Seiji Ozawa crowns 80th birthday year with his first Grammy, winning Best Opera Recording for Ravel: L’enfant et les sortilèges on Decca

After eight nominations (the first was in 1969), conductor Seiji Ozawa finally won his first Grammy in his 80th birthday year. He was awarded ‘Best Opera Recording’ for ‘Ravel: L'Enfant Et Les Sortilèges; Shéhérazade’ with Isabel Leonard, Susan Graham and the Saito Kinen Orchestra, with the SKF Matsumoto Chorus & SKF Matsumoto Children's Chorus. The Decca Classics album was recorded at Saito Kinen Festival 2014 in Matsumoto in Japan and was produced by Dominic Fyfe.

Seiji Ozawa comments:
“The ‘L’enfant et les sortileges’, is an opera production I made with my close Saito Kinen Orchestra friends and great opera singers. It is thanks to them that the rehearsals and performances of this production were fruitful and truly enjoyable. I think that this is a driving force of Matsumoto festival. I am very happy and honoured that we produced this piece. I would like to share this joy with all of them!”


A specially curated 50-CD boxset of albums from Seiji Ozawa’s immense and award-winning discography. Presented as part of Decca’s “Original Jacket Collection” this edition includes Ozawa’s complete recordings with the Vienna Philharmonic; his cycle of the Mahler symphonies with the Boston Symphony, as well as his earliest LPs with the Orchestre de Paris and San Francisco Symphony.

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