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By Culturekiosque Staff

LOS ANGELES, 16 FEBRUARY 2012 — Hardly a surprise, Venezuelan maestro Gustavo Dudamel and the Los Angeles Philharmonic received a 2012 Grammy in the Best Orchestral Performance category for their recording on Deutsche Grammophon of Brahms’ Symphony No. 4. Recorded live at Walt Disney Concert Hall last summer and released as a digital-only recording, this Grammy is Gustavo Dudamel’s first.

Having studied conducting with "El Sistema" founder Dr. José Antonio Abreu in Caracas, Gustavo Dudamel, who attracts connoisseurs as well as the much coveted younger audiences, hopes to achieve similar results as those in Venezuela with low-income children in Los Angeles.  

Doctor Atomic by John Adams won the Best Opera Recording at this year's Grammy Awards. The Sony DVD recording was of Penny Woolcock's 2008 production at the Metropolitan Opera, conducted by Alan Gilbert with a cast that included Gerald Finley in the title role.

First seen and heard in Amsterdam at the Holland Festival and then at the San Francisco Opera, Doctor Atomic explores physicist J. Robert Oppenheimer's work on the atomic bomb at The Manhattan Project laboratory in Los Alamos, New Mexico during World War II.The opera signaled renewed cooperation between John Adams and director Peter Sellars after Nixon in China and The Death of Klinghoffer. Meanwhile,  Robert Aldridge’s opera Elmer Gantry, on Naxos, won a Grammy for Best Contemporary Classical Composition.

Composer and conductor Eric Whitacre won the Grammy for Best Choral Performance. The album, entitled Light & Gold, is a collection of Whitacre’s most famous choral works and was recorded with The King's Singers, Laudibus and The Eric Whitacre Singers. This is the first recording where Whitacre has conducted his own works. The Grammy win comes just weeks before the release of Whitacre’s second album on Decca, Water Night.

Best Classical Instrumental Solo went to Naxos' recording of Joseph Schwantner's Concerto For Percussion & Orchestra, notably for the track Chasing Light. Gancarlo Guerrero leads the Nashville Symphony and soloist  Christopher Lamb.

Mezzo-soprano Joyce DiDonato won the 2012 Grammy Best Classical Vocal Solo for a collection of arias entitled Diva on Virgin Classics. She is accompanied by conductor Kazushi Ono, the Orchestre De L'Opéra National De Lyon and the Choeur De L'Opéra National De Lyon.

In the category of Best Small Ensemble Performance the winner was Steven Mackey for his Lonely Motel recorded by Eighth Blackbird on Cedille Records

Lastly, The King’s Speech nabbed the Grammy for Best Score Soundtrack, with music written by multiple Oscar and Golden Globe nominee, Alexandre Desplat.

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