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The recording industry's most prestigious award, the GRAMMY is presented annually by the National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences (NARAS). A GRAMMY is awarded by the Academy's voting membership to honor excellence in the recording arts and sciences. It is truly a peer honor, awarded by and to artists and technical professionals for artistic or technical achievement, not sales or chart positions.

The category Best Classical Contemporary Composition is a composer's award for a composition composed within the last 25 years and released for the first time during the eligibility year. The WINNER of the GRAMMY in this category is George Crumb: Star-Child, recorded by the Warsaw Philharmonic Orchestra, Chorus and soloists conducted by THOMAS CONLIN (Bridge Records 9095).

The following is a sampling of critical reaction to this CD:

International Record Review - "The sustained intensity of Thomas Conlin's performance is unlikely to be bettered...quite eclipsing the tentative coordination of the New York [Philharmonic] performance.” Online Review -Thomas Conlin leads the Warsaw Philharmonic to extraordinary heights in Crumb's apocalyptic masterpiece.”

Fanfare Magazine - "Both performances are stunning; Boulez tight and potent, Conlin warm and free. Despite the former's credentials as one of the millennium's musical greats, this emotional outpouring from Warsaw is irresistible."

American Record Guide - "The Warsaw Philharmonic [under conductor Thomas Conlin] makes a brave, exciting noise in the climaxes and is wonderfully restrained in the long fade-in and fade-out." 


Billboard Magazine (11/27/99) - Recommended


Pittsburgh Post Gazette - "One of the Ten Best Recordings of the Year"


Gramophone Magazine - "...monumental..."


Classic CD - Highest Rating - Editor's Choice - 10/10 - Highest Rating "...This miraculous disc represents the fulfillment of a dream for all those music lovers who find themselves captivated by Crumb's haunting, evocative and passionate musical soundscapes....Bridge’s decision to embark on a complete edition of George Crumb’s music remains one of the most significant recording projects currently in progress, as well as one of the most artistically successful.


Klassik Heute - Recommended

The annual GRAMMY Awards presentation brings together thousands of creative and technical professionals in the recording industry from all over the world. The GRAMMY Awards are telecast annually to an international audience of over 1.5 billion in 170 countries. The GRAMMY Awards ceremonies were held on February 21, 2001 in Los Angeles, California.

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