Fresh Grammy nominations are out, and high on the list of classical honorees isJames Levine leading the Boston Symphony in the complete Daphnis and Chloe. The rapturous, incandescently orchestrated music by Maurice Ravel depicts the awakening love between two young people in bucolic ancient Greece. (Spicing up the plot is an abduction by pirates!) Levine's live rendition on the BSO's own label has racked up nominations for best classical album, best orchestral performance and best engineered classical recording. It fills the first hour of GPB's Midday Music.
- Ravel: Daphnis and Chloe, complete ballet. Boston Sym Orch, Tanglewood Festival Chorus, Levine. BSO Classics 0801.
- Shostakovich: Festive Overture. Simon Bolivar Youth Orch of Venezuela, Dudamel. DG.
- Bach: Cantata No. 191, "Gloria in Excelsis Deo." Bach Choir of Bethlehem, Bach Festival Orch, soloists, Funfgeld. Analekta 9873.
- Alwyn: Overture to a Masque. Royal Liverpool Phil, Lloyd-Jones. Naxos 8.570704.
- Rachmaninoff: Piano Sonata No. 2 in B-flat minor, Op. 36. Nareh Arghamanyan. Analekta 8762.
- Wagenaar: The Taming of the Shrew, overture after Shakespeare's play. Northwest German Phil, Hermus. CPO 777 479.
- Neusidler: Two lute pieces (Der Dorisanen Dantz mit Hupffauff; Nun lob mein Seel den Herren, Psalm 103). Paul O'Dette. Harmonia Mundi 907388.
- Dvorak: Symphony No. 8 in G major, Op. 88. Oslo Phil Orch, Jansons. Brilliant 93635.