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Classical music Grammys: It’s an odd category

Discordant note is struck in scaling classical division of Grammy Awards

The classical division of the Grammy Awards has suffered as much as any by the reduction in categories this year from 109 to 78. Where there used to be 11 classical awards (plus one each for production and engineering), there are now just seven.

Grammy bloat has, of course, been an issue for some time. One can see the logic in the Recording Academy’s merging best chamber music performance and best small ensemble performance into best small ensemble performance, since only the Academy knew which was which in any case. But merging best instrumental soloist performance with orchestra and best instrumental soloist performance without orchestra into best classical instrumental solo means that recitals now have to compete with concerto performances.

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