It gives me pleasure to quote from the Gimell website:
‘For the second time in consecutive years Gimell and The Tallis Scholars have been nominated for a Grammy Award. The latest nomination is for the recording of Victoria’s Lamentations of Jeremiah – made to celebrate the 400th Anniversary of the composer, Tomás Luis de Victoria, who died in August 1611.
In a happy coincidence The Tallis Scholars have just finished filming a performance of Victoria’s first Lamentation for Maundy Thursday, track one on the nominated CD, which will be available to view on the Gimell website during the 400th Anniversary celebrations.
The nomination in 2010 was for the recording of the Missa Malheur me bat and the Missa Fortuna Desperata by Josquin.’
To find out who we are up against, visit www.grammy.com/nominees and click on Award Genre. Go to Classical and then find Best Small Ensemble Performance, which is category 104 out of 107. Whatever one may think of American razzmatazz and show bizz, the sheer scope of these Awards is at least generous (and not parochial). In fact I think this is our fourth Grammy Nomination. The problem seems to be winning a category, which almost certainly costs a lot of money. I’m not complaining. If anything people seem to remember the nominations, not the winners.