The sizzling Naxos recording of Leonard Bernstein's epic "Mass" by the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra, conducted by Marin Alsop, is among the 2010 Grammy nominees for Best Classical Album. (The producer of the CD, Steven Epstein, is also nominated for Producer of the Year.)
The BSO will face some pretty classy competition for the Grammy. The other nominees: Maher's Symphony No. 8/San Francisco Symphony/Michael Tilson Thomas; Ravel's "Daphnis Et Chloe"/Boston Symphony/James Levine; Shostakovich's "The Nose"/Orchestra Of The Mariinsky Theatre/Valery Gergiev; Ravel's "L'Enfant Et Les Sortileges"/Nashville Symphony/Alastair Willis.
Alsop has another Grammy association for 2010. She conducted Jennifer Higdon's Percussion Concerto on a London Philharmonic recording that has been nominated for Best Classical Contemporary Composition.