Best Performance by a Classical Orchestra | Yannick Nézet-Séguin wins a Grammy

Montreal conductor Yannick Nézet-Séguin won a Grammy award in the best performance by a classical orchestra category on Sunday for the recording of Symphonies Nos. 1 and 3 by composer Florence Price.

Updated yesterday at 10:29 p.m.

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“It’s the first Grammy for the Philadelphia orchestra for best orchestra performance, but above all, for me, it’s Florence Price’s first Grammy,” Yannick Nézet-Séguin told us on the phone.

On the phone with The Press Sunday after his victory, he wanted to pay tribute to the great artist, “unjustly forgotten”, that was the African-American composer Florence Price.

Nézet-Séguin conducted the Philadelphia Orchestra during the recording of the First and Third Symphonies by composer Florence Price, an album released by Deutsche Grammophon. For this work, the Montreal conductor received his first career Grammy award.

“We are always looking, musicians, for new repertoires, repertoires that have been neglected,” says the conductor. Almost by chance, seven or eight years ago, I came across the music of Florence Price and fell in love with it. »

After he convinced Deutsche Grammophon to embark on this recording, during the pandemic, the project came to fruition “without too much premeditation”. “It has a ripple effect, notes Yannick Nézet-Séguin. More and more people are programming the music of Florence Price. I hope she wins many more Grammys. I hope his name will one day be as well known as those of Brahms or Beethoven. »

Unable to be in Las Vegas for the ceremony, he says he expects a big celebration next week, when he will be in Philadelphia with the orchestra for a concert.

“The three facets of my personality”

The Montrealer was also nominated in two other categories at the gala presented on YouTube, namely best opera recording and best classical solo vocal album.

“Awards are not really what motivates me. I feel like it’s a little bit different in music,” he explained to The Press Sunday. But I must say that this year, I was particularly pleased to be nominated three times, because it represented the three facets of my personality: symphonic conductor, opera conductor and pianist. »

Other Canadians also distinguished themselves: Joni Mitchell, winner in the category of best historical album for Joni Mitchell Archives, Vol. 1: The early years (1963-1967)The Weeknd, winner in the category of best melodic rap performance for his contribution to the song hurricaneby Kanye West, and Alex Cuba, winner in the category of the best Latin pop album for Think.

Dressed in white, Joni Mitchell walked slowly to the stage, using a cane, to collect her ninth career Grammy.

“I didn’t expect this,” the artist told onlookers, many of whom stood up when she was named the winner.

The Weeknd absent, Justin Bieber featured

Joni Mitchell was the only Canadian present at the gala preceding the main ceremony broadcast tonight on American television.

Afro-Cuban singer Alex Cuba learned he had won his Grammy while driving through a snowstorm in northern British Columbia.

The musician, born Alexis Puentes, was returning home with his wife and youngest son after two nights with the Okanagan Symphony Orchestra, an engagement previously announced at Grammy night.

The Weeknd, meanwhile, boycotted the Grammys. The Toronto singer is also nominated twice more for his contributions to other artists’ projects. These are the appearances on the deluxe edition of planet sheby Doja Cat, and dondaby Kanye West, both nominated for album of the year, the winner of which will be announced during the televised gala.

During the evening, the attention of Canadians will be particularly focused on the singer Justin Bieber.

The pop music superstar from Stratford, Ontario is nominated in eight categories, including Song of the Year for his single Peaches that Justin Bieber recorded with Torontonian Daniel Caesar.

His latest album Justice (Triple Chucks Deluxe) is also up for album of the year.

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