Twelve HarrisonParrott artists shortlisted for 2013 Gramophone Awards
Twelve HarrisonParrott artists have been shortlisted for the 2013 Gramophone Awards, including Janine Jansen as Artist of the Year.
Jansen’s nomination follows the release of her recordings of Prokofiev’s Violin Concerto No.2 with Vladimir Jurowski, and a chamber disc of works by Schoenberg and Schubert – both for Decca Classics. The award is chosen by online public vote.
Receiving two nominations - in the Contemporary and Opera categories - is soprano Barbara Hannigan, whose recordings of Dutilleux's Correspondences with Esa-Pekka Salonen (Deutsche Grammophon) and George Benjamin's Written on Skin (Nimbus) were singled out by the magazine’s critics.
Hannigan’s live performances in Benjamin’s opera at the Aix-en-Provence Festival, Royal Opera House Covent Garden, and Munich Opera Festival have received widespread critical acclaim. The Nimbus recording also features Pierre-Laurent Aimard as soloist in Benjamin’s Duet for Piano Orchestra.
Also nominated in the Contemporary category is Oliver Knussen's Autumnal, an album which also includes the composer conducting his Violin Concerto with Leila Josefowicz as soloist. Knussen also appears in the Opera category as conductor of Virgin Classics’ Britten centenary year recording of The Rape of Lucretia from the Aldeburgh Festival.
Also with two nominations - in the Baroque Vocal and Early Music categories - is Harry Christophers, with his ensemble The Sixteen. They are recognised for their Coro recordings of Handel and Palestrina respectively.
The Concerto shortlist includes Peter Eötvös and Patricia Kopatchinskaja for their disc of concertos by Bartók, Ligeti and Eötvös (Naïve), and Eivind Gullberg Jensen, who conducts the Danish Radio Symphony Orchestra with soloist Vilde Frang in on EMI Classics.
The Orchestral category includes Hannu Lintu's recording of Enescu's Symphony No.2 & Chamber Symphony, with the Tampere Philharmonic Orchestra on Ondine. Whilst Anne Sofie von Otter features in Opus Arte’s DVD release of Gluck’s Iphigénie in Aulide/Iphigénie in Tauride double bill, which is included in the Opera shortlist.
Finally, Stephen Hough's French Album for Hyperion is shortlisted in the Instrumental category. This is Stephen’s second nomination in as many years, having won a Gramophone Award on eight previous occasions, including two Records of the Year.
The awards are among the most prestigious in the classical music industry, and the nominations feature the best recordings released over the past 12 months.
The category winners are announced on 27 August, with the award ceremony taking place on 17 September in London, when the Recording of the Year, Artist of the Year and other awards including Young Artist of the Year will be announced.