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Limelight's Recording of the Year nominations revealed

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Limelight's Recording of the Year nominations revealed

by Delia Bartle on October 19, 2015 (October 19, 2015) filed under Classical Music | Orchestral | Chamber | Instrumental | Vocal & Choral | Opera | Comment Now
Here are our shortlists of the 25 albums of 2015 rated most highly by our critics. But which will come out on top?

This year has seen a spectacular array of diverse musical releases across a wide range of labels from big beasts like Decca, Sony and Warner Classics to the giant-killers like Hyperion, Ondine and our own ABC Classics. Starting with literally hundreds of long-listed recordings, Limelight’s regular panel of critics has been busy weighing up the best, and they’ve narrowed it down to 25 shortlisted works in five categories – orchestral, chamber, instrumental, vocal and choral, and opera.

Competition as usual will be fierce, with familiar artists such as Angela Hewitt and the Berlin Philharmonic battling it out with newcomers like cellist Li-Wei Qin and harpsichord virtuoso Mahan Esfahani. Will Romantic favourites like Schubert and Sibelius reign triumphant, or will Brett Dean’s Bliss or the world premiere recording of Veli-Matti Puumala’s Anna Liisa sweep the field?

A period of intense listening is already underway before voting concludes to choose the winners in each category before the final countdown begins to pick the ultimate winner. Find out all the results in our January 2016 issue (out before Christmas), including exclusive interviews with the winners!


Absolute Jest
San Francisco Symphony/Michael Tilson Thomas
San Francisco Symphony SFS0063

Elgar · Britten · Walton
Cello Concertos
Li-Wei Qin vc, London Philharmonic Orchestra/Zhang Yi
ABC Classics 4811243

Gewandhausorchester Leipzig/Riccardo Chailly
Decca 4786775

Des Canyons aux Étoiles
Taximon Barto p, John Ryan hn, London Philharmonic Orchestra/Christoph Eschenbach

Symphonies 1-9
Berliner Philharmoniker/Nikolaus Harnoncourt
Berlin Philharmonic BPHR150061


Complete Works for violoncello and piano
Jean-Guihen Queyras vc, Alexander Melnikov p
Harmonia Mundi HMC90218384

Flute Revolution
Music by Devienne, Gianella, Gluck et al
Emmanuel Pahud fl, Kammerorchester Basel/Giovanni Antonini
Warner Classics 825646276783

Violin Sonatas
Franziska Pietsch vn, Detlev Eisinger p
Audite AUDITE97707

Royal Consorts
Elizabeth Kenny theorbo, Emily Ashton ten viol, Daniel Hyde org, Phantasm/Laurence Dreyfus
Linn Records CKD470

Winds & Piano
Music by Poulence, Farrenc, Roussel et al
Les Vents Francais
Warner Classics 0825646231850


English Suites
Piotr Anderszewski p
Warner Classics 2564621939

The Art of Fugue
Angela Hewitt p
Hyperion CDA67980

CPE Bach
Six Organ Sonatas
Ton Koopman org
Challenge Classics CC2260

Piéces de clavecin
Mahan Esfahani hpd
Hyperion CDA68071/2

The Salzburg Recital
Music by Mozart, Chopin, Scriabin et al
Grigory Sokolov p
DG 4794342

Vocal and Choral

Anne Boleyn’s Songbook
Music by Brumel, Compère, Despres et al
Alamire/David Skinner
Obsidian CD715

The Complete Songs Volume 3
Gerald Finley bar, Julius Drake p
Hyperion CDA67956

Gürzenich-Orchester Köln/Markus Stenz
Hyperion CDA68081/2

Beethoven · Haydn · Mozart
Mark Padmore ten, Kristian Bezuidenhout fp
Harmonia Munid HMU907611

The Sixteen/Harry Christophers
Coro COR16121


Opera Australia
ABC Classics 4811820

Les Martyrs
Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment/Sir Mark Elder
Opera Rara ORC52

The Long Chrismas Dinner
American Symphony Orchestra/Leon Botstein
Bridge BRIDGE9449

The Puccini Album
Jonas Kaufmann ten, Orchestra e Coro dell’Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia/Antonio Pappano
Sony 88875092492

Anna Liisa
Tapiola Sinfonietta, Helsinki Chamber Choir/Jan Söderblom
Ondine ODE12542D