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Weekly AUDIO NEWS for February 26, 2003

Classical Grammy Winners - Note that: 1) AUDIOPHILE AUDITION has reviewed most of these; 2) Three of the Grammys went to the same Telarc classical SACD we are currently awarding to lucky readers! - VW's "Sea Symphony;" and 3) 5 of the 11 are available in SACD versions - indicated with an * - and many of the others should soon be out on SACD.

Best Classical Album = Vaughan Williams: A Sea Symphony (Sym. No. 1) - Robert Spano, conductor; Norman Mackenzie, chorus director; Thomas C. Moore, producer (Christine Goerke, soprano & Brett Polegato, baritone; Atlanta Sym. Orch. Cho.; Atlanta Sym. Orch.) [Telarc Digital*]

Best Engineered Recording, Classical (To Michael Bishop of Telarc) = Vaughan Williams: A Sea Symphony (Sym. No. 1) - Robert Spano, conductor; Atlanta Sym. Orch. & Cho.) [Telarc Digital*]

Best Orchestral Performance = Mahler: Symphony No. 6
Michael Tilson Thomas, conductor (San Francisco Sym.) [SFS Media*]

Best Opera Recording = Wagner: Tannhäuser - Daniel Barenboim, conductor; Jane Eaglen, Thomas Hampson, Waltraud Meier, René Pape & Peter Seiffert; Christoph Classen, producer (Chor der Deutschen Staatsoper Berlin; Staatskapelle Berlin) [Teldec Classics International]

Best Choral Performance = Vaughan Williams: A Sea Symphony (Sym. No. 1) - Robert Spano, conductor; Norman Mackenzie, chorus director (Christine Goerke, soprano; Brett Polegato, baritone; Atlanta Sym. Orch. Cho.; Atlanta Sym. Orch.) [Telarc Digital*]

Best Instrumental Soloist(s) Performance with Orchestra = Brahms/ Stravinsky: Violin Concertos - Sir Neville Marriner, conductor; Hilary Hahn, violin (Academy of St. Martin in the Fields) [Sony Classical*]

Best Instrumental Soloist Performance without Orchestra = Chopin: Études, Op. 10 & Op. 25 - Murray Perahia, piano [Sony Classical]

Best Chamber Music Performance = Beethoven: String Quartets ("Razumovsky" Op. 59, 1-3,  "Harp" Op. 74) - Takács Quartet [Decca Records]

Best Small Ensemble Performance = Tavener: Lamentations And Praises - Joseph Jennings, conductor; Chanticleer (Handel & Haydn Society of Boston) [Teldec Classics International]

Best Classical Vocal Performance = Bel Canto (Bellini, Donizetti, Rossini, Etc.) - Renée Fleming, soprano (Patrick Summers; Coro del Maggio Musicale Fiorentino; Orch. of St. Luke's) [Decca Records*]

Best Classical Contemporary Composition = (A Composer's Award for a contemporary classical composition composed within the last 25 years, and released for the first time during the eligibility year.) = Tavener: Lamentations And Praises - Sir John Tavener (Chanticleer; Joseph Jennings; Handel & Haydn Society of Boston) [Teldec Classics International]

Best Classical Crossover Album = (Award to the Artist(s) and/or to the Conductor.) - Previn Conducts Korngold (Sea Hawk; Captain Blood, Etc.) - André Previn, conductor (London Sym. Orch.) [Deutsche Grammophon]

Bob Woods of Telarc also won Producer of the Year in Classical - a grand total of 4 Grammys for the label, making their total to date 40!

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