We are very excited to share the great news that the Musicians of the Minnesota Orchestra and our former Music Director Osmo Vänksä have received our second Grammy nomination for Best Orchestral Performance in as many years for our recording of Sibelius: Symphonies Nos. 1 & 4, produced and recorded by BIS Records (Star Tribune review by Larry Fuchsberg).
We will have a limited number of the recording for sale at our Classical Concert for the Holidays: A Tchaikovsky Spectacular at the Minneapolis Convention Center Auditorium on December 14th and 15th. The SACD is available at HBDirect.
High resolution downloads are also available at eClassical.
We were delighted to have been nominated last year for the recordings of Sibelius Symphonies Nos. 2 & 5, and were honored that our celebrated recording of Beethoven Symphony No. 9, also under the BIS label, was previously nominated.
For our last Grammy nomination, Minneapolis Mayor R.T. Rybak and Judy Dayton graciously invited the Musicians and Osmo Vänskä to perform a concert of the nominated works as a Community Celebration. The sold-out concert turned out to be a huge success.
We also congratulate the musicians of the St. Paul Chamber Orchestra for their nomination in the Best Classical Vocal Solo category for their collaboration with soprano Dawn Upshaw, and in the Best Contemporary Classical Composition category for their recording of Maria Schnedier’s Winter Morning Walks.
The Grammy Awards this year will be held on January 26th, 2014 in Los Angeles.
The nominees for the Best Orchestral Performance category are:
- Atterberg: “Orchestral Works Vol. 1,” Neeme Järvi, conductor (Gothenburg Symphony Orchestra) [Chandos]
- Lutoslawski: Symphony No. 1, Esa-Pekka Salonen, conductor (Los Angeles Philharmonic), Track from: “Lutoslawski: The Symphonies” [Sony Classical]
- Schumann: Symphony No. 2; Overtures Manfred & Genoveva, Claudio Abbado, conductor (Orchestra Mozart) [Deutsche Grammophon]
- Sibelius: Symphonies Nos. 1 & 4, Osmo Vänskä, conductor (Minnesota Orchestra) [BIS Records]
- Stravinsky: Le Sacre Du Printemps, Simon Rattle, conductor (Berliner Philharmoniker) [EMI Classics]
We thank the Grammys for their consideration!