delighted for the two Best Classical Contemporary Composition nominations for the wonderful composers and librettists that we worked with on “The (R)evolution of Steve Jobs” (Mason Bates and Mark Campbell) and “Great Scott” (Jake Heggie and Terrence McNally).
We are sincerely grateful for the opportunity to work with such fine artists and organizations everyday and we wish all of our clients the best for the Grammy Awards. Thank you!
Congratulations to the PaTRAM Institute Male Choir and Maestro Vladimir Gorbik on their win of MusicWeb International’s Recording of the Year for the Chesnokov: “Teach Me Thy Statues”! We’re also proud of the nominations for the Pittsburgh Symphony’s Beethoven & Strauss as well as the Santa Fe Opera’s “The Revolution of Steve Jobs” recordings. Well done!
ClassicsToday.com posted a very nice review of our Craig Morris recording, Glass: Three Pieces in the Shape of a Square.
“Morris’ multi-tracked performance grips your attention through intelligent scaling of dynamics and timbral diversity. It’s obvious that Morris has lavished these interpretations with an abundance of thought, care, patience, and practice, and his dedication is rewarded by Bridge’s superb production values.” – Jed Distler
The whole team is in D.C. setting up for the Kastalsky Requiem concert at the Washington National Cathedral featuring Maestro Leonard Slatkin, the Cathedral Choral Society, Clarion Choir, The Kansas City Chorale, the Chamber Choir of St. Tikhon, and the Orchestra of St. Luke’s. Already sounds amazing!
Our resident photographer, Brandon Johnson, took these beautiful photos of our recording session at the St. Alexander Nevsky Diocesan Cathedral with the PaTRAM Institute Singers in Howell, NJ earlier this month. Enjoy!
The Santa Fe Opera released a new recording in June of the world premiere production of Mason Bates: “The (R)evolution of Steve Jobs.” This is the second recording in a series of American opera commissions released on Pentatone. The production team for both recordings (Cold Mountain and RSJ) was Elizabeth Ostrow, Mark Donahue, and Dirk Sobotka.
Congrats to Herschel Garfein on his Billboard Chart success for “Mortality Mansions”! Blanton did the engineering on this gem.
All photos by Brandon Johnson