Mahan Esfahani‘s recording of Rameau’s Pièces de Clavecin has been nominated in the Instrumental category for Limelight Magazine’s Recording of the Year. Released last year on the Hyperion label, the album received five stars in Diapason, who described it as “a masterclass for the instrument, confirming this young artist as a truly great player” (Philippe Ramin, Diapason), and was praised further for its “unfailing wit, affection, fluency and pacing” (Julie Anne Sadie, Gramophone).
Mahan’s disc sits in its category alongside recordings by fellow nominees Piotr Anderszewski, Angela Hewitt, Ton Koopman and Grigory Sokolov - a true reflection of the remarkable growth in the young harpsichordist’s outstanding artistry and achievements over the past few years.
Mahan is not the only Rayfield Allied artist to feature on the 25-strong shortlist: lutenist Elizabeth Kenny plays theorbo with Phantasm on Linn Records’ album Lawes: The Royal Consort, which is nominated in the Chamber category; and Robin Blaze and Matthew Brook feature in the Vocal and Choral category on The Sixteen’s disc of Handel’s Jephtha, recorded on the Coro label.
The winners will be announced in Limelight’s January 2016 edition and you can view the full list of nominations by clicking here.