Five artists nominated for Gramophone Awards
Stephen Hough, Christian Tetzlaff, Sakari Oramo, Truls Mørk and Maurizio Pollini have been nominated for 2012 Gramophone Awards. Highlighting excellence on disc in a number of categories, the awards are some of the most respected in the industry. The winners will be announced at a ceremony in London on 27 September.
Stephen Hough, winner of eight previous Gramophone Awards, is one of the three nominees in this year's Instrumental category for his disc of Chopin's Waltzes for Hyperion. Receiving extraordinary critical acclaim on its release in autumn 2011, the disc was also named by iTunes as the Best Instrumental Album in the classical category.
Christian Tetzlaff appears in the Chamber category for his EMI recording of Schumann's complete works for piano trio, alongside Tanja Tetzlaff and Leif Ove Andsnes. Described by Gramophone's Harriet Smith as "a remarkable achievement", this April release was also awarded Gramphone's Editor's Choice in July.
Both Truls Mørk and Sakari Oramo appear in the Contemporary category shortlist. Mørk's disc of works by Rautavaara with the Helsinki Philharmonic Orchestra and John Storgards makes the list, whilst the other nomination features Oramo conducting the Finnish Radio Symphony Orchestra in Saariaho. Both discs were recorded for Ondine.
Nominated in the Historic category (awarding first releases of historic recordings) is Maurizio Pollini's 1960 disc of Chopin's Etudes on which Gramophone's Bryce Morrison wrote:"[Pollini's playing has] a near flawless balance of sense and sensibility." The same category sees touring clients the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra featured for the sixth instalment of their 'Anthology', which Rob Cowan described as "without doubt the most impressive recorded retrospective of any orchestra ever undertaken on disc."
Mezzo-soprano Lilli Paasikivi also features on Riccardo Chailly's acclaimed Beethoven Symphony cycle set for Decca, nominated in the Orchestral category.