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Every year since 1959, a conductor and his or her orchestra has been awarded a golden gramophone for their outstanding orchestral performance.

And even though the title of the Grammy award has changed throughout the years, the caliber of the nominees has not. 2013′s nominees include performances by the San Francisco Symphony, Budapest Festival Orchestra, Oregon Symphony, London Symphony Orchestra, and Minnesota Orchestra. This is the Oregon Symphony’s third nomination of the year, with its other two nominations earned for Best Engineered Album and Producer of the Year. See the full list of Classical Grammy Nominees.

Mahler: Symphony No. 1

In a sea of nearly unlimited Mahler symphony recordings, what’s one more? Well, Ivan Fischer and the Budapest Festival Orchestra attempt to recreate and capture the magic of Mahler’s first symphony, and that they did. Performed with scrupulous precision, emotional clairvoyance and brevity, and effortless musicianship, every instrument’s voice can be heard and understood. It’s absolutely captivating to hear each musical part, as they often go without notice. This is without a doubt a performance worth adding to your classical music collection.