BSO pairing with Yo-Yo Ma nets 2 awards


"I feel good for myself and good for the orchestra," is how Baltimore Symphony Orchestra music director David Zinman reacted when told he and the BSO, along with cellist Yo-Yo Ma, had won two Grammys for their recording of concertos by Bela Bartok, Ernest Bloch and the late Stephen Albert.

The record, which was released on the Sony Classics label as "The New York Album," won Grammys in two categories: Classical Instrumental Soloist with Orchestra, and Classical Contemporary Composition (for the Albert Cello Concerto). The Albert concerto was commissioned by the BSO and received its world premiere in Baltimore.

This is the second Grammy for a collaboration by Ma, Zinman and the BSO. They won four years ago for their recording of concertos by Benjamin Britten and Samuel Barber. Moreover, it is the fourth Grammy for Zinman, who has won (with other orchestras) for a recording of Henryk Gorecki's Symphony No. 3, for a recording with soprano Dawn Upshaw, and for a comedy album with Peter Schickele of the music of (the imaginary) "P. D. Q. Bach.

But this most recent Grammy seems to please Zinman most.

"That Stephen [Albert] was recognized for the cello concerto makes me feel particularly good because he was my friend and I love his music," Zinman says.

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