The Passinge Mesures - Mahan Esfahani, Hyperion - Instrumental Recording of the Year nominee
The Passinge Mesures, released in November 2018, has been hailed by critics for Mahan Esfahani's "colourful and magnetic" (Phillip Kennicott, Gramophone) and "exhilarating" (Geoff Brown, The Times) playing. The Passinge Mesures features works by some of the most renowned English virginalists of the 16th and 17th centuries, specifically Bull, Byrd, Giles and Richard Farnaby, Gibbons, Inglott and Tomkins. Richard Turbet, Early Music Review, remarks, "This recording provides further confirmation of Mahan Esfahani’s status among the finest keyboard players of his generation."
An English Coronation 1902-1953 - Gabrieli Consort, Paul McCreesh – Vocal Recording of the Year nominee
Released on 3rd May this year, Paul McCreesh and the Gabrieli Consort & Players created an impressive large-scale spectacle with An English Coronation 1902-1953. Featuring composers such as Tallis and Byrd as well as festive music by Elgar, Parry and Vaughan Williams, the disc brings together a huge orchestra and choir of 300 singers. Gramophone critics have said: “One can imagine the virtuosity required by every contributor, at every turn, to make this a reality, let alone a dazzling triumph.” McCreesh’s Gabrieli disc A Rose Magnificat won Vocal Recording of the Year with Limelight in 2018, with intimate a cappella works by Tallis, Warlock, MacMillan and more.
Read more here - Limelight will be announcing which of the 25 discs has won each of the five categories, as well as their Recording of the Year, in the December issue.