Sym­phony or­ches­tra misses Grammy

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The New Zealand Sym­phony Or­ches­tra missed out on win­ning a Grammy Award this week.

The or­ches­tra was nom­i­nated for Best Or­ches­tral Per­for­mance at the 58th an­nual Grammy Awards, which took place in Los An­ge­les on Tues­day.

If the or­ches­tra had won, it would have joined the ranks of Lorde, The Flight of the Con­chords and Dame Kiri Te Kanawa as New Zealand Grammy Award win­ners.

The Sym­phony Or­ches­tra’s en­try com­prised of a record­ing of works by Pulitzer Prize-win­ning Chi­nese com­poser Zhou Long and Sym­phony Hu­men 1839, writ­ten in col­lab­o­ra­tion with com­pa­triot Chen Yi.

Sin­ga­porean Dar­rell Ang con­ducted the Sym­phony Or­ches­tra record­ing, which took place in Welling­ton’s Michael Fowler Cen­tre in June 2013 and was re­leased on the Naxos la­bel in May 2015.

Or­ches­tra chief ex­ec­u­tive Christo­pher Blake said he was proud of the nom­i­na­tion.

‘‘The record­ing is ex­cit­ing and colour­ful and pro­vides many op­por­tu­ni­ties for the or­ches­tra to dis­play its affin­ity with con­tem­po­rary mu­sic from the Asi­aPa­cific re­gion,’’ he said.

‘‘This is one of many in­ter­na­tional col­lab­o­ra­tions and projects the or­ches­tra has been in­volved in over the past few years. I’m proud that our play­ers have been ac­knowl­edged for their artis­tic ex­cel­lence.’’

The win­ner was the Bos­ton Sym­phony Or­ches­tra for its record­ing of Shostakovich: Un­der Stalin’s Shadow – Sym­phony No. 10, con­ducted by An­dris Nel­sons.

Other nom­i­nees in­cluded the Pitts­burgh Sym­phony Or­ches­tra, Seat­tle Sym­phony and Ore­gon Sym­phony. It is the New Zealand Sym­phony Or­ches­tra’s first Grammy nom­i­na­tion.

As New Zealand’s na­tional sym­phony or­ches­tra, the NZSO tours ex­ten­sively through­out the coun­try each year.

It also tours in­ter­na­tion­ally and earned wide crit­i­cal ac­claim for its per­for­mances on its 2010 Euro­pean tour.

The or­ches­tra has made more than 60 record­ings for the Naxos la­bel and has sold more than one mil­lion CDs in­ter­na­tion­ally.

The New Zealand Sym­phony Or­ches­tra per­form­ing Zhou Long’s Sym­phony Hu­men 1839 at the Michael Fowler Cen­tre.

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