Judith Shatin, William R. Kenan Jr. Professor in the College of Arts & Sciences Jane Ford

“Tower of the Eight Winds,” a compact disc of chamber music written by University of Virginia music professor Judith Shatin, has been nominated for a 2010 Grammy Award.

The nomination is for producer Blanton Alspaugh as “Producer of the Year – Classical.” The music is performed by the Borup-Ernst Duo – violinist Hasse Borup and pianist Mary Kathleen Ernst, and was released on Innova Records.

Fanfare magazine wrote of Shatin’s music, “She is able to produce ingenious and unusual music while, at the same time, retaining a certain accessibility and common musical lingo with universal emotional appeal,” and added in a second review of the disk, “The players attack all five works with gusto and would appear to have completely mastered them. The performances are excellent and recording is exemplary. Recommended.”

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