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Kavakos, Salonen, Josefowicz, and the musicians of the Minnesota Orchestra earn Grammy nominations

Robert Niles

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Published: December 9, 2013 at 5:30 PM [UTC]

The Recording Academy has announced the nominees for the 56th Grammy Awards, and while the pop acts get all the airtime on the awards show, many classical musicians we've covered here on in the past year are up for awards, too.

Violinist Leonidas Kavakos earned a nomination in the "Best Chamber Music/Small Ensemble Performance" category for his recording of the Beethoven Violin Sonatas with Enrico Pace. In addition, Esa-Pekka Salonen earned a nomination in the "Best Contemporary Classical Composition" for his violin concerto while violinist Leila Josefowicz was nominated in the "Best Classical Instrumental Solo" for her recording of that work, with Salonen conducting the Finnish Radio Symphony Orchestra.

Esa-Pekka Salonen and Leila Josefowicz
Esa-Pekka Salonen and Leila Josefowicz. Photo: Mathew Imaging

Finally, the Minnesota Orchestra, under the direction of Osmo Vänskä, earned a nomination in the "Best Orchestral Performance" category for its recording of Sibelius' Symphonies Nos. 1 & 4. The Minnesota Orchestra is currently locked out by its management, and conductor Vänskä has resigned his position, in solidarity with the musicians.

Here is the complete list of nominees in these categories:

Best Orchestral Performance

Stravinsky: Le Sacre Du Printemps
Berliner Philharmoniker, Simon Rattle, conductor

Atterberg: Orchestral Works Vol. 1
Gothenburg Symphony Orchestra, Neeme Järvi, conductor

Lutoslawski: Symphony No. 1
Los Angeles Philharmonic, Esa-Pekka Salonen, conductor

Sibelius: Symphonies Nos. 1 & 4
Minnesota Orchestra, Osmo Vänskä, conductor

Schumann: Symphony No. 2; Overtures Manfred & Genoveva
Orchestra Mozart, Claudio Abbado, conductor

Best Chamber Music/Small Ensemble Performance

Beethoven: Violin Sonatas
Leonidas Kavakos & Enrico Pace

Roomful Of Teeth
Brad Wells & Roomful Of Teeth

Hélène Grimaud & Sol Gabetta

Times Go By Turns
New York Polyphony

Cage: The 10,000 Things
Vicki Ray, William Winant, Aron Kallay & Tom Peters

Best Classical Instrumental Solo

Salonen: Violin Concerto; Nyx
Leila Josefowicz; Esa-Pekka Salonen, conductor (Finnish Radio Symphony Orchestra)

The Edge Of Light
Gloria Cheng (Calder Quartet)

Bartók, Eötvös & Ligeti
Patricia Kopatchinskaja; Peter Eötvös, conductor (Ensemble Modern & Frankfurt Radio Symphony Orchestra)

Corigliano: Conjurer - Concerto For Percussionist & String Orchestra
Evelyn Glennie; David Alan Miller, conductor (Albany Symphony)

Lindberg: Piano Concerto No. 2
Yefim Bronfman; Alan Gilbert, conductor (New York Philharmonic)

Schubert: Piano Sonatas D. 845 & D. 960
Maria João Pires

Best Contemporary Classical Composition

Esa-Pekka Salonen
Violin Concerto

Magnus Lindberg
Piano Concerto No. 2

Arvo Pärt
Adam's Lament

Maria Schneider
Winter Morning Walks

Caroline Shaw
Partita For 8 Voices

Best Classical Compendium

Midori; Christoph Eschenbach
Hindemith: Violinkonzert; Symphonic Metamorphosis; Konzertmusik

Dima Slobodeniouk
Holmboe: Concertos

Maxim Rysanov
Tabakova: String Paths

You can find the list of all nominees in all categories (and it's huge!) at The Grammy winners will be announced on Sunday, Jan. 26.


Posted on December 15, 2013 at 10:13 PM
Where is Rachel Barton Pine's recording of the Mendelssohn and Schumann concertos in these nominations? Her performance of the Beethoven Romances on that same recording should be considered as breathing new life into those pieces.

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