In the Grammy race, Zinman's a long shot, despite top-selling disc

February 24, 1993|By Stephen Wigler | Stephen Wigler,Music Critic

An article yesterday about local Grammy nominees neglected to mention the late conductor Andrew Schenck. Mr. Schenck, who died last winter, was nominated for a Grammy for his world premiere recording of Samuel Barber's "The Lovers" with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra.

The Sun regrets the errors.

David Zinman is not a betting man. If he were, however, the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra's music director says he wouldn't place a wager on himself to win a Grammy Award tonight.

Zinman has been nominated in two categories -- Best Orchestral Performances and Best Classical Album -- for his recording of Henryk Gorecki's Symphony No. 3 ("Symphony of Sorrowful Songs") with the London Sinfonietta and soprano Dawn Upshaw on the Elektra Nonesuch label.

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Zinman has won three times before; this time, he says, the competition is too stiff.

"I'm up against [Leonard] Bernstein -- he's dead, and what can I do about it? -- in the Ninth Mahler; [Sir Georg] Solti in Strauss' "Die Frau Ohne Schatten"; and [Nicholas] Harnoncourt's Beethoven's Nine Symphonies."

Though Zinman may be the most visible, he's not the only local Grammy nominee. The others are Ted Borzymowski of Baltimore, a member of the band Lenny Gomulka and the Chicago Push, whose album, "Where Were You Back Then," was nominated in the Best Polka Album category; and Barry Lee Pearson, a folklorist and English professor at the University of Maryland College Park, one of the producers of a Robert Johnson album that was nominated in the Best Traditional Blues Album category.

Zinman has nothing like the name recognition of the famous conductors against whom he is competing, and the name of Gorecki, a living Polish composer, weighs even less against those of Beethoven, Mahler and Strauss. But Zinman's recording of the Pole's Third Symphony has sold more copies than all three of the other albums combined.

It has been one of Billboard's top-10 selling classical albums for more than six months.

Although the American Grammys are not held in the high esteem that the classical music world saves for such prizes as the Dutch Edison Awards or the French Grand Prix du Disque, Zinman says he'd love to see his Gorecki recording win.

"The Grammys are still a big selling point and it'll be great for the record if it happens," he says.

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