Recording produced at Bing Concert Hall makes first step toward Grammy nomination

The Stanford Chamber Chorale
The Stanford Chamber Chorale (Photo: Raymond Yuen)

The National Academy of Recording Arts & Sciences announced that the recording of Joseph Haydn’s Lord Nelson Mass (Nelsonmesse) and Symphony No. 102 performed by the St. Lawrence String Quartet, Stanford Chamber Strings and Stanford Chamber Chorale in Bing Concert Hall has qualified for the first-round ballot in four Grammy categories: Best Choral Performance, Best Chamber Music/Small Ensemble Performance, Best Program Notes (by ERIC TUAN, ’12, choral studies program administrator) and Best Engineered, Classical.

Getting on the ballot is the first of two voting rounds on the way to a Grammy. After the Recording Academy produces the first-round ballot, members vote to determine five Grammy nominees in each category and vote again to determine the winners who will be announced in February 2016.

STEPHEN SANO, professor and chair of the Department of Music, and conductor and producer on this project, planned to release the Lord Nelson Mass this month to coincide with the Grammy nomination cycle, but make no mistake, tremendous talent and expert recording is what got the Recording Academy’s attention.

In addition to the St. Lawrence String Quartet and student musicians, faculty members GEORGE BARTH, fortepiano; ROBERT HUW MORGAN, continuo organ; BRUCE MOYER, double bass; and MARK VEREGGE, timpani, perform on the recording, with guest artist Tara Helen O’Connor, flute.

Chorale members picked a few favorite moments on the recording, which is available via streaming on the Daniel Ho label website:
• Track 1 – “Intense and stormy! Listen for the explosive ‘K’ at the first choral entrance.”
• Track 4 – “Quoniam tu solus sanctus. The choir loved singing this energetic, exuberant movement. Listen for the polyphony at the ‘in gloria Dei Patris.'”
• Track 14 – “Symphony No. 102: I. Largo, allegro vivace. The SLSQ has a magical sound. You’ll hear them really open up at 2:15.”