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The National Symphonic Orchestra wins Latin Grammy Award


By A.M Costa Rica staff

During a ceremony held in Las Vegas, the National Symphony Orchestra won its first Latin Grammy for the best classical music album, according to the AP news agency.

The orchestra won the prize with the album Música de Compositores Costarricenses Vol. 2.

The production was directed by the Costa Rican Eddie Mora and produced by Carlos "Pipo" Chaves. The album contains works by composers Carlos Enrique Vargas, William Porras, Carlos Castro and Alejandro Cardona.

The Orchestra competed against the musical works Alta Gracia (Nathalie Peña Comas), Dixit Dominus: Vivaldi, Mozart, Handel (Jordi Savall), Horacio Gutiérrez Plays Chopin & Schumann (Horacio Gutiérrez) and Textures From The North Of South (In-Hong Cha ).

The Costa Rican pieces also nominated for the Latin Grammy awards
were by Maribel Guardia and Debi Nova.

"The Grammy is well deserved for our National Symphony Orchestra in the classical music category,  It is an unprecedented recognition that reflects well the commitment of our country to culture with many decades. President Luis Guillermo Solis said on his twitter account.

The album Música de Compositores Costarricenses Vol. 2 contains the works “Sinfonía en mi menor op. 17” (1945), by Carlos Enrique Vargas; “Rhapsody for Orchestra” (1975), by William Porras; “Serenade of the Moon” for viola and strings (with Winnie Berg, as soloist in the viola), by Carlos Castro and “Son Meztizo II” for orchestra, by Alejandro Cardona.

The musicians from the Symphony Orchestra, led by maestro Eddie Mora, participated.

Singer Debi Nova and singer Maribel Guardia were also nominated for Latin Gramm
ies this year, but won no prizes.


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Producer Carlos Chavez / Latin Grammy photo      
The orchestra competed against four other groups in the classical music category.

In the past, the Latin Recording Academy has rewarded Costa Rican musical talent.

The collaborations between the Panamanian Rubén Blades and the group of Costa Rican musicians Éditus Ensamble received the Latin Grammy for their work on the album Mundo (2003), in the category best contemporary tropical album. The Ticos also supported Blades with their albums Mundo y Tiempos, which won American Grammys.

The composer Carlos Castro received in 2008 the Latin Grammy for best contemporary classical composition thanks to “Concierto del sol” for guitar and orchestra. In 2014, the Christian singer Danilo Montero won recognition for the best Christian music album in Spanish for the production “La carta Perfecta.”
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