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ALBUM and RECORD of the Year - HALLOWED GROUND and Lincoln Portrait

PRODUCER OF THE YEAR (Classical) - Elaine Lee Martone for HALLOWED GROUND

BEST ENGINEERED ALBUM (Classical) - Chelsea VandeDrink for HALLOWED GROUND

BEST ORCHESTRAL PERFORMANCE (Classical) - Lincoln Portrait from HALLOWED GROUND

BEST CLASSICAL COMPENDIUM - HALLOWED GROUND

BEST CLASSICAL CONTEMPORARY COMPOSITION (Classical) - Pleasure Ground by Nico Muhly from HALLOWED GROUND

 
Issued on Cincinnati’s own Fanfare label, the Symphony’s new album, “Hallowed Ground,” finds unexpected connections between Lang, composer of hard, bitter pieces with titles like Cheating, Lying, Stealing, and Aaron Copland, the universally beloved composer of such canonical Americana as Lincoln Portrait. Copland’s chestnut is presented here with narration by the late, equally beloved Maya Angelou, whose narration – coming from a deep understanding of the text – offers it the noble but very human voice that the piece requires. She is a comforting presence, but her voice, recorded just half a year before her death, comes tinged with the sorrow of experience. Conductor Louis Langrée’s often brash interpretation hardly shies away from the music’s reminders of the violence that defined the Lincoln presidency.
— Q2 Music Album of the Week - Daniel Stephen Johnson
Angelou brought vast authority to her task, speaking the 16th president’s words with clarity, dignity, and presence.
— Classical Voice America
... the Cincinnati Symphony in 1942, highlighted the ensemble’s characteristic sound: the different sections adroitly balanced and focused yet never harsh, with bronzed, burnished brasses infusing a strings section that plays with warm, cohesive bite. Ms. Angelou brought her inimitable combination of majesty and folksiness to the speaking part, drawn from Lincoln’s writings, ferociously digging into the final words of the Gettysburg Address.
— The New York Times

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Recording is Mastered for iTunes by Apple Certified Mastering Engineer Chelsea VandeDrink


Her eloquent narration of Aaron Copland’s Lincoln’s Portrait, will be remembered as one of the inspiring moments in the life of this city.
— Cincinnati.com