Fire in my mouth nominated for 2 Grammy awards
February 7, 2020
Fire in my mouth, conducted by Music Director Jaap van Zweden, is nominated for two Grammy awards:
Best Contemporary Classical Composition (Julia Wolfe)
Best Engineered Album, Classical (Bob Hanlon and Lawrence Rock, engineers; Ian Good and Lawrence Rock, mastering engineers). Lawrence Rock is Audio Director of the New York Philharmonic; Ian Good is Assistant, Digital Platforms & Experience at the New York Philharmonic.
Fire in my mouth, co-commissioned by the New York Philharmonic, is a searingly vivid evocation of the Triangle Shirtwaist Factory fire. The World Premiere performances, this past January, capped New York Stories: Threads of Our City, our exploration of New York’s roots as a city of immigrants.
The performances featured The Crossing, conducted by Donald Nally, and the Young People’s Chorus of New York City, directed by Francisco J. Núñez. The New York Times called the work “ambitious, heartfelt, often compelling. … There is both heady optimism and a sense of dread in Ms. Wolfe’s music. … Mr. van Zweden led a commanding account of a score that … ends with an elegiac final chorus in which the names of all 146 victims are tenderly sung to create a fabric of music and memory.”