Two HarrisonParrott artists win 2021 Limelight Magazine awards
Osmo Vänskä and the Minnesota Orchestra win the 2021 Limelight Recording of the Year and Orchestral Recording of the Year with their release of Mahler’s Symphony No.10 for Swedish label BIS. Limelight describes the recording as “a gripping, fresh and imaginative interpretation by Osmo Vänskä” and earlier this year gave it a five-star review. As part of their symphonic cycle dedicated to the composer, these recordings have been gaining plaudits and different awards and nominations, including the Grammys with their recording of Symphony No.5 and it helped the Minnesota Orchestra win the Gramophone Magazine’s Award for Orchestra of the Year this year as well.
Pianist Víkingur Ólafsson wins the Limelight 2021 Instrumental Recording of the Year with his album Mozart & Contemporaries. This album is the shimmering follow-up to last year’s award-winning coupling of Debussy and Rameau (DG4860525). Rebecca Franks awarded it five stars, declaring, “it bears all the now-familiar Ólafsson hallmarks: that distinctive sound; those imaginative programming touches; the sense that the music is both timeless and freshly minted.”
“Ólafsson sounds utterly at home and natural in the studio. There’s warmth and clarity in the recording that allows his playing to flourish; the tone is almost plain, yet deceptively so, as the result is beautiful and intimate . . . This unmissable recording ends with Liszt. Mozart’s Ave Verum Corpus is not only transcribed, but transformed and transfigured. This is music that points to the heavens and the stars.”